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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