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

Michael Guy, 09 January 2013 16:48

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 ...

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Stage 4: Barreda wins, Despres furious

Michael Guy, 08 January 2013 19:20

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 ...

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Dakar Stage 2: Barreda wins stage as all the top men get lost

Michael Guy, 07 January 2013 16:18

Husqvarna man Joan Barreda Bort secured a convincing victory in stage two of the Dakar to o the overall lead of the race. The 29 year old Spaniard showed his sheer pace to win by 3m 16s despite making a number of navigational errors. Barreda wasn’t the only rider to have navigational difficulties, almost all the top men made the ...

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Dakar Blog - Ready to race

Michael Guy, 05 January 2013 12:08

Well if I thought the Dakar village was busy yesterday, it’s gone into overdrive today. To whip up the crowds even more than they were all the big hitters had to go through the technical and administration checks along with making their appearance on the podium today. So that meant the factory KTM team in the bike category and the ...

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Meet your new Dakar heroes

Michael Guy, 30 December 2012 06:30

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 ...

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Marc Coma out of Dakar 2013

Michael Guy, 21 December 2012 10:38

Dakar legend Marc Coma has announced in a press conference today that he will not race the 2013 Dakar. The three time winner is still suffering the effects of a high speed crash during Rally Maroc in October where he sustained a badly dislocated left shoulder. Despite extensive rehabilitation the 36 year old Spaniard has been unable to get back ...

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Video: Making Dakar Part Two

MCN, 05 December 2012 11:30

Part two of Team Delta Kunststoffe Husqvarna UK's mini-documentary, Making Dakar, is now available. The series, featuring Welsh-based Si Pavey and his privateer team, is being shot by the team in the buildup to the 2013 Dakar race, which gets underway next month. Part two focuses on the planning and preparation of bikes, equipment and the team themselves, that goes ...

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Dakar: Final Result – Despres secures fourth Dakar win of illustrious Rally career, Watt 34th, Younger makes the finish

Michael Guy, 15 January 2012 22:00

Cyril Despres won the 2012 Dakar to claim his fourth win of the torturous 9000km race. The Frenchman beat longstanding rival and factory KTM team-mate after what has been one of the closest and hard fought Dakar’s in history. Despite being separated by as little as 21s on stage ten of the race, Despres ended up taking victory by 53m ...

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Dakar Stage 12 – Coma fights back, Watt 35th overall, Younger battles on

Michael Guy, 13 January 2012 23:29

Marc Coma rode the stage of his life to secure the stage victory and move back into the overall lead of the 2012 Dakar with just two stages remaining. The Spanish rider started the 12th stage in third place, four minutes behind rival and team-mate Cyril Despres, but was able to catch the Frenchman before attacking hard in the closes ...

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Dakar stage ten - Bort takes historic Husqvarna win, Despres and Coma separated by 21 seconds overall

Michael Guy, 11 January 2012 23:43

Speedbrain Husqvarna Rally rider Joan Barrda Bort took a historic victory for the Husqvarna in stage 10 of the 2012 Dakar today. The 28 year old Spaniard who is only competing in his second ever Dakar showed that he had the pace to run and navigate with the very best Rally riders in the world and won the stage after ...

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