Dakar 2017, Stage 4: De Rooy rebounds with win, Sotnikov leads

De Rooy spent the majority of the 416km stage, which started in Argentina but finished up in Bolivia, less than a minute behind Ayrat Mardeev.
However, Mardeev, another former Dakar winner who has had a slow start to the 2017 edition, had to settle for second eventually, exactly half a minute adrift De Rooy.
In the overall classification, the aforementioned duo are now 14 and 16 … Keep reading http://ift.tt/2i4GMGG

Dakar 2017, Stage 4: Despres leads, Loeb and Sainz hit trouble

On a tough day for all the works Peugeot drivers but Despres, the five-time Dakar bikes champion moved to the lead of the rally from fifth place.
The stage itself – a high-altitude test starting in Argentina’s Jujuy and ending in Bolivia’s Tupiza – featured the longest timed section of the rally so far at 416km, split by a small neutralised zone on the Bolivian border.
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Dakar 2017, Stage 4: Barreda keeps lead, Price crashes out

The fourth stage of the South American event took the riders across the Bolivian border from Jujuy to Tupiza, with the timed section comprising 416km at an altitude of more than 3000 metres.
Having taken the lead with his win on Wednesday’s stage, Honda rider Barreda opened the road, but managed to avoid the navigational pitfalls that cost Price so much time on the preceding test.
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Opinion: WRC teams made a mistake by overlooking Mikkelsen

Volkswagen’s decision to pull out of the WRC at the end of the 2016 season shocked the rally world, and generated a level of silly season intrigue the series hasn’t experienced for a long time.
The German marque’s three drivers, Sebastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikkelsen, all lost their seats at a time when Hyundai and Citroen had already announced their line-ups, and the only … Keep reading http://ift.tt/2i4GMGG

Hirvonen: “We need technical stages to fight out front”

Hirvonen surrendered eight minutes to Dakar leader and long-time WRC rival Sebastien Loeb in the first two "WRC-style" stages, his Mini’s disadvantage in out-and-out pace compounded by minor engine issues.
However, the Finn had a much stronger run through the first off-road test of the rally, the Tucuman – Jujuy stage, which he finished a close fourth behind the three lead … Keep reading http://ift.tt/2i4GMGG

Dakar 2017, Stage 3: Aravind retires after second fall, Santosh endures tough day

Having broken his bones in Stage 1 of his maiden outing in the grueling cross-country rally, Aravind crashed 40km into Wednesday’s third stage, which put an end to his campaign.
The Indian rider was already comprised after his injury to his left hand and rode through pain on Tuesday to end up 125th overall, but a fall in Stage 3 damaging his shoulder sealed his fate.
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Al-Attiyah forced to retire from Dakar Rally

The Qatari, the Dakar winner in 2011 and 2015, ripped a wheel off his Toyota after hitting a hole on Wednesday, losing over two hours to stage winner Stephane Peterhansel.
"It was a mistake, but a mistake is a mistake, you know," said Al-Attiyah after the stage.
"It’s bad luck, but this is the race; this is how the Dakar is, you know.
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Dakar rider struck by lightning during Stage 3

Jakes, who competes in the event with his own team and rides a KTM, was hit by lightning during a storm in the Salar Centenario area, 300km from the finish line.
The Slovakian felt the hit, but managed to continue riding, albeit with pain in his left arm, going on to finish in 15th position in the stage.
He later spent some time in a Jujuy hospital, where he underwent checks and was … Keep reading http://ift.tt/2i4GMGG

Toyota’s horror day a reminder of Dakar’s “cruel” nature

Heading into the Tucuman – Jujuy test, Toyota had three cars within the top five – and at halfway point of the test, it looked set to take the lead with Nasser Al-Attiyah.
However, in the second timed section Toyota’s Dakar campaign took several hits: Al-Attiyah hit a rock and suffered major damage to his car, de Villiers lost lots of time to a fuel pump issue, Nani Roma stopped for … Keep reading http://ift.tt/2i4GMGG