Rally Dakar 2022

The 2022 Dakar Rally will be a rally raid event held in Saudi Arabia and the 44th edition of the Dakar Rally organized by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO). The event will take place 2 – 14 January 2022. This will be the third time Saudi Arabia had hosted the event, with support from the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation. The race will start in Ha’il and end in Jeddah, going through canyons and cliffs in the Neom region, passing by the Red Sea coastline, into to stretches of dunes surrounding Riyadh, with a lot more action on sand dunes in the Empty Quarter. The route consists of one prologue stage and 12 normal stages, with one rest day in Riyadh on 8 January.

The route

The feedback from competitors about previous event was that there were too many rocky surfaces resulting in excessive tyre wear and punctures, and not enough sandy stages which traditionally dominated Dakar rally. The organizers listened to the complaints and on 11 May 2021 revealed a new route which is characterized by a push into the sandy Empty Quarter. Same as last year, the route includes 1 Prologue stage, 12 stages including 2 loop stages and 1 marathon stage. The route will consist of around 4,000 km (2,500 mi) of special stages and 2,500 km (1,600 mi) – 3,000 km (1,900 mi) of liaisons. The exact route was revealed in late November 2021. The route did not feature the Empty Quarter this year. Initially, due to very difficult terrain, the competitors were planned to be airlifted from stage 8 finish to Riyadh.

Entry list

Announced early entries

Entrant Team Car
Carlos Sainz Phoenix Racing Audi RS Q e-tron
Stéphane Peterhansel
Mattias Ekström
Sébastien Loeb Prodrive BRX Hunter T1+
Nani Roma
Orlando Terranova
tbc Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR DKR Hilux
Guerlain Chicherit GCK Motorsport GCK Thunder
Jesús Calleja Astara Team Century CR6
Óscar Fuertes
Akira Miura Toyota Auto Body Toyota Land Cruiser
Jerome de Sadeleer Mika Metge Can-Am Maverick XRS
Teruhito Sugawara Hino Team Sugawara Hino Ranger (HINO 600 Series)
Martin Macík Big Shock Racing Iveco PowerStar

A total of 750 riders, drivers and co-drivers entered the event, among them 209 rookies (first-time entries), 130 legends (participating for the 10th or more years), 34 original by Motul (riders without support team) and 60 women. Another 315 drivers and co-drivers entered the Dakar Classic (classic car and truck categories).

Stages

Stage Date Start Finish Bike/Quad Cars/SSV Truck
Total / Special Total / Special Total / Special
Stage 1A Sunday January 1, 2022 Jeddah Ha’il 636 km / 19 km 1029 km / 393 km 1029 km / 393 km
Stage 1B Monday January 2, 2022 Ha’il Ha’il 546 km / 334 km 691 km / 145 km 691 km / 145 km
Stage 2 Tuesday January 3, 2022 Ha’il Al Artawiya 585 km / 339 km 657 km / 72 km 657 km / 72 km
Stage 3 Wednesday January 4, 2022 Al Artawiya Al Quaysumah 554 km / 368 km 719 km / 165 km 719 km / 165 km
Stage 4 Thursday January 5, 2022 Al Quaysumah Riyadh 707 km / 465 km 852 km / 145 km 852 km / 145 km
Stage 5 Friday January 6, 2022 Riyadh Riyadh 563 km / 348 km 694 km / 131 km 694 km / 131 km
Stage 6 Saturday January 7, 2022 Riyadh Riyadh 635 km / 421 km 714 km / 79 km 714 km / 79 km
Rest day Sunday January 8, 2022 Riyadh
Stage 7 Monday January 9, 2022 Riyadh Al Dawadimi 700 km / 401 km 793 km / 93 km 793 km / 93 km
Stage 8 Tuesday January 10, 2022 Al Dawadimi Wadi Ad Dawasir 828 km / 394 km 1096 km / 268 km 1096 km / 268 km
Stage 9 Wednesday January 11, 2022 Wadi Ad Dawasir Wadi Ad Dawasir 490 km / 287 km 600 km / 110 km 600 km / 110 km
Stage 10 Thursday January 12, 2022 Wadi Ad Dawasir Bisha 757 km / 374 km 930 km / 173 km 930 km / 173 km
Stage 11 Friday January 13, 2022 Bisha Bisha 500 km / 345 km 568 km / 68 km 568 km / 68 km
Stage 12 Saturday January 14, 2022 Bisha Jeddah 676 km / 163 km 960 km / 284 km 960 km / 284 km

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