Off to a winning start
November 25 th 2020 - 17:15 [GMT + 3]
The world has been shaken to the core. Each and every one of us has felt the impact of the 2020 health crisis to some extent. Yet, over the last few months, the Dakar family has also been tried and found to be true to its spirit. My thoughts go out to all the people who had no choice but to sit out the 2021 Dakar despite their efforts and aspirations. However, I cannot hide my delight at seeing that there will be more than 300 vehicles on the start line in Jeddah, almost as many as last year. It means our emotional bonds with the Dakar can overcome huge challenges.
Relying on the unyielding support of all the stakeholders in Saudi Arabia, the A.S.O. teams made the same show of determination as all these riders, drivers and co-drivers to organise the 43rd edition, make it happen and meet the competitors’ expectations. It is often said that being on the start line of the Dakar is a victory in itself. Come the 3rd of January, this maxim will be on everyone’s mind.
Loyalty goes hand in hand with trust. Dakar fans have placed their trust in us. They have made the choice to follow us. Not blindly, but fully aware of how we do things and our sense of responsibility. In much the same way, our commitment to our core values has been our guiding light in preparing the 2021 Dakar. This is why we have taken new steps with a focus on navigation and safety. Our deeply held passion for nomadism spurs us on to continue exploring the deserts of Saudi Arabia. In our effort to keep the legend alive, we have also created the new "Dakar Classic" category for vehicles from the last century.
After all, the ability to stay on track is crucial to doing well in the Dakar and a timeless recipe for success.
David Castera, Director of the Dakar