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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Luck falls KTM’s way in Dakar Rally

Falls by both leading contenders was the highlight of the 11th stage of the Dakar Rally today. Three-time titleholder Marc Coma (KTM) fell early, but did no damage or injury and won the gruelling 605km dunes stage to strengthen his overall lead. Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) was not so lucky, falling heavily and damaging his …

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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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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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