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FRENCH motorcyclist Pascal Terry has been found dead after being reported missing during the second stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday.
CARLOS Sainz underlined his status as favourite for the Dakar Rally title with victory in the fourth stage of the race.
NASSER Al-Attiyah claimed a narrow triumph in the third special stage of the Dakar Rally to close on overall leader Carlos Sainz.
THERE is no denying that the Dakar rally is more than just a little bit different. A motor race where amateur enthusiasts not only compete alongside professionals, but generally outnumber them, in cars and trucks and on bikes. Where a Qatari prince can beat home a former world rallying champion and pre-race favourite. And don't read too much into the name – the Dakar rally will not venture anywhere near the Senegal capital but instead be contested on an entirely separate continent.
STEPHANE Peterhansel gained a record ninth Dakar Rally victory and Cyril Despres won the motorcycle title for KTM to make it a French double yesterday.
IT IS the golden age of slippers and games of bridge, not sand dunes and dirt bikes. Yet while fellow pensioners sank their life savings into a new conservatory or a luxury cruise, Robbie Allan chose to become one of the oldest competitors in the Dakar Rally, the deadly 5,000-mile race across desert sands.
FORMER world rally champion Carlos Sainz claimed his third stage victory of the 2007 Dakar Rally as he raced into Kayes almost four minutes ahead of the field yesterday.
STEPHANE Peterhansel took the lead in the Dakar Rally on a dramatic stage nine in Mauritania.
SCOTS pensioner Robbie Allan will fly back home to the UK later this week after a combination of a severe sandstorm and asthma prematurely ended his bid to conquer the 5000-mile Dakar Rally.
THE longest stage in this year's Dakar Rally proved frustrating for leader Carlos Sainz, who saw his overall lead slashed by more than seven minutes yesterday, while Scots OAP Robbie Allan impressed even himself with his pace through the 502 miles stage between Tan-Tan and Zouerat in Mauritania.
WHILE Carlos Sainz tightened his grip on the Dakar Rally with victory on the fifth stage in Morocco, Scots OAP Robbie Allan surprised himself with his speed through one of the toughest tests so far.
THE death of South African motorcycle rider Elmer Symons overshadowed the fourth day of the Dakar Rally in Morocco yesterday.
SCOTS OAP Robbie Allan heads into the desert of Morocco today having safely negotiated the opening two stages of the Dakar Rally through Portugal and Spain on his 450cc Honda motorbike.
SCOTS pensioner Robbie Allan sets off from Lisbon today confident of becoming the oldest-ever finisher in the world's toughest motorsport test, the gruelling 15-day, 5,600-mile Dakar Rally.
KNOCKHILL motor racing circuit, smothered yesterday in a thick grey blanket of fog and rain, hardly seemed the most appropriate place to wave goodbye to somebody who is bound for the African desert. Yet, in the case of Robbie Allan, the incongruity was somehow fitting, since the Scottish motorcyclist will arguably be the most unlikely competitor in the Paris-Dakar rally, which begins on 6 January, and for which he will leave his Lanarkshire home in five days.
A JAPANESE research team plans to enter a race car in the Dakar rally that runs on cooking oil used to fry food.
FRENCH driver Luc Alphand and Spanish rider Marc Coma won their first Dakar Rally yesterday, but both lamented the accidents which killed two young boys and Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott during the 9,000km race.
FRENCHMAN Guerlain Chicherit (BMW) yesterday won the penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally after overall leader Luc Alphand and rival Giniel De Villiers got lost. Chicherit won the 14th stage from Tambacounda to Dakar by 3min 13sec from South African Alfie Cox, also driving a BMW.