Dakar Rally organiser ASO lately confirmed that the occasion will transfer to the Center East, with the 2020 version set to be held in Saudi Arabia. This marks the top of the occasion’s decade-long stint in South America – the place the rally has been held since 2009, after shifting away from Africa. Now, additional particulars for subsequent 12 months’s Dakar Rally have been revealed, together with the route.
The 2020 Dakar Rally will happen from January 5-17, 2020, and can kick off in Jeddah (on the west coast of the nation) after which transfer to Al Madinah, Tabuk, Al Qacim, adopted by a relaxation day within the nation’s capital Riyadh, earlier than concluding in Al-Qiddiya, positioned round 40km from Riyadh. Very like this 12 months’s rally in Peru, a big portion of the phases in Saudi Arabia will include sand dunes, however the official route map reveals that the occasion will proceed to check navigational talents and endurance, with opponents having to deal with canyons, wadis and mountains as properly.
The shift to Saudi Arabia comes after growing uncertainty relating to the rally's future in South America. The 2019 version in Peru was the primary time within the Dakar Rally's historical past that it was held in only one nation after Chile had dropped out of a possible return.
Commenting on the Dakar Rally’s Center East debut in Saudi Arabia subsequent 12 months, Dakar Rally Director David Castera stated: “Africa, South America… and now Asia. The third chapter of its historical past is especially fascinating and thrilling for a race targeted on exploration just like the Dakar.
“Right here, within the largest state within the area, we are able to let our creativeness run riot with the infinite prospects for a tricky, balanced and different course. The sporting problem that we’re placing collectively for the 42nd version will faucet the complete potential of this huge nation and its mosaic of deserts, mountains, canyons, valleys and coastal landscapes.”