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Dakar 2017: Despres leads cars; Price injury affects Day 4

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In Thursday’s fourth stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, San Salvado de Jujuy to Tupiza, Cyril Depres took his first cars win while the defending winner in bikes, Toby Price, is out with an injury sustained in an accident.

You can see Thursday’s stage from the Dakar at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, on NBCSN.

Cyril Despres made it four stage winners in as many days in cars, with his first of the rally in the No. 307 Peugeot.

Despres won today over Mikko Hirvonen and Nani Roma, while two other Peugeots – Stephane Peterhansel and Sebastien Loeb – lost significant ground.

Toyota’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, meanwhile, is now an official retirement from the rally – a bitter blow to the stage one winner.

Here’s more from cars on Thursday:

In bikes, Matthias Walkner took the stage win over Joan Barreda, but the overriding story of the day was Price’s injury.

Quad results are linked here. Truck results will follow later.

Other tweets of note from the day are below:

Past day recaps are here:

Stage three
Stage two and (VIDEOS)
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool