N°332 Light Prototype SOUTH RACING MIDDLE EAST

MASHAEL ALOBAIDAN

(sau)

Hobbies

Motorsports, photography, travelling

Sponsors

SAMF, Ministry of Sport

2022: first appearance

2021: Sharqiyah Baja, Baja Aragon, Ha’il Rally

Interview

“We are paving the way for women!”

Mashael Al Obaidan has a deep love for adventure. No wonder she’ll be on the start list of the upcoming Dakar: an event that was meant for the young Saudi lady. Add the fact that she’s had a deep passion for the desert from an early age. But while she started on dirt bikes, buggies and quads, she’ll be behind the steering wheel of an SSV for her maiden Dakar. Mashael obviously discovered the event when it moved to her nation back in 2020 and got rapidly hooked when visiting the various bivouacs and testing out Dakar vehicles. That of course led to a thorough racing program en route to the World’s toughest rally including appearances at the Baja Aragon or the Ha’il Rally in December. At her side the 33-year old will have former biker Jacopo Cerutti who competed on the Dakar 5 times including a fine 12th position for his debut in 2017. The Italian will be precious in terms of navigation for rookie Mashael. The dream has come true for Al Obaidan who will become with Dania Akeel the first Saudi woman to take part in the Dakar.

MAO: “I have always been interested in sports and outdoor activities. Always being next to the sea, I soon became a PADI certified advanced scuba-diver and a free-diver. The beauty of the places I was lucky to discover sparked my passion in photography as well, to best capture
the moments I truly cherished. Also from a young age I began exploring the world of buggies, dirt bikes and motorcycles beginning with surfing the grand Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sand dunes all the way to Utah’s desert, and California’s golden dunes. I was able to obtain my USA Motorcycle driver’s license and also became a licensed rally racer in Saudi Arabia. To drive on this famous event in Saudi is a dream come true. I’m doing what I love and I’m receiving so much support from people who say that what I am doing is inspiring a lot of people. I soon realised that I was unlocking doors and breaking down barriers with my achievements. We are paving the way for females to understand the journey we are taking and to join us. The sport is really booming here.”

Vehicle

SOUTH RACING MIDDLE EAST

CAN - AM MAVERICK X3
SOUTH RACING MIDDLE EAST

  • CAN - AM
  • MAVERICK X3
  • South Racing
  • South Racing Middle-East
  • P_T3_NO

Ranking 2022

Follow us

Get exclusive information