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    The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid organized by Amaury Sport Organisation. The Dakar Rally is considered one of the toughest off-road rally races in the world.

    The 2016 Dakar Rally starts and finishes in Argentina, although the warmth and colour of Bolivia and its people will once again host part of the race. Buenos Aires, the Argentinean capital, stages the race start on the January 3rd 2016. The next thirteen days and more than 9.300 kilometres will be an endless trail of tracks, dunes, mountains and rivers. Temperatures will range from 4 to 45 degrees Celsius. Anyone lucky enough to survive all of this will be rewarded with the sight of the finishing line in Rosario, Argentinas third biggest city.

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    The Route of Motorcycles for Dakar 2016:

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    Challengers of almost 50 nationalities participate in Dakar with their Motorcycles, Quad Bikes, Cars and Trucks every year for the race where competition and help go hand in hand, which is watched on television in 190 countries.

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    From India, Rally-Raid Rider CS Santosh (Rider No.56) will be participating in theDakar Rally for the second time. Hell be riding the Suzuki 450 Rally this time.

    After its power packed performance last year TVS Sherco Factory Rally Team is all geared up for this season with not two but three riders Alain Duclos and Florent Vayssade from France with Joan Pedrero from Spain.

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    Joan Pedrero (Rider No.17)

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    Alain Duclos (Rider No. 20)

    Joan Pedrero (Rider No.17) has already participated in seven editions of the Dakar, with finishing in the top 10 in every season which includes two 5th positions. This season will mark 14th appearance of Alain Duclos (Rider No. 20)

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    Waiting eagerly for the Dakar to start. All the best to CS and TVS!
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    Husqvarna Factory Riders commit to first Dakar Rally

    The newly formed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory racing team will contest for Dakar Rally 2016, the most important and gruelling rally raid compition in the annual motorsports calendar.

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    Riding the Husqvarna FR 450 Rally machine in the factory team colors will be Dakar veterans Pablo Quintanilla of Chile and Portugals Ruben Faria, with Frenchman Pela Renet contesting his first edition.

    Pablo Quintanilla, at Christmas 2015 named Best Rider of the Year by the specialist media in Chile will start with the No. 4 bike after an excellent ride in the 2015 edition that saw him narrowly miss the podium. In fact, in the absence of the No.1 plate of the now retired Marc Coma, who won his fifth Dakar Rally last January, Quintanilla will be the third rider out. Quintanilla is contesting his fourth Dakar Rally and he believes the real test of endurance will come when the competition enters Bolivia.

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    Pablo Quintanilla: I am very calm and happy with the Husqvarna factory bike because its reliable, very fast and very tough for this sport. This time we are not riding in Chile so there is no open desert, but the difficult navigation in Fiambal, Beln and San Juan, plus the altitude and rainfall in Bolivia will make it difficult for everybody.

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    Starting with No. 8 is Ruben Faria, a Dakar regular since 2006, and who delivered his best performance in 2013 when he finished second overall. Faria has had three top ten finishes in the Dakar and is very capable of a strong finish.

    As the most Dakar-experienced of the Husqvarna trio, Faria said the most important aspects for him are the physical effort involved, and also the skill in navigation.

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    Newcomer to the rally team but not to the Husqvarna brand is French rider Pela Renet, who comes with a wealth of experience in MX and enduro racing and is a proven E2 World Champion. He first rode the FR 450 Rally in the Morocco Rally in October. He says he has always had a goal of competing in the Dakar Rally, and when the opportunity came up to ride for Husqvarna, it was an offer he couldnt refuse.

    In addition to the three official factory riders, Husqvarna are also supporting young Italian talent Jacopo Cerutti, who won his place in the Dakar Rally after an excellent sixth place result in the 2015 Sardegna Rally Race, one of the official Dakar Challenge events. Cerutti, who also comes into rally raid from enduro sport, will ride under the banner of the HT Husqvarna Team.

    News Source: Husqvarna Factory Riders commit to first Dakar Rally | Powersports Business

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    Dakar Rally 2016 Stage 1 Cancelled due to bad weather

    The first stage of the 38th Dakar has been cancelled due to extreme weather on the course. A double whammy of storms and extremely thick low clouds kept aircraft grounded, making it impossible for them to guarantee the safety of the competitors. As a result, race director Etienne Lavigne was left with only one realistic option.

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    Wolfgang Fischer, Honda HRC Team Manager said:
    “Everyone was looking forward to the first big stage of the Dakar 2016, But we were facing a lot of rain, strong winds and torrential floods in the road section. They were also expecting a lot of river crossings during the stage. It was the right decision for sure, but it’s not nice to lose a stage. With respect to safety, compliments to the race organizers for making a decision not to put the riders at risk.”
    There will be no changes in the classification and the start of stage 2 and it will be based on the places at the end of Stage 1 prologue (new addition to the Dakar for 2016). Joan Barreda from Honda will be the first motorcyclist.

    CS Santosh finished the 11km prologue stage at 127th place among 136 finishers.

    Meanwhile, the Sherco TVS Rally team had a better outing with Alain Duclos ending 20th and his teammates Joan Pedrero Garcia was 25th while Florent Vayssade finished 35th.

    Ruben Faria from Husqvarna Rockstar Energy Team is also at top slot with Honda’s Joan Barreda. Both set identical times of 6m27s. The top 48 riders finished within a minute to the leaders.

    Organizers selected a route for the motorcycles and quads to move in a convoy from Rosario to Villa Carlos Paz, where Stage 2 will commence.

    Stage 2 includes the longest special stage of the 2016 edition at 279 miles (450km), with a total of 488 miles (786km) to travel in the stage.

    News Source: http://www.cyclenews.com/2016/01/art...e-1-cancelled/
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    Dakar Rally Stage 2 Results:

    Toby Price, Red Bull KTM Factory Rider opened his bid for the 2016 Dakar Rally with a win in Stage 2 ahead of Ruben faria of Husqvarnas Rockstar Energy team by 20 seconds in general classification while the KTM rider Stefan Svitko came third.

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    On Monday race officials trimmed the timed special from 450km to 354km because track conditions had deteriorated after Sundays thunderstorms that resulted in the cancelation of Stage 1. The second stage was almost 800km in total and took riders from Villa Carlos Paz to Termas de Ro Hondo, mostly through undulating terrain at speed.

    Toby Price said:
    It has been a clean stage and he was happy to be in a good position for Tuesdays competition. It was a long day in the saddle but for sure it's started well for us. Today was really easy navigation and we had a few tracks we could see, plus the route was pretty well marked. But the Australian cautioned that there was a long way to go as Stage 2 was effectively to first day of competition following Sundays cancelation. You've got to have a perfect race go your way for the two weeks. Realistically it's day one, so we've got a long way to go. We've just got to make sure we keep cool, calm and collected. It's good to get one stage win out of the way, but we're looking forward to being smooth and consistent the rest of the week and see how we go.
    Team HRCs Joan Barreda, fastest in the 11km Prologue, opened the road followed by Faria and Yamahas Helder Rodrigues. The revised route for Stage 2 included 354km of special section on the way to Termas Rio Hondo, a high-speed course that suited Price well. The Australian, 16th to start after the Prologue, cut his deficit by the first checkpoint in Stage 2 to lead the field. He retained the stage lead to the second checkpoint as well.

    Toby Prices Red Bull KTM factory teammate Matthias Walkner of Austria finished fifth but is very much in the running with just a two-minute deficit. Price who was third in 2015 in his debut Dakar and Walkner, who is coming off an excellent season, have both been mentioned as possible favourites for this edition.

    CS Santosh started the stage 2 from 127th position and finished at 91st position which gave him a lead in overall standing. Later, Santosh revealed that he has been struggling with reliability and top speed and lost time due to repairs on the way.

    Sherco TVS' rider Alain Duclos enjoyed the day's proceeding finishing fourth overall after starting 20th. His teammate Juan Pedrero ended 10th overall after starting 25th making 11 places at the end of first way point.

    2016 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Results
    1. Toby Price (KTM) AUS 3:46:24
    2. Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) PRT 3:46:44
    3. Stefan Svitko (KTM) SVK 3:47:52
    4. Alain Duclos (Sherco TVS) FRA 3:48:15
    5. Matthias Walkner (KTM) AUT 3:48:24
    6. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) PRT 3:49:02
    7. Joan Barreda (Honda) ESP 3:49:46
    8. Kevin Benavides (Honda) ARG 3:50:00
    9. Juan Pedrero Garcia (Sherco TVS) ESP 3:50:49
    10. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) CHL 3:50:56

    2016 Dakar Rally Overall Standings after Stage 2
    1. Toby Price (KTM) AUS 3:53:09
    2. Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) PRT 3:53:11
    3. Stefan Svitko (KTM) SVK 3:54:30
    4. Alain Duclos (Sherco TVS) FRA 3:55:02
    5. Matthias Walkner (KTM) AUT 3:55:08
    6. Joan Barreda (Honda) ESP 3:56:13
    7. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) PRT 3:56:29
    8. Kevin Benavides (Honda) ARG 3:56:35
    9. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) CHL 3:57:33
    10. Juan Pedrero Garcia (Sherco TVS) ESP 3:57:39

    News Source: 2016 Dakar Rally Stage 2 Results - Motorcycle USA

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    Bad luck for Santosh. Hope he can recover positions in the subsequent stages. A long way to go in the Rally still.
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    2016 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results: CS Santosh moved to 62nd Position

    2016 Dakar Rally Stage 3 took the competitors north from Termas de Rio Hondo to Jujuy in Argentina. Strom continued to plague the Stage 3 resulting shortened timed section. Riders faced tight mountain tracks this time out, Team HRCs Joan Barreda took advantage of the less demanding navigation, throttling hard from the start and holding it to the finish for the stage win. His Stage 3 run catapulted him from sixth overall at the beginning of the day to first in the general classification.

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    Barreda was later hit with a one-minute penalty, dropping him from the top-time in Stage 3 down to fifth. He lost the lead position in the overall standings as well, dropping to third. Dakar Rookie Kevin Benavides is now credited with the fastest time in Stage 3 followed by Team HRCs Paulo Goncalves in second and KTMs Antoine Meo in third. KTMs Stefan Svitko takes over position as overall leader.

    The previous days winner, KTMs Toby Price, opened the road and found obstacles such as animals and spectators on track a persistent difficulty.
    I had a few close calls with some people, Price explained in statement to Dakar personnel after the stage. It was safer to back it down a little today and put ourselves in a good position for tomorrow and well go from there. Were only at day three now so theres still a long way to go.
    CS Santosh finished the Stage 3 at 62nd rank after being promoted to 87th position due to Joan Barreda penalty.

    Pablo Quintanilla from Husqvarna Rockstar Energy team crossed the line in sixth place but was just over a minute behind stage winner Joan Barreda and Spain.

    Quintanilla and teammate Ruben Faria of Portugal are well positioned in fifth and sixth place in the general standings where the top ten riders are only separated by five minutes.

    2016 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results
    1. Kevin Benavides (Honda) ARG 2:31:03
    2. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) PRT 2:31:29
    3. Antoine Meo (KTM) FRA 2:31:30
    4. Stefan Svitko (KTM) SVK 2:31:34
    5. Joan Barreda (Honda) ESP 2:31:37
    6. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) FRA 2:32:39
    7. Gerard Farres Guell (KTM) ESP 2:32:49
    8. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) CHL 2:32:55
    9. Alain Duclos (Sherco TVS) FRA 2:32:58
    10. Matthias Walkner (KTM) AUT 2:33.29

    2016 Dakar Rally Overall Standings after Stage 3
    1. Stefan Svitko (KTM) SVK 6:27:04
    2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) ARG 6:27:38
    3. Joan Barreda (Honda) ESP 6:27:50
    4. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) PRT 6:27:58
    5. Alain Duclos (Sherco TVS) FRA 6:28:00
    6. Matthias Walkner (KTM) AUT 6:28:37
    7. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) CHL 6:29:28
    8. Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) PRT 6:30:47
    9. Toby Price (KTM) AUS 6:31:53
    10. Juan Pedrero Garcia (Sherco TVS) ESP 6:33:23

    News Source: 2016 Dakar Rally Stage 3 Results - Motorcycle USA

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    2016 Dakar Rally Stage 4 Results: CS Santosh is Out

    Joan Barreda once again posted the quickest time during Dakar Rally Stage 4 but was penalized due to speed infractions (speeding in a link section). This time penalty was five minutes, which relegated Barreda from 1st place in the stage to 4th and from the overall lead to 3rd in general ranking.

    As part of the first marathon stage of this years Dakar, Stage 4 challenged riders with difficult sandy and rocky terrain in the upper elevations of Argentina while also forcing them to strive as best as possible to keep their machines and bodies in top working order. There are no mechanics or support team assistance available between Stage 4 and Stage 5, meaning theres a definite advantage to the riders able to ride clean through the two days.

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    Paulo Goncalves, moved to the top of the timesheet for Stage 4 and in the overall classification. Rockstar Husqvarnas Ruben Faria finshed Stage 4 in 2nd position followed by Dakar rookie Kevin Benavides in 3rd. Benavides sits 2nd overall after the stage followed by Barreda in third. KTMs Antoine Meo rounded out the top-five in Dakar Rally Stage 4.

    CS Santosh is now out of Dakar Rally, Santosh, finish the stage dead last. With a timing of 6hr 52min 25sec, he was 2hr 45min 06sec behind the stage leader. It is also reported that motorcycle electrical are shot and navigation tower on his Suzuki 450 Rally is also broken. He earlier managed to finish the stage 3 at 62nd rank after being promoted to 87th position in the overall standings.

    Alain Duclos, Sherco TVS Rally team finished the 429km long stage 4 at 22nd position and is at 10th position in overall ranking. His team mate Joan Pedrero finished 20th and 15th overall. Florent Vayssade completed stage 4 in 38th place and he is currently at 31st position in overall ranking.

    News Source: Goncalves Leads after Dakar Rally Stage 4 - Cycle News

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    2016 Dakar Rally Stage 5 Results

    Toby Price, Red Bull KTM team achieved his second stage win of 2016 Dakar Rally in Stage 5, a ride into Bolivia which reached altitudes above 15,000 feet. It was also the final half of the marathon stage. His teammate, Antoine Meo finished the day second fastest followed by Stefan Svitko in third.

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    Paulo Goncalves, Team HRC had a tough day, struggling with altitude sickness and despite his 12th place finish on the day and giving up nearly nine minutes, he holds the overall lead. With Stefan Svitko in second and Walkner third in the stage ahead of HRCs Joan Barreda and Rockstar Husqvarnas Pablo Quintanilla who rounded out the top-five, respectively.

    Riders were also treated to some difficult navigation in Stage 5until today navigation has been minimal. Tight terrain and tricky navigation in the latter section of the special stage gave riders a solid challenge.

    Sherco TVS rider Joan Pedrero finished the day in 9th followed by teammate Alain Duclos in 10th. The third rider, Florent Vayssade, finished Stage 5 in 22nd position over 14 minutes behind the stage leader.

    News Source: 2016 Dakar Rally Stage 5 Results - Motorcycle USA

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    2016 Dakar Rally Stage 6 Results

    Toby Price, Red Bull KTM Team achieved his 3rd stage win during 2016 Dakar Rally Stage 6. This was the longest timed portion. Matthias Walkner, Tobys teammate finished 2nd followed by Paulo Goncalves from HRC team at 3rd place.

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    Paulo Goncalves, Team HRC had a tough day, struggling with altitude sickness yet maintains an overall lead with Toby Price at second and Matthias Walkner from Red Bull KTM team at 3rd place in the overall top three.

    Joan Barreda, Team HRC lost nearly 5 hours due to mechanical problem and finished at 110th place during the stage 6.

    Sherco TVS Rally Team rider Joan Pedrero finished the stage 6 at 12th place, 11.1 minute behind Toby Price, the stage winner. While his teammate Alain Duclos finished at 15th place and Florent Vayssade at 52nd.

    The overall ranking for Alain Duclos is 10th place with teammate Joan Pedrero at 11th and Florent Vayssade at 38th position.

    News Source: Disaster For Barreda in Stage 6, Price Dominates Again - Cycle News

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