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Fullnoise.com.au Guide to Dakar 2018

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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It is that time of the year again, when the best Rallye Desert Racers in the world suit up and take on the gnarliest race of them all, Dakar.

Below we have put together a quick guide to help you stay up to date throughout this years event, with links to timing, results, TV highlights packages, Australian riders and more.

And as we have been doing since 2004, there will be a daily update right here on Fullnoise.com.au as soon as official results come through each morning.

2018 Dakar Stages:
Stage 1: Saturday, January 6, 2018 Lima / Pisco 273 km Total - 31 km Timed Special
Stage 2: Sunday, January 7, 2018 Pisco / Pisco 279 km Total - 267 km Timed Special
Stage 3: Monday, January 8, 2018 Pisco / San Juan de Marcona 504 km Total - 296 km Timed Special
Stage 4: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 San Juan de Marcona / San Juan de Marcona 444 km Total - 330 km Timed Special
Stage 5: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 San Juan de Marcona / Arequipa 774 km Total - 266 km Timed Special
Stage 6: Thursday, January 11, 2018 Arequipa / La Paz 760 km Total - 313 km Timed Special
Rest Day: Friday, January 12, 2018 La Paz Rest Day 1
Stage 7: Saturday, January 13, 2018 La Paz / Uyuni 727 km Total - 425 km Timed Special
Stage 8: Sunday, January 14, 2018 Uyuni / Tupiza 585 km Total - 498 km Timed Special
Stage 9: Monday, January 15, 2018 Tupiza / Salta 755 km Total - 242 km Timed Special
Stage 10: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Salta / Bel̩n 797 km Total - 373 km Timed Special
Stage 11: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 BelÌ©n / FiambalÌÁ / Chilecito 485 km Total - 280 km Timed Special
Stage 12: Thursday, January 18, 2018 FiambalÌÁ / Chilecito / San Juan 723 km Total - 375 km Timed Special
Stage 13: Friday, January 19, 2018 San Juan / CÌ_rdoba 929 km Total - 369 km Timed Special
Stage 14: Saturday, January 20, 2018 CÌ_rdoba / CÌ_rdoba Timed Special 286 km Total - 120 km Timed Special
Three Aussies will line up for this years big race including Rodney Faggotter for the Factory Yamaha team. Toby Price will be aiming to make it 2 dakar wins while Scott Britnell races his first DAKAR.
Australian Riders:

No. 8 Toby Price: RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM - In 2016 Toby Price became the first Australian to win the Dakar Rally in any category at just his second participation after a podium finish in his rookie‰Ûªs year in the Dakar 2015. After more than a decade of domination of the Coma-Despres era, the strong Australian represented the face of the new Dakar generation.

No. 44 Rodney Faggotter: YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM - In 2012 Rodney got the chance, via a local sponsor, to enter the Dakar on an Australian prepared 450 Husaberg and was going well until mechanical problems put him out of the race on the fifth day. With his appetite very much wetted he returned to the Dakar in 2013 on a rental Yamaha prepared by French outfit HFP and finished an impressive 14th overall. The turning point arrived in 2017 with Rod lined up in the Yamaha factory team for the Dakar 2017.

No. 97 Scott Britnell: GRIT ADVENTURES KTM 450RR - Dakar is a long term personal goal for the 43 year old Australian. He has always been involved in sport, doing motorcycle Enduro, alpine mountaineering and rock climbing. Several years ago he set himself the goal of competing in the Dakar Rally and made efforts to achieve it. And he made it. Scott will finally be at the start of the Dakar 40th edition.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LIST OF RIDERS FOR THE 2018 RACE

2018 LIVE TIMING, REULTS and HIGHLIGHTS



CLICK HERE FOR LIVE TIMING and RESULTS

SBS Will once again have a 30 minute daily highlights covering car, truck and Motorcycle classes at 5.30PM. Check local guides.

Daily highlights Video's and audio interviews can be viewed on the Dakar offical site HERE

SBS Daily highlights can also be viewed On Demand online HERE

Top Image Credit: Florent Gooden - Dakar Official Website

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