The Breslau Rally in Poland, the biggest licence-free Crosscountry Rally in the heart of Europe, opened the registrations and day by day more competitors subscribe for the 2018 edition. In 2018 the rally will see again the "Fat winning Lady" called "Burglinde" - the MAN KAT 4x4 Extreme-class rallytruck of the German team "Rally Noobs". To say it first, nobody knows why their truck is named after a big women of the Age of Chivalry. But what we know is, she has a brother called "Schwerthelm" - the support- and transport-truck of the team.
They are back! Matthias Walkner, Kevin Benavides, Sam Sunderland and Toby Price will be coming together on the tracks of the Afriquia Merzouga Rally, three months after the Dakar rally. The riders will do battle on the hot Moroccan dunes and will be rubbing shoulders with many amateurs getting a taste of the rally-raid discipline’s delights for the first time.
Monster Energy Honda Team announces the incorporation into the ranks of José Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Cornejo, who becomes one of the official Honda Racing Corporation team riders.
Mohammed Al Balooshi (KTM) overcame a disappointing opening day, raised his game on day two and took advantage of the retirement of first stage winner Aaron Mare and Mohammed Jaffar to seal victory in the Dubai International Baja, the opening round of the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Bajas World Cup.
The unfortunate South African Aaron Mare delivered a stunning first day performance, but found himself stopped with mechanical problems on the second stage, after 91km, and was forced to retire.
His misfortune gave Al-Balooshi the prospect of a victory, but the end of the second special stage of 273 km through the Al-Qudra Desert was not easy for the Emirati rider either:
Al-Balooshi said: "It was a stage of madness today. I attacked really hard and I did not lift off until I crossed the finish line. But I had the impression at the refueling that there was confusion with my teammates and I rode to the end of the special with fear in my stomach in case I did not have enough fuel to finish!"
Al-Balooshi won the second stage and took the overall victory ahead of Frenchman Benjamin Melot, who also had a stressful special: "We rode really fast today. Suddenly, I had problems with the rear brake and then the gearbox. The last 30 km, I finished stuck in third gear. I am happy to have finished and to be in good shape!"
Al-Balooshi’s younger brother Sultan rounded off the podium places. "It was very hot today and, at the beginning of the special, I fell. Luckily, I finished and in third place!"
In the quad category, the victory went to Fahad Al-Musallam for the second successive season, despite some mistakes on the track. The Kuwaiti rider finished ahead of the Emirati Khalifa Al-Rasse, who solved the problems that handicapped him yesterday. Russian rider Aleksander Maksimov was third.
Official Overall classification Bike FIM
1. Mohammed Al Balooshi 3:58.39
2. Benjamin Melot 4:01.35
3. Sultan Balooshi 4:08.42
Official Overall classification Quad FIM
1.Fahad Al Musallam 4:44:31
2.Khalifa Al Rasse 4:54:09.
3.Aleksander Maksimov 5:12:28.0
The Dubai International Baja, being organised by Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE, and his team has the honour of opening the FIM Cross-Country Baja World Cup season.
KTM Motorsports are pleased to announce that Laia Sanz has signed a two-year contract extension, which will see the popular Spaniard remain with the KTM Factory Racing Team until at least the end of the 2020 racing season.
Start & Finish: Mafi keng, North West Province, South Africa (300km from Johannesburg) | Stages: 6 | Distance: 2600 - 2800 km
On our way back from a previous rally in 2014, the idea was planted by a great friend with a true passion for rally. We knew it was time for South Africa to host an International format. Cross Country Rally Raid with International standards. South Africa produces some of the most successful and competitive rally cars, bikes & quads with small budgets in comparison to the world rally community.
Wade Young overcame three days of brutal racing to win the 50th edition of the ‘Mother of Hard Enduro’ – the Motul Roof of Africa in Lesotho.
The South African raced into the history books after claiming his third victory in the event, leading home fellow countryman Travis Teasdale and British legend Graham Jarvis.
Young said: “To get back on the top of the Hard Enduro podium and do it at home in the 50th edition of the Roof of Africa is very special.
“It’s been a tough three days of hard racing. Travis kept me honest all week. I managed to break him on one of the climbs and kept it together until the end.”
Riders had to navigate isolated mountain trails and contend with a mixture of rocky terrain and unpredictable weather conditions including blisteringly hot sunshine one day, and unseasonably heavy snowfall the next.
The epic race brought a close to the Red Bull Hard Enduro season with Jarvis, who was aiming for a fifth Roof of Africa title, winning the overall World Series.
He said: “With the riding so fast it was tough to catch the leaders. They had a big lead and were just better than me on the open fast stuff this year.
“It’s always nice to be on the podium and with consistent wins this year ending 2017 as the overall champion is the icing on the cake.”
Sandra Gomez also entered the record books by bringing her Husqvarna home in 30th place to become the highest ever female finisher in the history of the race.
Provisional Results — 2017 Roof of Africa
1. Wade Young (Sherco) 10:41:28
2. Travis Teasdale (KTM) 10:52:34
3. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 11:04:06
4. Blake Gutzeit (Yamaha) 11:06:36
5. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 11:13:15
Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the signing of Andrew Short, with the American joining the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally team with immediate effect. Turning a new page in his illustrious career, the former US SX and MX racer is set to pilot Husqvarna’s FR 450 Rally machine throughout the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
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