The victories achieved by Kevin Benavides in the bike race, Ignacio Casale in the quad category, Giniel de Villiers in the car race and Ton van Genugten in the truck category did not affect the positions at the top of the rally’s hierarchy. Matthias Walkner became the first Austrian winner on a bike, with Austrian brand KTM continuing to...

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The 8th Emilie Poucan Prize for the best photo

The Emilie Poucan Prize for the best photo of the 2018 edition of the Dakar has been unanimously awarded by the jury* to Eric Vargiolu, a photographer for the DPPI agency who is covering his 40th Dakar this year:

“I had studied this stage and observed that the first cars were going to set off at 6 o’clock in the morning, when the sun would be rising and that...

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Toby Price: "Every time I've made it to the end I've been on the podium"

The Australian was injured during all of 2017 but has made a more than convincing comeback to the competition with a third-placed finish.

“Three podiums is really amazing. After the year I had, it’s a dream come true, for sure. It was rough, but with twelve months under our belt we’ll be ready to go for the next one. I didn’t even expect this finish....

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Stéphane Peterhansel: "We made two big mistakes"

After 13 triumphs on the Dakar in 30 years, Stéphane Peterhansel has finished the 2018 edition in 4th place, which might be his last position…

“It was a crazy Dakar. We lost a lot of top drivers due to crashes. Some other top drivers lost a lot of time or it wasn’t possible for them to finish. For us, we made two big mistakes and lost a lot of...

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Kevin Benavides: "We need to continue pushing for next year"

On his second participation, the Argentinean has finished the Dakar in 2nd position.

“I feel amazing. This sensation for me is incredible. To win is my dream so I touched it a little bit. We need to continue pushing and pushing for next year. Now I know I can do it, so I'll continue preparing and try to do it".

Newsflashes - 20/01 13:50 [GMT -3] - Truck

Van Genugten wins the special and Nikolaev the rally

Ton van Genugten has taken advantage of the last special on the rally to grab a fourth stage victory. The Iveco driver has beaten Martin Macík by 11 seconds and Dmitry Sotnikov by 3’35’’. Eduard Nikolaev finishes forth in Córdoba, but more importantly he has won his second consecutive Dakar behind the wheel of...

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Nasser Al Attiyah: "Second place is not bad"

A two times winner of the Dakar, Al Attiyah has added a third second-placed finish in his career to his CV.

“It was a crazy Dakar but we love the Dakar and would like to thank the organisers for everything, for making this a really hard Dakar. Every day the result was changing. We’ve reached the final day...

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Matthias Walkner: "Maybe luck was on my side this time"

On his fourth participation in the Dakar, the Austrian rider has won… riding an Austrian bike!

“It’s really, really amazing. I was never thinking that I really could win. The goal was to stay on the podium, but it was so close this year and day ten was a key day. Maybe luck was on my side this time, but it's really a dream come true. It was a really...

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Carlos Sainz: "I'm so, so happy"

Eight years after his first victory on the Dakar, “El Matador” has won again to complete a series of three consecutive victories for Peugeot.

“I’m so, so happy, after four years when we joined forces with Peugeot to make a dual-drive winning car. We managed to do it. They’ve already won two times, but I think I deserved this victory because...

Newsflashes - 20/01 12:57 [GMT -3] - Car

Carlos Sainz wins his second Dakar!

Carlos Sainz has finished 9th on the last stage but obtains his second overall triumph on the Dakar following on from 2010. The Peugeot driver has faultlessly controlled the end to the rally, finishing 43 minutes in front of Nasser Al-Attiyah. Giniel de Villiers climbs onto the last place on the podium ahead of Stéphane Peterhansel.


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