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Returning to Saudi Arabia, Dakar Rally unveils its course for 2021

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The 2021 Dakar Rally route was revealed Thursday with the internationally known off-road event staying in Saudi Arabia for the second consecutive year.

The video above unveils the course layout for the race’s second running in the Middle East

The prologue will take place Jan. 3, 2021 in Jeddah, and the route will end Jan. 15 in Medina. The race will featurea marathon stage and two loop stages.

Race officials will continue the practice started last year of distributing road books (the maps followed for each stage) 10 minutes before the daily start. Certain categories will receive digital maps in 2021.

Competitors also will receive aural warnings in approaching difficulty 2 and 3 zones, and hazardous sections will be categorized as “slow zones” with 90 kph speed limits.

In January, Carlos Sainz became a three-time overall winner of the Dakar Rally, and 2020 class champions  Brabec (bikes) and Casey Currie (quads) became the first American winners in event history.

Click here to learn more about the 2021 Dakar Rally.