Marc Marquez has admitted that after finishing his career in the MotoGP class, he would like to test himself in the Dakar Rally, but not with a motorcycle. The eight-time motorcycle world champion is a big fan of the Dakar Rally. He recently prepared for the new season of the MotoGP class together with his friend Carlos Sainz Jr., the son of the three-time winner of this demanding test. The 60-year-old Spaniard suffered a serious accident on the ninth stage this year, which forced him to retire. Marquez, who is following this competition in detail this year, admitted that he would like to try his hand at this rally in the future. "Of course I'm following this year's Dakar Rally. Especially closely with my friend Carlos Sainz, senior, who is a true adrenaline junkie. This is his life," Marquez told Teledeporte.es. "I wouldn't be surprised
The racers of the Dakar Rally completed the 624-kilometer long stage today, which they finished with a 114-kilometer sprint, and after Toni Mulac's excellent achievement yesterday, our second representative at the rally, Simon Marčič, shone today. Marčič completed the speed test with a time of 2 hours 8 minutes and three seconds, which was fast enough for 39th place overall, but the Maribor native was convincingly the fastest in his Original class, the toughest class of racers who compete without a team. With today's achievement, he advanced to 54th place in the overall classification, where he is 11 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds behind. "For the first time in my career, I won in the most difficult class, the original class," Marčič said after the stage. "It was great. 110 kilometers of dunes without stops. This is the terrain that I l
The organizers of this year's Dakar Rally announced the sad news that an accident with a fatal outcome occurred during today's 9th stage of the rally. Information is very scarce for now, but the organizers have confirmed that the incident took place not on one of the sand dunes, where a spectator from Italy was seriously injured. The victim was taken to the hospital by helicopter, but his injuries were too serious.
Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has also officially confirmed that Danilo Petrucci, who is ending his career as a motoGP racer in Valencia this weekend, will compete with their team at the Dakar Rally 2022. "Danilo is one of the few racers able to successfully overcome radical change with asphalt on sand dunes, "KTM sports chief Pit Beirer said in confirmation of the news. "We want to thank him for the professional attitude and all the effort in the Tech3 team, and our motoGP project. Now is the time for a completely different world." Petrucci is no stranger to offroad motorcycling, as, like most motoGP riders, he has often trained on motocross and enduro motorcycles. The Italian, who won two victories and a total of ten podiums on the asphalt, is nevertheless aware that he will perform on the desert dunes of Dhaka.
Suddenly, new issues arose in connection with the Dakar Rally, which will take place in Saudi Arabia from January 3 to 15, 2021. On Monday (December 21), Saudi Arabia closed its borders and shut down all international air connections. The measures are initially valid for one week. Due to the coronavirus mutation, more and more countries are cutting off air connections with the UK. Since midnight, for example, Germany has completely stopped air traffic to the UK. Even outside Europe, more and more countries want to protect themselves against the introduction of a new mutation. Thus, Saudi Arabia also announced on Monday that it would close all borders. All international air connections will also be suspended. Due to the closure of airspace in Saudi Arabia, the famous Dakar Rally is in question. Aircraft from international flights may not arrive
Valentino Rossi said he would like to compete in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race in the future, and possibly also in the Dakar Rally. “One of the goals is to try to compete in the Dakar Rally, even though it would be very difficult as you have to be very well prepared,” said the 37-year-old Italian, who has a contract with Yamaha until the end of the 2018 season. I will see, but I focus more on 24 hours of Le Mans. This is my first goal because I feel much better on the track. Maybe I will try to perform when I finish my career in MotoGP and I will have more time. " Rossi flirted with a move to Formula One in 2006 after doing some testing with the Ferrari team. He decided to stay on two wheels, making a decision
Stephane Peterhansel, who is racing for Peugeot at the Dakar Rally, drove visibly shaken to the finish line after Thursday's collision with our only representative Simon Marčič. The winner of last year's Dakar Rally collided with Marčič after a confusion with navigation soon after the start of Thursday's test. Marčič, who is riding a KTM motorcycle in Dakar, broke his leg, while Peterhansel was waiting for the arrival of a medical helicopter with an injured racer. The Frenchman was initially left without a lead at the rally due to lost time, but this was not important to him, as he was aware that Marčič could have taken it much worse. “We were both lost,” Peterhansel explained. "Actually, we all got lost there, so I drove slowly, about 60 miles an hour. I didn't see it because of the bushes.
American Robby Gordon had to end the Dakar Rally prematurely after colliding with his support vehicle due to reckless behavior and disabling both vehicles. The amateur footage shows how, at speeds above 100 km / h, they were passing things through the window while driving, and there was a collision. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge5LjHxlI78
The seventh speed test of the Dakar Endurance Rally served with an unpopular event. 82 kilometers from the start of the ordeal, Frenchman Lionel Baud ran over a 63-year-old spectator to death, who, according to eyewitnesses, died at the scene. Organizers confirmed that a spectator was standing on the part of the marked track, and rescuers were unable to help the victim. The 48-year-old Baud held 52nd place in the overall standings at the time of the crash with the Mitsubishi Lancer. It was also the first fatality of this year’s rally, and it is also the first fatality among spectators since 2013. At the time, an escort vehicle in Peru collided with two taxi drivers, killing two spectators.
Sebastien Loeb admitted he was surprised to hear that he had been sacked by Citroen’s WTCC team as they were expected to work together for three years. After years of speculation about Citroen's future in the world of sports, the French carmaker announced on Thursday that it is withdrawing from the WTCC World Touring Car Championship after the 2016 season and will focus exclusively on the World Rally Championship from 2017 onwards. Next season, the Citroen team in the WTCC will be half as small, as they will put only two race cars on the track instead of four, and their colors will continue to be represented by Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller. Loeb has run out of space, and the Frenchman will be able to focus entirely on the new collaboration with Peugeot, which starts in January at the legendary Dakar Rally. Nine
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