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RIDING THE BETA 350RR-S DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

We have the Beta 350RRS dual-sport bike, wet dirt and perfect riding weather. What could be better? The 350 is one of four identical-looking Beta dual-sport bikes that often have riders overwhelmed. There’s a parable about an indecisive…
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DAKAR 2023 PREVIEW: THE WRAP

The 45th edition of the Dakar Rally starts tomorrow and Americans have become a serious threat to win. U.S. riders are also likely to have more riders in the top 10 than any other country. Ricky Brabec, Skyler Howes, Mason Klein and Jacob…
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HUSQVARNA FACTORY RALLY TEAM 2023

PRESS RELEASE HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING: Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Skyler Howes and Luciano Benavides are in the final stages of their preparations ahead of January’s Dakar Rally. With both riders enjoying a stand-out 2022 season, the FR…
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2023 DAKAR ROUTE FINALIZED

The route of the 4th edition of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, the first round of the 2023 FIA and FIM World Rally Championship, was unveiled today. After a start on 31 December 2022 in a Sea Camp on the Red Sea, the competitors will…
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YAMAHA WITHDRAWS FROM MOTORCYCLE RALLY RACING

Yamaha will not be going back to Dakar. The Monster Energy Yamaha Rally motorcycle team released a surprising announcement declaring that it will no longer participate in FIM rally racing. The side-by-side team will continue to be involved…
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RIDING THE REDMOTO CRF300RX

This week, Matt Stavish of Checkpoint Off-road escaped from Siberia (well, Minnesota) to bring a RedMoto 300RX for us to try. We got to see these bikes at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy and couldn't stop drooling. They are, basically Hondas…
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MASON KLEIN TALKS ABOUT DAKAR, 2022

To most of us, Mason Klein's 9th-place finish in the 2022 Dakar Rally was a complete surprise. But, to the riders and people around him, it was a natural result of hard work and preparation. At 20 years old, he was the youngest competitor…
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SUNDERLAND AND GASGAS WIN 2022 DAKAR RALLY

Sam Sunderland has won the 2022 Dakar Rally for GasGas. It was one of the closest finishes in years, with Honda's Pablo Quintanilla winning the 12th and final stage to close with a few minutes of taking the overall. In the end, Sunderland's…
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DAKAR 2022, STAGE 11

Today’s special stage was brutal. Both navigation and terrain were among the most challenging of the entire rally. Some 346 kilometers of sand and dunes, on a total stage of just over 500 kilometers, helped define how the podium is likely…
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DAKAR 2022, STAGE 10

Toby Price posted the best time in stage 10, which was considered a very technical day of riding. The 375-kilometer timed special was mostly made up of fast sandy tracks, with a couple of dirt sections and dunes adding to the mix. Although…
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DAKAR 2022, STAGE 9

Relatively short at a total distance of under 500 kilometers, and with a timed special of 287 kilometers, stage nine of the Dakar was made up of a fast, looped route close to Wadi Ad Dawasir. Once again, the riders to start up front faced a…
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DAKAR 2022, STAGE 8

Sam Sunderland bounced back into the lead by winning stage 8 today. As the rally comes into the final stretch, the "yoyo syndrome" is more evident than ever. Sunderland started 28th this morning and was able to set a fast pace--perhaps a…
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DAKAR STAGE 7: CHANGING FORTUNES

The start of the second week of racing in the 2022 Dakar rally saw another swing in fortunes. The Monster Energy Yamaha team, which failed to even reach the finish in last year's rally, is now in front, while the charmed run of the GasGas…
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DAKAR 2022: STAGE 6 CUT SHORT

Today’s stage was cut short due to poor conditions. Race organizers called a halt to the special stage with 101 kilometers completed, a quarter of the scheduled total. Today’s stage was held over brutal course conditions, given that the…
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DAKAR STAGE 5: HOWES OUT!

Stage 5 was a day of mixed fortunes, particularly for the American riders. Skyler Howes suffered a crash towards the end of the 346-kilometer special. Although able to finish as the ninth fastest rider, he was then taken to hospital for…
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DAKAR 2022, STAGE 4

Monster Energy Honda's Joan Barreda arrived with today’s best time at the finish in Riyadh. It was a 465-kilometer special – the longest of the Dakar Rally. His teammate Pablo Quintanilla earned the runner-up spot. It was a mixed day for…
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DAKAR 2022, STAGE 3

Today’s third stage played out over an unscheduled loop in Al-Qaisumah on an altered route, shortened to a 255-kilometer special and a 380-kilometer link section. There were 214 kilometers of liaison to be tackled on this chilly morning,…
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