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Pirelli announces 2017 Australian, Chinese Grand Prix tire picks

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Owing to the long gap in needing to announce its tire selection before flyaway races – 15 weeks instead of the nine for European rounds – Pirelli has already announced which of its new for 2017 tire compounds will be on hand at the first two races of the 2017 Formula 1 season.

The Australian Grand Prix from March 24-26 will feature soft, supersoft and ultrasoft compounds, the three softest on offer. Meanwhile the Chinese Grand Prix from April 7-9 will see Pirelli bring the medium, soft and supersoft.

Full details from Pirelli on the new 2017 tires and the regulations that go along with them are linked here.

A new back-up compound has been homologated along with the five dry-weather base compounds, but that’s not expected to be introduced to a race until later in the year.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally: