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This is Topic: WRC Rally News 2010
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Monster Energy Honda Team Back In Action
Posted by: newsla on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 06:37 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Monster Energy Honda Team Back In Action


Ten weeks after the Dakar Rally, Monster Energy Honda Team returns to face the 2017 season due to culminate with the Dakar 2018.

The Monster Energy Honda Team, almost in its entirety, will kick off the 2017 campaign next week with the same strategy used last season: while one part of the team is in action in Mexico, the other riders will be simultaneously competing in the World Championship in the Middle East.

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2017 WRC: Central Mexico City rocks to World Rally fiesta
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:50 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
2017 WRC: Central Mexico City rocks to World Rally fiesta


Central Mexico City echoed to the sound of rally cars today (Thursday) as the FIA World Rally Championship transformed the iconic Zócalo square into a colourful and thrilling high-speed motorsport party.

Large crowds packed the heart of one of the world’s largest cities as Rally Guanajuato Mexico roared into life with two spectacular speed tests in the square and surrounding streets.

The atmosphere fizzed as the world’s best rally drivers delivered a fabulous show as they fought for crucial tenths of a second at the CDMX Street Stage presented by Michelin.


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2017 WRC: Mexico City's iconic heart beats to WRC rally rhythm
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 06:31 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
2017 WRC: Mexico City's iconic heart beats to WRC rally rhythm


The FIA World Rally Championship roars into the heart of one of the world’s largest cities next month when Mexico City hosts thrilling high-speed action at a venue made famous in James Bond movie ‘Spectre’.

Huge crowds will pack the iconic Zócalo square to watch exciting new-era World Rally Cars fight for tenths of a second at the opening two speed tests of Rally Guanajuato Mexico, the third round of the 2017 season.

Live television will broadcast the city spectacular in the evening of Thursday 9 March (local time) to a global audience for what promises to be one of the biggest occasions in the WRC’s 45-year history.


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Ogier seals fourth straight Monte-Carlo win
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 23, 2017 - 06:33 AM
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Ogier seals fourth straight Monte-Carlo win


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Sébastien Ogier eased through the final leg in the mountains above Monaco to claim his fifth Monte-Carlo success in total by 2min 15.0sec in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

It was a dream debut for the Frenchman with the M-Sport World Rally Team, for whom this was a first win since November 2012.

Jari-Matti Latvala finished second in a Toyota Yaris on the Japanese manufacturer’s return to the WRC after a 17-year absence.


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Ogier leads in Monte-Carlo after Neuville drama
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 05:58 AM
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Ogier leads in Monte-Carlo after Neuville drama


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Sébastien Ogier will start the final Rallye Monte-Carlo day on the cusp of a fourth straight win.

Thierry Neuville had never been headed since Thursday night’s start, but an impact midway through the final speed test of the penultimate leg broke his Hyundai i20 Coupe’s rear left suspension and handed the advantage to Ogier.

The Frenchman was 47.1sec ahead of Ford Fiesta team-mate Ott Tänak, with just four tests in the mountains above Monaco standing between the four-time world champion and victory.


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WRC Promoter confirms partnership with OneBet
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 06:08 PM
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WRC Promoter confirms partnership with OneBet


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WRC Promoter has signed a multi-year contract with OneBet to become the first Official Sports Betting Partner of the FIA World Rally Championship.

From next month’s Rally Sweden (9 - 12 February), WRC fans can add to their enjoyment of the world’s toughest motorsport series for production-based cars with a wide range of betting opportunities at www.onebet.com.

OneBet will offer pool, odds and live betting as well as providing exclusive content and expert tips to add to the excitement of the new-era WRC, which begins on Thursday (19 January) at Rallye Monte-Carlo.


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New cars, new teams, new rules: new WRC era is ready for blast-off in Monte-Carlo!
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 06:18 PM
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New cars, new teams, new rules: new WRC era is ready for blast-off in Monte-Carlo!


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The build-up and fever pitch expectation is almost over as next week’s Rallye Monte-Carlo (19 - 22 January) heralds the start of one of the most keenly-anticipated FIA World Rally Championship seasons in memory.

Dynamic new-look World Rally Cars will echo through the mountains of the French Alps as four of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers begin the fight for supremacy in motorsport’s toughest championship for production-based cars.

The 13-round series spans four continents in an 11-month global tour, encompassing extreme temperatures that can reach a scorching 35°C in Sardinia and plunge to a bone-chilling -25°C in the harsh Swedish winter.


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Moral Victory For Monster Energy Honda Team In The Dakar Rally 2017
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 06:09 AM
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Moral Victory For Monster Energy Honda Team In The Dakar Rally 2017


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The final stage in Río Cuarto has brought the Dakar Rally challenge to a close. Monster Energy Honda Team commanded throughout, winning half the stages disputed. Both Joan Barreda – winner of four stages – and Paulo Gonçalves finished among the top riders overall.

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Monster Energy Honda Team Refuse To Throw In The Towel, Sealing The Team's Fifth Stage Win With A One-Two For Barreda And Goncalves
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 09:49 AM
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Monster Energy Honda Team Refuse To Throw In The Towel, Sealing The Team's Fifth Stage Win With A One-Two For Barreda And Goncalves
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! The Monster Energy Honda Team continue to show a high level of commitment to the race and are tenaciously battling on until the end. In the penultimate stage of the Dakar 2017, Joan Barreda was the best of the one hundred bikers who made it to Río Cuarto, with Paulo Gonçalves posting the day’s second quickest time. The Honda CRF450 RALLY has now triumphed in five stages.

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A Third Victory For Joan Barreda. Monster Energy Honda Team Has Now Won Half The Stages Of The Dakar 2017
Posted by: newsla on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 06:10 AM
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A Third Victory For Joan Barreda. Monster Energy Honda Team Has Now Won Half The Stages Of The Dakar 2017


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The natural disasters of two days ago in Jujuy and the cancelation of the ninth stage yesterday are now history and today the Dakar Rally was back on its scheduled route. In the suffocating regions of La Rioja and San Juan, the Monster Energy Honda Team grabbed the glory with a stage win.

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Joan Barreda Seals A Noteworthy Victory In A Chaotic Eight Stage
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 06:09 AM
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Joan Barreda Seals A Noteworthy Victory In A Chaotic Eight Stage


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A second stage triumph for Joan Barreda who commanded from start to finish in both specials of the Rally Dakar 2017 eighth stage. The Monster Energy Honda Team once again gave a master class in a race hampered by the weather.

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South Racing's Bulacia Stays Out Of Trouble On First Half Of Dakar Marathon Stage Into Uyuni
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:12 AM
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South Racing's Bulacia Stays Out Of Trouble On First Half Of Dakar Marathon Stage Into Uyuni


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The South Racing Ford Ranger crew of Marco Bulacia and Claudio Bustos resumed their challenge for honours at the 2017 Dakar Rally on a revised 161km special stage between La Paz and Uyuni in Bolivia on Monday.

Despite adverse weather conditions in the region over several days, race officials managed to find a makeshift stage that offered its very own perils and Bulacia - who started the day 19th on the road - continued his Dakar challenge to record a time of 2hr 23min 33sec and maintain 22nd in the overall standings.


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Overdrive Racing's Roma Climbs To Third Overall As De Villiers Is Third Fastest Into Uyuni
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:09 AM
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Overdrive Racing's Roma Climbs To Third Overall As De Villiers Is Third Fastest Into Uyuni


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Overdrive Racing’s Joan Roma and Alex Haro resumed their challenge for a first ever Dakar Rally victory for the Toyota brand by moving up to third overall on the shortened 161km special stage between La Paz and Uyuni in Bolivia on Monday.

Running with support from Monster Energy, Power Electronics and Air Europa, Roma began the special from second position on the road behind Frenchman Sébastien Loeb and reached the amended finish in fifth place after dropping five minutes on the track.

The Spaniard now trails the rally-leading Stéphane Peterhansel by 11min 07sec heading into the second half of the Marathon stage, but he was able to move ahead of Cyril Despres and claim the final provisional podium position. Peterhansel extended his advantage over Loeb to 1min 57sec at the top of the leader board.

The special featured a lot of sandy sections, dunes and tricky navigation at the start and mud and large water splashes towards the finish.


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Dakar Gets Back To Business With A Bang On Epic Marathon Stage
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:08 AM
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Dakar Gets Back To Business With A Bang On Epic Marathon Stage


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The midpoint Rest Day of the 2017 Dakar Rally is already a distant memory as racers are left fending for themselves on the fringes of the world’s largest salt flat in Uyuni, Bolivia. Stage Seven is the first half of this year’s marathon stage so every competitor still in the race spends tonight separated from their mechanics and any work needed on their machines must be performed solo.

Adding to the increased difficulty that comes with a marathon stage have been the “extreme climatic conditions” we have been experiencing in Bolivia. Heavy downpours of rain have played havoc with the course and a redesigned Stage Seven gave us a timed special stage of 161km over mostly sandy terrain. Taking a vantage point of the action today was windsurfing legend Robby Naish who after touring the Rest Day bivouac got to see those same machines unleashed over open country.


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2017 Dakar Rally - Stage 7: La Paz - Uyuni, 622 km
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:07 AM
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2017 Dakar Rally - Stage 7: La Paz - Uyuni, 622 km


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A full day’s racing resumed at the 2017 Dakar today, with a revised Stage 7 route that integrated some of the locations from the cancelled Stage 6 into the road book. After poor weather conditions caused Stage 5 to be shortened and Stage 6 cancelled, yesterday’s rest day provided the perfect opportunity for organisers to change the first part of the marathon stage today. The Dakar website referred to the new road book as an unprecedented combination of the original routes, with the drivers doing battle on mostly sandy terrain for two of the day’s main sections.

The combination of a sandy stage and two days’ rest seemed to work well for Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Perin (FRA) as the pair showed a return to form in the #303 MINI John Cooper Works Rally car. The Finn completed today’s section of the race in 4th position, just over 5 minutes behind the race winner to maintain 5th place in the overall standings.


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Camilli And Suninen Go Head-To-Head With Fiesta R5 In WRC
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:06 AM
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Camilli And Suninen Go Head-To-Head With Fiesta R5 In WRC


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Éric Camilli and Benjamin Veillas will be joined by Teemu Suninen and Mikko Markkula this year as both crews take to the wheel of the EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5 for campaigns in the FIA World Rally Championship’s principal support series – WRC 2.

Both Fiestas will carry liveries that draw inspiration from the geometric ‘disguise’ livery which adorned the all-new Ford Fiesta WRC test car and forms the base designs for M-Sport’s lead drivers – Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tänak.


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One-Two For The Monster Energy Honda Team In The Dakar Marathon Stage. Brabec Wins His First Dakar Stage
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:05 AM
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One-Two For The Monster Energy Honda Team In The Dakar Marathon Stage. Brabec Wins His First Dakar Stage


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The Monster Energy Honda Team is going all out in the battle for the Rally Dakar 2017 as the squad posts their best podium finish to date. Today, Ricky Brabec picked up top honours for the first time in the rally, with team-mate Paulo Gonçalves taking second spot.

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Toyota Reaches Dakar Rest Day In LA Paz With Six Of The Eight Toyota Hiluxes In Hunt For Honours
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 09, 2017 - 06:10 AM
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Toyota Reaches Dakar Rest Day In LA Paz With Six Of The Eight Toyota Hiluxes In Hunt For Honours


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Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa and Overdrive Racing reached the traditional rest day at the halfway point of the 2017 Dakar Rally in La Paz with six of their eight Toyota Hiluxes still very much in the hunt for a finish in Buenos Aires on January 14.

The first half of the event through Paraguay, northern Argentina and southern Bolivia had been one of the most unpredictable on record and had accounted for Toyota’s early race leader Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah and Frenchman Ronan Chabot.

But Overdrive Racing’s Joan Roma was well placed in fourth overall to challenge for the outright victory over the remaining six stages before the finish festivities in the Argentine capital. With 22 Dakars behind him, Roma has the experience necessary to assess the current situation and plan his strategy to challenge for the win. The 2014 winner is receiving valuable support from Monster Energy, Power Electronics and Air Europa for his Dakar challenge.

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Giniel de Villiers had endured a fraught few days by his exacting standards and the South African reached the rest halt in La Paz in eighth position and needing to pull out all the stops over the remaining specials if he is to continue his remarkable run of podium finishes.


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South Racing Guides Three Of Its Four Cars To Dakar Rally Rest Day In LA Paz
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 09, 2017 - 06:09 AM
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South Racing Guides Three Of Its Four Cars To Dakar Rally Rest Day In LA Paz


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After one of the most demanding and topsy-turvy Dakar rallies in history, South Racing has guided three of its four cars to the halfway point and a much-needed rest day in the bustling Bolivian city of La Paz.

Incessant heavy rain, muddy conditions and flooding in Bolivia followed searing heat and choking dust at lower altitudes in Argentina and Paraguay in a first week where the leader board changed almost on a daily basis.

South Racing reached La Paz with the Ford Ranger crew of Bolivian Marco Bulacia and his Argentinean co-driver Claudio Bustos lying in a solid 22nd overall and both Toyota Hiluxes running strongly in 20th and 47th positions. Fellow Bolivian Rodrigo Gutierrez and Spanish navigator Joan Rubi were 20th and the Argentinean father and son duo of Eduardo Osvaldo Amor and Nicolas Amor were classified in 47th.


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Dakar 2017, Rest Day
Posted by: newsla on Monday, January 09, 2017 - 06:04 AM
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Dakar 2017, Rest Day


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The participants of the Dakar Rally 2017 were spared another early-rise this morning and got to put their feet up in La Paz, Bolivia.

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Torrential rainfall puts pay to Stage Six of the Dakar Rally
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 08:01 AM
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Torrential rainfall puts pay to Stage Six of the Dakar Rally


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With much of Oruro and the surrounding area underwater this morning the Dakar Rally organisers had no choice but to cancel Stage Six. The "extreme climatic conditions" in the region saw competitor safety put first and the proposed 527-kilometre timed special stage between Oruro and La Paz called off.

Get a real sense of the torrential rain falling in Oruro and the impact it had on proceedings by watching/downloading today’s News Cut here.


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The Longest Special Stage Of The Dakar 2017 Cancelled
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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The Longest Special Stage Of The Dakar 2017 Cancelled
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! The Dakar Rally, en route through Bolivia, is taking a bad beating from the weather. The country, which has been suffering an extreme drought for several months, has seen the arrival of the race coincide with arrival of the rain. The heavy downpours, while good for local irrigation, are causing more than a few headaches for the national road system.

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Adverse Weather Conditions Force Cancellation Of Sixth Dakar Stage In Bolivia
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 08:42 AM
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Adverse Weather Conditions Force Cancellation Of Sixth Dakar Stage In Bolivia


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Dakar Rally officials have taken the decision to cancel the sixth special stage of the event between Oruro and La Paz on the Bolivian Altoplano.

Several competitors were still making their way through Friday’s special stage and extreme weather conditions were hampering their progress. This left many teams with insufficient time to prepare for Saturday’s special. Furthermore, scouts sent by the organisers to reconnoitre the special reported that the surface of the tracks was steadily deteriorating in ongoing adverse weather conditions.


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Troublesome stage for the Monster Energy Honda Team in Bolivia
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 08:38 AM
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Troublesome stage for the Monster Energy Honda Team in Bolivia
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! The trans-Andean country would appear to be jinxed for the Monster Energy Honda Team, who continued to have bad luck on a gloomy stage between Tupiza and Oruro. In spite of the setbacks, Paulo Gonçalves posted runner-up spot on the fifth day of racing.

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Favourites rise and fall as the Dakar Rally returns to Bolivia
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, January 06, 2017 - 06:07 AM
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Favourites rise and fall as the Dakar Rally returns to Bolivia


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Things can change in a blink of an eye at the Dakar Rally and today’s mix of dunes and altitude delivered another dramatic twist in the tale. A crash for reigning bike race champ Toby Price (AUS) saw the defence of his title end as he was airlifted from the stage with a broken femur. In the car race Team Peugeot Total showed impressive dominance over their rivals despite suffering a few scares of their own.

12 months ago Toby Price was celebrating becoming the first Australian to win the Dakar as he won the two-wheel contest by 40 minutes. Today the Dakar has shown Price the other side of the coin with a crash shortly before the end of the 416km timed special stage causing a broken left leg and an early retirement from the race. Price had been on for the eighth stage win of his Dakar career when misfortune struck. We all wish him a speedy recovery from his injury.


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