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The highly anticipated 2015 Supercross season kicked off on Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne, Zach Bell and Jason Anderson had an exciting start to the season, with Osborne and Bell finishing second and 11th, respectively, in the 250 class, and 450 rookie Anderson finishing second in his 450 class debut.

Jason Anderson had an impressive showing at Angel Stadium. After transferring directly to the Main Event from his heat race, he pulled a top five start from the inside gate, and moved up to second where he finished and claimed his first 450 podium.

“The race was good,“ said Anderson. “I got a good start, held the pace and ended up with a podium so I’m stoked! I expected to have a good race, but what I accomplished was pretty crazy. You talk about finishing good, but actually doing it is pretty surreal.“

After rebounding from a crash in his heat and winning the 250 Last Chance Qualifier, Osborne pulled a top three start in the 250 main and stayed consistent the rest of the race. His persistence paid off as he pushed to the very end and finished second.

“I had really good speed in the heat race but unfortunately ended up breaking my thumb,“ said Osborne. “I won the LCQ and almost got the holeshot in the main and then rode to second. My bike was really good on the starts today and I think that’s the key.“

After making some exciting passes and finishing third in his heat race, Zach Bell finished 11th in the first 250 race of the season.

“Overall it was a good night,“ said Bell.The heat race went well, as I worked my way up to third and I was really happy with that. If I can keep that momentum up I think I’ll be ok the rest of the season.“

Anaheim 1 Supercross Results:

250 Main Event

1. Jessy Nelson
2. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3. Tyler Bowers

11. Zach Bell - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Main Event

1. Ken Roczen
2. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
3. Trey Canard

Photos: Simon Cudby

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Jason Anderson captured his first 450 Supercross podium finish at the 2015 season opener on Saturday at Angel Stadium

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Anderson started the race strong and held steady for a second place finish

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Zach Osborne claimed second place in the 250 class

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Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Alfredo Gomez got his 2015 racing season off to a strong start by finishing fifth overall at the second round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Germany. Matching his result from the opening round of the series in Poland, Alfredo’s best result came in the night’s opening final where he placed third. Competing alongside Alfredo was Danny McCanney who finished 10th overall following an eventful night’s racing.

Showing improved speed and riding well throughout the night Alfredo didn't put a foot wrong in the opening final. Holding third from start-to-finish he ensured a great start to the night. The reversed start order of the second final proved difficult for Alfredo, who ended lap one in eighth position. Battling hard to get as high as fifth position, two mistakes saw him drop back to ninth.

The third and last final was much the same as the first for Alfredo. Following a strong start he held fifth position for the opening five laps before improving to fourth, the position he held until the chequered flag.

Determined to improve his result from the opening round of the SuperEnduro series, Danny McCanney endured a tough night despite showing good speed. Ending race one in eighth Danny made an impressive start to the night’s second Prestige final, but following two crashes placed 11th. Finishing 10th in the third and last final Danny ended his night 10th overall.

Alfredo and Danny will next compete in round three of the 2015 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship in Helsinki, Finland on February 1.

Alfredo Gomez: “It was an ok night for me. I need to be a little more confident when it comes to overtaking. I know that my speed is good, much better than the first race in Poland, but I just spent too long behind riders. It is a fine line between pushing too hard and making mistakes and not pushing hard enough. But I want to be fighting for the podium. The first race was very good – a great start to the night. I finished third and everything went quite well. Then I crashed twice in the second final and finished ninth. Fourth in the last race was good, but I know I can do better.”

Danny McCanney: “My first race was steady. I crashed once but managed to get an ok result. I don't know how but I almost got the holeshot in the reversed start second final, from the second row. Then in the sand corner I tried to overtake someone and hit the big tyre on the inside of the turn. That sent me straight over the bars and dropped me to about sixth. I had another fall in the log section, which was completely blocked, and then put me to dead last. It was always going to be hard to get a good result after that. I felt good in the final race and was running a good pace. In the logs I went over the bars and then got stuck in the rocks. I rode a lot better than I did at the first round in Poland, but it just doesn't show in my result.”

Prestige – Overall

1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 54 points; 2. David Knight (KTM) 53; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 46; 4. Taylor Robert (KTM) 39; 5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 35… 10. Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) 19…

Prestige – Race 1

1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 6.58:087; 2. David Knight (KTM) 7.:02.997; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7.04:427… 8. Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) – 1 lap 7.01:487...

Prestige – Race 2

1. David Knight (KTM) 7.07:099; 2. Taylor Robert (KTM) 7.09:478; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 7.15:156… 9. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7.30:846; 11. Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) – 1 lap 7.21:763...

Prestige – Race 3

1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 6.50:171; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 6.51:640; 3. David Knight (KTM) 6.58:092… 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 7.00:463; 10. Danny McCanney (Husqvarna) 7.27:113

Junior – Overall

1. Andreas Linusson (KTM) 57 points; 2. Ty Tremaine (KTM) 54; 3. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 43; 4. Gethin Humphreys (Husqvarna) 39; 5. Blake Gutzeit (Husqvarna) 28; 6. Jack Edmondson (KTM) 28; 7. Jesper Borjesson (Husqvarna) 27; 8. Wade Young (KTM) 24; 9. Tim Apolle (Husqvarna) 18; 10. Oskar Kaczmarczyk (KTM) 17…

Women – Overall

1. Emma Bristow (Sherco) 40 points; 2. Sandra Gomez (Husqvarna) 34; 3. Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) 30; 4. Maria Franke (Yamaha) 26; 5. Lexi Pechout (Sherco) 22; 6. Sanna Karkkainen (KTM) 20...

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Aussie Dakar debutant Toby Price has gone one better than yesterday's scintillating fifth place, finishing fourth in Stage Three of this year's off-road epic between San Juan and Chilecito.
Another KTM-mounted Dakar rookie, Austrian Matthias Walker led home four-time champion Marc Coma and Juan Barreda Bort in the 220 km special stage, which traversed steep canyons and dry, rocky creek beds.
With speed to burn but very limited experience in rally navigation, three-time Finke desert race winner Price made hay while the sun shone today, but concedes he may need to yield some ground in subsequent stages of the event.
The KTM450 Rally-mounted Australian's best finish of the event so far saw him overtake Jordi Viladoms in the overall standings, however both Walker and Coma moved ahead in the standings, so Price currently sits sixth overall, 14 seconds behind Portuguese Ruben Faria.
Tomorrow the Dakar competitors leave Argentina and enter Chile in a 909 kilometre stage from Chilecito to Copiapo with 315 kilometres of Special Stage.
The stage will throw everything at riders, with a 4:30am start and climb to a height of 4800m preceding the border crossing, a host of rocky mining tracks, and finally, 40km of giant dunes and basins as competitors enter the Atacama Desert – considered the driest place on earth.
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Toby Price: “The first part of the stage was fast and open and the navigation was easy. If all the Dakar was like this I wouldn’t have any dramas but I’m still struggling a bit with the road book definitions. At this stage I definitely couldn’t lead a stage but hopefully by the end of next week we might be able to do that. Once we get into the desert its game on and a lot of hard work. My pace might drop off a bit but hopefully by the end of next week we can pick it up again.”

Dakar Rally Stage Three, San Juan to Chilecito –657 km:
1. 27 Walkner (Aut) KTM 02:34:28
2. 1 Coma (Esp) KTM 02:35:08 00:00:40
3. 2 Barreda Bort (Esp) Honda 02:36:21 00:01:53
4. 26 Price (Aus) KTM 02:37:13 00:02:45
5. 7 Goncalves (Prt) Honda 02:37:17 00:02:49
6. 14 Duclos (Fra) Sherco Tvs 02:37:39 00:03:11
7. 11 Faria (Prt) KTM 02:37:54 00:03:26
8. 12 Israel Esquerre (Chl) Honda 02:38:30 00:04:02
9. 4 Viladoms (Esp) KTM 02:39:04 00:04:36
10. 10 Pedrero Garcia (Esp) Yamaha 02:39:49 00:05:21

Overall Standings after Stage 3:
1. 2 Barreda Bort (Esp) Honda 09:43:050
2. 7 Goncalves (Prt) Honda 09:48:38 00:05:33
3. 27 Walkner (Aut) KTM 09:53:38 00:10:33
4. 1 Coma (Esp) KTM 09:53:55 00:10:50
5. 11 Faria (Prt) KTM 09:55:15 00:12:10
6. 26 Price (Aus) KTM 09:55:29 00:12:24
7. 4 Viladoms (Esp) KTM 09:57:12 00:14:07
8. 12 Israel Esquerre (Chl) Honda 10:01:38 00:18:33"
9. 5 Rodrigues (Prt) Honda 10:01:39 00:18:34
10. 10 Pedrero Garcia (Esp) Yamaha 10:06:07 00:23:02


Caption: KTM's Toby Price continues to shine in the 2015 Dakar Rally, posting his second top-five finish in as many days.   Pic: RallyZone Bauer/Barni



Sainz up to fourth for Team Peugeot-Total in Argentina

Carlos Sainz


Chilecito, Argentina
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

With only a tenth of the race gone – at the end of day three of 13 – the brand-new PEUGEOT 2008 DKR has continued to make progress on the Dakar Rally in the hands of the event’s most successful-ever driver line-up. Compared to the longest stage of the rally yesterday, today’s action was gentler: 284 kilometres that took the crews to Chilecito, close to the Chilean border.

After the demanding special stage of the previous day, Carlos Sainz, Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres overcame their fatigue to attack day three of the Dakar. While rough, the third stage had the advantage of finishing early, allowing the crews to unwind and prepare for tomorrow at the bivouac in Chilecito.

Nonetheless, the action today still provided a big challenge, with open and fast roads that made up classic Dakar territory, through the heart of one of the most beautiful regions in Argentina. There was plenty of dust and dramatic scenery, presenting the drivers with a final challenge before they head into Chile tomorrow.

Rally legend Carlos Sainz started the day sixth overall, and continued his rapid yet reliable run today. The Spaniard was able to up his pace, to finish the stage fourth fastest and improve his position in the general classification to fourth as well. “I am very happy: we had no problem with the car at all today and we managed to find a good rhythm on the stage, so here we are,” he said. “I enjoyed it: another day gone and we are still in a good position.”

Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel was seventh on the stage after a clean run, crucially adding to the sum total of kilometres completed for the brand-new machine. “On the whole it was good, apart from the dust,” he said. “As we started off 16th this morning, it was difficult. I managed to overtake some people at the beginning, but afterwards it was harder to see. This was a shorter and easier stage compared to yesterday but the performance is good: we saw that we were very quick in the straight sections in particular, a bit less fast when it is narrow with vegetation,” said the Frenchman, who finished seventh on the stage and now lies 16th overall. “To be able to show the sort of potential that we have been able to so far on this rally was very encouraging.”

Cyril Despres made yet more important progress, posting the 14th best time on the stage – the highest placing of his three-day four-wheel career – and climbing to 20th overall. “I really enjoyed the stage today; twisty and a really good sensation with the car,” he reported. “I know I have to learn a lot, but luckily I have a very experienced co-driver who can help me through it. I’ve just been trying to adapt my mind to the car mentality: anywhere that is dangerous or has holes or rocks, you can go twice as fast in a car as on a bike. But there are other places – especially braking and twisty corners – where you are twice as fast on a bike. This is my challenge, but I find out more all the time.”

Team Peugeot-Total principal Bruno Famin commented: “We’re leaving Argentina with Carlos knocking on the door of the podium and the other two cars making their way up the field: that’s a real satisfaction given the amount of testing we had before coming here. As always we’re very aware of the distance ahead and the fact that things will only get harder. But we’ve got all three cars in good condition and all three drivers doing an exceptional job. We maintain our humble approach: there is still a very long way to go and the particular challenge of the Atacama Desert tomorrow.”

Tomorrow: Stage 4 (Chilecito-Copiapo): Wednesday 7 / 6:14am local time - 909km (SS 315km)

Results after SS3:

1 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (F) Mini  9hr 21min 26sec
2 Giniel de Villiers (RSA)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (D) Toyota 9h 26min 44sec
3 Orlando Terranova (ARG)/Ronnie Graue (ARG) Mini 9hr 39min 41sec
4 Carlos Sainz (E)/Lucas Cruz (E) Peugeot 2008 DKR 9hr 40min 58sec
5 Yazeed Al-Rahji (SAU)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Toyota 9hr 41min 34sec
6 Krzysztof Holowczyc (PL)/Xavier Panseri (F) Mini  9hr 46min 50sec
7 Erik van Loon (NL)/Wouter Roesegar (NL) Mini 9hr 49min 09sec
8 Bernhard Ten Brinke (NL)/Tom Colsoul (B) Toyota 9hr 57min 48sec
9 Carlos Sousa (P)Paulo Fiuza (P) Toyota 10h 03min 18sec
10. Christian Lavieille (F)/Pascal Maimon (F) Toyota 10hr 05min 04sec
16 Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/J-P Cottret (F) Peugeot 2008 DKR 10hr 34min 15sec
20. Cyril Despres (F)/Gilles Picard (F) Peugeot 2008 DKR  10hr 51min 37 sec



Team Peugeot-Total


Team Peugeot-Total © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool


Stéphane Peterhansel


Stéphane Peterhansel © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool


Team Peugeot-Total


Team Peugeot-Total © François Flamand/DPPI






Dakar dream on hold

Dakar Stage 2: January 5, 2015

Stage 2 of the 2015 Dakar was designed to unsettle even the most experienced competitors with 518 kilometres of hostile terrain.

Isuzu Motorsports driver Adrian Di Lallo and co-driver Harry Suzuki were making great progress moving up places as they passed through the 13 way-points along Dakar's longest stage when they encountered a problem 80 kilometres from the end.  

At the time of writing exact details are not known although it is believed to be mechanical issue.  The difficult territory prohibited the service truck from reaching them to assist, leaving Di Lallo and Suzuki to spend the night under the stars in the Pampa de las Salinas, approximately 160 kilometres from the Dakar Bivouac. 

Further updates will be released as more details become known. 

Of the 135 vehicles that started the stage, according to the Dakar results website, just 60 have reached the end thus far, some 19 hours after the start of the stage. 

For Stage 3, the event route continues to take competitors north, where they’ll experience the majestic sight of red earth tracks, overlooking steep peaks and plunging canyons. It’ll be a less busy day for competitors, with a reasonably short 220 kilometre special selection, followed by a 437 kilometre liaison to the small city of Chilecito, which is overlooked by rocky hills with snowcapped peaks.

To achieve the level of physical fitness required for the extreme conditions of Dakar, many of this year’s 665 competitors would have spent a couple of years preparing for their entry. Dakar competitors average 701 kilometres per stage, on tough terrain and often in challenging weather conditions. 

The Dakar Rally is held over 13 days, seeing competitors follow a loop course format, departing from Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 4, passing through Chile and Bolivia, before finishing in Buenos Aires on January 17, 2015.

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A very hard Dakar stage in 42 degree heat that wilted many competitors was just the opportunity Toby Price needed to break into the top five standings of the world's biggest off-road race overnight.
The second stage of the rally, from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan contained the longest special stage of the entire race, a 518 km test which saw Day one winner Sam Sunderland lose his way and drop over two hours to the race leaders.
Four-time Dakar winner and defending champion Marc coma also encountered difficulties, and was forced to limp home with an ailing rear tyre.
Australian Dakar rookie Toby Price made ground after yesterday's positive 11th place start, and despite becoming misplaced momentarily, managed to log an incredible fifth-place finish on his KTM450 Rally, in only his second day of Dakar racing.
The result is seen price leap-frog sixth places into fifth place in the overall standings.
Tomorrow's comparatively shorter 657 km day from San Juan to Chilecito features a 220 km special stage as well some of the most spectacular scenery in Argentina, with red Earth tracks steep peaks and plunging canyons.

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Toby Price: “Today was incredibly hot in the sand dunes and we all got cooked, other than that it was all good and extremely happy to be sitting in 5th position after stage 2. Everything went well for the first 300km but then the navigation got more difficult so I slowed down to make sure we stayed on top of the road book.”

Dakar Rally Stage Two

Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan – 625 km

1. Joan Barreda, ESP, Honda at  5 hours 46.06
2. Paolo Goncalves, POR, Honda at 6 minute 13
3. Ruben Faria, POR, KTM, at 9.16
4. Jordi Viladoms, ESP, KTM, at, 9.20
5. Toby Price, AUS, KTM at 9.42
6. Matthias Walkner, Austria, KTM, at 11.25
7. Helder Rodrigues, POR, Honda, at 11.35
8. Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 12.32
9. Jeremias Israel Esquerre, CHI, Honda at 15.49
10. Juan Pedrero, ESP, Yamaha, at 16.45

Overall Standings after Stage 2
1. Barreda 7 hours 06.44
2. Goncalves 4 minutes.37
3. Faria 10.37
4. Viladoms 11.24
5. Price 11.32
6. Coma 12.03
7. Walkner 12.26
8. Rodrigues 13.26
9. Israel-Esquerre 16.24
10. Pedrero 19.34


Caption: Toby Price breaks into fifth place in the standings of the world's biggest off road race on just his second day as a Dakar racer. Pic: RallyZone Bauer/Barni



Team Peugeot-Total overcomes the longest Dakar stage

Carlos Sainz


San Juan, Argentina
Monday, January 5, 2015

The second day of the Dakar Rally, taking the crews from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan in Argentina, contained the longest special stage of the rally at 518 kilometres. Not only was the stage long but also very varied, starting off with some tight and twisty sections, followed by dust and sand. The biggest difficulty though was the extreme heat, which caused all the competing crews to suffer. The legendary Dakar is already living up to its fearsome reputation.

For Team Peugeot-Total, today was always going to be a very tough test, as it was the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR’s first taste of the sort of varied and hot terrain that is typical of the Dakar. Nonetheless, it passed this very important exam, setting a top-10 stage time.

Carlos Sainz started the day feeling that the tight and twisty nature of some of the stage would not suit the two-wheel drive machine, and he expected to lose some time after starting eighth overnight. Nonetheless, the Spaniard was able to keep up the sort of consistent pace that allowed him to improve his position, despite the difficulty of the stage, which presented the car with the biggest challenge of its young competition life so far.

Carlos finished the stage seventh overall, which now elevates him to sixth in the overall rankings. “Today we managed to make up two places and finish sixth. Unfortunately, we were involved in a collision with a bike competitor on the stage, which was a big shock,” he said. “Most of all, my thoughts are with him for a swift recovery. For the rest, we didn’t have any mechanical difficulties and decided not too take any risks, in order to maximize our chances of getting to the stage finish.”

Stéphane Peterhansel finished the stage classified 26th, meaning that he now lies 22nd overall after day two of 13. The Frenchman hit a tree stump hidden in some fesh-fesh, which broke a steering arm. He got out to fix it but when he tried to get going again the car would not start. In total this cost him an hour, but his vast experience has taught him that things on the Dakar can still change very quickly.

“If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that Dakar is a long-term prospect,” he said. “Unfortunately, things started to go wrong when we hit the tree stump. Yes, we had the problem to start the car again, but if I hadn’t hit the tree stump, then we would not have needed to start again. It was a very tricky stage, particularly with the heat, which was incredible.”

Former bike rider Cyril Despres continued his learning curve with a trouble-free run over the challenging terrain, gradually building up his experience. In a neat piece of symmetry, Despres was both 24th on the stage and 24th overall on day two.

“I’ve stuck with my plan of just learning the event in a car,” said Despres. “And without a doubt, today was my most challenging day ever on four wheels. The heat was like a hairdryer at full blast in your face. However, I’m pleased to have got through the longest stage of the rally and with every kilometre I am finding out more, which was the plan. Above all I don’t want to make any mistakes that compromise our chances of finishing.”

Team Peugeot Total principal Bruno Famin concluded: “We’ve not actually done this sort of distance before – let alone this sort of distance in these extreme temperatures, which was a truly punishing test for the car. So to have got through the longest stage is a great achievement for us, although it is still early days. The Dakar is already showing us its challenges and surprises.”

Tomorrow: Stage 3 (San Juan-Chilecito): Tuesday 6 / 6:30am local time - 2000km (SS 284km)

Results after SS2:
1 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (F) Mini   6hr 19min 40sec
2 Giniel de Villiers (RSA)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (D) Toyota   6h 27min 22sec
3 Bernhard Ten Brinke (NL)/Tom Colsoul (B) Toyota   6hr 29min 22sec   
4 Krzysztof Holowczyc (PL)/Xavier Panseri (F) Mini   6hr 30min 08sec
5 Vladimir Vasilyev (RUS)/Konstantin Zhiltsov   6hr 37min 03sec
6 Carlos Sainz (E)/Lucas Cruz (E) Peugeot 2008 DKR   6hr 39min 24sec
7 Erik van Loon (NL)/Wouter Roesegar (NL) Mini   6hr 39min 44sec
8 Yazeed Al-Rahji (SAU)/Timo Gottschalk (D) Toyota   6hr 41min 14sec
9 Carlos Sousa (P)Paulo Fiuza (P) Toyota   6h 41min 44sec
10. Orlando Terranova (ARG)/Ronnie Graue (ARG) Mini   6hr 42min 03sec 
22 Stéphane Peterhansel (F)/J-P Cottret (F) Peugeot 2008 DKR   7hr 27min 21sec
24. Cyril Despres (F)/Gilles Picard (F) Peugeot 2008 DKR   7hr 32min 57 sec



Cyril Despres on SS2


Cyril Despres on SS2 © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool


Carlos Sainz


Carlos Sainz © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool


Stéphane Peterhansel


Stéphane Peterhansel on SS2 © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool



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