Here we go again! The 2020 Dakar Rally begins Sunday in Saudi Arabia, with a much-revised look this year.
Obviously, the change in location is the biggest difference, as the race will now run in Saudi Arabia. There’s a new race director (Etienne Lavigne’s out, David Castera is in), and for 2020, the race is still only running in a single country, but it’s longer than last year’s race at least.
The 13,000-km race will run January 5-17, with one rest day this year. As always, the KTM factory team is going in as the favourites, with the three male riders (returning champ Toby Price, as well as Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland) all being previous Dakar winners. Laia Sanz is back as well, and she’s dominated the female category for KTM for years, but has switched to GasGas this year.
We’ll be providing regular Dakar updates this year, as usual, so stay tuned to CMG if you’re looking for the real deal on what’s going on with the bike category in this year’s race.