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Dakar 2022: South Racing's Lopes and Jones win FIA T3 and T4 categories in the gruelling Dakar Rally

South Racing Can-Am Mavericks finish first and second in FIA T3 section
Jones and Farrés give Can-Am Factory South Racing Team a 1-2 finish in T4
Saudi female drivers Akeel and Al-Obaidan reach Jeddah in eighth and 17th

South Racing Can-Ams secured a sensational winning double in both the FIA T3 and T4 categories at the finish of the 44th Dakar Rally in Jeddah.
South Racing-built and run Can-Ams dominated the results in both categories on this opening round of the new FIA World Rally-Raid Championship. They finished first and second in the lightweight T3 section and filled the top six positions in the SSV class for T4 machines.
Francesco ‘Chaleco’ Lopez and navigator Juan Pablo Latrach were the models of consistency throughout the Dakar and the Chileans held their cool to win the FIA T3 category by 51min 28sec, Lopez adding the spoils to the SSV win he earned with South Racing in 2021.
EKS-South Racing Can-Am team-mate Sebastian Eriksson came home in second place with Dutch co-driver Wouter Rosegaar.

Lopez said: “It was a long race. These two weeks went pretty smoothly. It was a completely different scenario compared to last year, when I had to go flat out every day without fail. After stage two, we held a considerable lead, so we just needed to focus on making it to the finish day after day. I’m really happy that our strategy worked out. It was a test of endurance, we had to avoid breakdowns. After all that, victory tastes really sweet.”

Saudi Arabia’s Dania Akeel teamed up with Uruguay’s Sergio Lafuente in one of three Can-Ams run on the event by South Racing Middle East. The talented girl followed up her 2021 FIA T3 world title with a fine eighth overall, with team-mates Tomas Bell and Bruno Jacomy coming home in seventh.
Mashael Al-Obaidan and Jacopo Cerutti brought the third of the South Racing Middle East cars to the finish in 17th.
A mechanical issues cost Fernando Alvarez a potential podium finish on the penultimate stage through the sand dunes around Bisha, but the Spaniard managed to reach Jeddah in 22nd place with French co-driver Xavier Panseri.
American racer Austin Jones overturned a slender deficit to snatch the T4 title from Can-Am Factory South Racing team-mate Gerard Farrés on the final stage. Jones and Brazilian co-driver Gustavo Gugelmin won the event by just 2min 37sec after over 47 hours of racing and 13 days in the Saudi desert.

A delighted Jones said: “Dakar is the ultimate test of off-road racing. Nothing else compares to it. Competing for 14 days, in Saudi Arabia’s diverse terrain, and to live out here, it’s so much harder than you think. Not only is it a test of driving, it’s a mental game. There’s a reason Dakar is considered the toughest race in the world. To be the youngest American to win means a lot. Winning Dakar is everything. It’s everything that you work for. All the training. All the work you put in. This is the most important race. To win the Dakar is the number one goal in rally racing. Having Can-Am, such a large manufacturer that builds the best SSVs in the world, and South Racing supporting and believing in me, it’s been a game changer. To be here and to have them both have my back, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Lithuania’s young Rokas Baciuska overhauled Marek Goczal to snatch the final podium place in his South Racing Can-Am, leaving Goczal and his brother Michal to confirm fourth and fifth in the two Cobant-Energylandia Rally Team Can-Ams, built and run by South Racing.
Brazilian privateer driver Rodrigo Luppi de Oliveira led T4 at the rest day before technical issues cost him valuable time on the stage after the restart. He and Maykel Justo recovered to finish sixth.
South Racing’s Argentine duo of David Zille and Sebastian Cesana rounded off the top 10 and Can-Am Factory South Racing’s Aron Domzala and Molly Taylor overcame their own delays to finish 12th and 14th, sandwiching 13th-placed Ukrainian Ievgen Kovalevych in his South Racing Can-Am. Chile’s Lucas Del Rio and Americo Aliaga rounded off the South Racing finishers in 35th.
Dutch crew of Gert-Jan van der Valk and Branco de Lange sustained a high-speed roll on the stage after the rest day and were forced to retire with damage to the Can-Am.
South Africa’s Geoff Minnitt and Siegfried Rousseau retired from 47th overall at the rest day in Riyadh after an accident.

South Racing Can-Am Team’s Scott Abraham said: “This was a great Dakar for South Racing and the Can-Am project, taking on the challenge of both the lightweight and SSV categories. ‘Chaleco’ and Juan Pablo did a phenomenal job controlling their race after the OT3s, once again, proved to be unreliable for a third year. Sebastien and Wouter did a superb Dakar as well. He is definitely a young driver to look out for in the future to bring the EKS-South Racing car home in second to make it a 1-2 in T3.
Austin and Gustavo continued the winning ways they had shown in the 2021 FIA World Cup. It was not an easy win at all. Gerard Farrés and Diego Ortego Gil pushed them all the way. Rokas Baciuska and Oriol Mena were very quick on certain stages and their performance on stage 12 today is definitely one for the books. He never gave up, went with a do-or-die attitude and made a huge play. He is also one to look at for the future.
It was also a phenomenal race for Dania Akeel and Mashael Al-Obaidan with the T3 programme. Molly Taylor also finished her first Dakar. It was not an easy Dakar for her.”

Source South Racing Can-Am

Dakar 2022: Second for Loeb, Fourth for Terranova but victory for sustainability

Dakar 2022:

The Bahrain Raid Xtreme team has completed the 2022 Dakar with strong second and fourth places overall with Sebastien Loeb/Fabian Lurquin battling for the lead throughout the two week long event over 8,500km across the world’s most inhospitable terrain. Argentine Orlando Terranova/Dani Oliveras came home in fourth, his best finish on the event in 16 starts. After a roll earlier in the rally for Nani Roma/Alex Haro they had great pace, but for the remainder of the event, they dedicated themselves to supporting Terranova and Loeb, by running behind on the stages in case they had a technical issues.

Through the Dakar, the team has proven that sustainable fuels, like Prodrive EcoPower made from agricultural waste, can offer the same performance and range as petrol, while reducing CO2 emissions by 80%. The three Prodrive Hunter V6 turbo engines have run faultlessly over a total of more than 25,000km on the new fuel made by Coryton Advanced Fuels, with no modifications to the engine.

For the Prodrive Hunter in its all new T1+ specification, it is a result that reflects the hard work in design, engineering and set up from the UK based team who have worked tirelessly for this result. The consistency and reliability of the car has put Loeb into the lead of the all-new FIA World Rally-Raid Championship (WRRC) as the sport enters a near era.

The focus of the BRX team is now on the all new WRRC, the first round of which has been this Dakar before upcoming rounds in Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan, Andalucia and Morocco, as the sport elevates to an FIA and FIM recognised championship that encompasses cars and motorcycles.

Sebastien Loeb said: “Second is good, at one point it was not looking so good when we had a problem in the third stage, but we finally kept the second place and we pushed hard to try and catch Nasser but he did a perfect race and it was not possible. The car was really good, the partnership with Fabian was really good and everything was fine, but the gap was too big. To be second on the toughest event in the world is a great achievement.”

Orlando Terranova said: “That was a fantastic rally. The team work was genuinely incredible as it felt like a family from the beginning as all the structure is focussed on the drivers, the crew and the performance as all here at BRX really ‘feel’ motorsport. The first week maybe we lost a little bit of time but in the second week we made some great stage times, but I feel again very comfortable as the car is fantastic and the human relationship in the team is great for our job. I really want to say thank you to the team from the top management all the way through to every technician and assistant at Prodrive: Thank you all so much.”

Nani Roma said: “I am proud to have supported the team and to have worked hard to develop the Hunter over the past few months to help make it so competitive. I’d like to say thank you to everyone at Prodrive and in Bahrain and particularly my engineer and mechanics. We have the world championship in just a few weeks in Abu Dhabi and I am eager to get back in the car and get a good result for the team."

David Richards, BRX team director, said: “Dakar remains one of the most challenging motorsport events on the planet and considering this is only our second attempt we have to be very proud of what we have achieved. It’s not just about the drivers and navigators, who all did a superb job, it’s a team effort and every member of our BRX team both on the rally and back in Banbury contributed to this brilliant result. I would particularly like to recognise all the support we have had from Bahrain, without which this would not have been possible.”

Source Bahrain Raid Xtreme

Dakar 2022: Dakar victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing as Al-Attyiah/Baumel secure the win

LATEGAN/CUMMINGS WIN FINAL STAGE

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel brought their GR DKR Hilux T1+ home safely on the final stage of the 2022 Dakar Rally to win the event overall by 27min 46sec. This is the Qatari driver’s second victory for the team, having previously won the event in 2019. At the same time, Henk Lategan and Brett Cummings won the closing stage of the rally, beating the opposition by 49sec.

For Nasser and Mathieu, the final stage was a mere formality, despite challenging navigation. The pair had taken the lead in the rally during the opening stage of the event, and were never in danger of relinquishing that position. They won the prologue for the 2022 edition of the rally on January 1st, and powered to two more stage wins on their way to overall victory.

This victory is significant for Nasser, as he has expressed the hope to win in the Arab world since the Dakar first moved to Saudi Arabia in 2020. He came agonisingly close in both 2020 and 2021, before securing his first win in Saudi Arabia in 2022. At the same time, the victory means a lot to the team who developed the new GR DKR Hilux T1+, which features larger wheels and tyres, more wheel travel, and the 3.5 litre twin-turbo V6 engine that also powers the new Toyota Land Cruiser GR Sport. Winning the race with a new car is testament to the team’s ability to continuously push the limits of engineering, and build ever-better cars.

The final stage was also a redemption for Henk and Brett, who sacrificed their own chances of a stage win when they selflessly waited for their leading teammates to pass them in Stage 11, in order to lend support if needed. But the pair decided to attack on Stage 12, despite starting the timed section well down the order. They brought their Hilux home in 1hr 35min 19sec, besting the competition despite having to stop mid-stage in order to change a punctured tyre.

For Giniel de Villiers and co-driver Dennis Murphy, the 2022 edition of the world’s toughest cross-country race brought many highs and lows. However, it was a broken oil pipe that put paid to their podium aspirations mid-race. Despite this, the South Africans soldiered on, winning one stage outright, and deservedly attaining a place in the Top 5. Their time in the closing stage was 5min 30sec behind that posted by Henk and Brett, but it was enough to secure 5th place in the overall standings.

Dakar 2022 saw Shameer Variawa and co-driver Danie Stassen cement their in-car relationship, as they powered through some early-race jitters and bad luck, to record multiple solid stage results. By the time they completed the final stage, mid-way between the cities of Bisha and Jeddah, the pair had moved into 15th place overall. This was Shameer’s second Dakar finish, and a maiden finish for his co-driver.

Dakar 2022 was the 44th edition of the iconic event, which first took place in January 1978. The event took place in northern Africa until 2007, with the 2008 event cancelled due to a terrorist threat. The rally moved to South America in 2009, where it enjoyed a decade of spectacular scenery and tough terrain. In 2020, the first Saudi Arabian edition of the event took place, with the 2022 edition covering 4,261km of competitive stages.

QUOTES:
Glyn Hall, Team Principal: “What an epic victory for Nasser and Mathieu, and the entire team. To come to Dakar and win with our new GR DKR Hilux T1+ first time out is amazing. I’d like to dedicate this win to the memory of Dr. Johan van Zyl, who was a visionary leader and consistent supporter of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Dakar project over many years. We are extremely proud of what we achieved here this year, and I know the Doc would have been too.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah: “Such an amazing feeling to win Dakar! We led right from the beginning, and managed to control the pace throughout the race, making it an amazing win. I’d like to thank TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and all our sponsors for the support. I’d also like to thank our Team Principal and Technical Manager, Glyn Hall, for building this fantastic new Hilux T1+. It was an amazing Dakar and I am extremely happy.”

Giniel de Villiers: “Yes, the last stage was actually very stressful, with many difficult navigation spots. Stephane (Peterhansel) caught up with us at one point, just as we found the way. Lucky for him, but we had to turn around a few times to find the route. So, complicated navigation even on the last stage. In the end, we finished in 5th overall, and while I’m a little disappointed not to be on the podium, I am really glad for Nasser and Mathieu. The car was really good, and the team did a great job preparing the car, and I’m really happy to be here at the end.”

Henk Lategan: “We’ve really had the full Dakar experience. The highest highs, winning a stage early on, to the lowest of lows, sitting until after dark in the desert. We were a little down last night, after the troubles we had in Stage 11, but this morning we woke up and just decided to give it a go in the last stage. We had to overtake quite a lot of cars, and unfortunately, we got a puncture at one point. We thought that was the end of our chances for a second stage win, but we carried on pushing really hard to the end, and we pulled off one last stage win.”

Shameer Variawa: “It’s great to be here, as we had a bit of nerves at the start of the stage. But we made it to the end, and I’m happy to complete my second Dakar; Danie’s first. I’m totally ecstatic, and we’ll be back next year.”

Source Toyota Gazoo Racing

Dakar 2022: Pablo Quintanilla takes runner-up spot in the Dakar Rally 2022

Monster Energy Honda Team rider Pablo Quintanilla won the final 2022 Dakar Rally stage to grab second overall place in the race just three-and-a-half minutes shy of the winner. All four team riders managed to finish one of the toughest ever editions of the rally, with the Honda CRF450 RALLY once again making it through the entire Dakar without a single mechanical issue.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla wrapped up the 45th edition of the Dakar Rally today in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in a well-deserved second place. Quintanilla, who started this morning in second place in the general standings, 6’52” behind Sam Sunderland, attempted to close the gap over the 150 kilometres of timed special involving some tricky, fast-paced navigation. Pablo earned the final stage victory, finishing 3’27” short of clinching the outright Dakar 2022 title.

Pablo Quintanilla joined Monster Energy Honda Team last May, finishing on the Andalucía Rally podium in his first outing. Later, in October, he would clinch top honours in the Rallye du Maroc. Today’s runner-up position marks a third finish on the Dakar podium for Quintanilla.

Monster Energy Honda Team team-mates Joan Barreda, Ricky Brabec and José Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Cornejo, riding their respective Honda CRF450 RALLY bikes, also finished the race among the leaders. Spain’s Barreda, fourth on the final stage, finished fifth overall, equalling the result achieved in 2017. Brabec took seventh spot overall in this edition of the Dakar, while ‘Nacho’ Cornejo, third on the stage today, consolidated his sixth place in the final rally classification.

All four of the team riders placed among the top seven finishers. Furthermore, a total of five stage victories (Barreda 2, Cornejo 2, Quintanilla 1) in this edition takes Honda’s overall tally of partial wins at the Dakar to 97.

The next race for the Monster Energy Honda Team is scheduled from 5-10 March for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.

Ricky Brabec 2 - STAGE: 21TH OVERALL: 7TH - The last day we tried to push. There was navigation and a lot of rocks. He hoped to make up time and see if someone else stumbled. We didn’t give up until the end. I’m happy and healthy and ready to go home. There was not much else we could do. We tried to come back from an hour down. The first stage killed us. After the first week it was definitely hard to pick up the pieces. We’ll be back next year to try and win this thing. Anything else other than winning is unacceptable. We’re going to come back next year and hopefully try to win.

Pablo Quintanilla 7 - STAGE: 1ST OVERALL: 2ND - I am very happy with the result and my performance throughout the whole race, especially during the second week, which I managed well, making up time with a steady performance. I am very pleased and I wish to thank the whole Monster Energy Honda Team for their incredible work over these weeks. It was a really tough race, with a lot of tension, but I'm happy. Today there was second place at stake and there was even a chance of winning the race. It didn’t turn out that way, but I'm still happy with the second place finish. Now it's time to enjoy this moment.

José Ignacio Cornejo 11 - STAGE: 3RD OVERALL: 6TH - We finished the Dakar with a good stage; I am very happy with this final stage, without any mistakes and marking some good pace. I am satisfied to have finished the Dakar like this, but not in the overall balance, because, although I recovered several positions this last week, the mistake early in the race conditioned the end. I think I should have been further ahead. This year it was our turn to suffer, but we will be back again. The team in general was very solid and I want to congratulate all my team-mates for the great work done these days.

Joan Barreda 88 - STAGE: 4TH OVERALL: 5TH - The result of this Dakar is a fifth place with a broken collarbone from a week ago and after losing 40 minutes at a waypoint on the first day. I've kept the mentality and the ambition that I've had all year, in spite of the adversities. Not giving up and going all the way to the finish. In racing sometimes things go well and other times not so well. But the important thing for me has been to be able to show all the hard work that’s been done. We've been working for seven months for the Dakar, now it's time to rest a bit and then we'll think about the new goals, knowing that the ambition and motivation has to be 100%. In this Dakar, every day that I've been on the bike I've had unique sensations.

Ruben Faria - General Manager - First of all I wish to congratulate the entire team for the work done in this Dakar which was such a tough race. We managed to win the last two editions and in this 2022 we finished runner-up, but we fought until the very end for the win. In the end it was very satisfying as we placed all four riders in the top seven. The first week we started with a disadvantage, starting with the prologue. The best rider in that first special was Pablo Quintanilla, who was also the top rider in our team, finishing in second overall place. For me, the prologue conditioned the first day which had a very difficult waypoint and where the riders lost a lot of time. The result of that prologue meant that we didn't get off to the right start on those early Dakar stages. The first week was difficult for us, but we were always fighting and working to improve step by step. We would have liked to have retained the title, but this second place was really hard and has a great value for the team. There is some tough competition between the marques and the riders from different teams. We have to work harder and improve in all aspects. We finish with our heads held high, everyone has given the maximum in their respective duties. This Dakar was really tough, with long, hard special stages and with everything that a Dakar should have. Lastly, but no less importantly, I also wish to congratulate the team that was finally able to come from Japan despite Covid. They were with us and worked very hard too. I especially want to thank Taichi Honda for always being at our side.

Source Monster Energy Honda Team

Dakar 2022: Matthias Walkner and KTM finish third

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner has claimed an impressive third-place finish at the incredibly tough 2022 Dakar Rally. Delivering strong, consistent results throughout the entire two-week event, the Austrian star fought hard right to the very end to ultimately finish less than seven minutes behind the race winner after close to 40 hours of racing. Toby Price secured a top-10 overall result with a solid second place finish on the event’s 12th and final stage.

Lying third going in the final day of racing, Matthias Walkner put in a superb performance on today’s stage to finish seventh fastest and secure his overall podium result. After covering more than 8,000 kilometers, the top three motorcycle class finishers were separated by just under seven minutes, such was the closeness of competition at this year’s event. Walkner’s third-place finish is the Austrian’s fourth Dakar podium, as he adds the hard-fought result to his 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship title, in what has been an incredible 12 months of racing for the experienced 35-year-old.

Matthias Walkner: “I feel super happy and also lucky to be here healthy at the finish line. It feels great to be back on the podium too after a couple of difficult Dakars the past two years. It’s been a super long and hard Dakar as always, but this year has been special because of the level of navigation needed every day. We saw right from the first day that you can win or lose so much time on each stage. Because of that I really tried to focus on my roadbook, and concentrate on my navigation for the whole race. The first week went really well for me, and then into the second week, everyone was pushing really hard, so you had to give your best every day as the times were so close. The new bike has been brilliant, and the team have put so much effort into making sure we had the performance needed to finish on the podium, so thank you to them. Now it’s time to celebrate!”

Following a tough start to this year's event when a navigation issue on stage one cost him a considerable amount of time, Toby Price delivered day after day of solid results to fight his way back into the top-10 overall. Placing as second quickest on the final day of racing, together with his stage win on day 10, shows that the two-time Dakar Champion has lost none of his speed or motivation. Happy to safely complete the 2022 event without injury, Price now looks ahead to the remainder of this year’s FIM World Rally-Raid Championship.

Toby Price:I’m always happy to reach the finish here at the Dakar, it’s been a really tough race this year. Losing time on that first day put me on the back foot a little for the rest of the stages, and the way things are now, any mistakes can lose you a lot of time on the others because things are so close. The terrain here in Saudi makes for a really fast race too, a lot of the stages are sprints to the finish, but the atmosphere is good and it’s a good place to be. I’m excited for 2023 already!”

Kevin Benavides showed impressive speed throughout the whole 2022 Dakar Rally – his first riding for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team. Also losing time on the first day in Saudi, the 2021 Dakar Champion put in day after day of fast, consistent performances to fight his way back up the order to lie fifth overall at the close of stage nine. Unfortunately, after suffering a technical issue on stage 10, the Argentinian was forced to withdraw. Returning to complete the final two stages of the race, Benavides was immediately back up to speed, claiming a stage win on day 11. Happy to reach the finish line safely and taking the many positives from his performance, Kevin is already fully motivated for next year’s event.

Kevin Benavides: “I have enjoyed this final day at the Dakar – I opened the stage, which was great, and it feels good to finally get to the finish. Obviously, it’s frustrating to have had the problem on stage 10, up until that point my race had gone really well, and I believe I had the pace to challenge for the podium. These last two days have shown that, too. There are many positives I can take from this year’s race and I’m really happy with how I rode and navigated through the stages. Part of the Dakar is all about learning and improving and so I’ll take that away from this year and try to come back even stronger in 2023.”

Making not only his Dakar debut, but also his first ever competitive rally-raid appearance at the 2022 Dakar, Danilo Petrucci raised a few eyebrows around the paddock with his consistent display of speed and skill on his Tech3 KTM 450 RALLY. Claiming a stage win at the Dakar is a huge accomplishment, to do it at your first attempt is a spectacular achievement! Attaining his goal of completing the race, Danilo was overjoyed with how his race had gone and what he had accomplished.

Danilo Petrucci:I am so happy to finally reach the finish line and to complete the goal I set out to do. It's been a tough time both leading up to the event and the race itself, but to complete my first ever Dakar feels amazing. I'm really happy with my performance but over the last couple of days I have had some crashes and feel quite sore at the moment. Thanks to all the team for their hard work, it has been an amazing experience and one of the hardest things I have ever done."

Completing his 2022 Dakar campaign with an excellent fifth-place result on stage 12, KTM-supported privateer Mason Klein not only finished as top rookie, but also claimed an outstanding ninth overall. The 20-year-old American has shown incredible navigation and roadbook skills over the course of this year’s event, as well as the speed to back it up.

Norbert Stadlbauer – Rally Team Manager: “I’m really proud of the whole team. The Dakar is simply the toughest, hardest race in the world. For all of our riders to get to the finish is a huge achievement. Big congratulations to Matthias who did an amazing job to put his KTM on the podium in third position. It’s another really good result for him and even more impressive considering the level of this year’s event. Thank you also to Toby, Kevin, and of course Danilo, who all performed very well over the whole race. It’s been an amazing Dakar, so thank you to all who helped to make it happen.”

Provisional Results Stage 12 (overall) – 2022 Dakar Rally

1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 1:40:00
2. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 1:40:18 +0:18
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHI), Honda, 1:40:29 +0:29
4. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 1:41:13 +1:13
5. Mason Klein (USA), KTM, 1:41:23 +1:23
Other KTM
7. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 1:42:57 +2:57
11. Kevin Benavides (ARG), KTM, 1:45:08 +5:08
31. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), KTM, 1:55:35 +15:35

Provisional Standings – 2022 Dakar Rally after 12 of 12 stages

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), GASGAS, 38:47:30
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Honda, 38:50:57 +3:27
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 38:54:17 +6:47
4. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 39:06:11 +18:41
5. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 39:13:12 +25:42
Other KTM
9. Mason Klein (USA), KTM, 39:36:37 +49:07
10. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 39:36:50 +49:20

Source Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Dakar 2022: Hero Motosports Team Rally conclude their historic Dakar in grand style

TEAM ACHIEVES A STAGE WIN AND A STAGE PODIUM – FIRST-EVER FOR AN INDIAN TEAM

Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport team of the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters - Hero MotoCorp, completed its Dakar 2022 campaign with a stellar result as both team riders crossed the final finish line in Jeddah.

Dakar 2022 will go down in history as the edition that saw an Indian manufacturer win a Stage in the world’s toughest rally for the very first time!
With one stage win and one stage podium, this has been Hero MotoSports’ best-ever performance at the Dakar Rally so far. This was the team’s sixth consecutive appearance at the rally. All through 2021, the team participated in multiple races, constantly upgrading their machines, and reaching the top positions. They entered the Dakar Rally battling several last-minute hurdles - including two of their riders getting unfit for the race due to injuries. The Dakar 2022, however, turned out to be a watershed moment for the team and Hero MotoCorp, as the team overcame challenges and achieved a historic result. Having won the hearts of fans around the world, the team has been receiving congratulatory messages all day long.
Joaquim Rodrigues, the star performer of the team, finished the last stage of 163 kms between Bisha to Jeddah with yet another top-15 finish.

For JRod, who lost his brother-in-law and mentor Paulo two years back at the Dakar, walking back into the same event each year has been a battle with himself. After making it to the podium of an FIM World Championship race in 2021, JRod entered Dakar 2022 with great confidence. Riding stronger than ever, he delivered his best ever performance at the Dakar - bagging his maiden stage win and also a 3rd place stage finish – which he dedicated to his mentor. He goes back proud from his fifth appearance at the Dakar with a 13th position in the overall RallyGP class rankings.

Having performed consistently throughout the Rally, Aaron Maré was not far behind, securing 15th place in the overall standings of the RallyGP class.

Even though Aaron Maré joined the team as a last-minute replacement for injured Franco Caimi, he adapted with the team and his new bike quickly, and proved to be a great team player. His consistent and praiseworthy performance this Dakar has earned the young rider attention from far and wide. With seven of the world’s top manufacturer teams battling for the top prize, Dakar 2022 was the most competitive edition ever. 12 grueling stages and over 8000 kilometers later, the Hero Rally 450 machine proved its mettle yet again with no technical failures. Even though the team rode with only one of their original riders JRod, the presence of CS Santosh at the camp greatly boosted the team’s confidence and morale. With eight top-10 stage finishes - including a 1st and 3rd position - the team flies back from Jeddah, far more confident than they were at arrival two weeks back. The team will next be seen in action at the second race of the year under the FIM World Rally Raid Championship, at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in March 2022.

Wolfgang “Waffi” Fischer, Team Manager: “What a Dakar, after all the struggles we had a few weeks before the start! We are really proud of the performance of our riders, bikes and the team - a superb job done. The highlight was definitely the maiden Dakar stage victory for JRod and Hero MotoSports, underlined with a very strong third place at the hardest and most competitive, stage 11. Our last-minute entry Aaron did a perfect job, adapting seamlessly with the team, and keeping a cool head always, he proved to be a fast learner and team player.
The Dakar Rally was the most competitive ever, with seven manufacturer teams fighting for the top prize, and only 1:30 hrs dividing the top 15 after the 4000-race kilometers. It was a bit unfortunate for JRod to lose over 50 mins at the initial phase of the rally, preventing us from gaining more top positions in the overall tally.
With zero technical problems and a total of eight top-10 results in the new RallyGP class of this Dakar, we look forward to the next W2RC race in Abu Dhabi in March, and the soonest return of our mates Basti and Franco. Thanks to the Hero family and all our partners who contributed to our success story - to be continued!”


Joaquim Rodrigues, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “Extremely happy to be here! I’m really happy with my performance – it was a great Dakar for me and for the team. With the fantastic performance of the Hero Rally 450, we’re together now fighting for the top positions. My win this time is definitely the cherry on the top for me, and I can’t express how happy I am for myself and for the team to have finished yet another Dakar!”

Aaron Maré, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “I’m beyond happy, it’s a dream come true! It’s been the longest 163 kms of my life in the last stage. It’s the end of a successful Dakar. I took it easy today, riding smooth and avoiding any mistakes or crashes. It’s been an overwhelming experience for me, and I’m very grateful to Hero MotoSports Team Rally for their confidence in me, and for all the hard work they’ve put in.”

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Dakar 2022: Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Enjoys Positive Results At 2022 Dakar Rally

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Enjoys Positive Results At 2022 Dakar Rally

The 2022 Dakar Rally has reached its conclusion with Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren and Andrew Short successfully completing the world’s toughest rally raid well inside the overall top 10. For Adrien Van Beveren, his encouraging form throughout the race saw him impressively lead the event on two separate occasions. Taking the race for overall victory down to the very last stage, the Frenchman eventually missed out on a top-three finish by the narrowest of margins. Andrew Short also enjoyed a largely positive time at the Dakar with the American claiming eight top-10 stage results on his way to finishing a highly commendable eighth overall.

Besides Ross Branch being ruled out of the event due to injury following a fall on stage seven, the 2022 Dakar Rally has been an incredibly successful one for the entire Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team. In addition to the riders’ Yamaha WR450F Rally machines running flawlessly throughout the entire event, Adrien Van Beveren narrowly missed out on the overall podium with Andrew Short demonstrating just what he’s capable of during the race.

Equalling his best overall finish at the Dakar, Adrien Van Beveren has placed an impressive fourth overall at the 2022 edition of the iconic event. Leading the race on two separate occasions this year and placing no lower than fourth overall throughout the entire rally, the Frenchman was undoubtedly in fine form throughout the competition. Delivering pin-point accuracy with his navigation day-after-day, Adrien delivered one of the stand-out performances in the motorcycle category.

If not for a frustrating navigational error on stage one, which affected him as well as many of his rivals, Andrew Short may well have joined Adrien in the top five overall. After losing considerable time early on, the 39-year-old was faultless through the remaining stages at the Dakar as he worked his way up the leaderboard. At the end of 12 stages and almost 40 hours of racing, Andrew secured eighth overall, narrowly missing out on placing seventh by just five seconds.

Securing further positive results at the Dakar Rally for Yamaha, Camelia Liparoti, driving her YXZ1000R Prototype, posted strong stage results throughout the event to claim sixth overall in the Light Prototype class.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 15th Stage 12 - The race is over and I have mixed feelings about it, but on the whole it has been a really positive race for myself and the team. I’m really happy to have finished the race, the first time since 2017, so I’m really pleased about that. But on the other hand, it looked certain that I would podium or maybe even take the win. But with the issue yesterday, that’s just part of rally racing and it wasn’t meant to be. I’m really happy for the team. Everyone has worked super hard and my bike was amazing. I have no regrets about anything and I gave it everything that I had. To be fighting for the win at the Dakar, it was an amazing experience and now I’m looking forward to the future.

Andrew Short - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 13th Stage 12 - I’m so happy to have reached the finish line. The Dakar is such a crazy race that finishing is a great achievement in itself. The final stage was pretty cool, a bit tight a twisty with some nice terrain. Before the rally I hoped to finish higher and it wasn’t through lack of effort – it was solely down to the issue I had on stage one. I did the best I could after that but that’s just how rally is sometimes. The team have been amazing. They built a great bike for me, which didn’t miss a beat all race and I’m happy that we had two guys in the top 10.

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Dakar 2022: Two MINI desert racers in the top ten

Przygonski ends the Dakar in sixth place overall
Halpern finishes eighth, Zala tenth

Twelve legs have been overcome, and the 2022 Dakar is done and dusted: After more than 4,000 kilometres of special stage, Jakub “Kuba” Przygonski (POL) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) finished sixth overall in the MINI JCW Buggy, making them the best-placed crew in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Argentineans Sebastian Halpern and Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue ended the Dakar in a fine eighth place in their MINI JCW Buggy. Vaidotas Zala (LTU) and Paulo Fiuza (POR), driving a MINI JCW Rally, narrowly missed out on the top 10 with eleventh place!

Making her debut in the Car class, Laia Sanz (ESP) and her Italian co-driver Maurizio Gerini finished 22nd overall in a MINI ALL4 Racing. Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov were 27th in another MINI JCW Buggy.

Przygonski and Gottschalk lined up in a two-wheel drive car for the first time at this year’s Dakar. The MINI JCW Buggy duo established itself in the top ten from the word go. Przygonski did climb as high as fourth place at one point, but this Dakar was better suited to the 4x4 vehicles. As such, he had to settle for sixth place after twelve legs.

Kuba Przygonski:
“We are pleased to have made it to the finish again at this Dakar. That is always the first objective. This Dakar was not easy and was hard fought.”

Halpern, who was a permanent fixture in the top ten from day one, also produced an impressive performance in his MINI JCW Buggy. This was the Argentinean’s first Dakar with X-raid in a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

Sebastian Halpern: “I am very happy with this Dakar. I am pleased that we finished in the top ten. Especially when you look at the big names around us. The MINI JCW Buggy was good and the team did a great job. This Dakar was a real test: Rocks, soft dunes and difficult navigation. Ronnie did a very good job. I am happy.”


After eleven Dakar appearances on a motorcycle, Sanz switched to the Car class this year. Together with her co-driver Gerini, she faced the new challenge in the MINI ALL4 Racing. A few issues aside, she performed consistently and improved dramatically as the Dakar progressed. She had previously managed to complete every Dakar on a motorcycle, and continued this run in the Car class.

Laia Sanz: “That was a completely new experience for me. Taking on the Dakar on a bike is much more dangerous. It is also fun in a car, and you get to share your emotions with somebody else. Up until now, I have been used to being alone. However, that also means that you have to trust your co-driver with the Navigation. My primary objective was to finish this Dakar too. I am happy with my result, but am also very competitive and would obviously have liked to have been faster. However, I learned a lot and will go on the offensive again next year.”

Krotov arrived in Saudi Arabia with high expectations after his third place in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. The first few days went well for the MINI JCW Buggy driver. However, shortly after the start of leg six, he suffered a technical issue and not only lost a lot of time but also his position in the top 20. On the remaining days, he showed what might have been possible without that incident.

Denis Krotov: “To be honest, this Dakar did not play out as we had imagined. We had a good car, but a technical issue completely knocked us out of the battle at the front of the field. On the individual stages, we showed what we are capable of.”


Overall standings after SS12
1. N. Al-Attiyah / M. Baumel – Toyota – 38h 33m 03s
2. S. Loeb / F. Lurquin – BRX – 39h 00m 49s
3. Y. Al-Rajhi / M. Orr – Toyota – 39h 34m 16s
4. O. Terranova / D. Oliveras – BRX – 40h 00m 26s
5. G. De Villiers / D. Murphy – Toyota – 40h 14m 51s
6. J. Przygonski / T. Gottschalk – MINI JCW Buggy – 40h 26m 09s

8. S. Halpern / B. Graue – MINI JCW Buggy – 41h 11m 29s

11. V. Zala / P. Fiuza – MINI JCW Rally – 42h 04m 58s

22. L. Sanz / M. Gerini – MINI ALL4 Racing – 44h 51m 59s

27. D. Krotov / K. Zhiltsov – MINI JCW Buggy – 46h 42m 09s

 

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  Dakar 2022: Audi RS Q e-tron at the Dakar Rally - Successful start into a new era

Oliver Hoffmann, Board Member for Technical Development: “Pioneering role fulfilled”
Julius Seebach: “Historic result for Audi”
Four stage wins and a total of 14 podium results on the stages

The most complex race car in Audi’s history to date passed its baptism of fire at the Dakar Rally with flying colors. All three Audi RS Q e-tron cars mastered the world’s toughest off-road rally on their debut in Saudi Arabia. In total, they covered around 24,000 desert kilometers – almost three times the 8,700 test kilometers that Audi had previously completed. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist finished ninth in Jeddah as the best Audi driver team in a demanding edition of the desert classic. With the arrival of electric mobility, Audi has ushered in a new era in off-road rallying.
“Audi has lived up to its pioneering role in the Dakar Rally right from the start,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. “The alternative drive concept of the Audi RS Q e-tron has met all expectations with its electric drivetrain, high-voltage battery and highly efficient energy converter. For more than four decades, our brand has repeatedly impressed with its innovations in motorsport – including in the world’s toughest rally.” Audi developed the RS Q e-tron to operational readiness in just over a year. Thanks to the highly efficient electric powertrain, the three race cars compete in the new T1 Ultimate class for low-emission vehicles. Audi’s prototypes have made history as the first representatives of this new class and achieved stage wins.

Stéphane Peterhansel, the record winner with 14 Dakar victories, summed up the enthusiasm the drive inspires: “I’ve driven many concepts in the desert but the Audi RS Q e-tron is simply sensational in the dunes. The electric drive with its good torque perfectly suits my driving style.” The Frenchman, who competed with his compatriot Edouard Boulanger, won the tenth stage with the Audi RS Q e-tron. This means he has already decided 82 Dakar stages in his favor in his career. However, early damage left last year’s winners no chance of a good overall position this time: The accomplished driver hit a stone on the second stage that destroyed the rim and caused consequential damage to the suspension. After the repair, he received a time penalty for exceeding the maximum stage time, which dropped Peterhansel to the back of the field. From this point on, the driver crew consistently put themselves at the service of the team and helped their teammates.

Carlos Sainz benefited directly from this, for example during the repeated shock absorber changes on stages four to six. The Spaniard, navigated by his compatriot Lucas Cruz, already made history on the third stage. Sainz clinched the Audi RS Q e-tron’s first stage victory on the demanding route from Al Artawiya to Al Qaisumah. Eight days later he managed his second stage victory. “Especially in the second half, the tracks were typical Dakar, namely very varied and demanding with a mixture of off-road tracks, small and large dunes and difficult orientation,” said Sainz. “With our engineers, we improved the set-up of the car more and more over the course of the rally. A big thank you to everyone for that.” The successful Spaniard, a two-time World Rally Champion and with three Dakar victories under his belt, was left without a chance in the overall standings this time despite the good individual results. As early as on the second day an inaccurate roadbook led to many navigation errors throughout the field. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz therefore lost 2:22 hours and in the end finished in twelfth position.

In the same place, Mattias Ekström and co-driver Emil Bergkvist also lost 1:45 hours in their search for the right track. The two Swedes, who were only competing for the second time and in the car category for the first time, were pleased to have made great learning progress. “My teammates gave me lots of tips,” said Ekström, a two-time DTM champion and World Rallycross Champion. “I have found a better and better rhythm. The dunes remain my big challenge. Stéphane and Carlos have many years of experience advantage there. I always stayed on the safe side and didn’t attack too hard.” The fact that the team with the least desert experience of all achieved the best result was a nice reward for their hard work. Day after day, the Scandinavians improved from 23rd to ninth position. With their stage 8 win and two other top three results, they proved their steady progress in a discipline where experience counts more than in other types of motorsport.

Team Audi Sport realized the preparation and successful operation in cooperation with Q-Motorsport. Sven Quandt’s squad has a Dakar experience of several decades. “I am grateful to Audi for allowing us to realize this ambitious project and to have achieved these results together right from the start,” said Sven Quandt, Managing Director and Team Principal Q-Motorsport.

“Our driver teams won four stages and clinched a total of 14 podium results in the daily classifications. This clearly exceeds our expectations for the first Dakar participation,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH and responsible for motorsport at Audi. “A big thank you for this and respect to the team on site, but also at home in Germany. Thanks also to Sven Quandt and his team for their valuable support. The historic victory of Carlos Sainz with the Audi RS Q e-tron as early as on the third day is the reward for this hard work and underscores the concept’s ability to win. Audi is thus the first team to achieve a stage victory with an electric drive concept. This is the result of an excellent team performance. After this performance already in the first year, overall victory at the next Dakar is clearly our goal. Back in Germany, we’ll take stock, further optimize our Audi RS Q e-tron and field it in several races.”

 

Source Audi Motorsport

Dakar 2022: Toyota's Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah seals his fourth Dakar Rally win

Ten Brinke, Alvarez, Yacopini and Chabot finish 17th, 18th, 20th and 22nd
Gutièrrez claims third in T3 category; record 12 T3 stage wins for Quintero

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah led the 44th Dakar Rally from the opening Qualifying Stage to the final special and managed his pace to perfection to seal a fourth victory on the world’s most famous off-road rally.
Benefiting from the meticulous navigational skills of his French co-driver Mathieu Baumel, the Qatari won just three of the 13 stages but applied a master class race strategy to eventually record a winning margin of 27min 46sec over nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb. The fourth success for Al-Attiyah meant that he equalled Ari Vatanen winning quartet set in Africa.

Al-Attiyah said: “It was an incredible Dakar for us. We hadn’t won since 2019. We’re pleased with the new T1+ regulations. Mathieu and I and the team did a great job to win. We had finished second every time since we came to Saudi Arabia two years ago and now we are really happy to achieve our goal. The whole race went without a hitch. We were on high alert, but now we know that we have an amazing car and we will do our best for the World Championship.
We opened up a gap on the first day and have since managed our lead. We’re fortunate to get to race the Dakar in Saudi Arabia and I would like to thank the government for this opportunity to discover such breath-taking landscapes.”

Overdrive Racing team-mate Yazeed Al-Rajhi and his co-driver Michael Orr held second overall at the rest day, before slipping behind Loeb after the resumption of competition. The Saudi recorded a well-deserved podium finish on his home event to give Toyota a 1-3 finish.

Al-Rajhi said: “I’m really happy and would like to thank everyone who supports me, the mechanics and Jean-Marc Fortin, as well as the organisers. I’m on the podium, but what really matters is that the whole field got to enjoy the race in Saudi Arabia. I’m also pleased for all the spectators who watched us and, of course, I am happy with our podium spot.”

Al-Attiyah’s Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mate Giniel de Villiers overcame his own fair share of dramas and a time penalty to win a stage. He and co-driver Dennis Murphy reached Jeddah in fifth place.

Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke stood in for Erik van Loon at the 11th hour and teamed up with French co-driver Sebastien Delaunay. He recovered well from early time delays and began a gradual fight back through the field, setting a sixth fastest time in SS7 and a fourth quickest run on the final stage. Ten Brinke reached Jeddah in 17th.

Argentina’s Lucio Alvarez and his Spanish navigator Armand Monleón held a top five position for long periods of the Dakar and even set a second quickest time. But punctures and a differential failure cost the Argentine dearly and he slipped out of contention for the top 10. Excellent performances on the run in to Jeddah earned the Toyota Hilux driver 18th place.

Alvarez said: “We are satisfied to have finished the race but sad because we could have been third in the general classification. It’s hard to assume because we were doing everything right. We knew we could fight for the podium, but the mechanical factor asnd the luck factor we cannot control. Now, when I get home, I have a few days to think about how to prepare for the World Championship and the next Dakar!”

Juan Cruz Yacopini and Alejandro Yacopini reached the end of the Dakar in 20th in their Overdrive Racing Toyota, the French duo of Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot were classified in 22nd and Portugal’s Miguel Barbosa and Pedro Velosa completed the rally in 35th.

The Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team entered four Overdrive-built OT3s. Young American racer Seth Quintero teamed up with Germany’s Dennis Zenz and entered the Dakar record books for winning 12 of the event’s 13 stages. Only a delay with technical issues early in the rally prevented the 19-year-old from winning the FIA T3 category. He was classified in 16th.

After surpassing Hubert Auriol’s nine successes earned on a motorcycle in 1984, he went on to shatter Pierre Lartigue’s record of 10 stage victories from 1994.

“It’s definitely a rewarding feeling,” said Quintero. “We did 13 stages with 12 wins. Every day was an adventure in itself and I was trying to take it day-by-day. Dennis did an amazing job. Stage two definitely crosses my mind quite a bit. If we’d had 30 less kilometres on that stage it would have been pretty good. You never know. In some ways it took a lot of pressure off us and I had a lot of fun for all the Dakar! We are now the sole record holder for the most stage wins on a single Dakar, which is absolutely mind-blowing. I came here to try sand become the youngest ever to win a Dakar but, in the end, we’ve broken another record.”

Spanish female racer Cristina Gutièrrez and French co-driver François Cazalet eventually finished third in the FIA T3 category behind Chile’s Francisco Lopez and Sweden’s Sebastian Eriksson.

Guillaume de Mevius teamed up with America’s Kellon Walch but endured a troubled Dakar. Hefty time penalties knocked the Belgian down the rankings after week one transmission issues and he retired two days before the finish.

Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen was a last-minute replacement for Mitch Guthrie, but he was forced to retire before the rest day with roll cage damage.

As it happened

The first stage out of Riyadh after the rest day ran for 401.74km to Al Dawadimi and featured around 100km of sand dunes. Loeb trimmed Al-Attiyah’s overall advantage to 44min 59sec with the stage win and that pushed Al-Rajhi down to third. Delays of just under an hour for De Villiers enabled Alvarez to regain fourth position, with the South African dropping to ninth.

A seventh stage win fell to Quintero in T3 and Gutierrez retained third overall and reduced the gap to leader Lopez to 2hr 12min 40sec.

The subsequent stage of 394.90km wound its way through the southern deserts to the remote bivouac at Wadi ad Dawasir. Al-Attiyah sustained a puncture and lapsed into front-wheel drive, and the nervous Qatari duly shadowed his rivals to the finish with a noise coming from the transmission. Loeb was able to trim the Qatari’s lead to 37min 58sec, as Al-Rajhi consolidated third.

Al-Attiyah said: “For 350km we had one puncture and only had front-wheel drive because we broke the rear. I was really scared all the way. It was not easy to push with front-wheel drive. There was a small part broken inside with a lot of noise. I’m lucky to be here and we only lost seven minutes to Seb.”

A differential issue after 42km cost Alvarez four hours, his place in the top five and pushed the Argentine down to 22nd overall. He said: “We were going very fast in sixth and we heard a noise and the differential had broken. We had no choice but to wait for the service crew to change it.”

Stage nine was a 286.96km loop through the deserts around Wadi ad Dawasir. It was damage limitation for Al-Attiyah after his transmission scare the previous day and the Qatari cruised to the finish with the third quickest time behind Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mates De Villiers and Lategan. The runaway leader also beat Loeb by 67 seconds and increased his advantage to 39min 05sec. There were small gaps within the top 15 drivers on the special and Al-Rajhi maintained third place, although Al-Attiyah later incurred a five-minute time penalty for an eighth stage seat belt violation that saw his lead trimmed to 34min 05sec.

Quintero equalled Hubert Auriol’s nine stage wins on a special when Gutierrez finished second and strengthened her grasp on fourth place after the previous day’s delays.

A largely sandy special of 374.58km took crews from Wadi ad Dawasir to Bisha, a small town in the south-western Saudi province of ‘Asir.

Al-Attiyah drove cautiously and managed his pace to drop just 1min 25sec to Loeb, as Quintero eclipsed Hubert Auriol’s nine wins and equalled Pierre Lartigue’s 1994 Dakar record of 10 stage wins on a single Dakar. Alvarez and Al-Rajhi were eighth and 10th on the day and held third and 20th overall, with Yacopini and Ten Brinke now up to 18th and 19th.

The last of the longer stages was a loop of 345.64km around the Bisha bivouac. Sainz clinched his second stage win, but all eyes were on the battle between Loeb and Al-Attiyah. The Frenchman managed to claw back another 4min 21sec but headed into the final sprint to Jeddah trailing the Qatari by 33min 19sec after he was later handed a five-minute time penalty for an on-stage speeding violation. A rejuvenated Alvarez finished the special in second place, despite a minor transmission issue.

Al-Attiyah erred on the side of caution through the final 164km to secure victory, with Al-Rajhi rounding off the podium places behind Loeb and Quintero securing a remarkable 12th T3 stage win.

2022 Dakar Rally – final positions:
1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Gazoo Racing GR DKR Hilux 38hr 33min 03sec
2. Sébastien Loeb (FRA)/Fabian Lurquin (BEL) Prodrive Hunter BRX 39hr 00min 49sec
3. Yazeed Al-Rajhi (SAU)/Michael Orr (GBR) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 39hr 34min 16sec
4. Orlando Terranova (ARG)/Daniel Oliveras (ESP) Prodrive Hunter BRX 40hr 00min 26sec
5. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF)/Dennis Murphy (ZAF) Toyota Gazoo Racing GR DKR Hilux 40hr 14min 51sec
6. Jakub Przygonski (POL)/Timo Gottschalk (DEU) Mini John Cooper Works Buggy 40hr 26min 09sec
7. Mathieu Serradori (FRA)/Loic Minaudier (FRA) Century CR6 Buggy 41hr 05min 08sec
8. Sebastien Halpern (ARG)/Bernardo Graue (ARG) Mini John Cooper Works Buggy 41hr 11min 29sec
9. Mattias Ekström (SWE)/Emil Bergkvist (SWE) Audi RS Q e-tron 41hr 15min 14sec
10. Vladimir Vasilyev (RAF)/Oleg Uperenko (LVA) BMW X5 41hr 35min 24sec
17. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD)/Sébastien Delaunay (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 43hr 18min 43sec
18. Lucio Alvarez (ARG)/Armand Monleón (ESP) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 43hr 29min 39sec
20. Juan Cruz Yacopini (ARG)/Alejandro Yacopini (ARG) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 43hr 56min 18sec
22. Ronan Chabot (FRA)/Gilles Pillot (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 44hr 21min 49sec
35. Miguel Barbosa (PRT)/Pedro Velosa (PRT) Toyotas Hilux Overdrive 52hr 01min 19sec

 

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Dakar 2022: GasGas Factory Racing's team Sam Sunderland retakes Dakar Rally lead and moves one step closer to Dakar glory!

Sam returns to the top of the provisional Dakar leaderboard
Outstanding performance on penultimate stage from Sunderland
One day and just 163 kilometers of racing to go!

We said stage 11 would be a pivotal day of racing at the Dakar and, oh boy, it sure was! After losing a little time yesterday, the pressure was well and truly on Sam today, who in no uncertain terms needed to deliver a flawless ride to keep his chances of a second Dakar win alive. And that’s exactly what he did. Putting together a standout performance, Sam navigated perfectly, attacked from the start, and finished second on the stage, just four seconds behind the eventual winner. Now, with just one day of racing to go, the GASGAS Factory Racing ace sits at the top of the leaderboard with a near seven-minute advantage over his nearest rival.

Sam Sunderland: “Today was a really tough one. We were expecting it to be difficult and even four kilometers in there were lines everywhere in the sand. From there on I had to focus on myself and stay on top of my roadbook, it wasn’t really an option to follow the lines ahead. Through the dunes I was able to make up some time, which was good and I just missed out on another stage win. Up until now the race has gone really well, the whole team behind me has been fantastic but the race isn’t over until it’s over. All I can do is hope for a clean run through tomorrow’s stage and then we’ll see where we end up.”

In rally racing, starting any stage a handful of riders behind the first rider generally proves to be an advantage, but with the navigation incredibly tricky on today’s penultimate stage of the rally, it was every man for himself out there in the desert. Opting to focus solely on his roadbook throughout the challenging 345-kilometer special, Sam was in superb form, narrowly missing out on the stage win but more importantly, now leads the rally heading into the final, decisive day of racing. It’s go time!

Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2022, stage 11
1. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:30:56
2. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 3:31:00
3. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) 3:33:22

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 11)
1. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 37:04:05
2. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 37:10:57
3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 37:11:20

Source GasGas Factory Racing Team

Dakar 2022: Mixed results for Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team on penultimate day of Dakar Rally 2022

After a highly positive day at the Dakar Rally yesterday for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team, stage 11 has proved to be a seriously tough test of both patience and stamina. Entering the penultimate day of the event as the provisional overall leader, Adrien Van Beveren suffered a frustrating navigational issue early on, which cost the Frenchman considerable time. Recovering the best he could to eventually place 15th, he now lies fourth overall. Andrew Short delivered another strong ride to complete the stage as the eighth fastest rider and now forms part of a three-rider battle for sixth in the provisional classification. The American sits eighth overall with one stage to go.

Along with many riders who struggled to validate a waypoint early on stage 11, Adrien Van Beveren lost close to 10 minutes to the overall rally leaders just four kilometres into the timed special. But without losing his focus, the Frenchman soon returned to the main racing line and began to reel in the leading riders. Continuing his charge, the Yamaha WR450F Rally racer then opened the final 60 kilometres of the special, navigating with precision and completing the stage in 15th. The penultimate day of the Dakar Rally 2022 was a frustrating day for Van Beveren, who is now fourth in the overall provisional classification.

Posting his eighth top-10 stage result at the 2022 Dakar Rally, Andrew Short would complete the physically demanding stage 11 in eighth place. Should the American ride with the same form tomorrow that he’s demonstrated throughout week two, a sixth-place overall finish is a strong possibility for Andrew.

Delivering a strong 10th place finish in the Light Prototype class on stage 11, Camelia Liparoti advances to an impressive sixth place overall in the provisional classification – her highest ranking in this year’s Dakar. With just one, relatively short stage to go, the YXZ1000R Prototype driver aims to post another strong result tomorrow to secure her place in the final standings.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 15th Stage 11 It was a hard one today. Just four kilometres in I struggled to validate a waypoint and it easily cost me 10 minutes. It was a frustrating start to the stage but then I really pushed hard, harder than at any time in the rally so far. I caught the leading group of riders with around 60 kilometres to go and then just kept pushing hard. The gap to the lead is big now, but I will fight to the end.

Andrew Short - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team - 8th Stage 11 It was a really tough day, by far the toughest in terms of riding and the physical side of things. Plus, the navigation was pretty hard early on and after four kilometres there was a lot of riders stopped to figure things out. But after that I did a pretty good job of opening and minimising the damage. I rode with Adrien a lot today, which was pretty cool and now we’re really close to the finish. Getting across the finish line was the goal from the start and we’re close now, so it’s exciting that we’re almost there.

 

Source Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

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We would like to ask for your support, as it is important to help us to keep the portal open and reporting as much as possible.  Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable for our future. Support the Rally-Raid Network from as little as €1 – and it only takes a minute. Visit our Patreon Page.

Thank you.

 

The Rally-Raid Network Team