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Rally dos Sertões: HRC Honda Paulo Goncalves fastest in the bikes prologue. | 23.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Rally started with Press Conference - Prologue on Saturday. | 23.08.2014


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Rallyraid: The new Schlesser customer racer - 4x4 Mercedes instead of buggy. | 21.08.2014


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Dakar Rally 2013: 459 competitors, starting-list and details released by ASO.






New heading, new bearings. The Dakar Rally is ready to set off from the Pacific coast in Lima for the first time in its history. For its 35th edition, it will follow the north-south direction which was so typical of its former stomping grounds but has not been used since it came to South America in 2009.

Peru's geography means that the pilots and crews will come up against the dunes from the first days of the race. Chile will set the stage for the first duel in the desert and, after passing the Andes, Argentina will test the contenders' stamina with stages which are as gruelling as they are jaw-dropping.

San Miguel de Tucumán will give them an opportunity to catch their breath for the rest day, eight days into the race and host the start of the longest stage in the rally, just before a sandy trilogy with the dunes of Fiambalá and Copiapó on the menu. This should be enough to sort the men from the boys and shake up the classification before the heroes are celebrated in Santiago on January 20.

Only a minority of the pilots of the 459 vehicles on the start line (representing a new record of 53 different countries) have a realistic chance of getting their hands on the trophies awarded on the finish podium opposite the Palacio de la Moneda. But the list of favourites has got much longer in all the categories since last January.

Among the motorcycles, the long-running hegemony of the Cyril Despres / Marc Coma duo could be challenged by the new official Honda team and its rider Hélder Rodrigues, who finished on the bottom step of the podium in the last two editions.

With Paulo Gonçalves and Spaniards Joan Barreda and Jordi Viladoms, Husqvarna is also aiming very high. And then there is Yamaha, which seduced Frans Verhoeven in addition to Olivier Pain and David Casteu, and welcomed back its old leader David Frétigné.

But the car category is where things really get too close to call. In the wake of last year's win with Stéphane Peterhansel and his Mini, X-Raid is fielding a star-studded team including Nani Roma, Leonid Novitskiy and Krzysztof Holowczyc, but rulebook amendments may have changed the state of play and now no-one knows if they still have an edge over the promising Toyotas of Giniel De Villiers and Lucio Álvarez (third and fifth in 2012, respectively), among other drivers.

The buggy designed in the United States by and for Nasser Al Attiyah is an even less known quantity. The Qatari is banking on the surprise factor after he invited his friend and rival at Volkswagen, Carlos Sainz, to join him and mount a two-pronged surprise attack together.

Among those making a comeback, Guerlain Chicherit and his SMG Gache buggy are also ready to step into the fray. Big names who underperformed last year are also back in the fight for the top places, including Guilherme Spinelli (Mitsubishi ASX Proto), Christian Lavieille (Nissan Dessoude Proto) and Matthias Kahle (SAM 35TD Mercedes).

In the truck category, the Ivecos of Team de Rooy handed the Kamazs their first defeat since 2007 and are hoping to build on this success with defending champion Gerard de Rooy, his cousin Hans Stacey and Italy's Miki Biasion. Ales Loprais and his Tatra are capable of outperforming Eduard Nikolaev and his Russian teammates once in a while, so he may be a kingmaker if he manages to end his drought.

Among the quads, the Patronellis will be putting all their eggs in Marcos' basket and hope he can see off the other 38 pilots on the start list, a second record in the 2013 Dakar.

Starting List Cars 2013 PREVIEW: [ CLICK HERE ]

Starting List Bikes 2013 PREVIEW: [ CLICK HERE ]

Starting List Trucks 2013 PREVIEW: [ CLICK HERE ]

Starting List Quads 2013 PREVIEW: [ CLICK HERE ]

2012/11/21 | 11:49 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/ASO











Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Team Facco meeting rolled Cestari in the prologue | 23.08.2014 21:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily CARS TRUCKS Prologue Saturday | 23.08.2014 21:16 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily BIKES & QUADS Prologue Saturday | 23.08.2014 20:41 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: HRC Honda Paulo Goncalves fastest in the bikes prologue. | 23.08.2014 20:22 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Rally started with Press Conference - Prologue on Saturday. | 23.08.2014 18:03 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Equipe Mitsubishi Petrobras - test Mitsubishi ASX | 22.08.2014 21:18 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Team HRC back in action for the thrills of the Dos Sertoes. | 22.08.2014 20:59 | NEW




Verva Street Racing VIDEO: Official trailer for the unique Warsaw sport-event | 21.08.2014 20:41 | NEW




Verva Street Racing: Carlos Sainz and Peugeot 2008 DKR premiere in Warsaw. | 21.08.2014 20:25 | NEW




Rallyraid: The new Schlesser customer racer - 4x4 Mercedes instead of buggy. | 21.08.2014 18:32 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Top brands and great beasts in bikes, quads and UTVs. | 21.08.2014 18:01 | NEW




Carpathian Buggy Challenge: First Buggy-Challenge in Romanian mountains | 21.08.2014 17:33 | NEW




TORC STC 2014: Crandon welcomes Popcorn Sutton´s Sportsman Challenge | 21.08.2014 16:57 | NEW




TORC STC 2014: Fannin Motorsports suffers first ever DNF at RD8 in Crandon | 21.08.2014 16:20 | NEW




Baja Poland: "We have prepared an extra attractions for fans in this year". | 21.08.2014 15:51 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Sullwald tighten grip on SA´s Special Vehicle Class title chase | 19.08.2014 19:55 |




TORC STC: Off-Road Syndicate takes Second in Crandon Off-Road Challenge | 19.08.2014 19:21 |




Dakar Rally VIDEO: Historic - Top Gear´s Jeremy Clarkson riding Citroen ZX RR | 19.08.2014 18:32 |




Asia Cross Country PHOTOS: Impressions Asian Rally Thailand-Cambodia (71). | 19.08.2014 17:47 |




Asia Cross Country: Outlander PHEV completes Rally for second straight year. | 19.08.2014 15:51 |




Baja Poland: Baja Poland Ambassador Krzysztof Holowczyc - "I love this rally". | 18.08.2014 17:17 |




Dakar Rally 2015 VIDEO: El Martillo Racing Dodge Durango at the Dakar 2014 | 18.08.2014 16:32 |




Dakar Rally 2015: El Martillo Racing Dodge Durango Mexico dunes test trip | 18.08.2014 16:23 |




Donaldson CC: Horns breathe new life into Production Vehicle Championship. | 18.08.2014 15:29 |




Hungarian Baja PHOTOS: Impressions by MCH Photo / HB / Offroadsport (32) | 18.08.2014 14:32 |




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: The Baja with Nasser Al Attiyah on Saturday by CinCin | 18.08.2014 13:56 |




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Nice impressions Hungarian Baja by Ábrahámhegy TV | 18.08.2014 13:44 |




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Short impressions of water-crossing SS04 on Saturday | 18.08.2014 13:41 |




Hungarian Baja RESULTS: Final Overall Results Hungarian Baja 2014 BIKES | 18.08.2014 13:13 |




Hungarian Baja RESULTS: Final Overall Results Hungarian Baja 2014 CARS | 18.08.2014 13:00 |




Hungarian Baja: X-raid driver Vladimir Vasilyev consolidates World Cup lead. | 18.08.2014 12:42 |




Hungarian Baja: Fortin - "A terrific result for Al Attiyah and Overdrive Racing". | 18.08.2014 12:24 |




Hungarian Baja: Nasser Al Attiyah overall winner after dramatic fight Saturday. | 18.08.2014 12:00 |




Hungarian Baja PHOTOS: Impressions Friday by Pawel Roslon and Teams (39). | 16.08.2014 17:22 |




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Impressions and Interview Toyota´s Nasser Al Attiyah | 16.08.2014 16:54 |




Hungarian Baja: Mini´s Terranova leading in front of Al Attiyah and Holowczyc. | 16.08.2014 16:22 |




Hungarian Baja: Ruoso, Zanotti and Maré Hungary first winners in the bikes. | 16.08.2014 16:00 |




Dakar Rally 2015: Great Wall to copy Local Motors Rally Fighter for the Dakar?. | 14.08.2014 21:30 |




Rally dos Sertões: More than 100 car and truck competitors in Brazilian rally. | 14.08.2014 19:40 |




Hungarian Baja VIDEO: Nice impressions of Hungarian Baja 2013 by Rallyheart | 14.08.2014 18:39 |




















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