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Dakar 2017: Rest day, half distance videos

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Videos from Monday’s coverage of the 2017 Dakar Rally are linked in this post.

Coverage continues tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN for the next day of Dakar coverage.

Bolivia celebrates the halfway mark of the 2017 Dakar Rally and provides a much needed boost of energy to its competitors.

There’s nothing better than getting to watch the Dakar Rally through the eyes of the competitors. Watch the best clips from the first week of competition.

With the competitors granted a much-needed rest day, take a look back at how the competition has held up thus far. One American, Ricky Brabec, remains in Week 2 at 21st overall in bikes. Brabec then won stage seven, his first stage win.

The 2017 Dakar Rally began with 317 competitors and only 246 will begin the second leg, but not many have had to overcome what quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon has to try and complete the trek.


Stage seven
Stage six (cancelled due to weather)
Stage five (shortened due to weather)
Stage four and (VIDEOS)
Stage three and (VIDEOS)
Stage two and (VIDEOS)
Stage one and (VIDEOS)

Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.