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Dakar 2024: the start is approaching, everything you need to know about the 46th edition

The Dakar 2024 will start from Saudi Arabia on January 5 and still end in the Kingdom two weeks later. To find out everything about the race, here is the complete guide to the 46th edition of the rally run for the first time in 1978.

Who to succeed à Nasser Al-Attiyah (cars) and à Kévin Benavides (motorcycles) on the Dakar ? Winners in 2023, the Qatari rider and the Argentine biker are putting their titles back on the line again! on the occasion of the 46th edition of the legendary rally which will be run for the fifth consecutive year on the grounds of the #39;Saudi Arabia. Entirely contested in the Kingdom, the race will start with a prologue on January 5 and end on January 19 in the Yanbu city located on the Red Sea.

On racing cars à four wheels, Nasser Al-Attiyah will once again be the big favorite this year. But the five-time winner of the event, between 2011 and 2023, surprised everyone a few weeks ago by announcing his departure from Toyota. The fifty-year-old (53 years old) decided to go for it. to leave the Japanese firm with which he had been working. twice world rally-raid champion (2022 and 2023) for Prodrive, the English team financed by Bahrain. With his French co-driver Mathieu Baumel, the Qatari will drive the same car as his runner-up from the previous edition, a Sé Bastien Loeb still looking for his first victory on the Dakar. The Alsatian, nine-time world rally champion, will try his luck once again before joining Dacia in 2025.

The two Prodrive crews will have to watch the competition in their mirrors. Firstly, the experiments Stéphane Peterhansel – Monsieur Dakar (14 victories in total) – and Carlos Sainz (triple winner), who will still be at the wheel of Audi's electric buggy (the RS Q e-tron), just like the crew on ;must compose; by Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist. At Toyota, winner of the last two editions, the main hopes will rest on the shoulders of local driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi and Argentinian Juan Cruz Yacopini .

On the side bikers, brought to the scene suffered during this edition, particularly during this enticing sixth stage run over two days around Shubaytah for a total of nearly 800%. kilometers. On the handlebars of his KTM, the Argentinian Kévin Benavides will do face &agrav; fierce competition and already well known. The Australian Toby Prince (KTM), winner in 2016 and 2019, and the British Sam Sunderland (GASGAS), winner in 2017 and 2022, are among his best-armed rivals. ;eacute;s. But many others, & the image of his little brother Luciano, on a Husqvarna, of the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Honda), of the Australian Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) or of the Spanish Joan Barredo – stage winner 29 times but never better ranked that fifth è arrival (2017 and 2022) – aspire to register their name on the winners list for this Dakar 2024. A race which will be for the first time since its creation in 1978 broadcast largely on the Chaé herene L'Equipe (see below).

The route of the Dakar 2024

  • Friday January 5-Prologue: Alula – Alula → 128km including 28km of special
  • Saturday January 6 – Stage 1: Alula – Al Henakiyah → 541km including 414km of special
  • Sunday January 7-&Stage 2: Al Henakiyah – Al Duwadimi → 655km including 463km of special
  • Monday January 8-&Stage 3: Al Duwadimi – Al Salamiya → 733km including 438km of special
  • Tuesday January 9-&Stage 4: Al Salamiya – Al-Hofuf → 631km including 299km of special
  • Wednesday January 10-&Step 5: Al-Hofuf – Shubaytah → 645km including 118km of special
  • Thursday 11th and Friday 12th January-Éstep 6: Shubaytah – Shubaytah → 781km including 572km of special
  • Saturday January 13: Rest
  • Sunday January 14-&Step 7: Riyadh – Al Duwadimi → 873km including 483km of special
  • Monday January 15-&Step 8: Al Duwadimi – Hail → 678km including 458km of special
  • Tuesday January 16-&Step 9: Hail – Al Ula → 639km including 417km of special
  • Wednesday January 17-&Step 10: Al Ula – Al Ula → 612km including 371km of special
  • Thursday January 18-&Step 11: Al Ula – Yanbu → 587km including 480km of special
  • Friday January 19-&Step 12: Yanbu-Yanbu → 328km including 175km of special

The main entrants in the car category

– Al Attiyah/Baumel (Prodrive Hunter) – n°200

– Al-Rajhi/Gottschalk (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°201

– Peterhansel/Boulanger (Audi RS Q e-tron E2) – n°202

– Loeb/Lurquin (Prodrive Hunter) – n°203

– Sainz/Cruz (Audi RS Q e-tron E2) – n°204

– Yacopini/Oliveiras (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°205

– Moraes/Monleon (Toyota GR DKR Hilux) – n°206

– Ekström/Bergkvist (Audi RS Q e-tron E2) – n°207

– De Villiers/Murphy (Toyota GR DKR Hilux) – n°209

– Roma/Bravo (Ford Ranger) – n°210

– Chicherit/Winocq (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°211

– Quintero/Zenz (Toyota GR DKR Hilux) – n°216

– De Mévius/Panseri (Toyota Hilux Overdrive) – n°221

The main entrants in the motorcycle category

– Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) – n°1

– Toby Price (KTM) – n°2

– Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) – n°4

– Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) – n°5

– Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) – n°7

– Ricky Brabec (Honda) – n°9

– Skyler Howes (Honda) – n°10

– Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Honda) – n°11

– Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) – n°16

– Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) – n°42

– Ross Branch (Hero) – n°46

– Kevin Benavides (KTM) – n°47

– Joan Barredo (Hero) – n°88

The general classification of the cars category

The ranking will be updated day after each step

The classification of the motorcycle category

The ranking will be updated day after each step

On which channel to follow the Dakar 2024 ?

There is change in 2024. Privileged partner! of the rally since the start, France Tétévisions will no longer be the main broadcaster of the race this year. Only the Dakar Journal will be offered. every evening to viewers of the public service channel around 8:50 p.m. This 46th edition marks the arrival of the Dakar on the L'Equipe Channel. Broadcast unencrypted on TNT, on channel 21, the channel of the major sports daily will cover the race in detail.

The big live show will allow you to see the arrival of the main competitors every day between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. with several journalists and consultants on site to collect the first reactions ;actions of participants. It will also be possible to watch the Dakar Journal from the channel from 6:20 p.m. while the summary begins at 6:20 p.m. of each stage will be broadcast &agrav; 8 p.m. For those who weren't able to watch, the best moments from each stage will be rebroadcast every day tomorrow. from 11 a.m. Please note that the Eurosport group, via its channels 1 and 2, will always follow the race, with a summary of the event. about fifty minutes every day ' 8 p.m., 11:30 p.m. or the next morning & 8am.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116