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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 ...

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  • 08 January 2013

Dakar Stage 3: Lopez bounces back to take stage win, Despres secures overall lead

Francisco Lopez bounced back after his disastrous day two to win stage three today which saw the Dakar leave Pisco and arrive in Nazca. The Chilean rider had the advantage of starting a long way behind his main rivals on the road giving him riders to chase through the technical sand and dune stage. Second on the stage was Speedbrain ...

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  • 07 January 2013

Dakar Stage 3: Watt leads the way with six remaining Brits all in top 100

Irishman Stan Watt secured another strong result on stage three of the Dakar to finish 37th fastest at the end of the timed 242KM special. The KTM rider now sits 37th overall in the standings and is satisfied with his progress at this early stage of the race knowing that his overall position can improve significamtly if he can maintain ...

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  • 07 January 2013

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

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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  • 07 January 2013

Dakar stage 1: Brits deliver on potential in opening stage of 2013 Dakar

Sherco rider James West ended the opening day of the 2013 Dakar as the highest placed Brit finishing the day 38th fastest. The Dubai based rider was just 1m 08s behind pace setter Francisco Lopez and is well placed for tomorrow’s significantly longer stage two. Irishman Stan Watt finished in 44th place onboard his Front row Crescent KTM and was ...

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  • 06 January 2013

Dakar stage 1 – Local hero Lopez takes opening stage victory

Chilean Francisco Lopez claimed victory in the opening stage of the 2013 Dakar. The KTM rider completed the 13km timed special in 7m 51s just one second faster than sand specialist Frans Verhoeven onboard his Yamaha YZF. Regulations for 2013 mean that the times set are multiplied by five in an effort to make the result in keeping with a ...

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  • 05 January 2013

Dakar Blog - Ready to race

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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  • 05 January 2013

Dakar Blog – The calm before the storm

Well it’s started, I arrived in Lima, Peru late last night 17 hours after leaving London Heathrow. The 40 minute taxi journey from the airport to my hotel was an experience in itself, lots of close shaves, constant horn bibbing, but no accidents and not a hint of road rage, which was refreshing. There wasn’t much conversation going on with ...

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  • 04 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 ...

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  • 30 December 2012

Marc Coma out of Dakar 2013

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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  • 21 December 2012

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