Wednesday videos: Dakar Rally 2016 (VIDEO)

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Here are videos from Wednesday’s coverage of the Dakar Rally, 2016:

Go behind the scenes of the 2016 Dakar Rally

(ABOVE) Every day, TV helicopters fly along competitors to bring the most spectacular shots of the Dakar into people’s homes. Three helicopters are in the sky with three-man crews for eight hours a day and this is their story.

Dunes, high temperatures, and drama await cars in Stage 9 in Belen 

With temperatures approaching 115 degrees, race organizers are forced to shorten Stage 9, where Erik Van Loon was the highest-finishing Mini in second and Carlos Sainz besting him by 10 seconds for the stage win.

Two-part Stage 9 for bikes  in Provincia de Catamarca cut short by heat

American Ricky Brabec thrives in sand and his outstanding performance in Stage 9 saw the 24-year-old storm to second in the stage before part two of the special was canceled due to concerns over unsafe conditions.

Trucks have repeat overall leader for first time at 2016 Dakar Rally

The overall lead in trucks changed hands after every stage during the 2016 Dakar Rally, but Gerard de Rooy decided to be greedy and won Stage 9 to hold onto the overall lead and increase it to almost half an hour.

Pablo Coppeti becomes seventh different stage winner in quads

Temperatures rocketed in excess of 110 degrees, and just like the bikes, the second part of Stage 9 was canceled for the quads as well, but not before Argentinian Pablo Coppeti became the seventh different stage winner.

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Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.