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Marc Coma secures 2009 Dakar victory

Michael Guy, 19 January 2009 11:07

Spaniard Marc Coma made history to secure victory of the first ever Argentina – Chile Dakar on Sunday. The factory Repsol KTM rider lead the gruelling race from start to finish to secure his second ever Dakar victory in the inaugural 15 stage 9,500KM South American event. Throughout the 15 days Coma managed to avoid any major set backs and ...

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Dakar Day 12 – Simon Pavey Blog

Michael Guy, 16 January 2009 11:39

Simon Pavey has reached the finish of the toughest day of the 2009 Argentina – Chile Dakar Rally. The BMW rider finished an impressive 45th in the extreme Stage 12 200km Special Timed Stage and now holds 73rd overall. Writing for MCN, Pavey said: “What a stage! The sand was so soft, that it seemed untrue. I started absolutely dead ...

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Dakar day 10 – Simon Pavey blog

Michael Guy, 13 January 2009 14:08

BMW’s Simon Pavey got his Dakar back on track after suffering a crascked head gasket problem on day eight to post the the 34th quickest time on day tens special stage. Pavey’s impressive result has escalated him up to 47th in the overall standings. Writing for MCN, Pavey said: “I was obviously worried about whether or not we could fix the ...

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Dakar Day 6 - Despres takes first stage win

Michael Guy, 09 January 2009 09:44

2007 Dakar champion Cyril Despres took his first stage win of the 2009 event to get his race back on track. The Frenchman has had a torrid time so far with punctures, crashes and navigation problems but it all came right for him on day six to win the stage ahead of team-mate and fellow factory KTM rider Marc Coma. ...

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Dakar day 5 - Simon Pavey Blog

Michael Guy, 08 January 2009 11:43

Honorary Brit, Simon Pavey dug deep on the hardest stage of the Dakar to secure an impressive 46th place finish on the arduous 506KM sixth stage. His strong result moves the BMW man up to 45th overall in the standings. Writing for MCN, Pavey said: “It was a really tough day today. I rode about 220km without a front brake ...

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Dakar day 4 – Simon Pavey Blog

Michael Guy, 07 January 2009 15:23

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 ...

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French rider killed in Dakar Rally

Matthew Birt, 07 January 2009 13:58

Frenchman Pascal Terry has been found dead on the Dakar Rally in Argentina. The 49-year-old was found after the fourth stage having been missing since Sunday’s second stage between Santa Rosa and Puerto Madrid. Terry had notified race organisers on Sunday that he had run out of petrol on his Yamaha machine but it was believed he rejoined the rally ...

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2009 Dakar Rally: Simon Pavey day two blog

Michael Guy, 05 January 2009 11:01

BMW’s Simon Pavey raced his BMW G 650 Xchallenge to 81st position on day two of the 2009 Dakar. His strong results see’s the Australian move up to 100th overall, 14 places higher than his day one finish. The second day saw the Australian complete the gruelling 837KM stage in 30oC temperatures made up of a 237KM Special and 600KM ...

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Shorttrack UK 2009 race dates

Gary Pinchin, 02 January 2009 08:00

There will be eight rounds of the American-inspired Shorttrack UK series in 2009, kicking off at the Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn on May 3 and reaching its climax at Rye House Speedway, Hoddesdon on October 11. It will mark the first time the Herts speedway track has hosted shorttrack. The majority of the series takes place on short, speedway style ...

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