Dakar Rally finishes with drama and heartache in Jeddah

Since its inception in 1979, the Dakar has never shied away from exploring uncharted territories, from the deserts of Africa to the vast landscapes of South America and the arid expanses of the Middle East. This years Dakar, held in Saudi Arabia proved as challenging and extreme as ever for all participants, with drama and heartache right to the end. 

After 12 stages and more than 8,000 kilometers covered in total since 3rd January, 193 vehicles (in comparison to the 286 starters) completed the 43rd edition of the Dakar, the second organized in Saudi Arabia. The rally’s final general standings include 63 bikes, 11 quads, 49 cars, 41 lightweight vehicles and 29 trucks. 

Adria were there again, right to the end, with a fleet of Adria motorhomes supporting the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team through every stage. 

This extraordinary adventure is the ultimate test of Adria vehicle quality, reliability and comfort on the move, as the riders cross thousands of kilometers of all kinds of challenging terrain and weather conditions. 

The motorhomes, all with no special adaptions for the conditions, all managed the course without incident.

The rally, which finished on 15th January in Jeddah, with two main stories, for the racers. In motorcycles, Honda rider Kevin Benavides has also written himself into the history books as the first South American winner of the bike category. KTM’s Sam Sunderland remained in contention right through to the penultimate stage, finally coming in third place behind Ricky Brabec, also on Honda. 

In the cars category, 30 years after his first victory on a bike on the Dakar, Stéphane Peterhansel has added a 14th title to his collection and his 8th behind the wheel of a car, becoming the only driver to have won on three continents. 

The end of the rally was overshadowed by the death of a rider, which once again demonstrated the extreme nature of this race. 

The Adria fleet at Dakar 2021: Coral XL Plus 670 SL; Coral Supreme 670 DL and Sonic Plus 700 SL.

Photos: Rally Zone, © Red Bull Media House