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Stage 4: Barreda wins, Despres furious

Cyril Despres has hit out at his rivals for their tactics during the fourth stage on day fours testing 290km special. The four time Dakar champion aimed some telling words towards a number of riders who benefited from his navigational skills meaning that while he was focussed on the road book  they had the opportunity to ride flat out and ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Off road
  • 08 January 2013

Meet your new Dakar heroes

British riders have a long tradition of competing in the world famous Dakar Rally and 2013 is no exception – from factory-supported riders through to top privateers and individuals fulfilling their life long dream of racing the Dakar. These seven Brits are all ready to go when it starts on January 5 2013. The Dakar isn’t just about superstar riders ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Off road
  • 30 December 2012

MCN Adventure – Top tips from Simon Pavey

You never know what’s round the corner on any adventure ride, so to make sure you’re prepared for any eventuality MCN spent a day with Dakar legend Simon Pavey to get his top tips. From how to cross a river, tackle steep hills, the tools to take, to the bits of kit Pavey wouldn’t leave home without, see the new ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 22 August 2011

Win a dream track day with Crutchlow, Toseland and Redding

Bennetts, bike insurance specialist, are offering 80 competition winners a complimentary place at the incredible ‘Ultimate Track Day’ alongside MotoGP and WSB stars Cal Crutchlow, James Toseland and Scott Redding. The track day takes place at the recently revamped Snetterton circuit in Norfolk on 27th September 2011. The first five randomly drawn entries will be upgraded to enjoy a host of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 August 2011

Win a place on a track day with Metzeler

If you want to prove you’re the fastest rider on the web check out this new online game called Facebiker from Metzeler. By using your riding skills entrants can win a set of Dainese leathers, Metzeler Racetec tyres plus entry to a Metzeler track day. Simply play the game and then register to have the chance to win some great ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 March 2009

Dakar Rally day 14: Simon Pavey blog

Simon Pavey has finished in 42nd place on the final timed stage of the 2009 Dakar Rally to secure 68th overall and his fifth career finish of what is regarded as the toughest event in the world. The Australian has completed the penultimate Stage of the 16-day, off-road endurance event, finishing the Special Timed Stage in 42nd position and is ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Off road
  • 19 January 2009

Dakar day 7 - Simon Pavey blog

The World of BMW Off-Road Skills Chief Instructor Simon Pavey has impressively finished Day 7 of the Rally, riding 815km from Mendoza in Argentina and crossing the border to Chile to arrive in the bivouac in Valparaiso. Pavey finished the Special Timed Stage in a credible 58th position and is placed 49th overall in the Rally. Writing for MCN, Pavey ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Off road
  • 10 January 2009

Dakar day 4 – Simon Pavey Blog

Six times Dakar veteran Simon Pavey secured his best result in the Rally Special Stages so far, of 48th position and moved up 20 places to 65th overall in the motorcycle category. Day four of the Rally featured the shortest distanced Special Stage – originally 459km and reduced to 380km due to Rally administrative reasons. Racing from Jacobacci to Neuquen ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Off road
  • 07 January 2009

Dakar: Simon Pavey Blog

BMW Off-Road Skills instructor Simon Pavey got his 2009 Dakar off to a solid start on Saturday. The honorary Brit returns to the Dakar Rally after a two-year break. His last outing was back in 2006, when he teamed-up with Charley Boorman to complete the Race to Dakar project. Pavey finished the opening day in 114th place out of 212 ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 04 January 2009

Dakar Stage 5: Veteran Casteau secures stage win, Despres solid, Barreda in trouble

Frenchman David Casteau secured his first Dakar stage win since 2010 to close in on compatriot Olivier Pain at the top of the overall standings. Casteau is a vastly experienced Dakar veteran renowned for his excellent navigational skills and he pulled all his skills together to win the short 136KM timed special. It was another impressive day for Yamaha Racing ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Off road
  • 09 January 2013


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