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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 Nov 09, 2019. 5 comments

Weekend Motorsports Roundup: November 9-10

Weekend Motorsports Roundup: November 9-10

The Formula One Series is over. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes ran away with the prizes and all we’re left with is a hole in our Sunday schedules. No worries, though. There’s plenty of other racing to see out there both today and tomorrow.

NASCAR is out in Arizona this weekend with the Xfinity race later today and the Cup race tomorrow afternoon. I personally like to see cars take turns in both...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Oct 05, 2019. 9 comments

Weekend Motorsports Roundup: October 5-6

Weekend Motorsports Roundup: October 5-6

This weekend, like most weekends, there are drivers in cars trying to go faster than one another. You can watch them. You should watch them. And we’ve got the details.

There might not be another chance for Ferrari and McLaren to battle it out until next week in Japan, but that doesn’t mean you’re starved for choice. There’s NASCAR at Dover this weekend. There’s MotoGP in Thailand too if “four...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Apr 01, 2019. 17 comments

The Dakar Rally May Be Headed To Saudi Arabia: Report

The Dakar Rally May Be Headed To Saudi Arabia: Report

The Dakar Rally has been held in South America for a decade now, following unrest in some African nations. To many competitors, that’s the right place for it to stay, but because of some interesting international issues, the rally was forced to stay within the bounds of Peru for the 2019 running. Not only does this make a long-distance desert race like this difficult to orchestrate, but South...

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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...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 10, 2018. 24 comments

How This Strange Crash Took Out America's Best Shot At The Dakar Rally

How This Strange Crash Took Out America's Best Shot At The Dakar Rally

Bryce Menzies was the best shot in a while for someone trained in North American desert racing to win the Dakar Rally, until he fell victim to a weird sort of crash. Here’s how such a little bump could send him and his X-Raid Mini end over end.

That’s what’s called an ‘endo,’ for obvious reasons.

Again, the bump that took out the No. 310 X-Raid Mini looked inconsequential even to...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 10, 2018. 19 comments

Large Trucks Thwarted By Sand Dune

Large Trucks Thwarted By Sand Dune

There is something strangely but deeply fascinating about seeing huge off-road race trucks get completely caught up by a large sand dune.

The Dakar Rally’s massive sand dunes are no joke. About 30 vehicles got stuck at this one a few days ago, according to Sportnieuws.nl’s Twan Spierts, who posted this video from rally navigator Arjan Arendse on Twitter.

It’s such a weirdly gripping thing to...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 09, 2018. 13 comments

This Weekend Kicks Off America's Best Shot At Winning The Grueling Dakar Rally

This Weekend Kicks Off America's Best Shot At Winning The Grueling Dakar Rally

The incredible 14-day Dakar Rally kicks off through South America Saturday and American off-road racer Bryce Menzies is finally getting to race it. Menzies wanted to race the Dakar last year, but was badly injured when a world record jump attempt went wrong. Now he’s there in an X-Raid Mini —one of Dakar’s best teams—and is the U.S.’ best hope for seeing an American win it all.

For those of...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Jan 07, 2018. 14 comments

This High-Flying Porsche Macan Race Truck Exists And Now All Is Right With The World

This High-Flying Porsche Macan Race Truck Exists And Now All Is Right With The World

I have but one ask of Porsche: everything they build needs to go racing. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the latest 911 or the new Panamera. It must go racing somewhere on principle. Otherwise, I won’t accept it as a Porsche. Behold, the Porsche Macan race truck that we all deserve.

LP Racing has been campaigning this race-prepped Porsche Macan in European rally raids, and...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Sep 13, 2017. 14 comments

Oops! Dakar Riders Arrested For Riding Over Archaeological Site

Oops! Dakar Riders Arrested For Riding Over Archaeological Site

As far as worst case rally scenarios go, getting arrested in a foreign country lies just beneath unrepairable failures and spectacular race-ending crashes. Two riders at Dakar found out the hard way that the route exists for a reason: so you don't go over an archaeological site by accident.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that motorcycle racer Matteo Casuccio and quad racer Kees Koolen...

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Sep 05, 2017. 22 comments

These Mods Turn The Honda CB500X Into The Adventure Bike We Want

These Mods Turn The Honda CB500X Into The Adventure Bike We Want

Honda was ahead of the game when it came out with the CB500 trifecta (F, R, and X). They’re each light, fun, have adequate power, and compelling price tags. But the 500X, despite being billed as a quasi-ADV, doesn’t have the necessary kit for serious off-roading. Rally Raid Products is out to rectify that.

Rally Raid has made a name for itself primarily for a series of mods that transform the...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 24, 2017. 19 comments

How To Follow The Race No One's Ever Meant To Finish, The Dakar Rally

How To Follow The Race No One's Ever Meant To Finish, The Dakar Rally

When a race goes through sand, mud, and painful silt , has both freezing temperatures and grueling heat, climbs to elevations of nearly 15,000 feet above sea level and ends near sea level, you know it’s going to attract some of the most talented and downright crazy individuals on the planet. Welcome to Dakar. Here’s how to follow along.

One of the most insane races on the planet—the Dakar...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Aug 22, 2017. 12 comments

This Mini Testing Video Will Make You Fiend For Off-Roading

This Mini Testing Video Will Make You Fiend For Off-Roading

The X-Raid Mini ALL4 racing team is gearing up to win the infamous 5,000 mile Dakar Rally for the fifth consecutive time in January. Here’s how they get in shape for it.

German rally-prep outfit X-Raid is already contracted to build BMW’s new Minis into off-road animals for races all over the world through 2017. Of course it would be more accurate to say X-Raid is building...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 22, 2017. 18 comments

Twelve-Time Dakar Winner Collides With Motorcycle Rider While Leading Race

Twelve-Time Dakar Winner Collides With Motorcycle Rider While Leading Race

Stéphane Peterhansel, a man synonymous with the Dakar Rally from winning it twelve times before, collided with KTM motorcycle racer Simon Marcic 51 miles into today’s Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally, per a tweet by the rally’s official feed. Marcic is now under the care of rescue workers, who took him from the stage.

Peterhansel had just regained the lead in the cars class from fellow Peugeot...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 21, 2017. 23 comments

The World's Most Perfect Porsche Cayenne Is A Muddy, Rowdy Rally Beast

The World's Most Perfect Porsche Cayenne Is A Muddy, Rowdy Rally Beast

This is no ordinary Porsche Cayenne S—it’s been kitted out with a mild lift, meatier tires, under-body armor, snorkels and a lot of other trick gear to race in Germany’s GORM Open Rally Raid. Has there ever been a more perfect Cayenne? I’m going to say no. It’s beautiful. 

The best thing is, this is what Cayennes are good at. It’s not just another soft-roader meant to pick up...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 21, 2017. 14 comments

Nearly Half The Dakar Rally Hasn't Run Because Of Bad Weather, Massive Landslide

Nearly Half The Dakar Rally Hasn't Run Because Of Bad Weather, Massive Landslide

Yet another stage of this year’s Dakar Rally has been cancelled. Today’s 607-mile Stage 9 from Salta to Chilecito has been cancelled due to a landslide blocking the route, according to Mini. A whopping 42 percent of the Dakar Rally route has not been run due to inclement weather.

A massive landslide caused by heavy rains occurred at 10:30 a.m. yesterday, hitting the town of Volcan,...

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 19, 2017. 11 comments

This Is How You Say 'Hi, Mom' From The Dakar Rally

This Is How You Say 'Hi, Mom' From The Dakar Rally

Everyone’s a ham for the camera, but how many of you can wave at the cameras while flying along at 112 mph in the sand?

French rider Adrien Van Beveren waved for the cameras atop his Yamaha during Stage 2 of this year’s Dakar Rally.

Stage 2 concluded yesterday, and went through Argentina’s Chaco region, bumpy sand paths and all. Are you following the race?

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Stef Schrader Stef Schrader Aug 19, 2017. 18 comments

An Electric Car Finished The Grueling Dakar Rally For The First Time Ever

An Electric Car Finished The Grueling Dakar Rally For The First Time Ever

Where is your range anxiety now?! For the first time ever, an all-electric vehicle finished one of the most grueling races on the planet: the Dakar Rally .

Acciona is a Spanish company that focuses on renewable energy, and they use their unique Dakar entry as a big rolling example of what they’re capable of, per Electrek. They’ve been been attempting the Dakar Rally for the past...

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Sean MacDonald Sean MacDonald Aug 19, 2017. 24 comments

This Company Will Turn Your Honda CB500X Into The Adventure Bike It Was Meant To Be

This Company Will Turn Your Honda CB500X Into The Adventure Bike It Was Meant To Be

The Honda CB500X is a fantastic little bike and, while it’s shaped and styled like an adventure bike, it definitely doesn’t perform like one. The folks at Rally Raid agreed that a 500cc adventure bike would be awesome, and then they made it so.

This Strange Frankenstein Machine Might Just Be The Perfect Dual Sport Bike

There isn’t a true dual sport to be found anywhere in any motorcycle...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Aug 18, 2017. 19 comments

The World's Most Massive Vehicular Adventure Is Going Somewhere New Next Year

The World's Most Massive Vehicular Adventure Is Going Somewhere New Next Year

2017 will kick off with one of the most massive motorized adventure events of all time: the 39th annual Dakar Rally. Next year’s route and favorite competitor lineup has just been announced, and of course the 5,500-mile odyssey is slated to be more badass than ever before.

Paraguay will be the 29th country the Dakar Rally has visited since its creation at the end of the 1970’s. As...

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