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McCanney completes first Dakar Rally in 15th

Manxman narrowly misses out on being top debutant

Motorcyclist Jamie McCanney completed his debut Dakar Rally, finishing 15th overall.

He was also the highest-placed British rider.

The Manxman finished the race across the Saudi Arabian desert in 43 hours 45 minutes, just under four hours behind the winner, Ricky Brabec of the USA.

According to the BBC, the 25-year-old said he was "over the moon" but added he was kicking himself after missing out on the top rookie spot.

He finished just over 11 minutes behind Spanish debutant Jaume Betriu.

McCanney said it had been the longest, hardest 12 days of his life but an amazing experience.

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