How to watch NBC Sports’ 2022 Dakar Rally coverage on the Olympic Channel

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The 2022 Dakar Rally is under way, which also means the kickoff for NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” coverage for this year.

Beginning with Sunday’s 8 p.m. ET recap on the Olympic Channel, NBC Sports will have hourlong recaps of the Dakar Rally, the prestigious endurance race that will traverse Saudi Arabia for its 44th edition. The nightly coverage also will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

NASCAR on NBC analyst and reporter Parker Kligerman will provide commentary for NBC Sports’ Dakar Rally coverage.

Extended highlights from the 12-stage off-road classic (which will cover more than 5,000 miles across desert, canyons, dunes and mountains) also will be available on NBC Sports digital platforms (including the website and the Motorsports on NBC YouTube Channel) and Peacock.

The race began Saturday, Jan. 1 with the 19-kilometer prologue, which was won by three-time Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in the cars class (finishing ahead of 2020 winner Carlos Sainz).

The lightweight prototype division was won by American Seth Quintero, who is trying to become the Dakar Rally’s youngest overall category winner.

“The prologue went really well,” Quintero, 19, said. “We ended up catching a bit of traffic, but overall a good start to the rally. Now I can’t wait for the rest of it.”

Daniel Sanders took the bike class victory while Americans Andrew Short (ninth), Ricky Brabec (12th), Mason Klein (17th) and Skyler Howes (26th) all were within 10 seconds of the lead. Brabec finished second last year after winning the 2020 event.

There are nearly 1,000 competitors entered in 2022, including American Austin Jones returning after a runner-up finish in SSV last year.

Along with the Dakar Rally, NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” programming will continue throughout 2022 with Monster Energy Supercross, IMSA, IndyCar, NASCAR, MotoGP and Monster Jam.

Here’s the daily coverage schedule of the 2022 Dakar Rally on the Olympic Channel (all times are Eastern Time):

Date Coverage Time (ET)
Sun., Jan. 2 Stage 1 – Jeddah to Ha’il 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 3 Stage 2 – Ha’il to Al Artawiyah 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 4 Stage 3 – Al Artawiyah to Al Qaisumah 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 Stage 4 – Al Qaisumah to Riyadh 8 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 6 Stage 5 – Riyadh to Riyadh 8 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 7 Stage 6 – Riyadh to Riyadh 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8 Rest Day 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 9 Stage 7 – Riyadh to Al Dawadimi 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 10 Stage 8 – Al Dawadimi to Wadi Ad-Dawasir 7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 11 Stage 9 – Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Wadi Ad-Dawasir 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 12 Stage 10 – Wadi Ad-Dawasir to Bisha 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 13 Stage 11 – Bisha to Bisha 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 14 Stage 12 – Bisha to Jeddah 7:30 p.m.

 

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.