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YAZEED AL RAJHI

(sau)

Hobbies

Travelling, reading

Sponsors

Jan Burgers, Toyota

2021: 16th (2 stage wins)
2020: 4th (Toyota Overdrive)
2019: 7th (Mini X-Raid)
2018: Ab. Stage 8 (Mini X-Raid)
2017: 27th (Mini X-Raid)
2016: 11th (Toyota)
2015: Ab. Stage 11 (Toyota)

2021: Andalucia Rally (3rd), Kazakhstan Rally (17th), Morocco Rally (2nd), Baja Dubai (1st), Baja Sherkiyah (Ab.), Baja Spain (3rd), Baja Hungary (2nd), Baja Poland (2nd), Baja Italy (1st)
2020: Andalucia Rally (3rd)
2019: Qatar Rally (2nd), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (7th), Silk Way Rally (Ab.), Morocco Rally (5th), Rally Qassim (1st), Al Alu Neom Rally (1st)
2018: Silk Way Rally (1st), Kazakhstan Rally (1st)
2017: Silk Way Rally (10th), Kazakhstan Rally (11th), WRC Wales and Sardegna
2016: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (2nd), Qatar Rally (2nd), Sardinia Rally (6th), Silk Way Rally (2nd), Morocco Rally (Ab.)
2015: Morocco Rally (3rd), Egypt Rally (2nd), Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (4th)
MERC and WRC2 events
2014: Baja Russia (1st), Baja Italia (1st), Egypt Rally (1st)
WRC2, ERC and MERC Championships

Interview

“Happy with the way we look!”

Unless your name is Ari Vatanen (winner in his first participation in 1987), you need a healthy dose of experience to win a Dakar. Yazeed Al Rajhi will start his 8th rally in January, one more than rival Nasser Al Attiyah needed to win. In other words, the Riyadh native is now ready to battle for the title, especially since the arrival of the Dakar in his homeland has pushed him into another dimension. Now a national hero, all he needs is the consistency to finally march onto the podium or even the top step. Having arrived on the rally in 2015, he immediately caused a sensation, offering himself, already behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux, a first stage victory as early as day eight before retiring while in third place. For his third Dakar on home soil, Al Rajhi is entered in the T1+ category and will benefit from the new FIA regulations. It should help him avoid his cursed problems of punctures in a Hilux now equipped with much wider tyres. After his disappointing experience with Dirk Von Zitzewitz, former Dakar winner in 2009 with Giniel De Villiers, Al Rajhi, only 16th in 2021, will team with his WRC co-driver, Michael Orr. Their collaboration in rally-raid started in pain after an accident that sent them to hospital during the Sherkiyah Rally. Since then, they have won in Dubai and Italy, winning the FIA Baja World Cup. Above all, they finished 2nd in the 2021 Rally of Morocco (behind Al Attiyah), the tune-up rally for the Dakar.

Y.A.R. “As a child, I was interested in all the different forms of motor racing. The Dakar has always been something special for me with this sense of adventure. I dreamed of being part of it one day. The Dakar is a demanding race with an incredible history. To participate means that you are competing against the best but also against the elements and yourself.
The first time in Saudi Arabia was incredible. Even I was taken aback by the scenery; it was so beautiful. I am Saudi, and after the Dakar, I went back to my family to tell them how incredible some places were.
In the 2021 Dakar, we did our best by attacking the first day, but we suffered 25 punctures in addition to gearbox and engine problems. Despite this, we drove well, winning two stages on home soil, and I am very proud of that. If not for all the obstacles we encountered, we would have fought for the title.
The Moroccan rally was especially tough with tracks similar to those on the Dakar, but I am pleased with our pace. I am delighted to have my co-driver, Michael Orr, back with me. It's like coming home. I look forward to some success together.”

Vehicle

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TOYOTA HILUX OVERDRIVE
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  • TOYOTA
  • HILUX OVERDRIVE
  • Toyota Overdrive
  • Toyota Overdrive
  • 4×4 Petrol and Diesel

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Reactions - 09/01 17:22 [GMT +3] - Car

Yazeed Al-Rajhi: "Our goal is to fight for second place"

Fifth on the day, 10 minutes down on Loeb, the Saudi is now third overall, just over 8 minutes behind the Frenchman.

"It's a special day when you open the road, but Michael did an outstanding job. We stayed focused and, although we suffered a flat, I'm happy with the result. We were a bit unlucky, but we were also fortunate to finish high...

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