Finally, after confirmation by race organizers, the Dakar 2020 was unveiled today in Saudi Arabia, where the event will be hosted over the next five years. Monster Energy Honda Team was present at the event held in Riyadh.
Monster Energy Honda Team has officially confirmed its participation in the next Dakar odyssey. Joan Barreda was on hand for the presentation of the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally, which took place today in the Qiddiya complex, some 50 kilometres from the Saudi capital Riyadh. Barreda, with 22 wins, is currently the rider in the motorcycle category with the highest number of stage victories
The vast yet unknown Saudi Arabian desert, in particular the Rub Al-Jali, will be the new stage for the forthcoming Dakar. This is the second change of continent since the great adventure, created by Thierry Sabine in 1978, left Africa and headed for South America after the suspension of the 2008 edition. After 11 editions on the American continent, from 2020 onwards, the Dakar Rally will have the Middle East as its arena, or more precisely, Saudi Arabia, which becomes the first country in the Arabian peninsula to host the legendary rally.
The first details to emerge, at the first major official presentation of the race, are the start and finish dates, plus the rest day. The Dakar 2020 will kick off on January 5th in Jeddah, on the coast of the Red Sea, and will end on the 17th of the same month in Qiddiya, after having enjoyed a rest day in the country’s capital, Riyadh.
As usual, the Dakar Rally will be the final race in Monster Energy Honda Team’s competition calendar. The other dates will include – in addition to several tests and some international competitions – the participation of most of the team’s factory riders in all FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship events.