Which motorcycle will reign supreme at Dakar 2022

And they’re off! As the first stage of the Dakar 2022 started, thoughts turned to which team and motorcycle would lead the way.

KTM once again will be looking to regain their supremacy but hot on their heels will be last year’s winning Honda. However the other teams and manufacturers might have something to say about that rivalry too.

Early pokes in the sand…Gas Gas rider; Daniel Sanders showing a very capable machine ripping it up, whilst Adrien Van Beveren on the Yamaha will be looking for another strong showing and looking to improve on his impressive return since a career threatening crash 5 years ago whilst the Dakar was fought in South America.

Whilst other riders and independents will be looking to make a name for themselves, their teams and the bikes, it is unlikely they could mount a challenge to the top spot, although look at Hero and their ride; JOAQUIM RODRIGUES who might surprise a few people.

Whilst Kevin Benavides has shifted over to KTM, watch out for Husqvarna rider and brother Luciano Benavides who has proven himself to be more than capable of higher standing in recent years.

RUI GONÇALVES riding the Sherco will be looking to show this manufacturer’s capability in the sand and they have been improving their performances in recent years to make them serious contenders for the podium should the stars align in this highly unpredictable race.

2022 also sees a welcome addition to the field in Fantic’s inclusion and being ridden by former runner up rider and part developer Franco Picco. So look out for the name and Fantic.


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