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Why did Stage 1 of Dakar 2022 unleash chaos? Dakar
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Why did Stage 1 of Dakar 2022 unleash chaos?

The 2022 Dakar Rally began in earnest on Sunday with a tricky first stage in Saudi Arabia, but the roadbook again came under fire for a lack of clarity. Competitors and rally organiser ASO explain what happened.

Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Al-Attiyah eases to win, disaster for Audi

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah cruised to victory in the opening stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally, as Audi endured a disastrous day in Saudi Arabia with its electric RS Q e-tron challenger.

Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain Dakar
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Dakar drops 'marathon' stage rule after heavy rain

The second and third stages of the 2022 Dakar Rally will no longer run to 'marathon' rules after heavy rain in Saudi Arabia.

Audi's Peterhansel drops out of Dakar contention after Stage 1 crash Dakar
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Audi's Peterhansel drops out of Dakar contention after Stage 1 crash

Reigning Dakar Rally champion Stephane Peterhansel has effectively dropped out of contention for victory in 2022 after suffering heavy damage to his Audi in Sunday's opening stage.

Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Sanders stretches lead over Quintanilla Dakar
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Dakar 2022, Stage 1: Sanders stretches lead over Quintanilla

GasGas rider Daniel Sanders extended his advantage in the first full stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday, as KTM’s Matthias Walkner jumped up two places to move into third behind Honda’s Pablo Quintanilla.

The technical and regulatory battle of Dakar 2022

The FIA and the ASO are facing one of the greatest challenges in the history of the Dakar Rally as they aim to balance cars built to T1+ and T1U regulations.

Dakar issues warning alert after car explosion in Jeddah Dakar
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Dakar issues warning alert after car explosion in Jeddah

The organiser of the Dakar Rally has issued a warning statement on the opening day of the marathon following a road car explosion in Jeddah.

Dakar 2022: Al-Attiyah, Sanders fastest in Prologue Dakar
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Dakar 2022: Al-Attiyah, Sanders fastest in Prologue

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah topped Saturday’s Prologue for the 2022 Dakar Rally in the cars category, while GasGas rider Daniel Sanders set the pace in only his second appearance in the bikes class.

KTM relying on motocross knowhow in bid to dethrone Honda Dakar
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KTM relying on motocross knowhow in bid to dethrone Honda

A revised version of KTM's 450 Rally bike is drawing upon the Austrian manufacturer's extensive motocross knowhow in a bid to topple arch-rival Honda in the 2022 edition of the Dakar Rally.

Toyota's Al-Attiyah sees himself as Dakar 2022 favourite Dakar
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Toyota's Al-Attiyah sees himself as Dakar 2022 favourite

Toyota’s star driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says 2022 is the “right time” to add a fourth Dakar Rally victory to his CV after coming close to the top prize in the previous two Saudi Arabia events.

Rebellion boss takes over Dumas' car after Dakar shakedown fire

Rebellion President Alexandre Pesci will contest the 2022 Dakar Rally in his teammate Romain Dumas’ DXX prototype after his own car caught fire during shakedown on Wednesday.

Sainz feels electric Audi Dakar entry has been "penalised" Dakar
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Sainz feels electric Audi Dakar entry has been "penalised"

Carlos Sainz is “not very optimistic” about Audi’s prospects for the 2022 Dakar Rally, saying the marque’s electric car hasn’t been given parity to its conventional petrol-powered rivals.

Petrucci cleared to race in Dakar after false COVID positive Dakar
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Petrucci cleared to race in Dakar after false COVID positive

MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci has received the medical approval to contest the 2022 Dakar Rally after an initial COVID-19 PCR test return a positive result.

Rebellion boss out of Dakar 2022 after fire engulfs car

Rebellion has been forced to retire its #251 entry from the Dakar Rally after Alexandre Pesci's DXX RD Limited prototype suddenly caught fire during shakedown on Wednesday.

Dakar drivers having to adapt driving style for new 2022 cars Dakar
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Dakar drivers having to adapt driving style for new 2022 cars

One-time Dakar Rally winner Nani Roma says competitors are having to “rebalance” their driving styles to adapt to faster but less agile T1+ cars for 2022.

MotoGP winner Petrucci says Dakar switch is “another world”
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MotoGP winner Petrucci says Dakar switch is “another world”

Double MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci says his switch from road racing to rallying ahead of his Dakar debut in 2022 has been “completely another world”. 

Prodrive to field three 2022 Dakar Rally entries

Prodrive has announced it will field three entries into next year’s Dakar Rally, with Orlando Terranova joining its Bahrain Raid Xtreme programme.

Dakar reveals details of 2022 Saudi Arabia route
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Dakar reveals details of 2022 Saudi Arabia route

The ASO has revealed the complete route for the 44th Dakar Rally that will take place in Saudi Arabia from January 1-14.

Molly Taylor to make Dakar Rally debut in 2022
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Molly Taylor to make Dakar Rally debut in 2022

Extreme E points leader Molly Taylor will make her Dakar Rally debut next January.

Laia Sanz joins X-raid Mini for Dakar cars switch

Laia Sanz will contest her first Dakar Rally in the cars category at the wheel of an X-raid-prepared Mini All4 Racing in 2022.

KTM announces 2022 Dakar debut for MotoGP outcast Petrucci
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KTM announces 2022 Dakar debut for MotoGP outcast Petrucci

Two-time MotoGP race winner Danilo Petrucci will make his Dakar Rally debut in 2022 with KTM after losing his seat in the premier class.

WSBK champion Checa to compete in 2022 Dakar Rally
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WSBK champion Checa to compete in 2022 Dakar Rally

Former MotoGP rider and 2011 World Superbike champion Carlos Checa will make his Dakar Rally debut in January, competing in the cars category for MD Rallye Sport.

Prodrive to use biofuel in Dakar 2022

The Prodrive-managed Bahrain Raid Xtreme team will use a new fuel with sustainable components in its new BRX T1+ in the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Laia Sanz ends two-wheel Dakar career, will switch to cars
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Laia Sanz ends two-wheel Dakar career, will switch to cars

Laia Sanz has decided to bring an end to her Dakar Rally career in the motorcycle category, and is set to contest the event on four wheels for the first time next January.

Sainz: Winning Dakar "has to be the goal" in first year with Audi

Carlos Sainz says he has to target victory in the 2022 Dakar Rally after joining forces with Audi, but is aware of the "gigantic challenge" the German manufacturer faces with a complex electric powertrain.

Audi's Dakar prototype completes two-week Morocco test
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Audi's Dakar prototype completes two-week Morocco test

The new Audi RS Q e-tron has completed two weeks of testing in Morocco ahead of its debut in the Dakar Rally next year.

Toyota reveals revamped Hilux 4x4 ahead of 2022 Dakar Rally

Toyota Gazoo Racing has showcased the first images of its revamped GR DKR Hilux T1+ that will compete against new cars from Audi and Prodrive in the Dakar Rally next year.

Prodrive completes shakedown with new Dakar Rally contender
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Prodrive completes shakedown with new Dakar Rally contender

The Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme Team shook down its new and wider BRX Hunter T1 contender for the first time this month in the UK.

KTM offers MotoGP race winner Petrucci 2022 Dakar deal
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KTM offers MotoGP race winner Petrucci 2022 Dakar deal

Outgoing KTM MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci says the Austrian marque has officially offered him a deal to race with it in the Dakar Rally from next year.

Prodrive reveals upgraded Dakar challenger

Prodrive has taken the covers off its re-designed Bahrain Raid Xtreme Hunter T1+ which will tackle the Dakar Rally next year.

The technical secrets behind Audi's 'electric' Dakar challenger

Audi's ‘electric’ prototype for the 2022 Dakar Rally is one of the most complex cars ever to compete in the world’s most prestigious rally raid. We delve deep into its tech secrets.

Audi reveals new electric-powered Dakar challenger

Audi Sport has officially revealed the RS Q e-tron challenger in its full guise ahead of the marque's debut in the Dakar Rally next year.

Petrucci targeting Dakar if he loses KTM MotoGP seat

Danilo Petrucci has revealed he’s targeting a switch to rallying and wants to compete in the Dakar on two wheels should he lose his Tech 3 KTM MotoGP seat for 2022.

FIA, ASO launch new Cross-Country World Championship around Dakar

The FIA and ASO have announced a new Cross-Country World Championship for 2022, which will have the Dakar Rally as its main event.

Price takes historic Finke victory

Toby Price has made history by becoming the first person to win the Finke Desert Race on both two wheels and four wheels.

Two-time Dakar winner Price signs new KTM contract
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Two-time Dakar winner Price signs new KTM contract

Two-time Dakar Rally winner Toby Price has signed a new contract that will see him remain with the KTM factory team until the end of the 2023 season.

How Prodrive plans to use trial by Dakar to spur it to victory Prime

How Prodrive plans to use trial by Dakar to spur it to victory

Having tasted plenty of success in the World Rally Championship in the past, Prodrive took its off-road excursions to a new level with its first Dakar Rally entry this year. Now well-versed in the challenges that the famous rally-raid event possesses, Prodrive can learn from those lessons for next year's tilt at Dakar honours.

Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry
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Audi signs Peterhansel, Sainz and Ekstrom for Dakar entry

Audi has announced an all-star line-up comprising Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekstrom for its entry into the Dakar Rally in 2022 with an electric car.

Dakar winner Price lands top Supercars recruit

Two-time Dakar Rally winner Toby Price has recruited Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton for his 2021 Finke Desert Race campaign.

Loeb announces new Dakar co-driver for 2022

Sebastien Loeb has announced Fabian Lurquin as his new co-driver for the 2022 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

Dakar changes rules after complaints over Audi entry

A number of changes have been made to the Dakar Rally's T1 regulations following complaints from Toyota and Prodrive regarding Audi’s ‘electric' entry next year.

Dakar chief responds to Loeb, Sainz after heavy criticism

Dakar Rally director David Castera has promised a more balanced 2022 event after this year’s rally-raid was heavily criticised by heavyweights Carlos Sainz and Sebastien Loeb.

Dakar reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event
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Dakar reveals first details of 2022 Saudi Arabia event

The Dakar Rally will be held entirely in Saudi Arabia for a third year in succession in 2022, but organiser ASO has promised a “80-85%” new route and a return to the Empty Quarter desert.

Villas-Boas to make WRC debut, plans Dakar return

Former Premier League manager and Europa League winner Andre Villas-Boas says his maiden appearance in the World Rally Championship in next week’s Rally Portugal will also be his last.

Honda bolsters Dakar 2022 line-up with Quintanilla
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Honda bolsters Dakar 2022 line-up with Quintanilla

Honda has reinforced its rider line-up for the 2022 Dakar Rally with the signing of Pablo Quintanilla.

Reigning Dakar champion Benavides leaves Honda to join KTM

Newly-crowned Dakar Rally champion Kevin Benavides has left Honda to join KTM Factory Racing with immediate effect.

Audi explains decision to quit Formula E in favour of Dakar

Audi says a greater freedom to develop new technologies in the Dakar Rally was one of the key reasons why it quit Formula E to field an electric car in the rally-raid.

Audi reveals details of electric Dakar powertrain

Audi Sport has offered insights into the powertrain it will employ in its electric Dakar Rally challenger that will make its debut next year.

Loeb: "Loss of mutual trust" behind split with Elena

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb says "a loss of mutual trust" between him and long-time co-driver Daniel Elena was behind their decision to split after 23 years together.

Loeb splits with co-driver Elena after 23-year partnership

Sebastien Loeb and long-term co-driver Daniel Elena have parted company after 23 years together.

Price awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Toby Price has been included on the 2021 Australia Day Honours List.

The making of South America's first Dakar bikes champion

Kevin Benavides made Dakar Rally history on Friday by becoming the first South American rider to win the event on two wheels. This is the story of the Argentinian rider and his rise to the top.

Al-Attiyah not interested in Dakar return if rules don’t change

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is "not interested" in returning to the Dakar Rally if the rules aren't changed to make the fight fair between buggies and 4x4s.

Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego" Dakar
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Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego"

Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue. 

KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage Dakar
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KTM's Sunderland faced "impossible" task on last stage

KTM rider Sam Sunderland admits he faced an "impossible" task trying to overhaul Honda's Kevin Benavides on the final stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally while opening the road.

Peterhansel secures record 14th Dakar Rally title Dakar
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Peterhansel secures record 14th Dakar Rally title

Stephane Peterhansel has secured a record-extending 14th Dakar Rally title after winning the 2021 edition of the event in Saudi Arabia, beating Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz to the crown.

Dakar rider Cherpin dies from crash injuries

Dakar Rally organisers have confirmed that amateur rider Pierre Cherpin has passed away following his crash last Sunday. 

Benavides clinches Dakar Rally title for Honda Dakar
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Benavides clinches Dakar Rally title for Honda

Kevin Benavides clinched his first Dakar Rally title on Friday's 12th and final stage of the event, giving Honda back-to-back wins in the motorcycle class.

Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Peterhansel closes in on overall win Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Peterhansel closes in on overall win

Nasser Al-Attiyah secured a fifth stage win of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Thursday, but was unable to make a major dent in Stephane Peterhansel's lead ahead of Friday's showdown.

Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Sunderland slashes Benavides' lead Dakar
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Dakar 2021, Stage 11: Sunderland slashes Benavides' lead

KTM rider Sam Sunderland took a major chunk of time out of Dakar Rally leader Kevin Benavides on the penultimate stage, with four minutes splitting the pair heading into the final day.