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Dakar Stage 10: Barreda wins stage as Despres moves into overall control of the race

Michael Guy, 16 January 2013 09:32

Speedbrain Husqvarna rider Joan Barreda showed once again he is among the very fastest Rally riders in the world by winning stage ten– his fourth stage win of the 2013 Dakar. The 29 year old Spaniard went head to head with KTM’s Cyril Despres throughout the 357km special with just one second separating them at way point five. But as ...

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Dakar Stage 9: Poskitt jumps up the order as Watt, Forman and West suffer big crashes

Michael Guy, 15 January 2013 10:55

Lyndon Poskitt made the absolute most of his top ten starting position for stage nine of the 2013 Dakar to post the 37th fastest time and move up to 46th in the overall standings. In what was an incredibly dusty opening part of the timed special, Poskitt only had minimal dust to deal with because iof his high starting place ...

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Dakar Stage 9: Despres pulls the pin to dominate stage as Casteau hits a cow

Michael Guy, 15 January 2013 10:52

Cyril Despres backed up his rest day quote that he had nothing to lose by dominating the ninth stage of the Dakar to move to within 5m 23s of the overall lead. The factory KTM rider chose the longest and hardest stage of the 2013 Dakar to unleash a full 593km assault which saw him win the stage – his ...

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Stage eight: Poskitt secures first British top ten for a generation

Michael Guy, 13 January 2013 01:13

Lyndon Poskitt became the first British rider to finish a stage of the Dakar inside the top ten since the late John Deacon in 2001.The 34 year old Brit competing in his first ever Dakar was unfazed by the difficult conditions which included soft sand, rain and hail to pull of the shock result after making perfect navigational decisions at ...

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Dakar Exclusive - Despres set for engine swap after breaking gearbox

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 22:17

Cyril Despres will be spending this evening in the marathon stage bivouac changing his engine after suffering major gear box issues on the seventh stage of the Dakar today.With the race entering the marathon stage, Despres and all the other motorcyclists will be spending the night in a completely separate bivouac 150km from the main sight, where no outside assistance ...

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French rider Thomas Bourgin killed on-route to stage seven on Dakar

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 16:22

Frenchman Thomas Bourgin was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on the liaison stage on-route to stage seven’s timed special this morning. The 25 year old from Saint Etienne in France collided with a Chilean police car which was travelling in the opposite direction 8.23am. The exact circumstances of the accident are subjected to an official inquiry. The rally’s ...

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Dakar Stage 7: UK based riders pushing on as Dakar enters critical stage

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 14:08

Stage seven of the 2013 Dakar proved to be another strong day for the Welsh, Irish, English, British and adopted Australian riders with all six men well placed as the race enters its half way point. Tim Forman was once again the man at the top albeit less than a minute ahead of FrontrowGB team-mate Stan Watt. The two men ...

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Dakar Stage 7: Despres in trouble as American Casseli takes stage win

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 14:04

Stage seven of the 2013 Dakar could be pivotal in this year’s epic race after favourite Cyril Despres slumped to 34th on the stage after losing a massive 13m 08s on the relatively short 218km timed special. Early reports are that Despres has been slowed by a gearbox problem on his factory KTM, which prevented him from using fifth gear ...

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Dakar Stage 6: Michael Guy's latest blog

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 13:24

Check out Michael Guy's latest report from stage 6 of the 2013 Dakar Rally, recorded from an army Huey helicopter while overflying the stage! Michael also caught up with some of the Brit stars of the race while they refueled between the liason stage and the start of the day's timed Special Stage.  

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Dakar Stage 5: Mixed fortune for the Brits – Forman flying, Bounds injured

Michael Guy, 09 January 2013 16:51

The 136KM timed special on stage five of the 2013 Dakar may have been short, but it proved to be seriously eventful for the UK’s riders. At the front of the field Welshman Tim Forman excelled on the technical stage to secure a brilliant 31st position at the end of the stage. The 34 year old cited the stage as ...

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