Edwin Straver has passed away
This morning, the Dakar Organisers were informed by his family that Dutch biker Edwin Straver, who crashed 124 km into the timed special of stage 11 (SHUBAYTAH–HARADH) on Thursday, 16th January 2020, has died as a result of his injuries.
The medical team immediately dispatched by helicopter found Edwin in cardiac arrest and proceeded with resuscitation...
Sainz and Brabec show the way in Arabia
The 42nd edition of the Dakar took competitors from the shores of the Red Sea in Jeddah, around the canyons and mountains of the western part of the country, over the dunes of the Empty Quarter and all the way to the Qiddiya Sports and Culture Complex near the capital Riyadh. In the end, American biker Ricky Brabec put an end to Honda's 31-year drought, Carlos Sainz took his...
Yakp wins the Grand Prix
Zaker Yakp will go down in history as the winner of the 13 km Qiddiya Grand Prix in the motorcycle category after beating Toby Price by 21 seconds. The Chinese rookie wrapped up the rally in 42nd place overall and this victory to his name!
Charly Lopez wins 10th Émilie Poucan Photo Contest
Freelance photographer Charly Lopez has won the contest for pro photographers accredited to the Dakar after two weeks of racing and sensational pictures. The selected picture is a stunning helicopter view of stage 9 between Wadi Al Dawasir and Haradh.
Émilie Poucan served as Dakar press agent until 2010, when she died in an air crash on her 32nd birthday...
"A podium place isn't that bad after all"
"Chaleco" López won the race in Lima last year, but this time round he will have to settle for the bottom step of the podium. A mechanical in the stage after the rest day pushed him behind American Casey Currie and Russian Sergey Karyakin.
"Finishing on the podium is good, but the second week didn't go well for us. We had a huge problem the day before yesterday,...
"It's not the result we came for"
The two-time Dakar champion finished this year's edition in third place, 24 minutes behind Ricky Brabec.
"I'm still on the podium. Definitely, it's not the result we came for, but I'm quite glad. Every time that I've lined up and I've made the finish line, I've been on a podium step. This, for me, is a big achievement, especially after these two...
"The best race in the world"
Former quad champion Sergey Karyakin finished as runner-up in this year's SSV race. Saudi Arabia was gentler to the Russian than South America used to be.
"Sometimes, it was rough. Sometimes, I was not really lucky. But I still think second place is a good thing. We enjoyed the race, we like how the scenery changes, it's not like in Peru, where you only have sand,...
"We're right where we deserve to be"
The most prolific stage winner in Dakar history finished this year's edition in third place overall and claimed his 80th career special along the way.
"Another one done and dusted! Things took a turn for the worse when Andrea got bumped from the co-driver's seat before the start. All things told, we came through and we're right where we deserve...
Varela takes the final stage and Currie the overall
After struggling throughout the 2020 Dakar, 2018 champion Reinaldo Varela bounced back to finish the race on a high note and take his second stage win by 24 seconds over Blade Hildebrand. Casey Currie, racing in his second Dakar, took the big prize by 39 minutes over Sergey Karyakin in the general classification.
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