McCanney will take no further part in Dakar 2021

Britain’s Jamie McCanney has been forced out of Dakar 2021 with an unspecified ‘technical issue’ on his Monster Yamaha.

In only his second appearance at the event, the Manxman had shown impressive consistency and already made huge improvements over his 2020 performance, posting top 20 results on each of the first four stages.

“Sadly, Jamie had a technical issue and is unfortunately out of the rally. I’m so disappointed for him but I am really impressed with the progression that he made this year. He was consistent and smart and it’s a big shame,” said team boss Alexandre Kowalski.

McCanney is the second works Yamaha rider to be forced out after Andrew Short had to retire with contaminated control fuel supplied by the race organisers.