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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KTM riders first and third on tough stage three of Dakar Rally 2018

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Sam Sunderland and Toby Price have successfully completed the long stage three of the 2018 Dakar Rally, finishing first and third respectively. Demonstrating the speed that has given both riders an overall win at the event, the pair excelled today on the 296km timed special. Antoine Meo also rode well in the dunes to post the eighth fastest time for the day.

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Good business for Villagra and Van Genugten on Dakar Rally's second day

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It was only the second day in the Dakar Rally, and there is only 300 kilometres of race distance covered, but the differences in the rankings are already considerable. Federico Villagra and Ton van Genugten did good business in the tough second stage. The Argentinian driver of Team De Rooy finished second, 3.25 of stage winner Eduard Nikolaev. Van Genugten came in fifth, at 20 minutes.

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Sunderland takes stage 1 win at Dakar 2018

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Reigning Dakar champion Sam Sunderland has taken the win on stage one of the 2018 Dakar Rally. His Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team-mates also performed well on the opening day with Matthias Walkner finishing sixth and Antoine Meo ninth.

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X-Raid Mini: Short but fierce start into the Dakar

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The first stage of the 2018 Dakar is over. After 30 kilometres across the Dunes at Pisco, four MINI vehicles hold top 10 positions. Bryce Menzies and Pete Mortensen (both USA) finished fourth, with their MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Behind them Nani Roma and Alex Haro in a MINI John Cooper Works Rally secured fifth place. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Andreas Schulz (GER) took their MINI JCW Buggy to eighth position, with Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) following right behind in ninth.

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Van Genugten from 10 to 4, Villagra from 2 to 21

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The first day of the Dakar Rally immediately had a number of surprises. The one more pleasant than the other. In fourth place, only a minute and 11 seconds from stage winner Ales Loprais, Ton van Genugten did good business. His Team De Rooy teammates Artur Ardavichus (16th) and Federico Villagra (21st) fared a little less well.

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Three crews to keep Team De Rooy honours up  

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Federico Villagra, Artur Ardavichus and Ton van Genugten carry a huge responsibility of keeping up the honours of Team De Rooy in the 2018 Dakar Rally with two times champion Gerard de Rooy competing in the Africa Race. All three of them will be racing with the winning Iveco Powerstar. “It’s up to us now and for me it is quite a big thing to have number 501 on the truck”, Villagra says on the eve of the start of the 40th Dakar.

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MINI Family ready and eager to start Dakar

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The start of the 40th edition of Dakar – the tenth in its present South America theatre – is now only hours away. Shakedown testing is complete and the MINI family of seven international two-man race crews, together with the large support team from MINI Motorsport partner X-raid, are fully prepared to undertake the challenges the Dakar will undoubtedly present throughout its 9,000 km distance that spans 14 race stages.

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All Systems Go For Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team At 2018 Dakar Rally

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Everything is set for the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team as they ready themselves for the start of the biggest and most challenging adventure in the annual rally calendar - the Dakar Rally. In Lima, Peru since the beginning of this week, the team of Adrien Van Beveren, Franco Caimi, Xavier de Soultrait and Rodney Faggotter are all-set and focused on making history for Yamaha in this historic 40th edition of the prestigious event.

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