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Dakar Rally to move to South America

Dakar organiser, the ASO, has just confirmed that the 2009 Dakar Rally will be joint-hosted by Argentina and Chile, after this year’s race was cancelled. Cyril Despres on the Dakar cancellation Dakar Rally cancelled This year’s rally was called off at the last minute due to direct terrorist threats and the murders of four French tourists in Mauritania on Christmas ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 12 February 2008

Dakar could move to Chile

After 30 yerars in Africa the Dakar may be moved to South America from next year. The Chilean government has backed a proposal to host the Dakar after the cancellation of this year’s event due to terrorist threats. The ASO, the Dakar’s organiser, has apparently been considering a move after this year’s event was cancelled at the last minute. Oscar Santelices, head ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 18 January 2008

Cyril Despres to race in the UK

Cyril Despres, the Dakar Rally competitor and two-time winner, is coming to the UK to race in Wor Events ‘The Tough One’ After the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar organiser Steve Ireland has been sweet talking KTM to allow Despress to race in one of the toughest endurance races in the UK. Click here to read Cyril Despres' thoughts on ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 14 January 2008

Mick Extance on Dakar '08 cancellation

MCN has spoken to Britain’s most successful Dakar competitor, Mick Extance, moments ago to get his thought’s on the cancellation of the Dakar. “It’s unbelievable We were in a team meeting this morning all shaking hands and wishing each other good luck when Henk (Hellegers team manager) stood up and burst into tears. “I’m stuck for words really I’m walking ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 04 January 2008

Big Trip special: Top 10 motorcycle tours from 2007

After nearly a year of big trips we’ve put our ten best stories together, and here they are just for you. Some are here because of their exotic location, others because of the endurance the riders suffered and some because they are just great stories. 1. Nick Graham and Nick Clarke – Cotswolds to Cape Town With no support and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: Ecuador - Riding our very own private planet Earth

Charity rides are rarely as challenging or rewarding as SOS Adventures’ Ecuador trips, says Richard Fairbairn. Brrrrr...! Shivering violently in light enduro gear long soaked through by rain and mist, a single-digit chill is on my bones and my body’s convinced it’s a dank British winter’s day.   I can barely feel my fingers, my teeth rattle, and the only heat ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Dakar Rally 08: The history of the Dakar Rally all in the name of love

The 2008 Dakar Rally is just days away so motorcyclenews.com is taking a look ahead before the race sets off from Lisbon in Portugal on January 5. In part three of our previews, we take a look at the history of the Dakar Rally. The Dakar Rally was the dream child of Frenchman Thierry Sabine, who rode the Abidjan to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trips special: Cotswolds to Cape Town, 12,474 miles

With Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor riding on their adventure to Cape Town with support teams, film crews, sat nav, mechanics, doctors and satellite phones, MCN spoke to Nick Clarke who did the same trip without even taking a puncture repair kit... I wanted to do something worthwhile for charity and my good friend Nick (Graham) wanted to do something as well. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: 120,000 miles and we're not finished yet

Chris Smith and Liz Peel wanted to travel the world, but after three years still found themselves in the Americas. Here they talk to MCN’s Events Editor Dave Rawlings about their eventful trip of a lifetime. We decided to bite the bullet and actually do this once in a lifetime trip after two separate incidents happened. The first was that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: Death defying trip to Africa

Shot at twice, nearly blinded and found dying at the side of the road – all in a day’s riding. Sam Manicom has travelled the world several times over and here he talks to MCN’s Events Editor Dave Rawlings about his death-defying adventures during his first trip to Africa. I was working my way through the ranks of a department ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

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