Open track in Saudi Arabia

A new desert closer to Africa will serve to give new impetus to the rally, with territories unexplored by the Dakarians.


Sudamérica was an ideal scenario for the Dakar. It is convenient not to commit a short-term memory with the edition of 2019, which had a sugar-free route due to the refusals of Chile and Bolivia, at the last minute, to receive the race. Because a year before, the whole caravan claimed to have faced the "toughest Dakar in South America", with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and there is still the feeling that the region still had at least another decade of raids, alternating countries and adding new ones if the economic situation had allowed it. There were dunes, tracks, stones, height, heat and hobby. But ASO also saw political instability and the economic offer of Saudi Arabia was irrechazable.

Un new desert closer to Africa will serve to give a new impetus to the rally, with territories unexplored by the Dakarians that, after all, as Nani says Rome, "they are in this because they like to travel and discover." On the one hand there is the sporting challenge of David Castera, the new director, who has to build a route (recovering the two weeks of rally) by paths that have never been crossed before. 2 Just as important is the challenge of the new host to open up to world, taking as a platform one of the great international events: there will be several dozen women competing for land where not many months ago they would not have been able to drive a street car. or a Qatari pilot, like Al Attiyah, defending his title when he would have had difficult to receive a tourist visa. Many tracks will have to be opened in Saudi Arabia, in every way.



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