Robby Gordon returns to the Dakar with Textron XX

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Robby Gordon and Team SPEED will return to the 2019 Dakar Rally with three SPEED Edition Textron Off-Road XX’s in the car category sponsored by Toyo Tires and King Off-Road Racing Shocks. The American appeared on the Dakar's entry list with number 316. 

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Team De Rooy with four trucks in Dakar Rally

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Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco will participate in the Dakar Rally with four trucks. Next to Gerard de Rooy, Federico Villagra and Ton van Genugten, Maurik van den Heuvel will reinforce the team in Peru. All four crews have an Iveco Powerstar available with the goal of winning the 2019 edition of the Dakar.

A few weeks ago it was announced that Gerard de Rooy will return to the strong competition of the Dakar Rally in January, assisted by navigator Moi Torrallardona and mechanic Darek Rodewald. The two-time winner of the Dakar, and winner of the Africa Eco Race 2018, is supported in Peru by what seems to be the strongest Team De Rooy ever.
Argentinian driver Federico Villagra was in the battle for victory last year until the penultimate day and now again aims for the podium. Ton van Genugten won no less than four stages in 2018 and was the most successful driver in the truck category. Just like last edition, he will be assisted by navigator Peter Willemsen and mechanic Bernard der Kinderen.
The fourth rider of Team De Rooy is the experienced and fast Maurik van den Heuvel, who in previous years always participated in the top 10 and of whom a lot can be expected. Van den Heuvel is navigated by Peter Kuijpers, for whom it is the fourth time in that role, and has mechanic Martijn van Rooij with him.
Van den Heuvel takes over from Artur Ardavichus, who, because of the poor economic situation in Kazakhstan in consultation with his sponsor Astana, decided to skip the upcoming Dakar.

All four teams have an Iveco Powerstar at their disposal. Team De Rooy has chosen the familiar model with rigid axles, which has proven itself in the toughest rallies in the world in recent years.
The prototype of the Iveco Powerstar with independent wheel suspension has passed all planned tests to its full satisfaction and is now completely disassembled so that all parts and components can be examined and studied for wear and damage. This rally truck can therefore not be used yet and as a result, Wuf van Ginkel, who is very closely involved in the development of this truck, will not participate in the upcoming Dakar.

At the PreProloog in Valkenswaard next Sunday Gerard de Rooy, Ton van Genugten, Maurik van den Heuvel and Wuf van Ginkel will be present and available to the press and public.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing prepares for last round FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland are ready to race the fifth and final round of the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – the Rally du Maroc, in Morocco. Joined by KTM Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides, the rally marks the team’s final competitive outing before the Dakar Rally early in 2019.

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Dakar champions step on gas with the X-raid MINI JCW Team

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The crackle of excitement surrounding the 2019 Dakar Rally just got a whole lot louder. The new X-raid MINI JCW Team will be taking their place on the starting grid in Peru with a line-up of exceptional driving talent. Former Team Peugeot Total drivers Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel boast a staggering 20 Dakar victories between them. The trio will each be racing a MINI John Cooper Works Buggy at next January’s Dakar in South America.

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The Dakar hits the Goodwood Festival of Speed!

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The Dakar is making its first appearance in the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed —the leading event for motor sport enthusiasts in the United Kingdom— to tell British fans everything about the 2019 edition, scheduled to take place in Peru from 6 to 17 January. 

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Matthias Walkner wins Dakar 2018, the review

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The 2018 Dakar Rally came to a close on Saturday with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team celebrating two of their riders on the podium. Matthias Walkner was crowned Dakar Champion, the first Austrian ever to win the motorcycle class, while Toby Price rounded out the podium in third following a superb performance throughout the rally.

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Toby Price claims stage 13 win at Dakar 2018

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Toby Price has won the penultimate stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally. His victory ensures he maintains his third-place position in the provisional overall standings, just over five minutes behind the runner-up. Third on today’s stage, Antoine Meo moves up to fourth overall. Matthias Walkner, who rode to a safe fourth place today, retains his lead in the overall rankings.

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Villagra seizes the lead, Van Genugten loses two hours

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Not completely undamaged the Team De Rooy Iveco's reached the finish of the Super Fiambalá Special of the Dakar 2018. But the result was nonetheless: Federico Villagra took the lead in the rankings. Due to a penalty for a broken strap in stage 10, which was calculated today, the margin of the Argentinian is only small: 1.07. "But that does not matter: the lead is the lead", Villagra thought.

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Toby Price fights back to take stage 11 win

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Toby Price has fought back from yesterday’s disappointing result to dominate stage 11 of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Antoine Meo put in another superb performance to post the third fastest time for the day while Matthias Walkner placed fifth to retain his position at the top of the provisional overall standings.

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Andrew Short secures best stage result on day eight of Dakar

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew Short has enjoyed his best performance to date on the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally, ending stage eight in 17th position. With it the US racer, who is competing in his first ever Dakar Rally, moves closer to the top 20 in the provisional overall standings. Dealing with a minor technical issue, Pablo Quintanilla is currently 12th in the overall standings. 

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Mini in Dakar: Przygonski climbs to sixth overall

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The sixth leg of the 2018 Dakar led the participants to the Bolivian capital La Paz, where the rest day takes place tomorrow. There were no dunes on the agenda today, but the participants were almost the entire special stage at an altitude of over 4000 meters - the highest point was more than 4,600 meters. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) finished sixth in the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Jakub "Kuba" Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) placed four positions behind in the MINI John Cooper Works Rally. Boris Garafulic (CHI) and Filipe Palmeiro (POR) finished 12th in the MINI JCW Rally.

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Quintanilla back in top six after Dakar stage six

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With the sandy dunes of Peru being replaced by the fast tracks of Bolivia, Pablo Quintanilla put in a solid performance during today’s stage six of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Securing a strong sixth place result for the day, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider has moved back inside the top six in the event’s provisional overall standings. 

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