Among the many automobiles, Al-Attiyah took benefit of a puncture from Sainz and leads, whereas Argentina’s Terranova is sixth. On the bikes, defending champion Ricky Brabec took the lead.
The wait is over. Away from South America, which hosted it for a decade, the Dakar Rally started its second version in Saudi Arabia, the place the candidates confirmed their playing cards within the 11-kilometer prologue to essentially the most demanding check on the planet.
The Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, in automobiles, and the American Ricky Brabec, in bikes, warned their rivals of their intentions within the forty third version of the Dakar Rally, the check that was born to unite Paris with the capital of Senegal.
With 286 contestants admitted within the classes of bikes, quads, automobiles, mild automobiles and vans, the motion started within the port metropolis of Jeddah, which served as an appetizer for what’s to return: twelve phases and seven,646 kilometers of route, 4,767 of them timed .
Within the automotive class, Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing) desires to problem the favoritism of the Spanish Carlos Sainz (X-Raid Mini JCW), removed from the main positions of the classification after struggling a puncture that induced him to lose floor with respect to the massive favorites.
The Madrilenian, the final champion of the occasion, was the primary of the pilots to start out. However, accompanied by his co-driver Lucas Cruz, he gave up 36 seconds with respect to Al-Attiyah resulting from a puncture in the precise rear wheel after two kilometers of the particular, so, on the finish of the particular, he needed to change the tire.
On this first spherical, which permits the group to qualify for the primary stage this Sunday, the Toyota of Nasser Al-Attiyah shone (5:48). South African Brian Baragwanath (Century) shocked by inserting, in opposition to the percentages, in second place with virtually the identical time because the winner, whereas Saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi (+00: 08) was third.
Argentine Orlando Terranova was within the prime 10, in an expectant sixth place, behind the Polish Jakub Przygonski and the Dutch Bernhard Ten Brinke and in entrance of the South African Henk Lategan, the French Mathieu Serradori, the Emirati Khalid Al Qassimi and the French Sebastien Loeb. The highest ten have been grouped inside 17 seconds.
In distinction, Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel, winner of the Dakar Rally 13 instances, was fourteenth, adopted by Spaniard Nani Roma.
For his half, the American Ricky Brabec (Honda), defender of the motorbike title, was positioned on the entrance of the classification with a margin of 6 seconds over the Spanish Joan Barreda (Honda), since he accomplished the route in 6 minutes and 1 second.
The 2020 Dakar Rally winner was the final to start out the motorbike particular, and introduced his candidacy to resume his reign in Saudi Arabia by setting the perfect time of the day.
The perfect Argentine was Kevin Benavides (Honda), in seventh place, behind Australian Daniel Sanders (KTM), third at 13 seconds, Botswana Ross Department (Yamaha), German Sebastian Bühler (Hero) and American Andrew Quick (Yamaha).
The highest 10 was accomplished by Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna), Australian Toby Worth (KTM) and Portuguese Joaquim Rodrigues. Spanish Laia Sanz, in the meantime, began her eleventh consecutive participation within the hardest rally on the planet with thirty-second place (+1: 02) within the prologue stage.
In quads, the Argentine Manuel Andújar He narrowly misplaced (+0: 01) the primary place by the hands of the French Alexandre Giroud (7:35), whereas the Polish Kamil Wisniewski (0:04) was third. Nicolás Cavigliasso, champion in 2020, set the eighth quickest time, 24 seconds behind the chief.
In mild automobiles, the British Kris Weeke, with stripes within the World Rally Championship, turned the primary stage winner on the wheel of a PH Sport Zephyr.
Till January 15, members will journey in twelve phases to Saudi Arabia in a south-east-north-south course. Of the 7,646 kilometers traveled, 4,767 are timed (63%, 2% lower than in 2020).
Drivers and groups have needed to endure safety measures in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic, as did the remainder of the race setting. Greater than 2,400 PCR assessments have been carried out to kind the “Dakar bubble group”, through which the rally caravan will advance.