Dakar Rally loses racer on Sun­day

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By BRIAN GOLDEN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

The Dakar Rally is an­nu­ally the first ma­jor mo­tor rac­ing event of the year.

It started in Africa, moved to South Amer­ica be­cause of po­lit­i­cal un­rest along the African route, and is be­ing run this year in the sands of the Ara­bian Desert.

Dakar has an­other unique fea­ture: A death toll.

Pop­u­lar Por­tugese off road mo­tor­cy­cle racer Paulo Gon­calvo crashed dur­ing the fourth stage Sun­day, and be­came the 71st racer to die in the event since 1979.

Gon­calvo, 40, won mul­ti­ple cham­pi­onships in var­i­ous series around the world.

His best fin­ish in The Dakar was sec­ond in 2015, the last time a fa­tal­ity oc­curred. Pol­ish mo­tor­cy­clist Michal Her­nick died dur­ing a race in Ar­gentina.

Car­los Sainz notched his 33rd Dakar stage win Wed­nes­day. With two stages re­main­ing, Sainz leads de­fend­ing cham­pion Nasser Al-At­tiyeh by 18:26, and third place Stephane Peter­hansel by 18:40.

Amer­i­can Ricky Brabec takes a 26-minute lead into the fi­nal two stages in the mo­tor­cy­cle di­vi­sion.

Kyle Lar­son Ad­vances To Chili Bowl Fi­nale

Stars of NAS­CAR and IndyCar don’t just moon­light in the Rolex 24 Hours of Day­tona.

There’s also the unique week­long fes­ti­val of mid­get rac­ing known as the Chili Bowl in Tulsa.

Ganassi Rac­ing star Kyle Lar­son won his A-main qual­i­fy­ing heat to move along to the 34th An­nual Chili Bowl Satur­day night.

The Elk Grove, Cal­i­for­nia, racer, who won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Novem­ber, is try­ing to end fel­low NAS­CAR driver Christo­pher Bell’s three-year Chili Bowl win­ning streak.

Roczen Wins First Race in Three Years

The Mon­ster En­ergy AMA Su­per­cross Series re­turns to An­gel Sta­dium Satur­day night for Ana­heim II pack­ing a won­der­ful come­back story.

Ken Roczen, who missed the last two sea­sons due to hideous arm in­juries suf­fered in crashes, rode to vic­tory in the sea­son’s sec­ond race at The Dome at Amer­ica’s Cen­ter in St. Louis.

The 25-year-old Ger­man was a heavy cham­pi­onship fa­vorite in 2017 when he suf­fered a nasty bro­ken arm af­ter he was launched in mid-air from his 450SX bike.

Roczen came back in 2018, only to crash again and get his right arm caught in the spokes of Cooper Webb’s rear wheel. Mul­ti­ple surg­eries later, Roczen re­turned again.

He took the lead on the sec­ond lap, and dom­i­nated.

Ana­heim I win­ner Justin Bar­cia, fight­ing the flu, fin­ished sec­ond to re­tain the early sea­son points lead.

LEADER Ricky Brabec of the United States rides his Honda mo­tor­bike dur­ing stage 10 of the Dakar Rally be­tween Haradth and Shubay­tah, Saudi Ara­bia, Wed­nes­day.

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