Top Story: KTM Regrets Dakar Cancellation; stands by organizers decision

While registering disappointment in the cancellation of the Dakar 2008, KTM stands firmly behind the decision of the organizers not to go ahead following threats from terrorist groups to disrupt the rally. This, the recent murder of innocent tourists and the current climate of political unrest in parts of Africa, are all factors that were taken into account, a statement from the organizers said Friday. The Dakar organizers came to the decision at 12:00 noon on Friday after exchanges wi mehr >>

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05.01.2008

Dakar Series: KTM Regrets Dakar Cancellation; stands by organizers decision

While registering disappointment in the cancellation of the Dakar 2008, KTM stands firmly behind the decision of the organizers not to go ahead following threats from terrorist groups to disrupt the rally. This, the recent murder of innocent tourists and the current climate of political unrest in parts of Africa, are all factors that were taken into account, a s mehr >>


Mitsubishi Team respektiert Absage der Rallye Dakar 04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Mitsubishi Team respektiert Absage der Rallye Dakar

• Veranstalter A.S.O. sieht Sicherheit der Rallye Dakar nicht gewährleistet • Mitsubishi Team seit 2001 bei der Dakar ungeschlagen Die Rallye Dakar, die am 5. Januar in Lissabon (Portugal) gestartet werden sollte, ist abgesagt. Die Organ mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: A number of threats have already been launched against the Dakar competition in the past

1991 - Paris Dakar - 9th stage between Tillia and Gao when Charles Cabannes one of the Citroen assistance driver was shot as he was crossing a village. Consequently the two next stages had been suspended. The attacker was never found. 1992 - Paris Le Cap Tchad rebels where blackmailing the rallye and the 7th stage between NGuimi and NDjamena was cancelled and the race con mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Raphael Sperrer, Harmen Scholtalbers and team Fast & Speed very disappointed by official cancellation of 2008 Dakar race.

This year's Dakar Rally has been cancelled because security concerns. Today in Lisbon, one day prior to the start, A.S.O. (Amaury Sport Organisation), officially cancelled the 30th edition of the Lisbon-Dakar Rallye. Although Dakar Rally director Etienne Lavigne has met with Mauritanian and French officials and obtained guarantees of increased security along this year's r mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: 2008 Dakar rally cancelled amid safety concerns

The 2008 Dakar rally has been cancelled just one day before the 30th edition of the historic competition was due to start in Lisbon, Portugal. The late move was initiated over security concerns with at least eight of the fifteen stages passing through Mauritania in western Africa. An announcement issued by the event organisers A.S.O today stated that: " mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Sicherheit hat Priorität: Volkswagen respektiert "Dakar"-Absage

30. Rallye Dakar Mit großem Bedauern hat Volkswagen die Absage der 30. Rallye Dakar zur Kenntnis genommen. "Die Sicherheit alle mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Das offizielle Statement der A.S.O. zur Absage der Dakar

Nach verschiedenen Gesprächen mit der französischen Regierung – insbesondere dem Außenminister – und angesichts seiner dringenden Empfehlungen haben die Veranstalter der Rallye Dakar die Entscheidung getroffen, die Auflage 2008 der Rallye, die vom 5. bis 20. Januar zwischen Lissabon und der senegalesischen Hauptstadt Dakar ausgetragen werden sollte, abzusagen. Angesichts mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Schock und Fassungslosigkeit bei Raphael Sperrer

Die Rallye Dakar wird aufgrund von Terrordrohungen abgesagt! - Aufgrund der Gefährdung französische Staatsbürger bleibt der A.S.O. keine andere Wahl - Raphael Sperrer ist bestürzt, gibt sich aber zurückhaltend und respektiert die Entscheidung Um 13:00 Uhr wurde aus Gerüchten eine handfeste, schockierende Tatsache: Dem Veranstalter, der franz mehr >>


Several competitors from Europe show interest in Saudi Hail Baja 04.01.2008

OFF ROAD: Several competitors from Europe show interest in Saudi Hail Baja

• Event officials introduce minor changes to 2007 desert route SAUDI ARABIA HAIL BAJA (Hail Rally 2008…The Great Nufud Challenge), February 11th-14th, 20082008 FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 1 of 6 Russian Boris Gadas mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Dakar Rally 2008 will be cancelled at 12:00

Probably the Dakar Rally 2008 will be totally cancelled because of Terror-warnings in Mauretania where four French tourists were killed last month. Also some officials of the work-teams confirmed to reporters from marathonrally.com, that the Rally will be cancelled definetely at 12:00 CET. "This information is 99%" said one member of a workteam Crew in a conversation. Off mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Scrutineering, Part III- Friday morning - RTL announce cancellation of Dakar ?- but no official confirmation yet now

The last day of the technical scrutineering and administrative checks opens on the arrival of a former Dakar winner Kenjiro Shinozuka. If the Japanese cannot pretend - this year - to add a new title to his list, today’s program forsees the arrival of a significant number of ambitious drivers in the car category. In the order of arrival in Belém, the BMW X-Raid with Al At mehr >>

04.01.2008

Dakar Series: Yamaha - 30th Dakar awaiting green light

While a great many people across the world ate, drank and relaxed over the end of year festive period a select group of well-trained and courageous sportsmen made last minute checks and nervously counted the hours until the day they had to travel to Lisbon, Portugal on January 5th. The 30th edition of the Dakar rally sees the largest entry list yet of 540 teams using mot mehr >>

03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Gerard De Rooy: "Highly Confident!"

Blue has been replaced by orange, a truly natural color for the Dutch De Rooy father and son team. Forced to quit anticipatively last year, the Dutch truckers are coming back with the ambition to win the Dakar. "We are highly confident, says son Gerard. It will be a to mehr >>

03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Scrutineering - Lisboa Thursday afternoon

The organisers of the Dakar have taken into account the declarations of the French Government recommending French citizens not to go to Mauritania on the occasion of the rally. In order to comprehend the situation, they will contact the French and Mauritanian governing authorities to get information on new elements that might have motivated this communication despite the mehr >>


Raphael Sperrer vom Torre de Belém zur Abnahme – mit kleinen Troubles 03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Raphael Sperrer vom Torre de Belém zur Abnahme – mit kleinen Troubles

Ein letzter Blick auf die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Lissabon, dann geht’s los - Das Wetter bleibt schlecht, Sturm und Regen führen in Lissabon zu   Überschwemmungen - Zwei Teams mit der gleichen Startnummer – kleine Probleme vor dem mehr >>

03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Im Internet mit Fernsehbilder, Iritrack und mehr

Die Rallye Dakar live auf www.volkswagen-motorsport.com   Wenn die Volkswagen Teams vom 05. bis zum 20. Januar 2008 auf den harten und staubigen Wüsten-Pisten der Rallye Dakar um den Sieg kämpfen, sind Rallye-Fans jederzeit bestens informiert: Unter [extern=www.volkswagen-motorsport.com]www.volkswagen-motorspo mehr >>


Kris Nissen: "Jeder im Team muss einen perfekten Job machen" 03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Kris Nissen: "Jeder im Team muss einen perfekten Job machen"

Noch 2 Tage bis zur 30. Rallye Dakar Unbarmherzig wird die Uhr weiter laufen, vom Start der Rallye Dakar am 05. Januar in Lissabon bis zum Ziel am 20. Januar in Dakar. Wer am wenigsten Zeit verliert, beispielsweise durch Festfahren im Sand oder Navigationsfehler, mehr >>


Carlos Sainz: "I will Attack… I Always Do!" 03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Carlos Sainz: "I will Attack… I Always Do!"

Will Carlos Sainz’s third participation be the right one? The two times world champion declares that his aim is not to win stages but to win the Dakar. How did you analyze and sort out the mechanical problems you had last year? mehr >>

03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Marc Coma: "The Team’s Philosophy is to Always Win!"

Winner in 2006, the Catalan pilot lost the last Dakar in the antepenultimate stage. A navigation error and a fall deprived him from a second victory. He comes back with the exact same ambition and with the title of 2007 Rally World Champion up his sleeve.   Apart from the disappointment of the last Dakar, 2007 was a great year… I am very mehr >>

03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Vladimir Chagin: "Doing as Well as Loprais Did"

The aim: a record. After having had to quit last year, the Czar Vladimir Chagin, commander in chief of the Kamaz army is back in Lisbon more motivated than ever. The Russian firmly intends to steal his crown back from Hans Stacey, and reach the legendary record of Karel Loprais, i.e. 6 victories in the truck category of the trickiest of all rally raids.   mehr >>


Scrutineering: The Longest Day! - the morning in Lisboa 03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Scrutineering: The Longest Day! - the morning in Lisboa

The second day of technical scrutineering and administrative checks is starting at the Cultural Center in Belem and it will certainly be a busy one. Only about 10 vehicles that were not able to get to Lisbon on time yesterday delayed their round of checks by a day. In the morning the highlight will be around 10:00 AM with the arrival on site of the Mitsubishi armada with mehr >>


Singing the song of the Dakar to the tune of Lisbon 03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Singing the song of the Dakar to the tune of Lisbon

A few centuries ago, the Tagus estuary was already an invitation to travel and discover. In front of the Hyeronimites Monastery, a huge monument pays tribute to the navigators who were the pride and joy of the country, like Vasco de Gama or Ferdinand Magellan. It’s in t mehr >>

03.01.2008

Dakar Series: The Party is on at the Village Lisboa

Their eyes bright with envy, there were many kids watching this morning the strange ballet of the first race cars, bikes and trucks arriving in Lisbon. For the children and their parents, it was about time for the Lisboa Dakar Village to open its doors; this is an entertaining place where competitors are introduced between two scrutineering sessions before the big start. mehr >>

03.01.2008

Dakar Series: Lisbon - Wednesday last news

Safety: 10 minutes to Review the Basics  When the wind blows in the desert and brings the dust back towards the right, where does a biker need to ride when he has been warned that a car is about to pass him? Easy! Well... not really if you listen to the people in charge of the Sentinel system, who have established their HQ in the administrative checks tent. So mehr >>


BFGoodrich - Die Reifen bei der Rallye Dakar 02.01.2008

Dakar Series: BFGoodrich - Die Reifen bei der Rallye Dakar

BFGoodrich genießt bei Teams und Fahrern höchstes Vertrauen Anpassen des Luftdrucks schöpft das Optimum der Reifen aus Enge Zusammenarbeit als Basis des Erfolgs   Die Reifen bei der Rallye Dakar - ein mehr >>


Regen und Sturm begrüßen die Teilnehmer in Lissabon 02.01.2008

Dakar Series: Regen und Sturm begrüßen die Teilnehmer in Lissabon

Auf den ersten Sonderprüfungen der 30. Rallye Dakar 2008 sind schwierige Verhältnisse zu erwarten! - Schlechtes Wetter in den Tagen vor dem Start sorgt für tiefe,    schwierige Pisten in Europa - Die Konkurrenz ist wie jedes Jahr groß, es mehr >>


Volkswagen für die "Jubiläums-Dakar" gut gerüstet 02.01.2008

Dakar Series: Volkswagen für die "Jubiläums-Dakar" gut gerüstet

Noch 3 Tage bis zur 30. Rallye Dakar Durch ein Meer aus Sand, länger und härter - die Route zur Jubiläumsausgabe der Rallye Dakar verlangt den Teilnehmern bereits vor dem Start eine gehörige Portion Respekt ab. Dieser 16 Tage währenden Herausforderung mehr >>

02.01.2008

Dakar Series: Marcel Pilet, the Listening Ear of the Bikers

He calls himself the Mac Gyver of the checks; he’s in charge of contacts with the bikers registered in the race. During the scrutineering, Marcel Pilet has a lot to do: first, marking in the vehicles arriving; then pointing competitors in the right direction, as they can be a bit lost in the large site of Belem and finally comforting and guiding the participants who are mehr >>

02.01.2008

Dakar Series: Place your Bets, Please...

Just a few days before the start of the 30th edition of the Dakar, bets are open on most of the on-line gambling and betting websites. In the car category, one of the best known sites offers a list of 16 pilots to bet on. With odds of 2.90 to 1, Giniel De Villiers - even if he never won the rally raid - is the favorite, just ahead of his Volkswagen team mate Carlos Sainz mehr >>

02.01.2008

Dakar Series: Scrutineering is On!

For the third year running, it’s at the Cultural Center in Belem that the technical scrutineering and administrative checks preceeding the start of the Dakar are taking place. For three days, all vehicles registered in the race or as assistance vehicles will be submitted to the close scrutiny of the marshals. First, pilots and co-pilots will have to go through the "round mehr >>


The Mitsubishi fortress under siege 2nd, 3rd and 4th January administrative & technical checks 02.01.2008

Dakar Series: The Mitsubishi fortress under siege 2nd, 3rd and 4th January administrative & technical checks

Administrative checks and technical scrutineering in Lisbon, for all competitors and assistances - What if time had come? The uninterrupted series of victories conquered on the Dakar ever since 2001 has eased the Mitsubishi drivers to the rank of Dakar ‘unbeatables’ a mehr >>

02.01.2008

Dakar Series: 28th Lisboa – DAKAR 2006 History

THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 28ème LISBOA – DAKAR • Start : 31th december 2005 from Lisboa (Portugal)• Finish : 15th january 2006 in Dakar• Rest : 8th janvier at Nouakchott (Mauritania)• Length of rally : 9.043 km• Number of kilometers of specials : 4.813 km• Countries crossed : Portugal, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Senegal NUMBER OF C mehr >>

02.01.2008

Dakar Series: 27th - BARCELONA – DAKAR 2005 History

THE DAKAR IN NUMBERS 27th BARCELONA – DAKAR • Start: 31st of December 2005 in Barcelona (Spain)• Finish: 16th of January 2005 in Dakar• Rest: 9th of January in Atar (Mauritania)• Distance of the rally: 9.039 km• Kilometres of special: 5.433 km• Countries crossed: Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali,Senegal NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: 688 mehr >>

01.01.2008

Dakar Series: 26th REGION D’AUVERGNE – DAKAR 2004 History

THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 26th REGION D’AUVERGNE – DAKAR • Start: 1 january 2004 from Région d’Auvergne• Finish : 18 january 2004 in Dakar• Rest : 12 january at Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina-Faso)• Length of rally : 9.506,5 km• Number of kilometers of specials : 4635,5 km• Countries crossed : France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Senegal mehr >>

01.01.2008

Dakar Series: 25th DAKAR : MARSEILLE – SHARM EL SHEIKH 2003 - History

THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 25th MARSEILLE – SHARM EL SHEIKH • Start: 1st January 2003 from Marseille• Finish: 19th January 2003 in Sharm El Sheikh• Rest Day: 13th January at Siwa (Egypt)• Length of rally: 8,552 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 5,216 km• Countries crossed: France, Spain, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt NUMBER OF COMPETITO mehr >>


Team DE ROOY : Honour to the Sahara 01.01.2008

Dakar Series: Team DE ROOY : Honour to the Sahara

More kilometres in Specials, less connecting kilometres "Proud of its place in the history of motor sports and beyond, LE DAKAR is mainly an event of its time with men and women of their time, concerned by the problems of their time". With these words Etienne Lav mehr >>

01.01.2008

Dakar Series: 24th ARRAS - MADRID - DAKAR 2002 - History

THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 24th ARRAS - MADRID - DAKAR • Start: 28th December 2002 from Arras• Finish: 13th January 2002 at Dakar (Lac Rose)• Rest day: 6th January 2002 at Atar• Length of rally: 9,436 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 6,486 km• Countries crossed: France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: mehr >>

01.01.2008

Dakar Series: 23rd PARIS - DAKAR 2001 - History

THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 23rd PARIS - DAKAR • Start: 1st January 2001 in Paris (Champs de Mars)• Finish: 21st January 2001 in Dakar (Lac Rose)• Rest day: 11th January 2001 in Atar• Length of rally: 10,219 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 6,180 km• Countries crossed: France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal NUMBER OF mehr >>

01.01.2008

Dakar Series: 22nd TOTAL - DAKAR - CAIRO 2000 - History

THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 22nd TOTAL - DAKAR - CAIRO • Start: 6th January 2000 from Dakar (Senegal)• Finish: 23rd January 2000 in Cairo (Egypt)• Rest Day: No rest day• Length of rally: 7,863 km• Number of kilometres in special sections: 5,012 km• Countries crossed: Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Libya, Egypt NUMBER OF COMPETITORS: 401 mehr >>

31.12.2007

Dakar Series: 21st TOTAL - GRANADA - DAKAR 1999

THE DAKAR IN FIGURES 21st TOTAL - GRANADA - DAKAR • Departure: 1st January 1999 from Grenada (Spain)• Arrival: 17 January 1999 in Dakar (Lake Rose)• Rest: 9 January 1999 in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso)• Length of rally: 9,393 km• Number of special stage kilometres: 5.638 km• Countries crossed: Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mal mehr >>

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