Dakar Rally 2024
The greatest and toughest rally in the world, the Dakar’s history has been written in the heart of some of the world’s most stunning deserts and belongs to the world of the greatest sporting challenges of our time. Both a motor race and an orienteering challenge, the Dakar Rally pits some of the world’s greatest long-distance rally drivers against amateur competitors for whom the race is often the culmination of their dreams and who come to take up the challenge with their motorcycles, quad bikes, cars and trucks. Participants of fifty nationalities come together every year for this race where competition and help go hand in hand, which is watched on television in 190 countries.
Having become an international event, which gathers together men and women of more than 50 different nationalities, the Dakar draws on a thirst for interaction and the open-mindedness of its competitors, who all crave to explore the deserts of the world and to push themselves to the limit. The places on the final podium represent an exceptional challenge, sometimes that of a lifetime. Apart from the standings, all the competitors are motivated by this resolute desire, an almost crazy dream to finish the race. Whether they are motorcyclists, car drivers, truckers, or quad riders, they all share this ambition, a feeling that brings them together. The tradition of solidarity, a principle which is one of the pillars of the “Dakar Spirit”, stems from this shared passion. They all speak the same language.
The Dakar ranks as one of the greatest challenges of all extreme competitions. It is the pinnacle of the motor sports discipline and inspires adventurers as much now as it ever has. More than just a simple question of racing and speed, the Dakar requires off-piste navigational skills and consistency. In off-road races, endurance prevails and the slightest mistake costs dearly. Coping with the living conditions, managing fatigue, and weighing up the risks of the race can only be achieved by a combination of peak physical condition and impeccable technical skills. Over the past thirty-six years, this combination of physical rigour and technical performance has appealed to champions and little known competitors from a wide variety of backgrounds, all wanting to experience and make their mark on this extraordinary event.
Just as it focused attention on the deserts of Africa for some thirty years, since 2009, the Dakar has off ered participants the chance to discover the wide open spaces of South America. It gives drivers from around the world the chance to plunge into the heart of nature in a majestic setting which changes on a daily basis. The richness of these deserts and the almost endless possibilities for new race routes are combined with the opportunity to discover the populations and cultures whose roots lie deep in the civilisations which preceded us. Between seven and eight hundred competitors come together every year for this race where competition and help go hand in hand, which is watched on television by a billion viewers in 190 countries.
Ricky Brabec got himself into the history books again with his second victory at the famous Dakar Rally, kicking off his 2024 World Rally-Raid Championship campaign on a high. Joining him on the podium in third at the world’s toughest rally was teammate Adrien Van Beveren who finally made that… read more.
7,967 km of rallying across Saudi Arabia came to a conclusion by the breathtaking Red Sea at Yanbu with Monster Energy Honda Team’s Ricky Brabec taking the top step of the Dakar for a second time, making history as the only American to do so. After spending much of the… read more.
Today’s stage from AlUla to Yanbu, the final destination on this year’s Dakar required an enormous amount of focus from the exhausted riders in order to complete the 420 km stage as fast gravel tracks, stony plateaus and broken dunes were a mixture that could derail anyone at the last… read more.
Adrien Van Beveren kept his cool to notch up his second stage victory on Dakar 2024 as Ricky Brabec took a sizeable lead in the overall standings. Heading back west to AlUla, the location of the start of this year’s event, stage nine was predicted to be difficult but the… read more.
After ten days of rallying there is an intense battle for the top spot on Dakar 2024 with the single second difference between Ricky Brabec and Ross Branch after stage seven turning the competition on its head with only four days to go as the kilometres count down. Today’s stage… read more.
Monster Energy Honda Team’s Adrien Van Beveren put in a commanding performance across two days of rallying in Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter with victory on an enormous stage six. It was a stage that would turn things on its head in this vast area of desert that with 650,000 km2 of… read more.
The new addition to this year’s Dakar Rally, the 48 Hour Chrono, has finally gotten underway today in the gargantuan Empty Quarter dunes. Although the previous editions have taken them into this daunting landscape, the riders have never encountered such a long stage, 626km of desert will have tested both… read more.
Pablo Quintanilla made his mark on today’s short run in the first of the big dunes as he took the win on the fifth stage of Dakar 2024. Today’s stage took in 118km of sand dunes through Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter as riders made their first tracks into the jaw-dropping… read more.
José Ignacio Cornejo took a second stage victory at this year’s event with a dominant performance into Al-Hofuf. Having narrowly missed out on a maiden podium at the Dakar Rally in 2020, the 29 year old has his eyes on the top prize. The Chilean notched up his eighth Dakar… read more.
The Dakar Rally throws up surprises everyday and with it come both the highs and the lows as the Monster Energy Honda Team found out on the first proper stage of this 46th edition. The opening kilometres continued where the prologue left off with a mix of rocks and sandy… read more.
The 2024 Dakar Rally has finally begun in Saudi Arabia with the prologue kicking off the action for the Monster Energy Honda Team amidst the breathtaking backdrop of AlUla. Riding amongst the historical rock formations, the first Honda RallyGP rider out of the starting blocks was Tosha Schareina on today’s… read more.
With the bonus of starting the Dakar Rally a little later this year on January 5th, the Monster Energy Honda Team riders convened at the enormous bivouac in AlUla to get themselves prepared for this year’s adventure through the desert. After a positive shakedown on Tuesday morning for all the… read more.
A new season of the World Rally-Raid Championship kicks off this week with the Monster Energy Honda Team all set to tackle the Dakar Rally aboard the new Honda CRF450 RALLY. The current FIM Manufacturers’ World Championship holders will see a line up featuring world leading riders with victories on… read more.