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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Yamaha tastes victory in Dakar Rally

Five-time Dakar Rally winner Cyril Despres finally put his new Yamaha on the top step today as Aussies also had their best finishing results. Rain slightly shortened stage eight to a still-lengthy 499km, but the riders had to avoid the world’s largest salt pans. Despres started third and soon reined in the leader Joan Barreda …

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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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Marc Coma Dakar Rally

Is this the toughest Dakar Rally yet?

At the half-way point of the 2o14 Dakar Rally with a well-deserved rest day there has already been a death on stage 5 in the severe heat approaching 50 degrees. Riders have also thad to conquer a rally record high altitude of 4300mm and had stages changed and cut short by heat and rain. Only …

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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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Rain dampens Aussie Dakar Rally hopes

Rain delayed the start of the Dakar Rally today, washed away some Aussie hopes and dampened the Frenchman Cyril Despres’ chances of a sixth title. So far in the second stage of the marathon section only 106 of the 196 motorcycle competitors have finished with many off course because rain washed away the tracks, making …

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Learners and cruisers bolster motorcycle market

Australian motorcycle riders love their road bikes. Road bike sales rose marginally by 0.3% to 43,724, representing 39% of all the 113,289 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters sold in 2013. Around 34% bought an off-road bike with sales of 39,013 (3.1%), almost 19% bought an ATV (21,072, -10.6%) and around 8% bought a scooter (9478, …

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Great day for Aussie riders in Dakar Rally Stage 2

Ben Grabham scored his highest finishing position in the Dakar Rally today with a sixth place, putting him in the top 10 outright. The 359km stage was won by Honda factory rider and relative newcomer Sam Sunderland of England who lives in Dubai and was “at home” in the grey sand dunes. Meanwhile favourites Marc …

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