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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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DAKAR 2022, STAGE 2

The second official stage of the 2022 Dakar rally finished with very different results, but a GasGas still sits atop the standings. Downpours over the last few days in the northern part of Saudi Arabia caused some flooding, such as the…
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DAKAR 2022: STAGE 1

It seemed that almost everyone got lost toward the end of stage 1B, the second actual day of riding in the 2022 Dakar Rally. Factory GasGas rider Daniel Sanders might be the exception. The reward for his first place finish in the Prologue…
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2022 DAKAR SHAKEDOWN: THE WRAP

The 2022 Dakar Rally starts tomorrow. It will be televised nightly on Peacock as follows: Date Coverage Time (ET) Sun., Jan. 2 Stage 1 – Jeddah to Ha’il 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 3 Stage 2 – Ha’il to Al Artawiyah 8 p.m. Tues., Jan. 4 Stage 3…
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RIDING THE 2022 HONDA CRF450RX: THE WRAP

We have a 2022 Honda CRF450RX that we've been saving for wet weather. As every Southern Californian knows, when the desert is wet it's a wonderful place to take a big, powerful motorcycle. Basically, they don't come any bigger and more…
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CATCHING UP WITH SKYLER HOWES: THE WRAP

After years of struggle and sacrifice, Skyler Howes is now a factory rider. He was hired by the Rockstar Husqvarna Rally team after two consecutive top-10 finishes in the Dakar Rally as a privateer. His first FIM international event was the…
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DAKAR STAGE 3: SKYLER HOWES LEADS!

The up and down nature of the 2021 Dakar rally played out once again on Stage 3. After finishing up front in Stage 2, the Honda teammates of Joan Barreda and Ricky Brabec had to lead out again and suffered the consequences. While they…
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