Wadi Al Dawasir - Wadi Al Dawasir

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  1. 06:45 Gyenes in a league of his own

    Emanuel Gyenes continues to dominate the Original by Motul class. The Romanian with ten Dakar starts under his belt will be starting stage 8 with a healthy margin of 1 h 25 over Florent Vayssade. 

  2. 08:56 Stage 8 cancelled for motorbikes and quads

    The death of Paulo Gonçalves during yesterday’s stage 7 between Riyadh and Wadi Al-Dawasir has left the entire Dakar, especially the bikers, in shock. Paulo, a beloved figure of the rally, was immensely respected by both veterans and less experienced competitors who admired and were inspired by him. After meeting the riders and making a decision together with the entire motorbike family, the organisers have decided to cancel stage 8 for the motorbikes and quads category, which was supposed to take place on a loop course around Wadi Al-Dawasir, in order to give the riders time to mourn their friend. The entire Dakar family came together to pay tribute to Paulo at the briefing yesterday evening.

  3. 07:45 Stage 7 withdrawals

    Several competitors will not be taking part in stage 8 of the Dakar after failing to overcome the challenges of stage 7, including car drivers Abdulaziz Alyaeesh, Nasser Altamimi Saud and Yves Tartarin, quad rider Abdulmajed Aakhulaifi and biker Adam Tomiczek. Joaquim Rodrigues and Sebastian Bühler have also withdrawn in shock after the death of their teammate Paulo Gonçalves.

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