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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jan 18, 2020. 7 comments

Ricky Brabec Is The First American To Win Dakar, Casey Currie A Close Second

Ricky Brabec Is The First American To Win Dakar, Casey Currie A Close Second

The Dakar Rally has been running since the ’70s, gone from Africa to South America and, this year, to Saudi Arabia. But it’s never been won by an American until 2020. Ricky Brabec is officially the first to do it, on a Honda dirt bike. Fellow U.S. dude Casey Currie was close behind too, winning the SSV class.

For a long time, everybody who was interested thought ex-NASCAR Baja champ Robby...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jan 15, 2020. 19 comments

Rock Beats Axle

Rock Beats Axle

There’s plenty of crashing at the Dakar Rally, and in off-road racing in general, but you don’t get a dramatic axle-eating wipeout in a well-framed video too often. It’s painful to watch, but also, kind of neat.

Here we can see what looks like a Toyota factory-backed Hilux race car cut a corner a little too close. An unstoppable force (the truck) hits an immovable object (a big sharp rock) and...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jan 14, 2020. 20 comments

The Salute At The End

The Salute At The End

The Dakar Rally is on in

Saudi Arabia , and is, as it is every year, an absolute test of the human will through some of the most extreme, barren, and beautiful land on Earth. These testing areas produce very human moments. Take a look at, for instance, the salute at the end of this video.

As you can see, the little buggy noses in over the edge of a dune, endos, and keeps going as if nothing...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Jan 12, 2020. 12 comments

Portuguese Dakar Motorcyclist Paulo Gonçalves Has Died

Portuguese Dakar Motorcyclist Paulo Gonçalves Has Died

Portuguese motorcyclist and 13-time Dakar entrant Paulo Gonçalves, 40, has died as a result of injuries sustained in a fall 276 kilometers into today’s stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

According to Motorsport.com, Gonçalves, who was riding for Indian motorcycle maker Hero this year, reportedly fell from his bike and was found unconscious after entering cardiac arrest at 10:16 AM...

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Matt Brown Matt Brown Jan 05, 2020. 15 comments

Mini Sweeps Top 3 In Dakar Rally Stage 1, Fernando Alonso In 11th

Mini Sweeps Top 3 In Dakar Rally Stage 1, Fernando Alonso In 11th

In a surprising upset, Vaidotas Zala became the first overall leader of the 2020 Dakar Rally, finishing the opening stage first in what was a top-three sweep for Mini. It was his first career stage win.

Legendary Dakar driver and teammate Stephane Peterhansel came in second after losing time looking for a hidden waypoint.

“The directions were hard to understand in English,” said Peterhansel,...

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Alanis King Alanis King Oct 25, 2019. 13 comments

Fernando Alonso Is Officially On The Dakar Rally Roster With Toyota

Fernando Alonso Is Officially On The Dakar Rally Roster With Toyota

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso has really been living life since he

retired from the series in 2018, aside from, you know, that thing that happened at the Indianapolis 500 this year. He’s been competing in all kinds of series and disciplines across the world, and the next up is the Dakar Rally.

That’s right, Alonso’s going off-roading.

In March , he was simply considering a...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban May 31, 2019.

The Best Pictures Of The Dakar Rally: Day 4

The Best Pictures Of The Dakar Rally: Day 4

The Dakar Rally is at full speed with

some crazy machines fighting the sand with us chasing them, and here are the shots that will take you in the middle of the action. The Best Pictures Of Dakar Rally: Day 4

The Dakar Rally is at full speed with some crazy machines fighting the sand with us chasing them,…

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Mar 28, 2019. 16 comments

F1 and Le Mans Champ Fernando Alonso Is Getting Serious About Off-Road Racing

F1 and Le Mans Champ Fernando Alonso Is Getting Serious About Off-Road Racing

Living legend Fernando Alonso, who made a name for himself in Formula One and more recently

was a beast at Le Mans , might finally officially be going off-road racing with team Toyota. He’s been test-driving a Dakar Rally-racing Hilux, and it sounds like he’s into it.

OK, he actually sounds like an interview scene in Talladega Nights with a Spanish accent, but it’s cool to see with no...

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Máté Petrány Máté Petrány Jan 28, 2019.

The Best Pictures Of Dakar Rally: Day 4

The Best Pictures Of Dakar Rally: Day 4
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

The Dakar Rally is at full speed with

some crazy machines fighting the sand with us chasing them, and here are the shots that will take you in the middle of the action. This Awesome 250 HP Diesel VW Buggy Is Racing In The 2015 Dakar

Dear lord do I adore Stéphane Henrard's diesel VW Buggie running in the 2015 Dakar Rally.

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Alanis King Alanis King Jan 15, 2019. 22 comments

Dakar Rally Truck Driver Disqualified for Not Stopping After He Hit a Spectator

Dakar Rally Truck Driver Disqualified for Not Stopping After He Hit a Spectator

As a group of spectators in the path of a Dakar Rally truck competitor ran to get out of the way over the weekend, one tripped and fell in the sand. The truck ran over the spectator’s leg while its driver, who said he didn’t know it happened, was later disqualified from the rally for not stopping to attend to the person.

The nearly two-week Dakar Rally can be

dangerous , and even fatal ,...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jan 10, 2019. 9 comments

Meet the Women of the Dakar Rally 2019

Meet the Women of the Dakar Rally 2019

The Dakar Rally is one of the

most demanding races in the world. It’s a long-distance off-road rally raid race that lasts for eleven grueling days to be undertaken this year by 534 racers. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime events that tests not only your skills as a driver, but your mental and emotional endurance as well. And this year, 10 women are taking part.
The 2019 Dakar Rally...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Jan 05, 2019. 20 comments

The 2019 Dakar Rally Explained

The 2019 Dakar Rally Explained

The Dakar Rally’s uniquely challenging combo of impossible terrain and ridiculous logistics make it pretty much the meanest motor vehicle race on Earth. The 2019 Dakar Rally is coming right up on Jan. 6. Here’s everything you need to know.

Give me the quick and dirty...
It’s a rally raid race; long-distance and off-road
Drivers don’t know the course until they’re on it, then go off...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Mar 18, 2018. 15 comments

Two Dead, Five Injured In Two Separate Dakar Rally Incidents

Two Dead, Five Injured In Two Separate Dakar Rally Incidents

Tragedy struck the Dakar Rally twice, once during Stage 7 and again in road traffic.

On Saturday, the number 409 Mitsubishi Lancer of Lionel Baud struck a spectator approximately 51 miles into the special stage of Stage 7, per Motorsport.com.

Organizers released the following statement, as quoted on Motorsport.com:

[No. 409] hit a 63-year-old man who was isolated on the race course.

Once at the...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Feb 28, 2018. 16 comments

Motorcycle Racer Shakes Off His Brutal Desert Crash Like NBD, Whatever

Motorcycle Racer Shakes Off His Brutal Desert Crash Like NBD, Whatever

You’re looking at that .GIF and thinking “wow, I can’t believe you just made me watch a man die.” Not only did motorcyclist Paulo Gonçalves not die here, he was up and racing again before the sand stopped flying.

It’s mid-January and the dust has settled on the 2016 Dakar Rally. Now we can look back at the incredible displays of fortitude that went down for an audience of cacti; of which...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Feb 26, 2018. 15 comments

Robby Gordon Wins Final Stage Of 2015 Dakar Rally To Get 19th Overall

Robby Gordon Wins Final Stage Of 2015 Dakar Rally To Get 19th Overall

Racing legend Robby Gordon has had hard luck at the Dakar Rally; being plagued with problems and generally spending more time repairing than racing. But after a major mechanical setback in Stage 2, Gordon beat everybody on the last day and wound up in 19th overall.

It's no podium position, but everybody who knows off-road racing knows just finishing the Dakar is a hell of an accomplishment.

The...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Feb 23, 2018. 16 comments

This Diesel Buggy Was Completely Trashed And Somehow It Won The Race

This Diesel Buggy Was Completely Trashed And Somehow It Won The Race

The 2016 Rallye du Maroc was this diesel buggy’s last race. Oh, not because it got wadded up like an empty beer can at a frat party. The thing went on to win the last stage after getting turned into this trash heap by some sand dunes.

Okay so it took a little more than just “buffing” to get the Peugeot rally team’s 2008 DKR buggy back in business, but damn it these guys did it. Let...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 23, 2018. 19 comments

I Will Never Be As Tough As The Dakar Rider Who Won A Stage With A Busted Knee

I Will Never Be As Tough As The Dakar Rider Who Won A Stage With A Busted Knee

Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort injured his knee badly on the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally this year, which he then went on to win. It took three more stages with a completely busted knee—one so badly injured that Barreda couldn’t even stand on it—before Barreda retired from the rally.

Barreda fell 186 miles into the 264-mile seventh stage, which goes from La Paz to Uyuni, per the

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Alanis King Alanis King Jan 17, 2018. 20 comments

Dakar Rider Threatens Legal Action Against Competitor For Allegedly Hitting Him Mid-Race

Dakar Rider Threatens Legal Action Against Competitor For Allegedly Hitting Him Mid-Race

After an alleged wreck between Dakar Rally competitors Carlos Sainz and Kees Koolen, who can’t even agree on whether it happened in the first place, Koolen is threatening legal action. Koolen told Autosport it “would have been a lot easier” for Sainz if Koolen had died, because then he wouldn’t be able to talk.

Huh? What? How did this escalate so quickly?

Reuters reported Monday that Sainz,...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 13, 2018. 13 comments

Dakar Team Finishes The Last 24 Miles Of The Day With Only Two Front Tires

Dakar Team Finishes The Last 24 Miles Of The Day With Only Two Front Tires

If you

keep popping tires, perhaps you should take a page from the No. 321 Dakaras Toyota. These crazy Lithuanians put the two good tires on the front of their Toyota Hilux and pretended it was just a big front-wheel-drive Yaris. They went over 24 miles with only two front tires to reach the finish line for Stage 4.

Granted, these guys came prepared with a spare to use, according to the

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 10, 2018. 14 comments

America's Most Promising Racer At Dakar Suffers Heavy Crash At The Start Of Day Two

America's Most Promising Racer At Dakar Suffers Heavy Crash At The Start Of Day Two

Dakar Rally rookie and truck jump record-setting badass

Bryce Menzies was involved in a major crash on the second day of the 14-day-long rally. Menzies, whose extensive off-road racing experience made him the best hope for an American to win this year, crashed less than four miles into today’s stage out of fourth place overall.

Fortunately, both Menzies and his codriver Peter Mortensen were...

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