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19 November, 2014 - Dakar 2015: The Figures
Dakar 2015 Map
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#Dakar #Rally - The Dakar presentation was held today, and here are some of the key figures that might interest you. And not only of the motorcycle part of the rally.


 


6 October, 2014 - Idea: Own A Bit Of The Dakar Race - Crowd-Funding Project
Dakar Roadbook
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#Dakar #SimonPavey #IndieGoGo - Simon Pavey, long time motorcycle Dakar racer has come up with a great idea to raise money. He has a project on the crowd-funding site IndieGoGo where you can get as perks a strip of the daily Dakar rally roadbook, or even go with Simon and his son as a VIP spectator. Help the father and son team, and end up with some Dakar history.


 


26 March, 2014 - Dakar: Cyril Despres To The Dark Side - Peugeot
Cyril Despres and his KTM X Bow
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#Dakar #Peugeot #CyrilDespres - 5 times motorcycle Dakar winner Cyril Despres has announced that for the 2015 he will be driving a Peugeot car, also a new team.

So it was only a matter of time before the champion turned to the dark side of racing.


 


26 March, 2014 - Dakar 2015: The New Route
Dakar 2015 Map
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#Dakar #Dakar2015 - The Dakar 2015 route is know as off today.

It's a round trip Buenos Aires.


 


27 February, 2014 - So This Is What You Need To Do To Pay The Entry In The Dakar
Dakar Assistance Truck Caught
#Dakar #Drugs - A Dakar Assistance truck got caught smuggling millions of Euros worth of cocaine in France recently.

Was it to pay for the race entry?


 


19 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 14 -Honda- Joan Barreda Closes The Dakar with Another Victory, The 6th for The New Honda CRF450 RALLY
Dakar 2014 Joan Barreda
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - The difference one day makes. Barreda could have been on the podium if it was not for one day. Impressive Honda team.

 


19 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 14 -Yamaha- Pain Triumphs with Podium Finish for Yamaha As 2014 Dakar Comes to an End
Dakar 2014 Cyril Despres and Olivier Pain
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#Dakar #Yamaha - It is not easy going in as a new team but as the world champion, but Yamaha did quite well in the 2nd week. Next year should be very interesting.

 


18 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 14 -KTM- 1-2 to Coma & Viladoms: KTM’s 13th Title!
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - Despite two heavy challengers, KTM still managed to win the top 2 slots of the Dakar.

 


18 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 13 -Yamaha- Despres Takes Stage Win for Yamaha whilst Pain Goes 3rd Overall
Dakar 2014 Cyril Despres
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#Dakar #Yamaha #CyrilDespres - Despres is still winning stages, but too little, too late. But next year should be interesting. One more day.


 


18 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 13 -KTM- Coma Goes Into Final Stage As Leader
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - KTM may have lost the day, but still very much in the lead for the last, and proforma, stage.

 


17 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 12 -Yamaha- Despres Takes 2nd on Stage 11
Dakar 2014 Cyril Despres
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#Dakar #Yamaha #CyrilDespres - Despres is riding fine, if only he had been able to do so in the beginning. Maybe next year?


 


17 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 12 -KTM- 3rd Stage Victory For Marc Coma
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - Almost over and 4th victory for KTM's Marc Coma on its way.

 


16 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 11 -Honda- Spectacular Double for Honda in 10th Stage
Dakar 2014 Laia Sanz
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - Joan Barreda is impressive. It looks like he is the new star of the Dakar, though older, he's going to win in the future.


 


16 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 11 -KTM- Coma Continues to Lead After Tough Stage 10
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - Marc Coma has matured and is now racing a strategic Dakar race. No hurry, he's got the time.


 


15 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 10 -KTM- Coma Wins Stage 9, Now Leads By 40 Minutes
Dakar 2014 Riaan van Niekerk
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - Marc Coma wins again and increases his lead for KTM in the Dakar.


 


14 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 9 -Yamaha- Despres Scores Maiden Special Stage Victory
Dakar 2014 Cyril Despres
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#Dakar #Yamaha #CyrilDespres - Cyril Despres finally wins a stage. Now he needs to keep winning and hope the others get into trouble. It's the Dakar after all.


 


14 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 9 -KTM- Coma With Overall Lead of 38 Minutes
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - Not a bad day for KTM, still leading, but not in the big numbers they used to.


 


13 January, 2014 - Nice Photo of a Lonely Dakar Motorcycle Rider - All Alone?
Lonely Dakar Motorcycle Rider All Alone
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#Dakar #Bolivia - If you think these brave Dakar motorcycle racers are battling the elements and mother nature all on their own, riding in solitude ... think again.


 


13 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 8 -Honda- Third Win for Joan Barreda
Dakar 2014 Helder Rodrigues
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - Barreda is the surprise rider of this Dakar. Again number 1 stage 7. Honda did well with him.


 


13 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 8 -KTM- Coma Continues to Lead After Stage 7
Dakar 2014 Jordi Viladoms
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - Marc Coma is standing strong after coming in 2nd in Stage 7. Looks like a win for KTM is in the books.


 


12 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 7 -Yamaha- A Day of Rest as Dakar Reaches the Halfway Point
Dakar 2014 Rest Day
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#Dakar #Yamaha #CyrilDespres - Yamaha team not doing well in the Dakar (even their PR department skipped beats). Maybe after this rest day.

 


12 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 7 -Honda- TEAM HRC in Upbeat Mood as Week 1 of the Rally Ends
Dakar 2014 Rest Day
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - Some hard earned rest for the Honda Dakar riders. But still it's work on the rest day.


 


12 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 7 -KTM- Riders Draw Breath After Tough 1st Half
Dakar 2014 Rest Day
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - After an intense 1st half, the KTM riders recuperate as much as they can. But it's not comfy chairs in front of the TV.


 


11 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 6 -Honda- TEAM HRC Makes it to the Break with Joan Barreda in 2nd Place
Dakar 2014 Laia Sanz
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - Honda is still going strong after stage 6, but no longer in a position to challenge the leader. But the Dakar still has a week to go...

 


11 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 6 -KTM- Coma Consolidates Lead At Half Way Mark
Dakar 2014 Jordi Viladoms
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#Dakar #KTM #MarcComa - KTM and Marc Coma are starting to carve out their place in the Dakar after the deadly stage 6.


 


10 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 5 -Honda- Helder Rodrigues takes 3rd Place in Shortened Stage
Dakar 2014 Helder Rodrigues
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - Honda keeps raking it in in the 2014 Dakar race, doing much better than expected. Here's how they did.


 


10 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 5 -Yamaha- Frustrating 5th Day for Yamaha’s Dakar Challengers
Dakar 2014 Cyril Despres
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#Dakar #Yamaha #CyrilDespres - Yamaha's star biker Cyril Despres is having a Dakar he wants to forget real quick. Here's Yamaha's tale.


 


10 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 5 -KTM- Coma Claims Stage 5 Win and Overall Lead
Dakar 2014 Jakub Przygonski
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#Dakar #KTM - KTM are slowly but surely crawling back to their dominant position. Here's day 5 of the Dakar.


 


9 January, 2014 - Getting Social With The Dakar Racers
Social Media x 3
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#Twitter #Facebook #Social #Dakar - For those interested in following socially some of the racers, here are many of the Dakar racer's social media addresses.


 


9 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 4 -Honda- Joan Barreda Retains Leadership in spite of Tough Stage
Dakar 2014 Paulo Goncalves
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - Honda and the Dakar rally in Honda's word for day 4, and 2nd part of the Marathon stage.


 


9 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 4 -Yamaha- Pain Breaks into the Top 5 on Day 4
Dakar 2014 Cyril Despres
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#Dakar #Yamaha #CyrilDespres - Yamaha's part of the Dakar during day 4, and 2nd part of the Marathon stage and Despres is in real trouble.


 


9 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 4 -KTM- Coma Closes On Leader After Stage 4
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
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#Dakar #KTM - Day 4, and 2nd part of the Marathon stage of the Dakar, here is what happened in KTM's world.


 


8 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 3 -Yamaha- Yamaha Riders Impress on 1st Marathon Stage
Dakar 2014 Michael Metge
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#Dakar #Yamaha #CyrilDespres - Yamaha might have Despres, but so far it has not been easy. Day 3 of the Dakar tell the Yamaha story which went much better today.


 


8 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 3 -Honda- Joan Barreda Wins First Leg of the First Marathon Stage
Dakar 2014 Joan Barreda
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#Dakar #Honda #Barreda - Honda's story of day 3 of the Dakar rally. Looks like Honda is doing very well.


 


8 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 3 -KTM- Coma Delivers Solid Third
Dakar 2014 Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez
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#Dakar #KTM - Day 3 of the Dakar, and things are getting tougher for KTM. Is this the end of their supremacy?


 


7 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 2 -Honda- Sam Sunderland Gets First Victory
Dakar 2014 Sam Sunderland
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#Dakar #Honda - Day 2 of the Dakar, and this is what Honda had to say about a great 2nd day. Looks like the million sinvested are paying off..


 


7 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 2 -KTM- Lopez Fastest Red Bull KTM Rider
Dakar 2014 Ruben Faria
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#Dakar #KTM #Coma - Day 2, here is the orange story, that of KTM for the day, a brand that is getting a run for their money.


 


6 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 2 -Yamaha- Challenging Second Day for Despres
Dakar 2014 Cyril Despres
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#Dakar #Yamaha - 2nd day on the Dakar, and Yamaha have a few things to say.


 


6 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014 - Day 1 - Yamaha - Despres Takes Third in Argentina
Dakar 2014 Frans Verhoeven
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#Dakar #Yamaha - Day 1 of the Dakar in Yamaha's words.


 


6 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014 - Day 1 - Honda- Joan Barreda Rides CRF450 to Victory After 25 Years
Dakar 2014 Joan Barreda
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#Dakar #Honda - Day 1 of the notorious Dakar, and here is Honda's account of the day.


 


5 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: Day 1 - KTM - Coma Finishes Close Second
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
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#Dakar #KTM #Coma - Day 1 of a very long Dakar rally. Here is KTM's report.


 


5 January, 2014 - Dakar 2014: The Figures
Dakar 2013 Cyril Despres
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#Dakar #Statistics - The Dakar is starting today (Sunday) so let us have a look at what this motorcycle rally represents, statistics-wise.


 


13 December, 2013 - Dakar: Resorting To Putting Sexy Woman To Attract Viewers?
Dakar Demo Dolly
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#Dakar #Sexy - Is the Dakar organization (ASO) resorting to putting sexy woman on the motorcycle in order to attract viewers and journalists?


 


21 November, 2013 - Major Porn Company Sponsors Dakar Motorcycle Rider, Again
Dakar 2014 Dorcel Anna Polina Hugo Payen
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#Dakar #Dorcel - For a 2nd time, a major French porn studio is sponsoring a Dakar motorcycle in next year's race. Is this going to be a trend?


 


20 November, 2013 - The 2014 Dakar - Route and Highlights
Dakar 2014 Route
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#Dakar2014 #Route - Here is the route for the 2014 Dakar and some highlights.

 


8 October, 2013 - Honda Unveils 2014 Dakar Rally Model
Honda CRF450 Rally 2014
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#Honda #Dakar #CRF450 - Honda has released official photos of the new CRF450 RALLY designed specifically for rally racing. TEAM HRC (Honda’s motorcycle works team for rally races) will use the CRF450 RALLY at the upcoming 2014 Dakar Rally –Argentina,Bolivia, Chile in January 2014...........

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30 May, 2013 - Dakar: Cyril Despres Moves To Yamaha
Cyril Despres Team Yamaha motor france
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#Dakar #Yamaha #Despres - Cyril Despres announced several months ago that he was leaving KTM, the brand that brought him multiple Dakar titles and off road fame, but he did not want to say what he was going to do next. Many people speculated that he would leave motorcycle rally racing and possibly go for four wheels.

But everyone was wrong. In a "Valentino Rossi" style move, Cyril Despres is going blue, Yamaha blue. He has nothing left to prove riding for KTM, and now he wants to show that it is him winning, not just the bike...........

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20 March, 2013 - Dakar: The 2014 Dakar Poster Is Out - Already
Dakar 2014 Poster
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#Dakar - We've just finished the 2013 edition of the popular Dakar rally, and already they've released the poster for the 2014 race.

You can't blame the organizers for not planning. So now all I got to do is wait 9 months....


 


18 January, 2013 - Dakar2012: Day 14 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Kurt Caselli
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Almost there, one more day after this, and for those who don't like the Dakar it'll be over, and for those who love it, we can start looking forwards to next year's one.

One thing is certain, both Barreda and Caselli have proven themselves to be very worthy rookies. Top 5 motorcycles, yet again, are KTM; Things don't change. Not that I want it to...


 


17 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 13 - KTM Report
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#Dakar - Interesting and another tough day, day 13 stage 12, from steaming hot to freezing cold. Another Yamaha wins the stage, but with no influence on the general rankings.

The 1st five were all different brands..... what a difference a few years make...........

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17 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: The Only Way Forward With A Motorcycle Is With ...
Dakar 2013 Helicopter Transport
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here are times in the Dakar rally that there's only one way forward on a motorcycle, and that's what happened in the disastrous stage yesterday where flash floods made it impossible for the competitors to continue their route.

Only the first part of the motorcycle race passed through unharmed, but when the last motorcycles arrived at the dry river beds, followed by the cars and trucks, the flash floods arrived. One motorcycle got really stuck, and needed some "help" getting out.

Amazing race, amazing photos.


 


16 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 12 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Kurt Caselli
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#Dakar - Rainy day, so much that the car & trucks section had to be cancelled, and several amateur motorcycle got stuck in fast rising water...

Kurt Caselli rides majestically, another future Dakar winner; KTM have done their thing, and taken the top spots of the leader board...........

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15 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 11 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Pablo Oscar Pascual
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#Dakar - After the many upsets of yesterday in the motorcycle part (and also cars and trucks), the rally continues into stage 10, day 11.

The KTMs have taken the upperhand again, and it's looking like Despres is getting strong and stronger in the 2nd half. Strategy or Luck?


 


15 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 10 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Ruben Faria
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#Dakar -Stage 9 Day 10, 1st day after day 9 which was a "rest" day for the Dakar. The first day after a rest day is always the most dangerous day on the Dakar, since riders are not as sharp as they should be.

Day 10 was also the longest of the rally, with Despres going balls-to-the-walls. But will he make it? ..........One thing is sure, Yamaha is no longer in the lead, the difference 1 day makes, but then, it's the Dakar! Poor Casteu and the unfortunate cow...

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14 January, 2013 - Dakar2013 - 20 Bivouac Photos
Dakar 2013 Bivouac
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#Dakar - Yesterday may have been an official rest day at the Dakar rally, but it was anything but rest for the competitors and support staff. Motorcycles needed to be maintained, limbs needed to be straightened out, bellies fed and strategies revised for the 2nd part of the race.

The day after a rest day is always the most dangerous part of the rally, since attention spans are at an all-time low, so they racers need to keep sharp.

Here are 20 photos taken in the bivouac area during the rest day, provided by different media outlets.


 


12 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 8 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Riaan Van Niekerk
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#Dakar - Last day before the well deserved rest day, and the first half of the race was cancelled due to heavy rain.

This was the 2nd part of the marathon stage, meaning no mechanic support the night before, so any problems on the motorcycle had to be repaired by the racers themselves. Is this going to be the Yamaha year?..........

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11 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 7 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Kurt Caselli
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#Dakar - Day 7 sees the circus enter Argentina, and nice trip through very high mountains. But it did not good to the motorcycle favorite, Cyril Despres. He's gone back in the ranking, despite 1 & 2 stage win for KTM (Yamaha in 3rd).

They're almost halfway, so anything can still happen. It's the Dakar ...............Here's what KTM has to say

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10 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 6 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Tim Forman
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#Dakar - First full day in Chile, with a very long stage. Early up, late to bed.

It looks like so far that the KTM domination is over. Even a God-like racer like Despres is having problems with Yams and Husqvarnas, now he's in a Yamaha sandwich. ..........

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9 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 5 - KTM Report
Dakar 2013 Kurt Caselli
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#Dakar - Day 5 sees the boys (sorry, no girls this time) entering Chile for a short time.

The race continuous to make men out of boys, and many are seeing the end their dreams early. At the top 5 of the ranking, there's a hard fought battle between 2 Yamaha, 2 KTM and 1 Husqvarna rider. And the winner is..............

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8 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 4
Dakar 2013 Jacek Czachor
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#Dakar - Over 20 motorcycles already out of the race, that's 10%, and counting. It's getting tougher and tougher.

KTM is no longer leading, Despres had to relinquish lead to fellow Frenchman Olivier Pain on a Yamaha, followed by David Casteu, also on a Yamaha..

Looks like this year we're not going to see that many Austrian motorcycles in the top spots...........

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7 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 3
Dakar 2013 Ruben Faria
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#Dakar - We're really in the Dakar now, and in day 3 we've seen several motorcycles disappear from the leader boards.

It's time for the pure professional now to show their stuff, and stage 3 was no disappointment. It looks like Despres's new frenemy is Chaleco, with Marco Coma's inability to play...........

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7 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: The Lonely Bultaco Is Back
Dakar 2013 Bultaco
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It takes a brave person to race in the Dakar on a motorcycle, and an even braver person to race on a very old motorcycle, in this case a 1978 Bultaco Frontera. Igancio Chivite is a 48 year old Spanish racer, and crazy about the old, and demised, Bultaco. Despite the demise in 1983 of the "old" Spanish motorcycle manufacturer (the company was started by the former MotoGP racer Sete Gibernau's grandfather), Chivite tried racing the motorcycle in the 2011 Dakar but had to retire due to problems in the 6th stage (and he had to spend 3 nights sleeping in the desert).

Now he's back, with the another "old" bike (and some modifications), and with a Herculean effort, he's going to try to finish this year. Currently, stage 2, he's in the respectable position of #150...........

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6 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Day 2
Dakar 2013 Cyril Despres
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Saturday’s opening stage of Dakar 2013 may have been largely ceremonial but on Sunday riders plunged into some difficult territory in a loop circuit around Pisco tackling difficult dunes on Peru’s desert coast. KTM factory riders Ruben Faria and Joan Pedrero finished 2-3 overall behind leader Joan Barreda while Red Bull KTM title defender Cyril Despres is overall fifth...........

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5 January, 2013 - Dakar2013: Starts Today - The Statistics
Dakar 2013 Cyril Despres
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One of the most grueling and tough rally enduro races in the world starts today, the famous, and often notorious, Dakar. Although they haven't been going to Dakar for years now, the race keeps the name Dakar. Today the 35th edition of this race starts, with trucks, cars, quads and of course the motorcycles racing in South America (Peru, Argentina and Chile) for 14 days. Since its creating, the Dakar has been raced in 27 different countries.

The record man for the most number of victories remains the Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, with 6 motorcycle victories and 4 car wins.

The youngest contestant is 19 years, the Dutchman Robert Van Pelt on a motorcycle..........

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26 November, 2012 - Dakar2013: Scrutineering - The Movie
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Well, movie is a big word. Maybe more a quick (8 minutes) overview video clip of the 2013 Dakar technical and administrative scrutineering. Thursday and Friday of last week (22/23 November) saw a big part of the famous Dakar race "land" in Le Havre, France. There, in between major oil refineries, oil trucks and heavy industries, in a big hanger, all European vehicles came together for a 2 day diesel fumes, drilling machines, loud exhausts and the smell of coffee feast.

Wherever you where in the scrutineering process, you can hear the thundering race & support trucks, the throaty roar of motorcycle engines and the sound of drillings and pneumatic machines beavering away at the 100s, if not 1000s, of vehicles. Thursday was the busiest day, but unfortunately I had another commitment, so I arrived early on Friday to capture some of the Dakar magic.

Below you'll find 4 photos and a video I took. The video was quickly made, and there's no narrative since none of the people present (racers) were English speaking. I would have loved to have an Englishman/woman talk us through the process... maybe next year. Anyway, you get to see what the scrutineering is all about...........

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30 July, 2012 - Dakar 2013: Motorcycles Sold Out
Dakar 2005
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It might be a worldwide financial crisis for many, but for some passionate racers, it just doesn't matter. In the space of 2 months, the Dakar rally has sold out all its spaces for motorcycles. A total of 305 motorcycles & quads have registered for the race that starts next year in Santiago de Chile. But only 220 of them will actually start on the 5th of January 2013.

10 Latin-Americans, and the rest are motorcycle racers from 51 different nationalities. It's interesting to see so many people want to race in a "dream of a lifetime". Typically, it'll cost some $75,000 to participate, counting your bike, transport, etc. Some people have even mortgaged their house so that they can participate.

At this moment I'm still contemplating to attend the mythic event, but it depends on me finding a magazine or newspaper that will help finance the trip (it costs a lot of money as accredited press to attend). We'll see...


 


2 July, 2012 - Dakar: Honda To Compete With Motorcycle Factory Team
Honda CRF450X Dakar
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Since 23 years, Honda motorcycles has not competed officially in the famous Dakar race. It had competed officially with a works team between 1981 until 1989, and won the race 5 times.

But now they're back! The official works Honda team, called Team HRC, includes the Portuguese veteran Helder Rodrigues (3rd in the 2012 race) and Brazilian Felipe Zanol. The second team has British racer Sam Sunderland and Argentian Javier Pizzolito.

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9 May, 2012 - Cyril Despres Writes A Book and Why You Should Buy It
4x Dakar Book
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Any Dakar fan will know the name. You can't escape it if you watch the famous car & motorcycle rally. Cyril Despres, 4 time winner of the Dakar, and 9 times on the finish podium, needs no introduction.

Cyril is a mild manner gentleman, and an "alien" (to coin a MotoGP phrase) motorcycle racer. The Frenchman has published a book, entitled "4X Dakar", about his Dakar experience. As Cyril has said himself "Normally a rider waits until the end of his career before publishing a retrospective. Except that I have never been a fan of convention!".

The reason this factory KTM rider is publishing a book is to raise money for a school in Africa that he started after the untimely death of his friend Fabrizio Meoni in the 2005 Dakar rally in Africa. The school is located in the suburbs of Dakar, Senegal, and has 13 teachers and 321 children. But the area has 500 children who can not go to a school, so Cyril wants to expand the school and for that he needs money.

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21 March, 2012 - Dakar 2013 - Route Upside Down
Dakar 2013 Route
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The Dakar organization have just announced the 2013 route for the famous and gruelling Dakar rally, and it's a whopper. They are still going to hold it in South America (Africa seems to be off the cards for the time being), but instead of starting in Buenos Aires as they have in all previous editions, in 2013 they'll start in Lima, Peru.

So instead of going North, they will be going South. The route takes them partially through Argentina, and finishes in Santiago de Chile.

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16 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 14 and Final
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Last day of the famous Dakar rally, and in the motorcycle category, Cyril Depres has won. It's his 4th title, one more than his arch-rival Marc Coma. It was not an easy 3 weeks for either of them. For the spectators, we could not have asked for a better race, since it was played until Day 13 within seconds of each other. This made the race very interesting to watch.

Congratulations to both Cyril and Marc for making this year so interesting to follow.

BTW: Not only did motorcycle riders win the motorcycle category, obviously, but the top 2 in the car category were/are bikers, both having won the Dakar on a motorcycle. So to win the Dakar, you really need to be a motorcycle rider, maybe a lesson for Robby Gordon.


 


15 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 13
Dakar2012 13 Marek Dabrowski
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Day 13 of the Dakar. 13 may be a unlucky number for some cultures, but for the French, 13 is an lucky number, and the proof is in the pudding. Frenchman Cyril Despres won this important and penultimate stage of the rally, and his unlucky opponent, Coma, lost so much time, that he will need a miracle to win the race. What's worse for Coma is that he might have to change engine, incurring a 45 minute penalty.

One more day, not a ride in the park, but still easy compared to the last 2 weeks worth of racing, and then it's over. This year was a bumper year, with an incredible track laid out for the motorcycles to cross. A lot of deep sand dunes made it spectacular to watch.


 


14 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 12
Dakar2012 12 Bivouac
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Almost there, and all the cards have been played. The top 2 motorcycle riders, Marc Coma and Cyril Despres are still very close, with Coma re-taking the lead, but this time, Despres will not start immediately behind Coma, so the chances that he will overtake are slim.

The terrible dunes were reasonably easy, compared to the picture drawn by the organizers. More media attention is currently given to the fight between Gobby Gordon vs The Rest of the World.


 


13 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 11
Dakar2012 11 Felipe Zanol
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Apart from the two main motorcycle racers getting closer and closer, Day 11's only real excitement was the river crossing, with many riders flooding their motorcycle engines.

The real race starts tomorrow, day 12. Uncharted dunes, deep sand and stress (because we're in a marathon phase, with no mechanical assistance), so my guess is whoever wins Friday the 13th, will win the race.


 


12 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 10
Dakar2012 10 Felipe Zanol
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Last full day in Chile, and tomorrow on to Peru, a first for the Dakar rally. The motorcycles had another tough day, but that's the Dakar, a tough day follows a tough day.

Despres lost tme against his arch-rival Coma, and now only 21 seconds seperate them. 21 seconds is nothing, and anything can happen in the next few days, it's that close.

Spanish rider Joan Barreda took his first ever victory in the Dakar on his Husqvarna, and looks promosing as a future winner.


 


11 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 9
Dakar2012 9 Felipe Zanol
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ay 9 saw the incredible and scary sand dune of Iquique, a monster of a dune that would make any downhill skier green of envy, but now the Dakar racers needed to ride it down on their motorcycle after the longest stage of the whole race. Not an easy accomplishment.

Day 9 saw the motorcycles racing in sand and fesh-fesh for some 500 kms, and Despres regained the lead from Coma, but you can see that both racers are tired.


 


10 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 8
Dakar2012 8 Ruben Faria
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The Dakar race is now in its 2nd week, and things have been happening, some of them not good. Apart from Despres falling into a mud trap and loosing 15 minutes, the organizers decide to credit him with time lost in the trap, but none to Marc Coma who managed to avoid the trap, but spent some time doing so.

Life is not fair, but who cares? In the mean time, the motorcycle are doing their best to finish. They are rapidly approaching Peru, a first for the Dakar.


 


9 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: The Easy Way Of Racing A Motorcycle
Dakar2012 Motorcycle Via Helicopter
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You'll probably all seen the TV images of motorcycle racers in the famous Dakar rally, laboring through the dunes, stranded in mud, broken down alongside the road while trucks are thundering past at an alarming speed.

It's all part of the fun of racing your motorcycle in the Dakar rally. Until this photo......

This clearly shows there's another way of taking part in the Dakar with a motorcycle...


 


7 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 6
Dakar2012 6 Marc Coma
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Stage 6 of the Dakar rally may have been cancelled due to bad weather in the mountain passes, but it didn't mean that the motorcycles were not riding. Just because there was no race, the motorcycles still needed to brave the extreme cold temperatures and snowy roads through an almost 5,000 meter high mountain pass.

Imagine that the day before they were exposed to 40°C, and now it's freezing. I wonder how many will start the race on Saturday with a cold or flu? If you think it was a ride-in-the-park, forget it.


 


6 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 5
Dakar2012 5 Christopher Birch
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The terrible sand dunes of Fiambala are done, and this time the weather helped everyone a little hand. It had been raining for days before the day all motorcycle had to cross the frightening sand dunes, and now the sand was harder and firmer for motorcycles.

Chances were that you would not get as stuck as in previous editions of the race. Cyril Despres took the most advantage of it, and beat his arch-rival, Marc Coma, to the finish, increasing his lead. But the race is only over when the fat lady sings. Dutchman Frans Verhoeven got problems and lost his 3rd place, replaced by Helder Rodrigues.


 


5 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 4
Dakar2012 4 Christopher Birch
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The Dakar rally is now in full swing. All competitors are on their rhythm, but many are falling off, especially in the motorcycle field. Have the organizers made this year's edition too tough? 22 riders have withdrawn in 3 days!

It's amazing to watch the superpros battling it out, it makes the "normal" pros look ... normal. The fight between Despres and Coma is intensifying, and even a really great enduro rider like Verhoeven just doesn't get close. The fight between the two arch rivals looks like it's going to be until the last round, they are so evenly matched.

Here are the photos of Day 4, courtesy KTM and Maragni M.


 


4 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 3
Dakar2012 3 Mohammed Balooshi
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Day 3 of the famous and fabulous Dakar race for 2012, and the motorcycle field is being thinned out, more a culling.

The USA riders are down to 4, but others are not doing any better. It looks like this year's edition is very tough, with the local hospitals getting crowded.

Here are the photos of the epic day.


 


3 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Day 2 - The Photos
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Here are many photos, courtesy KTM motorcycles and Maragni M., of Day 2 of the Dakar race.

Funny enough, many of the KTM motorcycle riders are Polish.


 


2 January, 2012 - Dakar2012: Cyril Despres Rolls Out The Big Guns - Literally
Dakar2012 Cyril Despres Ruben Faria Guns
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It looks like the Dakar 2012 edition is heated up already. With the number of wins between arch-rivals Marc Coma and Cyril Despres at 3 - 3, both motorcycle riders are going to be at their best to win this year's race. Cyril Despres has decided with team mate Ruban Faria to win this year, and he's brought in the big guns, and I mean BIG GUNS. This should give Marc Coma something to think about....

 


23 December, 2011 - Marc Coma Sends His Christmas Wishes In Motorcycle Style
Marc Coma Christmas 2011 Card
Marc Coma, last year's Dakar (and three times) winner, sent his Christmas wishes in KTM motorcycle style.

Nice....


 


21 December, 2011 - Dakar2012: David Fretigne Not Starting
David Fretigne Husqvarna
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It's a real pity for the Dakar race. One of the very few motorcycle racers who could have made a stab at the monopoly of Cyril Despres and Marc Coma for the leadership, is Frenchman David Fretigne. But alas, David was badly hurt in an accident 2 years ago, and already had to renounce the 2011 edition of the Dakar. But unfortunately, the doctors did not deem him fit enough to race in this grueling race. The sawbones stated that if David would make a heavy fall (which almost every Dakar racer will do during the race), he might risk a life-long paralysis. So the Husqvarna rider will have to sit out the race for another season. Pity.

 


8 December, 2011 - Dakar 2012: The Figures
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The world famous, or notorious, race, the Dakar, is a few weeks from starting. It's probably the most famous rally race, for cars, motorcycles and trucks. Video and photos of the incredibly tough race are seen throughout the world. The race is still being held in South America, despite calls of many to return to its roots in Africa. But the South American race holds many supporters, particularly the locals in Argentina who are all race mad.

Here are some of the figures and statistics of the Dakar, race. Notably is that there are a lot less KTM motorcycle taking part.


 


21 November, 2011 - Dakar 2012 and Porn0
Dakar 2012 Hugo Paven Dorcel
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Racing your motorcycle in the Dakar rally is expensive, and professionals but also amateurs, get sponsors to help them out financially.

But French motorcycle racers has found a very special sponsor; Marc Dorcel is a large French porno group, and they are sponsoring Hugo Paven for the 2nd year.

Lucky guy! Racing in the Dakar (for the 5th time), having a sponsor pay for everything, AND it's a porn0 shop...


 


27 April, 2011 - Cyril Despres Moves Slowly To The Dark Side Of Racing
Cyril Despres Corvette
Multiple Dakar winner, Cyril Despres, looks like is getting ready to trade in his KTM motorcycle for a car. He's not the only one, since other Dakar legends did similar, and went on to win the Dakar in a car.

But in the mean time, Despres tried his luck racing a Corvette. So far, he's still planning to race a motorcycle in the 20122 Dakar, but what about 2013?


 


1 April, 2011 - Valentino Rossi Announces Participation In The 2012 Dakar
Rossi and his temporary KTM 450 Rally
In an interview with La Repubblica, Valentino Rossi let it be known that he has negotiated with Ducati a release during next year's off season to participate in the Dakar 2012. His love for rallies and motocross is no secret to anyone.

He has had several training session on a KTM with multiple winner Cyril Despres, with more to follow at the end of the MotoGP season.


 


19 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Some KTM Statistics
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KTM released some very interesting statistics about their 2011 Dakar motorcycle rally.

Impressive figures: it shows you what they have to put up with.


 


15 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Marc Coma Wins Dakar-10 Consecutive Titles For KTM
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Final report from KTM of the last stage of the Dakar.


 


15 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: KTM Celebrates Fantastic 10th Consecutive Victory
Marc Coma
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It's over for another year! The Dakar finished today in style, with Dutchman Frans Verhoeven winning the final stage.

Poor Chilean rider, Chaleco, who was in a good overall third position, broke his motorcycle, and is no longer on the podium.

Marc Coma wins his third Dakar, and Cyril Despres ends in 2nd overall. Helder Rodrigues on his Yamaha finished 3rd.

KTM's dominance in rally races has remained untouched, despite the 450cc rule. 8 KTMs made it to the top 10. One Yamaha and one Honda make up the rest of the top 10.


 


14 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 12-Coma Takes Stage 12 By Just 37 Seconds
Cyril Despres
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Almost there, this is really it. Tomorrow is more a formality..

Despres really tried to gain, but was not able to. Coma finished 1st, Despres 2nd and Helder Rodrigues 3rd.


 


13 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 11-Never Say Die-Despres Claws Back 2 Minutes
Marc Coma
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Strange 11th stage, with a dead zone in the middle. Must have been difficult for the participants, racing, then slowing down, then racing again.

KTMs are still in the running, placing 1 and 2, and good old Chaleco on his Aprilia 3rd


 


12 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 10-Coma Snaps Another Vctory
Marc Coma
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The Dakar is back in Argentina, and is close to being finished. The time difference between the two top KTM motorcycle riders, Coma and Despres, is still very small. Onemishap could upset the balance.

Stage 10 was tough, specially for last year's winner, who lost a good 7 minutes on Coma. Faria, on his KTM came in 3rd.


 


11 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 9-No More Cat and Mouse, Despres Says
Cyril Despres
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I's getting tougher for KTM. No KTMs made it to the stage podium! A Yamaha, a BMW and a Sherco held place 1, 2 & 3 (Jonah Street, Frans Verhoeven and David Casteu).

So no KTM made it to the podium for this stage. Is that a first?


 


11 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: The Lonely Bultaco Abandoned His Dreams
Dakar 2011 Ignacio Chivers Bultaco
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It's really too bad, but it was pretty predictable. The lonely 2-stroke Bultaco motorcycle had to abandon his attempt to finish in this year's Dakar rally.

Ignacio Chivite, the Spanish rider, was exhausted after 2 nights without sleep and many mechanical problems. He had started making mistakes that could cost him his life, so he stopped at stage 6.


 


10 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 8-Coma Takes 3rd Stage Victory; Despres A Close 2nd
Pal Anders Ullevalseter
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KTMs still dominate, or shall we say two KTM riders. Marc Coma and Cyril Despres are the Rossi/Lorenzo combo of Dakar Rally racing.

Chilean Chaleco on his Aprilia is doing really well.


 


9 January, 2011 - Dakar 2012: Stays In South America And Will Include Peru
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Was speaking with a contact at ASO (the Dakar organizers), and not only will the Dakar most probably continue next year in South America, but apart from Argentina and Chile, it will also include Peru.

They may even go as far as the capital, Lima.

So, no return to Africa for the time being, and an extension of the route.


 


9 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 7-Despres & Coma 2nd and 3rd
Cyril Despres
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After a day of rest, the Dakar sets out again into the desert of Chile. An Aprilia from Chaleco wins the stage, in front of his home crowd.

For stage 7, Cyril Despres ends in 2nd, Coma 3rd, while the difference between the two top KTM riders is shrinking.


 


7 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Ruben Faria Takes Stage Six of Daker; Coma Remains Overall Leader
Ruben Faria
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2 KTMs and 1 Yamaha on the podium. Fesh Fesh hell today.

Motorcycles, as usual, suffered the most.


 


7 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Rodrigues Aiming For Podium After 1st Third
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Yamaha Racing's report on the progress of the 2011 Dakar.

Their main man, Helder Rodrigues, is doing his bit to get on the podium.


 


6 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 5-Coma Retains Lead After Despres Incurs 10-minute Penalty
Francisco
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A first?? No KTM on the stage podium today, despite the fact that Despres did come in the top three, he got another 10 minutes penalty. 2 BMWs and 1 Aprilia on the podium?

Are the 450 the real equalizers?


 


5 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 4-2nd Stage Win For Coma As Two-Way KTM Battle Ensues
Francisco
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Wow, an Aprilia motorcycle on the podium.... Stage 4 of the Dakar 2011, and the difference between Marc Coma and Cyril Despres can be measured with a stopwatch.

But the Chilean Chaleco on his Aprilia has invited himself on the podium, just when they arrive in Chile.


 


5 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: A Few Photos From Stage 3
Dakar 2011
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Here are three photos from Reuters made during yesterday's Dakar motorcycle race.

I love the first one... great shot.


 


4 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Stage 3-1st Stage Win For KTM’s Marc Coma
Marc Coma
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Cyril Despres made a navigation mistake, and lost some time. He's still leading Marc Coma, but in Dakar terms, only by nanoseconds.

KTM still leading the field, but less and less of them. Can they survive?


 


3 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: Cyril Despres Wins Stage 2
Cyril Despres
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2nd Stage of the 2011 Dakar, and after Faria's penalty, Despres started as leader, and remained the leader.

Will the 450cc rule finally kill KTM's dominance, or are they that good that they'll win again. This time there were less KTM's in the Top 10.


 


3 January, 2011 - Dakar 2011: KTM’s Ruben Faria Takes 1st Stage Win
Ruben Faria Training Session
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Stage 1 for the Dakar 2011 edition, and already KTM leads with the first four places in the motorcycle section.

Will BMW, Aprilia and Yamaha gain?


 


22 December, 2010 - Dakar 2011: Simon Pavey Heavy Desert Motorcycle Training
Simon Pavey Snow Training
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Here we can see the Australian Dakar veteran and Head of the BMW Off-road Skills Training School, Simon "Si" Pavey, training for the desert in the upcoming Dakar motorcycle rally...


 


8 December, 2010 - Dakar 2011: Simon Pavey Caves In And Rides Again
Simon Pavey BMW Dakar 2011
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Despite having sworn never to race the Dakar rally on his motorcycle again a few years back, BMW Off-Road Head Training Instructor and off road trainer to the stars, Simon "Si" Pavey, has been lured into racing again.

Next month sees him racing under the number 51, his BMW motorcycle for the 8th time in the Dakar!

Good luck Si!


 


24 November, 2010 - Dakar 2011: BMW Motorcycles In Trouble
Shamrock 2010 BMW David Fretigne
David Fretigne
David Fretigne, French superstar enduro racer and BMW's hope for winning the Dakar race, has been declared unfit to race in the upcoming Dakar race.

David crashed in last month's Rallye du Maroc, breaking vertebrae and ribs, and has not been able to fully recover.

Now BMW's hope lies totally on Dutchman's Frans Verhoeven's shoulders.


 


22 November, 2010 - Hayabusa Racing The 2011 Dakar Rally
Goorbergh Hayabusa Buggy
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Even if you've not been following the famous Dakar race, or just not interested in it, you'd know that a Hayabusa motorcycle is totally not the motorcycle to use in the Dakar. But still...

Two Dutch motorcycle racers (one of them being the former MotoGP racer Jurgen van den Goorbergh) are going to take part in next year's Dakar in a Hayabusa. Except it's not a motorcycle....


 


8 November, 2010 - Support The Bultaco Effort In The Dakar: Buy The T-Shirt
Bultaco Dakar T Shirt 2011
In order to support the lonely Bultaco motorcycle participating in the upcoming Dakar, a special t-shirt is on sale now.

You can support the rider and Bultaco by buying the t-shirt...


 


4 October, 2010 - 46 Dakar Motorcycles Over The Years
Dakar 1980 Vespa
Dakar 1980 KTM 240
46 motorcycles that have participated in the famous Dakar rally, from the very first year until 2011 (okay, the last one still has to race).

Some of them are very special, like the Vespa scooter. They're not all KTMs, believe it or not, KTM do not hold the number of victories.


 


1 October, 2010 - Dakar 2011: A Lonely Bultaco Motorcycle Joins The Fun
Bultaco Dakar 2011 Ignacio
Bultaco Dakar 2011 Ignacio
Believe it or not, but a 1978 Bultaco 2-stroke Pursang 370 is going to take part in the 2011 Dakar rally. This old motorcycle has already seen quite some action in its life time, and now it has been entered by a Spanish racer, into world's toughest motorcycle race.

That takes guts!


 


7 September, 2010 - Dakar: Another Motorcycle Racer Dead - 24 Years Afterwards
Jean Michel Baron
French motocross champion Jean-Michel Baron died last week, 24 years after crashing in the 1986 Dakar rally on his motorcycle.

For 24 years, he was in a coma, and last week passed away.

Sad. RIP.


 


7 September, 2010 - Dakar: 2011 Edition Motorcycles Entries Closed!
Dakar 2011 Map
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If you were planning to race your motorcycle in the 2011 edition of the Dakar rally, and have not registered for it, you can forget it.

The 200 competitor list is now full, and the waiting list is enormous. This year's 450cc max rule is making it more interesting to compete with the big boys, and manufacturers like BMW, Yamaha, Aprilia, Sherco and Honda are all putting in their money's worth.


 


21 July, 2010 - Enduro: David Fretigne Moves From Yamaha To BMW
David Fretigne Dakar 2009 Training
French motorcycle rally/enduro champion, Dakar 450 cc class winner and 3rd overall, and many victories in enduro races, has decided to move from Yamaha to BMW.

After 11 years riding for Yamaha, BMW have offered him an interesting racing package to allow him to hopefully win the Dakar race.


 


6 July, 2010 - Video: Dakar 2011 Promo
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Like any self-respecting major sport event, there's a promotional video of the next event.

Here's the promo for the 2011 edition of the famous Dakar race. Plenty of motorcycles, cars and trucks... and many emotions.


 


4 June, 2010 - KTM Propose Special Dakar Motorcycle For 2011 Race
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KTM are proposing a special 450cc motorcycle for the 2011 Dakar rally.

It's a special built, not a revamped 450EXC, and in the package are the Dakar fees, a max of 2 spare engines and the motorcycle itself. Cost... a small amount..... €56,000. Gasp... and that excludes maintenance, support, logistics, etc.


 


17 May, 2010 - A Notable Dakar Victim In The Libyan Airplane Crash
Emilie Poucan
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Emilie Poucan, the person responsible for the press at the Dakar race has died in the airplane crash in Libya last week.

She was returning from South Africa where she celebrated her 32nd birthday.

She'll be missed.


 


12 May, 2010 - Dakar Race Caused USD 570K Worth Of Damage In Chile
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According to the organization in Chile that looks after national monuments, the Dakar race has caused some US$570,000 worth of damage to historical sites.

They want the Dakar organizers to cough up the dough...


 


29 April, 2010 - Dakar 2011: Go North Young Man, Go North
Dakar 2011 Map
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The Dakar route for 2011 has been published, and it's a stinger.

It goes all the way to the North, close to Peru, where the deserts make the Sahara look like Miami beach...


 


23 March, 2010 - Dakar 2011: Stay In South America
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It has been announced that the Dakar rally will stay in South America for next year (2011).

More info about the route will be published next month.


 


18 January, 2010 - Dakar 2011 In Africa - EAST!
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According to one of the main sponsors of the Dakar rally, France 2 (the French state owned television), the Dakar organizers are looking into moving the 2011 Dakar race back to Africa next year, but to the North East.

They have received invitations from Tunisia, Libya and Egypt to race in their countries. Decision will be made in several weeks.


 


16 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 16 and Final - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Marc Coma / Cyril Despres
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Day 16 and final day of the Dakar rally. Here's KTM's report on this day.

No surprise who won, but who ended up in 2nd and 3rd?


 


15 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 15 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Pal Anders Ullevalseter
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Day 15 and almost last day. Here's the KTM Motorcycle report of the Dakar.

Good finish for Norway (finally Pal wins, and gets 2nd overall place), and yet again the Aprilia ends in the top 3. Next year is going to be interesting with all bikes running 450cc.

Unless a miracle happens tomorrow, Despres will have won the Dakar (again).


 


14 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 14 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Cyril Despres
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Day 14 of the Dakar, here's the KTM report. Bummer than Verhoeven lost yesterday's victory, the Dakar management have some favorites....

The motorcycle field has been decimated, but Despres's position is solid. Tomorrow is the penultimate stage, and the most technical (last year, many bit the dust).


 


13 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 13 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Cyril Despres
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Day 13 of the Dakar, almost there.... we're back in Argentina, and the motorcycle riders have had to go through the impressive Andes mountains.

Another day, another tough stage. For a change, it was not Coma who won, but Dutchman Verhoeven, followed by USA Jonah Street. All that because of a screwup by a local cop who closed the wrong road. The top riders went wrong, the rest went right.


 


12 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 12 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Marc Coma
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Day 12 of the Dakar rally, and Coma is on a winning streak, but Despres remains the leader of the motorcycle race. This is the last day in Chile, back in Argentina tomorrow.


 


11 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 11 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Marc Coma
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Day 11 in the ongoing saga of the Dakar rally. Interesting start for the motorcycles, a first in the Dakar. A motocross style departure...

Despres still leading, and Marc Coma still winning stages without having any chance of winning the Dakar.


 


10 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 10 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Marc Coma
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The day after the rest day, Day 10 of the Dakar, sees a really long and tough stage.

Coma is out thanks to 6 hours penalty, and Despres is playing it safe.


 


10 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 8 - KTM Bivouac Photos
Dakar 2010 KTM
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Yesterday was a well deserved rest day, and the halfway mark of the race.

Here are some photos of the bivouac.


 


9 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: 8 Photos Of Motorcycles On Day 8
Dakar 2010 Claudio Rodriguez
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The Dakar is not just about the top riders, it's really about the unsung heroes, the motorcycle riders you never get to see on TV or media.

Here are 8 photos of the real Dakar riders.


 


9 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 8 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Ruben Faria
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Day 8, Stage 7 and we're on the halfway mark of the 2010 edition of the Dakar (Saturday is rest day).

This was the longest stage, so the field is decimated.


 


8 January, 2010 - Dakar2010: Annie Seel - Leading Female Motorcycle Rider
Dakar2007 Annie Seel
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A look at the leading female motorcycle rider in the 2010 Dakar rally, Swedish Rally Princess Annie Seel.

She's leading the race in the female category, and is 40th overall in the motorcycle category, despite riding with an injury.


 


7 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 7 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Cyril Despres
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Day 7, Stage 6 of the Dakar, here's the KTM Report.

Too bad Manca, after yesterday's great gesture giving his rear tire to Coma, despite being in the running for a podium, crashed and is in hospital.


 


6 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 6 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Cyril Despres
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Day 6, Stage 5, and here's KTM's report on their motorcycles in the Dakar.

To bad Casteu is out, and Coma is really suffering in this race. And an Aprilia winning the stage???? Wow!


 


6 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Ten Photos Of Day 5 Of Other Motorcycle Riders
Dakar 2010 Frans Verhoeven
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Here are ten photos of the "other" contestants, riding their motorcycles in the Dakar, during day 5 (Hell Day).

Pretty.....


 


5 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 5 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Cyril Despres
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Day Five (Stage 4) of the Dakar, and the KTMs are starting to run the race, again, though the Sherco is holding well.

It has become so tough, they had to shorten today's race.


 


5 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 4 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Jordi Viladoms
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Day 4 of KTM's report.

Cyril Despres wins the stage and leads, while Jordi crashes and is out of the race. Things are heating up..


 


4 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 3 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Henk Knuiman
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Day 3 of the Dakar, and here's KTM's report for the day.


 


4 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: Day 2 - KTM Report
Dakar 2010 Marc Coma
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Day 2 of the Dakar rally, and here's KTM's report.


 


2 January, 2010 - Dakar 2010: KTM’s Coma & Despres Off To Conquer World’s Most Challenging Rally
Dakar 2010 Marc Coma
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KTM's big hitters, Marc Coma and Cyril Despres, despite not in an official team configuration, are riding the KTM flag, and are ready to battle who is going to be the winner this year.

Between the two, they have won the last few years worth of Dakar motorcycle races.

But will the new technical limitation slow them down? Or will ASO's new rule make the motorcycle rally less interesting?


 


21 December, 2009 - KTM To Use Pirelli’s New Scorpion Tires In The Dakar, Again
Marc Coma Pirelli
Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms from the KTM motorcycle teams will be racing the 2010 Dakar on the new Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires.

The Pirelli's have made their mark last year by placing first and second in the Dakar, so KTM are giving them another go.


 


25 November, 2009 - Dakar 2010: The Map
Dakar 2010 Route map
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The 2010 edition of the Dakar has been published, and here are some interesting statistics about the race.

A lot of the famous motorcycle riders are present, and even a lot of KTM motorcycles.


 


30 July, 2009 - Racing The Dakar On A Yamaha Motorcycle With Support
HFP Offroad Yamaha motorcycle
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If you want to race in the 2010 Dakar, and are afraid for the logistics that goes with the race (motorcycle preparation, spares, mechanics), French HFP Off-road offer a Yamaha WRF450, specially prepared for the Dakar, and a full support package.

Three different options are available.


 


29 July, 2009 - Dakar: KTM Service Truck at Dakar Rally
KTM logo
KTM have announced that despite the fact that they are not fully in the 2010 Dakar race, they are going to supply their famous orange Service Truck for all their customers.


 


4 June, 2009 - Dakar: KTM Withdraws From The Dakar!
KTM logo
Dakar logo
KTM withdraws from the Dakar race after the new ruling forcing them to use 450cc motorcycles.

I'm not surprised!


 


4 June, 2009 - Dakar 2010: New Rules For Motorcycles! 450cc Is The Maximum
Peg Perego Desert Tenere toy motorcycle
Dakar 2010 logo
The Dakar organizers have announced that for the 2010 race, all pro and semi-pro riders will be racing on 450cc motorcycles, while private entries can have bigger motorcycles as long as they are limited to the performance of a 450.

The 2011 edition will be limited to 450cc for all motorcycles.

IMHO it's a big mistake. 450cc motorcycles are not safer than 650 or bigger, so it doesn't bring anything to the table.


 


4 June, 2009 - Dakar 2010: Route Released
Dakar-2010-Track
Dakar 2010 logo
The Dakar 2010 race route has been published!

It looks like a particularly tough race next year, specially for motorcycles. The race goes anti-clock wise this time, going all the way up into the Northern part of Chile.


 


2 June, 2009 - Dakar 2010 Open For Registration
Dakar logo
Registration for cars, motorcycles and trucks is now open for the 2010 Dakar race.

You have 2 months to register, but better hurry, since they always sell out rapidly.


 


3 March, 2009 - Dakar Motorcycle Racers Must Pass Test To Compete
Dakar logo
The Dakar organizers (ASO) have announced that all motorcycle riders in the next race (2010) must pass a strict exam to be able to participate in the event.

If you've raced in a FIM sanctioned race, or in one of the new Dakar series, you'll fine. If not, exam time!

In other words, how to get rid of the amateurs in a race that started for amateurs.


 


19 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Final Post and Round-Up
Dakar logo
A final look at the Dakar race, the special motorcycle riders, the statistics and where is the 2010 edition going to be held?

What a race...!


 


17 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 15-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Marc Coma, Cyril Despres
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Dakar 2009 - Day 15 - KTM Motorcycle report

Last real day, tomorrow is a "parade"....


 


17 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 14-Honda Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Jurgen van den Goorbergh
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Dakar 2009 - Day 14 - Honda Report

Everyone is getting tired....


 


16 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 14-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Cyril Despres
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Dakar 2009 - Day 14 - KTM Motorcycles Report

Almost there, and then another year to wait...


 


16 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 13-Honda Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Jurgen van den Goorbergh
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Dakar 2009 - Day 13 - Honda Motorcycles Report

Tough day


 


15 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 13-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Cyril Despres
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Dakar 2009: Day 13 - KTM Motorcycles Report

Different day, same actors (apart from the cars, but that's another story)....


 


15 January, 2009 - Not The Way They Intended To Race The Dakar
Motorway traffic for the Dakar
I do not think many people envisaged racing their motorcycle in the Dakar race like this...

....on the motorway....


 


15 January, 2009 - Respect: Isidre Esteve Pujol
Esteve Pujol
Anyone racing in the Dakar merits respect. But some merit more than others.

Esteve Pulol, a Spanish KTM motorcycle rider, was one of world's top racers, when a crash in 2007 resulted in him losing the use of his legs.

But that has not stopped him from racing in the Dakar, but now he's using 4 wheels instead of 2. Respect!


 


14 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 12-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Marc Coma
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Dakar 2009 : Day 12 - KTM Motorcycle Report

Lazy day for all, except maybe the mechanics.


 


14 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 11-Honda Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Mirjam Pol
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Dakar 2009 : Day 11 - Honda Motorcycle Report

The herd is being thinned out. Only the strongest remain.


 


14 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 11-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Jordi Viladoms
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Dakar 2009 - Day 11 - KTM Motorcycles Report

Sand? Anyone see any sand??


 


13 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 10-Honda Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Honda
Dakar logo
Dakar 2009 - Day 10 - Honda Motorcycles Report

Not nearly as pretty photos as KTM, but good enough story...


 


12 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 10-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Frans Verhoeven
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Dakar 2009 - Day 10 - KTM Motorcycles Report

Tough race...


 


12 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 9-Honda Motorcycles Report
Honda logo
Dakar logo
Dakar 2009 : Day 9 - Honda Motorcycles Report.

No photos supplied, so kind of bare...


 


11 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 9-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Cyril Despres
Dakar logo
Dakar 2009: Day 9 - KTM Report

Rest day is over, they back at the grind.


 


11 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Rest Day-Honda Motorcycle Report
Dakar 2009
Dakar logo
Dakar 2009. Honda motorcycles report on the rest day.


 


10 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: 2 More Dead! Tragic!
Dakar logo
Tragedy struck again on the Dakar race trail. On Friday, a support truck carrying tires for the 9th stage crashed into a private car, killing the two occupants.

The truck driver is currently in prison pending investigation.

Tragic!

 


10 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 8-Honda Motorcycle Report
Dakar 2009 Mirjam Pol
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Dakar 2009: Honda Motorcycle Report on day 7 and rest day 8.


 


10 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 7-KTM Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Marc Coma
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Dakar 2009 - Day 7 - KTM motorcycle Report


 


9 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Honda-Mini Interview With Mick Extance
Mick Extance
Dakar logo
Mini Interview with Honda's top motorcycle Dakar rider, Mick Extance.


 


9 January, 2009 - Critics And The Dakar Race
Thierry Sabine Foundation Maternity school
Dakar logo
Despite being a very popular race for motorcycles and cars, almost in any country of the world, there are always groups of people who want the race stopped.

In most cases, these people are ill-informed about the race and its economical and ecological impact in the region.

Time to take stock!


 


9 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 6-KTM Report
Dakar 2009 Cyril Despres
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Dakar 2009 - Day 6 - KTM Motorcycle report


 


8 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 5-Honda Report
Dakar 2009 Jurgen van den Goorbergh
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Dakar 2009, day 5, Honda motorcycle report.


 


8 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Cause Of Death Of Rider Known
Pascal Terry
Dakar logo
The official cause of death of the Dakar motorcycle rider, Pascal Terry, have been published.

His life could have been saved if the organizers had attempted to rescue him when things started going south, but due to communication errors, it took several days.


 


7 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 5-KTM Report
Dakar 2009 Jonah Street
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KTM's 2009 Dakar report, with a new stage winner in the motorcycle category.


 


7 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: First Motorcycle Death
Dakar logo
The 2009 Dakar is in mourning again. 49 year old Frenchman, Terry Pascal, died on his Yamaha motorcycle on the night of Sunday.

He did not die of a crash, since he was sitting in the shade, with his helmet off, and food and water.

The local Police is investigating.


 


7 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 4-Honda Motorcycles Report
Dakar 2009 Honda
Dakar logo
Honda Motorcycle report on day 4 of the 2009 Dakar.


 


7 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Slight Change In Reporting Format
Dakar logo
After a comment and several emails regarding the Dakar reporting on this site, we've decided to slightly change the format. We need to do this because of the people who follow this site using a RSS Reader and live in a country where the Dakar TV reporting is usually the following day. We'll no longer put spoiler information in the headline, nor in the RSS summary. That way the RSS readers will be able to continue scanning the motorcycle news, but not know what went on.

 


6 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 4-Marc Coma Nice And Easy...
Dakar 2009 KTM Factory Racing Team
Dakar logo
Marc Coma seems unstoppable. The KTM Motorcycle rider hasn't had any problems, while everyone behind him has.

Here's what the 4 KTM factory riders have to say.


 


6 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 3-The Serious Stuff Is About To Begin
Dakar 2009 Honda Truck
Dakar logo
Things are heating up, also for Honda motorcycles, at the Dakar.

Here's Honda's report on their riders.


 


6 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 3-Coma and Viladoms Crossing The Final Finishing Line Together On Stage 3
Dakar 2009 Marc Coma
Dakar logo
Marc Coma is starting to really build up his lead in the motorcycle ranking while the previous winner, Cyril Despres, is going through hell. Nothing works for him.

Is South America tougher than Africa.... the big question?


 


5 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 2-Team Honda Europe Well Under Way
Dakar 2009 - Honda -Krzysztof JARMUZ
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Honda's report on the 2nd day of the 2009 Dakar.

It's going quite well for Honda motorcycles.


 


5 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 2- Marc Coma Still Overall Leader After Stage 2
Dakar 2009 Frans Verhoeven
Dakar logo
First time since many years that a Dutchman wins a motorcycle stage in the Dakar. And stage 2 of the 2009 Dakar was it.

Here's KTM's report on the race of today.


 


4 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day 1-Commanding Lead For Coma On 1st Stage Of Dakar
Dakar 2009 Marc Coma
Dakar logo
First in a series of press releases from KTM during the Dakar 2009 motorcycle race.

High quality photos and results. Day 1 did not go the way the KTM factory riders wanted it to go, apart from Marc Coma, who now has a big lead after the 1st day.


 


2 January, 2009 - Dakar 2009: Day -2
Dakar 2009 preparations
Dakar logo
If you want to see photos of the preparations of the Dakar races, cars, motorcycles and trucks, here's a website that is showing it all "live" from Buenos Aires.


 


24 December, 2008 - Video: Dakar 1978
Video clip
Dakar logo
Here's a very interesting video clip of the very first Dakar race held back in 1978.

Starting from Paris, you can see how ill-equipped most of the motorcycles and riders were for such an adventure, but they still went.

So space-age suits, carbon helmets, carbon boots, just plain old walking boots, old helmets and big leather suits.


 


5 December, 2008 - Video: David Fretigne Training For The Dakar 2009
David Fretigne Dakar training
Video clip
David Fretigne is one of the top French motorcycle enduro champs, and he's been training very hard to win the Dakar 2009.

Here's an impressive video clip of David on his Yamaha motorcycle. Wooow!


 


27 November, 2008 - Video: Dakar 2009 Scrutineering
Video clip
Dakar logo
Here's a 4 minutes video clip I made of the Dakar 2009 Scrutineering at Le Havre, France.

The camera had a bit of a problem, since the sound dies halfway every segment. So don't adjust your computer, it's my camera.

The clip shows motorcycles, cars and trucks.


 


26 November, 2008 - Dakar 2009: Photos From The Scrutineering
Dakar 2009 scrutineering day
Dakar logo
As chance will have it, the Dakar 2009 scrutineering is held some 35 kilometers from my house in Le Havre.

Here are 44 photos I made this morning of the event.

It's interesting to see how a well oiled machine like the Dakar organization has got it together.


 


15 May, 2008 - Dakar 2009 Open For Registration
Dakar-2009-Route
Dakar logo
The Dakar 2009 contestant registration is open! If you're planning to take part in this (probably) once off South American race, better hurry. Places are limited, and contestants of the ill-fated 2008 edition have priority.

The race is over 6000 kilometers, flat lands, very high mountains and long deserts... fun, fun, fun.


 


21 March, 2008 - Video: BMW F650GS Dakar Motorcycle vs BMW X5 Car
Video clip
Here's an interesting race on video. It's from the British TV program Fifth Gear, and it's a race between a BMW F650GS motorcycle and a BMW X5 car.

The motorcycle (Charley Boorman's Dakar bike) is ridden by Simon Pavey, a 6x Dakar veteran and Chief Instructor at the BMW Off Road Skills School.

Interesting...


 


10 March, 2008 - Want To Buy A Dakar Winning KTM Motorcycle?
Dakar KTM Cyril Despres
This is your chance to get Cyril Despres's Dakar winning KTM motorcycle. Or even David Coulthard's F1 car.

Starting 13 March until the 30th, there's an auction for the "Wings for Life" organization.

All items will start off at €1.


 


6 February, 2008 - KTM Welcomes New Central European Rally of "Dakar Series"
Dakar Series Central Europe Rally 2008 logo
KTM logo
KTM is happy with ASO's Dakar Series Central Europe Rally. It gives them a chance to test out their new recruits, and private entries that had registered for the ill-fated 2008 Dakar can participate for free.

Route brings the rally through Romania and Hungary.


 


1 February, 2008 - Cyril Despres In Dakar Anyway
Cyril Despres logo
Again, Cyril Despres shows that he's human, not a money & glory hound. He had an appointment at the Lac Rose (final stage for the Dakar rally) to fulfill his obligations to the Fabrizio Meoni Foundation and to inaugurate a 2nd school.

And that's exactly what he did. not on his KTM motorcycle, but he went there nevertheless.


 


8 January, 2008 - Despite Dakar Cancellation Heroes Legend Still On
Heroes Legend logo
The low cost adventure rally Heroes Legend, tracing the same route of the famous Paris-Dakar is still on despite the terrorist threats.

Organized by mufti winner of the Dakar itself, Hubert Auriol, the rally starts on the 8th of march.

Any takers??


 


4 January, 2008 - KTM Regrets Dakar Cancellation; Stands By Organizers Decision
KTM logo
Dakar logo
KTM's (probably first and last) newsletter for the Dakar 2008.

Not easy, even for the pro's.


 


4 January, 2008 - Is The Dakar Rally Doomed?
Dakar logo
The cancellation of the 2008 Dakar race on it's own is bad enough, not just for us viewers, but specially for the participants, sponsors, media and organizers.

But has this set a dangerous precedent? Can these ass-wipe terrorists now start treating all large sport events?


 


4 January, 2008 - Dakar 2008 Cancelled
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It looks like the 2008 edition of the Dakar race is cancelled due to terrorist threats.

Already 4 French tourist were killed in Mauritania, so the organizers are caving in.

sad...


 


3 January, 2008 - Dakar 2008: Yamaha - 30th Dakar Aawaiting Green Light
Dakar logo
Yamaha logo
First newsletter from Yamaha for the Dakar 2008.

Still a question if the Dakar will take the expected route or not. Introduction of the Yamaha riders.


 


31 December, 2007 - Pizza Delivery At The Dakar 2008
David Fretigne and his sponsored Yamaha
Frenchman, and twice 450 category winner of the Dakar rally, David Fretigne will not exactly be bringing pizzas to the contestants, but he'll be making sure that everyone knows the name of his sponsor.

His sponsor is the French, but international, gourmet pizza joint; La Boite A Pizza. For €120,000, David will become a pizza delivery boy...


 


4 December, 2007 - KTM Ready For Dakar 2008
KTM Factory Team
KTM logo
KTM have been preparing very hard for the 2008 Dakar. Competition is getting very hungry to get the title, and this year will be difficult for the Austrian manufacturer.

Who will win; Coma or Despres, or a non-orange motorcycle?


 


3 December, 2007 - Dakar 2008: A Quick Quiz
Dakar logo
The Dakar 2008 is almost there, so let's have a little quiz about it.

Two simple questions to test you knowledge...


 


4 September, 2007 - Yamaha France and Dakar 2008 Spare Parts Support
Dakar logo
Yamaha logo
Yamaha France and HFP Off-road are offering a spare parts service for all Yamaha WR450F motorcycles riders that are participating in the Dakar 2008 race, including the new 07 model.

The maintenance support service is full (as is the race, so if you haven't entered, you'll need to wait until 2009).


 


22 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Bivouac Photos Part 2
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The last posting of the Dakar 2007, photos of the 2nd week of the bivouacs.

Photos courtesy KTM.


 


21 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 21Jan
Dakar KTM Cyril Despres
Last press release of KTM for the Dakar 2007, dated 21Jan.


 


21 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 20Jan
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Dakar 2007 - Honda Press Release for 20Jan

 


20 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 20Jan
KTM logo
Almost there ! KTM's press release for the 2007 Dakar, dated 20Jan.

 


20 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 19Jan
THIERRY BETHYS
Honda motorcycles press release, dated 19Jan, for the Dakar 2007.


 


19 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 19Jan
Dakar KTM Chris Blais
KTM's press release for the Dakar 2007, dated 19Jan.


 


19 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 18Jan
PAULO CONCALVEZ
Honda Motorcycles press release for the 18th of January, Dakar 2007.


 


18 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 18Jan
Dakar KTM Marc Coma
Short KTM Press Release for the Dakar 2007, 18Jan.


 


18 January, 2007 - Dakar Stars and Their Websites
Cyril Despres Website
Even the Dakar motorcycle stars have their own websites.

Some very good, some with a blog, or some with a forum in which they themselves participate.

Have a look at the sites.


 


17 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release Marc Coma
KTM logo
Today, no Dakar race, but KTM issued an interview with the motorcycle category leader, Marc Coma.

 


17 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 16Jan
THIERRY BETHYS
Honda motorcycles press release for the 2007 Dakar; 16Jan


 


16 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Team Rally Pan America Press Release 16Jan
Casey McCoy
Dakar 2007 press release from the Team Rally Pan America, a USA based motorcycle team of Street and McCoy.

Not easy if you don't have the big budgets of the official KTM teams.


 


16 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 16Jan
Dakar KTM Frans Verhoeven
KTM's press release for 16Jan, Dakar 2007.


 


16 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 15Jan
TEUS VISSER
15Jan Press Release of Honda motorcycles for the Dakar 2007.


 


15 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Yamaha Press Release 15Jan
Yamaha logo
Finally a press release from Yamaha for the Dakar 2007 rally, 15Jan.

 


15 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 15Jan
KTM's Chris Blais
15Jan Press Release of KTM motorcycle for the 2007 Dakar.


 


15 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 13Jan
Honda logo
Honda motorcycles press release of 13Jan of the Dakar 2007.

 


14 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 14Jan
Dakar KTM Marc Coma
KTM motorcycles press release of 14Jan, Dakar 2007.

 


13 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 13Jan
Dakar KTM Hans Trunkenpolz
KTM's roundup during the off day at the 2007 Dakar.

 


13 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Photos From The Bivouacs
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Photos from the first half of the Dakar race - from the bivouacs.


 


13 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 12Jan
Mick Extance
12Jan Press Release of Honda motorcycles for the Dakar 2007 rally.

 


12 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 12Jan
KTM logo
12Jan. Dakar 2007. KTM Press Release minus photos.

 


12 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 11Jan
PAULO CONCALVEZ
Honda motorcycles press release of 11Jan of the 2007 Dakar rally.

 


11 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 11Jan
Dakar KTM Muddy
Day 6 of the Dakar 2007 Rally, KTM's press release for 11Jan.


 


11 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 10Jan
GREGOIRE BLONDEL
Honda motorcycles press release for the Dakar 2007, 10Jan.


 


10 January, 2007 - Vatican: Paris-Dakar-Bloody Race of Irresponsibility
Politics Article
The Vatican today slammed the Dakar race as a "Bloody Race of Irresponsibility", condemning the Dakar as a "irresponsible, violent and cynical attempt to impose questionable Western tastes on the developing world". In which ass have they got their heads ?

 


10 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 10Jan
Dakar KTM Marc Coma
KTM Motorcycles Dakar 2007 press release for 10Jan.


 


10 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 09Jan
GREGOIRE BLONDEL
Honda's press release for the Dakar 2007, 09Jan.


 


9 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Press Release 09Jan
Dakar KTM Chris Blais
On this sad day, here's the press release of KTM for the 2007 Dakar rally, 09Jan.


 


9 January, 2007 - Dakar Contestant Extraodinaire: Annie Seel
Annie Seel - Rally Princess
A closer look at one of the more extraordinary contestants of the Dakar 2007, Swedish Goddess, Annie Seel, aka RallyPrincess.

She's done it all on two wheels, including climbing the Mt. Everest on her motorcycle.

This is her 2nd Dakar attempt (she finished very good in her first, with a broken hand).

Read all about her.


 


9 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 08Jan
HENK KNUIMAN
Press Release of Honda motorcycles for the 2007 Dakar rally, 08Jan.


 


8 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 08Jan
Dakar KTM
First real serious day on the Dakar.

Here's KTM's press release for 08Jan, plus 2 photos.


 


8 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Yamaha Press Release 07Jan
Helder Rodrigues
Yamaha's press release for the 2007 Dakar, 07Jan.


 


8 January, 2007 - Ecological Dakar 2007 Contestant
Christian Dequidt and his bio-fuel Yamaha
One of the Dakar motorcycle contestants is not only pro green, but he does what he preaches.

He's riding a Yamaha motorcycle converted to use bio-fuels (that he grows himself).

Christian Dequidt is a farmer from the North of France, and not only is his fuel made out of beetroot, but his engine oil is made out of coleslaw, and parts of his motorcycle are made out of compressed corn.

Way of the future ?

 


8 January, 2007 - Dakar2007: Honda Press Release 07Jan
THIERRY BETHYS
Day 2 for Honda's press release of the 2007 Dakar rally.


 


7 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 07Jan
Dakar KTM Mechanics
Day 2 of the Dakar. Here's KTM's Press Release for 07Jan2007.


 


7 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Honda Press Release 06Jan
HENK KNUIMAN
Honda's press release for the first day of the Dakar rally, including 9 photos.


 


6 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 06Jan
Chris Blais
Dakar 2007. Day 1.

First day of racing, and already KTM is behind.

Here's there 1st press release.


 


5 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: KTM Review
KTM logo
A look at KTM's 2007 Dakar efforts (from their press release).

 


5 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007: Yamaha Preview
Yamaha logo
A look at Yamaha's efforts for the 2007 Dakar rally (from their Press Release).

 


4 January, 2007 - Dakar 2007 - Almost There
Dakar 2007 Scrutineering.
Dakar logo
It's almost that time of the year again, the Dakar race will start in 2 days time.

In the mean time, the competitors are having their motorcycles checked by the scrutineering folks.


 


20 July, 2006 - Wheels 2 Africa
News Article
US based Dakar race team, Team Rally Pan-America, have announced that *they* are sponsoring a charity (Wheels 2 Africa) that provides motorcycles for medical purposes in Africa.

So, after the race is over, the support trucks of Team Rally Pan-America will go back into Africa to help in the efforts of Wheels 2 Africa. Nice !


 


12 June, 2006 - Dakar 2007 Race Is Full For Motorcycles
Dakar logo
The 2007 Lisbon-Dakar race was closed for motorcycle within 8 days of registration being open. 330 motorcycle registered !

 


12 May, 2006 - Dakar 2007 and Challenge Yamaha Dakar
Yamaha Dakar Challenge logo
Yamaha are really throwing a package towards next year's Dakar race. Private entries can get a full support package, including the WR450F Yamaha motorcycle, racing suits, maintenance, media assistance, etc etc for less than what it will cost you to enter the race yourself.

If you've always wanted to ride the Dakar, but can't get the money you'd need, this looks like a sweet deal.


 


16 January, 2006 - Dakar 2006 Summary and Bivouac Photos
Dakar 2006 -Gio Sala
The Dakar is now over, and here are the last race and bivouac photos as supplied by KTM.

See you next year.


 


15 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 15th stage: Dakar > Dakar
Dakar logo
Last day, no surprises.

 


14 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 14th stage: Tambacounda > Dakar
Dakar 2006 - Marc Coma
Last full day of Dakar racing, and for a change, it's not a KTM that won the day's special, but a Yamaha.

And they took 3rd place as well.


 


14 January, 2006 - Ludivine Puy, Dakar Angel
Dakar 2006 - Ludivine Puy
A look at the pretty, and very cable Ludivine Puy, female motorcyclist in the Dakar race.

Too bad she crashed while avoiding a little boy standing on the road during the special in Day 13, and she's now in the hospital.


 


13 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 13th stage: Labé > Tambacounda
Gio Sala
Almost there. Still a few crashes.

One little boy died when he was hit by a car today.


 


12 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 12th stage: Bamako> Labé
Dakar 2006 - Marc Coma
Only 3 days left, and the racers look like leftovers from the second World War.


 


11 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 11th stage: Kayes > Bamako
Dakar 2006 - Marc Coma
Today was an "easy" day compared to the previous 3 days. 231 km special.


 


11 January, 2006 - Andy Caldecott’s Trust Fund and Condolences
Web Article
KTM Australia are organizing a Trust Fund for Andy Caldecott's family, and there is now an official condolences register for you to sign.

 


10 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 10th stage: Kiffa > Kayes
Dakar logo
After the tragic death of Any Caldecott, the race was suspended for the motorcycles today. The motorcycles had only to do a liaison.

 


9 January, 2006 - Tradegy Strikes Again In The Dakar Race 2006
Andy Caldecott
Another tragedy in the Dakar race, Andy Caldecott died instantly after a bad crash.


 


8 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: Bivouac Photos Week 1
Dakar 2006 - Bivouac Tan Tan
Since today is a rest day for the Dakar race, here are some photos taken over last week at the different bivouacs.

For those of you who can't get enough.

 


7 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 8th stage: Atar > Nouakchott
David Casteu
KTM motorcycles top the first 11 brands in the Dakar.

What was supposed to be an easy day turned into another slaughter.


 


6 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 7th stage: Zouerat > Atar
Fretigne and Grider go bump, Despres still racing.


 


5 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 6th stage: Tan Tan > Zouerat
Dakar 2006 - Carlo de Gavardo
Day 6 of the Dakar, and favorite Cyril Despres has had a bad accident, but is going to continue.


 


4 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 5th stage: Ouarzazate > Tan Tan
Marc Coma
Last day in Morocco.

Tomorrow Mauritania and the dunes.


 


3 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 4th stage: Er Rachidia > Ouarzazate
Dakar 2006 - Chris Blais
Almost at the desert.

Tomorrow it's sand all the way.


 


2 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 3rd stage: Nador > Er Rachidia
Dakar 2006 - David Casteu
3rd day of the Dakar, and the KTMs look unstoppable.


 


1 January, 2006 - KTM: Dakar 2006: 2nd stage: Portimao > Malaga (01.01.2006)
Dakar 2006 - Andy Caldecott
2nd day of the Lisbon to Dakar race.

Still racing in Europe. Fun begins tomorrow.


 


1 January, 2006 - KTM: 1st stage: Lisboa > Portimao
Dakar 2006 - Marc Coma
1st stage of the Dakar.

Three KTMs at the top.


 


30 December, 2005 - KTM: Dakar 2006: Scrutineering
Dakar logo
KTM logo
I'll be publishing, "as-is", the KTM press releases that come in directly from the Dakar race. This is the first one, the scrutineering.

 


29 December, 2005 - Stars In The Dakar Race - Good or Bad ?
BMW Dome Motorcycle Team - Charley Boorman
Is it a good thing that celeb Charley Boorman is racing in the Dakar race this year ?? Or is it a bad thing ?

Your opinion is sought.


 


11 November, 2005 - Blogsite: The Harley Sidecar’s Dakar Race
Wild Hog Racing Motorcycle Sidecar Blog
The Harley-Davidson vRod sidecar team now have a blog site about their efforts to get underway for the Dakar rally.

 


9 November, 2005 - Interview: Scott Whitney (HogWildRacing)
Scott Whitney
An interview with motorcycle sidecar contestant in the next Dakar race; Scott Whitney.


 


24 September, 2005 - Following the Dakar - Group Effort ?
Dakar logo
If you are planning to follow the Dakar race on your own motorcycle, and you're looking for companions, read this article.

 


23 September, 2005 - Ride With A Professional Dakar Motorcycle Team ? Yes It’s Possible
Euromaster Motorcycle Team
Here's you chance to ride the Dakar with a professional motorcycle team; Euromaster are looking for a fifth rider !


 


13 July, 2005 - Harley Motorcycle in the Dakar 2006
Hog Wild Racing team
A "real" Harley-Davidson V-Rod is racing in the next Dakar !


 


11 May, 2005 - Dakar Race To Impose Speed Limit For Motorcycles
Dakar logo
The Dakar organizers will impose a speed limit to motorcycles for the duration of the race.

 


26 April, 2005 - Dakar Race (2006) To Start From Lisbon
Dakar logo
The Dakar race is to start from Lisbon next year.


 


2 February, 2005 - Last Of the Dakar Write-ups
Charlie Rauseoi
Dave Rauseoi
The last (I promise) report from 2 Dakar motorcycle riders, the Rauseo brothers.


 


25 January, 2005 - Back from the Desert - Last of the Dakar photos
Racing Article
Just in from the long ride, and here are the last photos I took from the Dakar race (riding alongside the riders on the road); better late then never.

 


24 January, 2005 - Bob Bergman, a Dakar Finalist’s Dairy
Bob Bergman
Bob Bergman, a Barcelona-Dakar finalists is publishing his diary on-line (a must read of aspiring racers).


 


17 January, 2005 - KTM Newsletter - Dakar Final
Racing Article
KTM's final newsletter on the Dakar 2005.

 


5 January, 2005 - Dakar 2005 - 1 Jan
Dakar logo
Here's the Dakar 2005 "live" reporting.


 


5 January, 2005 - One Private Entry for the Dakar
Mick Tomkinson and Gordon MacPherson and their KTM Motorcycle
Dakar logo
An overview of one British private entry in the Dakar rally.


 


4 January, 2005 - Dakar 2005 - 2 Jan
Dakar logo
Dakar 2005 'Live' Reporting.


 


31 December, 2004 - KTM News: 1st stage Barcelona – Barcelona
Racing Article
KTM Newsletter for the prolog (31.12.04).

 


31 December, 2004 - Dakar 2005 - 31 December
Dakar Assistance Car
Many, many photos of the first day of the Dakar race.

 


30 December, 2004 - KTM News - Dakar 2005: Scrutineering (30.12.2004)
Racing Article
KTM Newsletter about the Dakar rally.

 


30 December, 2004 - Dakar 2005 - 30th December
First Truck
Live (well almost) from Barcelona, reporting on the Dakar 2005 race (loads of photos).

 


29 December, 2004 - Dakar 2005 - Evening 29th
This Site Article
1st evening in Barcelona, and you can not escape the Dakar !

 


22 December, 2004 - Dakar Motorcycle Entry - Kevin Heath
Kevin Heath
A look at Dakar motorcycle entry, Kevin Heath - one very competitive entry!


 


20 December, 2004 - Dakar Team Review - Dome BMW
Nick Plumb and Simon Pavey
A brief overview of one of the Dakar Motorcycle team entries - Team Dome BMW.


 


29 November, 2004 - The Paris-Dakar 2005
Nick Plumb and Simon Pavey on their Dome BMW 650GS motorcycles
The Paris-Dakar route has been published, and this year, I'm going to be there !


 


6 May, 2004 - Paris-Dakar 2005 - The Race, The Changes
Paris-Dakar 2005 route
The new regulations (and route) for the 2005 Paris-Dakar have arrived.


 


16 January, 2004 - KTM Newsletter: Dakar: Day 16: 15th stage Tidjikja - Nouakchott
Dakar logo
KTM logo
KTM Newsletter: Dakar: Day 16: 15th stage Tidjikja - Nouakchott

 


15 January, 2004 - KTM Newsletter Dakar: Day 15: 14th stage Ayoûn El Altroûs – Tidjikja
Dakar logo
KTM logo
KTM Newsletter Dakar: Day 15: 14th stage Bamako – Ayoûn El Altroû

 


14 January, 2004 - KTM Newsletter Dakar: Day 14: 13th stage Bamako – Ayoûn El Altroû
Dakar logo
KTM logo
Day 14 The KTM Daily news letter on the Paris-Dakar....

 


13 January, 2004 - KTM Press Newsletter Dakar: Day 13: 12th stage Bobo-Diolasso - Bamako
Dakar logo
KTM logo
Day 12 The KTM Daily news letter on the Paris-Dakar....

 


12 January, 2004 - KTM Press Newsletter Dakar: Day 12: Rest day at Bobo Dioulasso
Dakar logo
KTM logo
Day 12 The KTM Daily news letter on the Paris-Dakar....

 


12 January, 2004 - KTM Press Newsletter Dakar: Day 11: At the bivouac at Bobo Dioulasso
Dakar logo
KTM logo
Day 11 The KTM Daily news letter on the Paris-Dakar....

 


11 January, 2004 - KTM Press Newsletter Dakar: Day 10: At the "improvised bivouac" at Bamako
Dakar logo
KTM logo
The KTM Daily news letter on the Paris-Dakar....

 


8 January, 2004 - Dakar Race Threatened by Terrorists
Dakar logo
News Article
The Paris-Dakar is currently under terrorist threat.... plus some news of some of the participants.

 


29 December, 2003 - Paris-Dakar, the Female Team
Maryline Lambelin
Marie-Christine Paré
Two women who have entered the Paris-Dakar on a Quad...


 


4 December, 2003 - Chris - Privateer in the Paris-Dakar Motorcycle Rally
Dakar logo
A quick look at one of the private entries in the Paris-Dakar; Chris Emerson....

 


30 November, 2003 - The Paris-Dakar Route
Dakar logo
The Paris-Dakar organizers have published the 2004 route...

 


21 November, 2003 - Yamaha’s 2-Wheel Drive Motorcycle to Enter the Paris-Dakar
Yamaha logo
Dakar logo
Yamaha is to enter the Paris-Dakar race with its new all wheel drive motorcycle

 


14 November, 2003 - The Paris-Dakar Race - the figures
Dakar logo
Some rules & regulations of the Paris-Dakar race...

 


13 November, 2003 - A Harley to Enter the Paris-Dakar Motorcycle Race ?
Harley v-Rod sidecar
Dakar logo
A Harley sidecar is looking at competing in the Paris-Dakar....


 


17 May, 2003 - Paris-Dakar Organizers want to start a Dakar School
The Paris-Dakar organizers want to start an off-road school.

 



    

 
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