2014 Dakar Rally action

Riders dream of Dakar Rally win

http://youtu.be/M-gXpyjwGgg As the Honda Factory team dreams of breaking KTM’s 13 consecutive Dakar Rally wins, four Aussie motorcyclists will contest the gruelling event, including expat Simon Pavey and his son, Llewellyn, while legendary rider Cyril Despres will switch to cars. The rally starts on January 4 with daily edited one-hour screenings on SBS One at 5.30pm. …

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KTM wins 13th consecutive Dakar Rally

Marc Coma has clinched his fourth Dakar Rally and the 13th consecutive title for KTM. Strolling in on the penultimate stage in a leisurely 18th position, the Spaniard leads by an unassailable 1.52:27 hour lead over his water carrier Jordi Viladoms for a KTM 1-2 victory with just the short ceremonial stage tomorrow. The 13th …

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KTM set for 1-2 in Dakar Rally

Mechanical troubles sunk the hopes of Honda today, handing a likely 1-2 win to KTM, their 13 consecutive victory in the Dakar Rally. The spectacular dunes of Copiapo set a dramatic backdrop for a day of high drama. Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort suffered electrical problems on his Honda from the 265km mark and finished …

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Sand & bulldust challenge in Dakara Rally

A few kilometres in sand or bulldust (fesh fesh) is enough to test any rider, but 688km was a true test for the riders in the Dakar Rally today. Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort passed six riders and clawed back a few minutes from overall leader Marc Coma (KTM) today with his fourth win in …

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KTM set for 13th Dakar Rally victory

KTM is moving closer to a record 13th consecutive Dakar Rally win after three-time winner Marc Coma clinched the ninth stage today. The Spaniard was at home in the sand today, stretching his overall lead to 40 minutes over Honda rider and countryman Joan Barreda Bort who was second in the Chilean dunes stage. While …

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Dakar Rally enters Bolivia for Spanish duel

The Dakar Rally entered Bolivia today, the 28th country to be visited by the famous rally since it started in 1979. The battle of the Spaniards continued with Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) winning the stage by just four minutes from countryman and three-time rally winner Marc Coma (KTM) who retains the overall lead. Stage 7 …

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Dakar Rally mourns death of amateur racer

The world’s most gruelling and dangerous motorsport event, the Dakar Rally, has again been marred by the death of a competitor. Belgian rider Eric Palante, 55, died on the fifth stage of the rally, but the cause of his death is not yet known. It was his 11th rally and he was vying for the …

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Marc Coma Dakar Rally

Heat shortens Dakar Rally as Coma leads

Dangerously high temperatures forced Dakar Rally organisers to cut short the fifth stage of the motorcycle leg today. Three-time rally winner Spaniard Marc Coma (KTM) was the clear victor and now leads the rally by more than 40 minutes over Honda’s Joan Barreda Bort. Meanwhile, five-time winner Frenchman Cyril Despres struggled with navigation and then …

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Dakar Rally video preview

Dakar motorcycle legends including Marc Coma and defending champion Cyril Despres star in a five-minute Red Bull YouTube video to psyche everyone for the Dakar Rally next month. The Spaghetti Western spoof, called “A Fistful of Trophies”, features the riders and truck and car category winners in a cowboy setting playing cards when challengers ride …

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Dakar Rally an adventure motorcycle treat

The Dakar Rally is not just a motorsport event, but the ultimate adventure. MotorbikeWriter usually steers clear of motorsport, but this rally is more than that. It is a torture test of man and machine across the driest desert in the world, some of the highest and most rugged mountains and temperatures ranging from 50C …

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