Ford has confirmed that it will be entering the 2014 Dakar Rally, entering two purpose-built Ford Rangers to be driven by Lucio Alvarez and Chris Visser. Lucio Alvarez came extraordinarily close to winning the opening stage of the 2013 rally, whilst
The day before the finish in Santiago, “Chaleco” Lopez put in a first-class performance between Copiapo and La Serena to pick up his 4th stage victory in 2013 and more importantly to move into 2nd place in the general standings
On a 12th special stage marked by the joint strategy of general standings leader Cyril Despres and his provisional runner-up and team-mate, Ruben Faria, Dutchman Frans Verhoeven picked up his 4th stage victory on the Dakar and his first since
Although the 11th special was again affected by the weather, American Kurt Caselli obtained a 2nd stage victory on the Dakar, whilst general standings leader Cyril Despres further increased his lead. In the car race, the special was stopped after
The A.S.O. has been organizing their Dakar Rallye in South America since 2009, after the killing of French tourists in Mauritania Christmas 2007 forced the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar Rally which was scheduled to start in Lisboa. Although having an off-year and drastically changing
Frenchman Cyril Despres produced a stunning performance to take his first stage win in the 2013 Dakar and, most importantly, climb to second overall, 5′23″ down, as the defending champion benefitted from his main rivals’ bad day at the office.
Joan Barreda won the last stage before the rest day in Tucumán, while David Casteu toppled Olivier Pain from the top of the general classification. Cyril Despres bounced back after changing his engine during this mammoth stage. The car race
The 7th stage of the Dakar, in mourning following the death of rider Thomas Bourgin, was won by American Kurt Caselli in the bike category. Cyril Despres lost ground on Olivier Pain, who still leads, on the crossing of the
With a third stage victory on the Dakar 2013, Francisco Lopez provided a worthy celebration of the rally’s arrival in his native Chile and moved into position behind the French trio of Pain, Despres and Casteu in the general standings.
With David Casteu winning the day’s stage and Olivier Pain still on top of the general standings, the excellent health of the Yamaha YZF was confirmed today. However, Joan Barreda lost out big time, halted by fuel problems. In the
The Husqvarna team captain won his second special stage this year and regained his place among the pretenders for the title. Olivier Pain, new race leader, is gradually cementing his place in this category also. Nasser Al Attiyah won a