The start of the year is synonymous with one of the greatest motorcycle challenges know to man…The Dakar.
Professional and privateer riders, along with drivers of cars, quads, trucks, SSV and light prototypes as well as those racing in classics will pit their wits, skill and test of will, desire and endurance against the harshest of conditions now being fought in the arid landscape of Saudi Arabia for the third year of its 43 years history.
The launch of the event will be on 1st January and will run until the 14th with another ultra strong field of competitors and teams ready to face the ultimate test. Whilst the faces are familiar, there have been some notable changes in team line up.
Sam Sunderland; the first British winner has moved from KTM to Gas Gas, whilst Kevin Benavides has now encamped within KTM.
Whilst KTM, Honda and Husqvarna will be making considerable challenges for the podium positions, one cannot rule out Yamaha who are seeking to make an impact on the standings with their riders ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN, ANDREW SHORT and ROSS BRANCH.
The routes are:
|1A||Saturday, january 1, 2022||Jeddah > Hail||614 km | 19 km|
|1B||Sunday, january 2, 2022||Hail > Ha’il||514 km | 333 km|
|2||Monday, january 3, 2022||Ha’il > Al Artawiyah||568 km | 338 km|
|3||Tuesday, january 4, 2022||Al Artawiyah > Al Qaysumah||555 km | 368 km|
|4||Wednesday, january 5, 2022||Al Qaysumah > Riyadh||707 km | 465 km|
|5||Thursday, january 6, 2022||Riyadh > Riyadh||560 km | 346 km|
|6||Friday, january 7, 2022||Riyadh > Riyadh||618 km | 402 km|
Saturday, january 8, 2022
|7||Sunday, january 9, 2022||Riyadh > Al Dawadimi||701 km | 402 km|
|8||Monday, january 10, 2022||Al Dawadimi > Wadi Ad Dawasir||830 km | 395 km|
|9||Tuesday, january 11, 2022||Wadi Ad Dawasir > Wadi Ad Dawasir||491 km | 287 km|
|10||Wednesday, january 12, 2022||Wadi Ad Dawasir > Bisha||759 km | 375 km|
|11||Thursday, january 13, 2022||Bisha > Bisha||501 km | 346 km|
|12||Friday, january 14, 2022||Bisha > Jeddah||680 km | 164 km|
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