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Jan 18

Nani Roma Wins Dakar Rally; Marc Coma Takes Fourth Bikes Title

Nani Roma (right) and co-driver Michel Perin (left) celebrate after winning the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nani Roma (right) and co-driver Michel Perin (left) celebrate after winning the 2014 Dakar Rally. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nani Roma won the Dakar Rally after an anticlimactic 13th and final stage during which team orders guaranteed the Spaniard would finish first on Saturday.

Stephane Peterhansel, the Dakar’s record 11-time winner and defending champion, began the race’s shortest stage of 157 kilometers with a 26-seconds lead but the Frenchman slowed down and even stopped to let teammate Roma roll first to Valparaiso.

Jan 18

Cars: Ford Making History At Barrett-Jackson With 2015 Mustang GT

The first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which will be sold at Barrett-Jackson. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

The first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. (Photo: Carey Spencer/Best Digital Shots)

For the first time in its history, Ford Motor Co. will auction off the first retail production example of an all-new model.

The car in question is the first 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which will be sold today at the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction, with all proceeds being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, one of Ford’s pet charities.

Jan 18

Cars: Barrett-Jackson Salon Collection — The Snake And The Mongoose

Anyone with even the least interest in motor sports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Anyone with any interest in motorsports knows the story of the Snake and the Mongoose. (Photo: Tom Jensen)

Nitro-fueled funny car drag racers roared into the consciousness of mainstream America in the early 1970s when two of the sport’s biggest competitors, Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen, squared off against each other in match races as the Snake vs. the Mongoose, respectively, in what’s considered the greatest rivalry in drag racing history and perhaps the most famous match-up in American motor sports.

Jan 17

SX: The Power Rankings – Phoenix 450 Class

Ryan Villopoto sits atop The Power Ranking's after his big win in Phoenix. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto sits atop The Power Ranking’s after his big win in Phoenix. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

The Champ returned to prominence in Phoenix with a very impressive ride through the field. The gap between Ryan Villopoto and his competitors is not very big right now, but if he starts to get on a roll it won’t be long until he is leaving them scratching their heads.

Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross. Villopoto’s rise to the top last week not only secured his first win of 2014 and the points lead, but also the top spot in this week’s rankings.