December 31st- January 15th 2023 100% Saudi Arabia
Robby Gordon will NOT be competing.
Saudi Arabia is +8 hours on Eastern Time / +11 on the West Coast.
December 31st, the Rally Raid starts in Sea Camp, Saudi Arabia and races North than South East before racing to North to the city of Dammam.
More info as more info becomes available.
All DAKAR postings will be in this thread.
Solid Stage 1 for the Americans on motorbikes
Bikes and Quads Top moments - Stage 1
Honda Racing Stage 1
BRABEC BUMPED UP TO FIRST PLACE | GP
Three penalties for speeding have been handed down following stage 1, with Joan Barreda receiving one minute and Daniel Sanders and Pablo Quintanilla two apiece. As a result, Ricky Brabec is the new stage winner by 44 seconds over Kevin Benavides and Mason Klein, who ended up on the podium too. Daniel Sanders slips to sixth place, 2′50″ back
Good for Ricky
A CRUSHING BLOW
When the 2022 Dakar and World Rally-Raid champion, Sam Sunderland, shows up for a race, you know it is going to be either a big hit or a big flop… and his tenth Dakar turned out to be a flop! The British rider started the stage in 22nd place and posted the fastest time at the first checkpoint, 37 kilometres into the race, only to take a tumble another 15 kilometres down the road. Conscious and mobile, but suffering from back pain, he was flown to Yanbu, where he was diagnosed with a broken shoulder blade. "SunderSam" has failed to finish the Dakar six times since his debut in 2012, but he has secured a podium spot whenever he has managed to complete the race, including two wins (2017 and 2022). 20% of victories, 20% of podium places and 60% of withdrawals is still an impressive track record.
Interview of the day presented by Aramco - Stage 1
Stage 1 cars
Interestingly the T3 UTV's are also included in the car scoring
Cars Top moments - Stage 1
LÓPEZ HOME AND DRY | T3
Austin Jones crossed the finish line of today's special almost 3′30″ off the fastest time, confirming "Chaleco" López as the victor of stage 1. This is his first stage win since 2021. Despite taking the race outright last year, the Chilean was unable to stop Seth Quintero from hoovering up virtually every stage.
Oscar Fuertes Aldanondo Crash
Extended highlights of the day presented by Aramco - Stage 1