Sam Sunderland - winner in 2017

‘‘I was impressed by the huge canyons in Saudi Arabia. I felt great and I’m looking forward to going back there. It’ll be a redemption of sorts to finish what I started.’’

Stéphane Peterhansel - winner in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017

‘‘It was one nice surprise after another. What we saw in the race was even more beautiful than we could imagine. Being at risk of losing fifteen minutes at any time only makes the race more exciting.’’

Toby Price - winner in 2016 and 2019 and 3rd in 2020

‘‘The landscapes we saw were as vast as the potential they bring to the rally. I’m absolutely sure it’ll be even better this year. I’m still gunning for first place, so I’ll give it my all.’’

Luciano Benavides - 6th in 2020

‘‘My first experience was amazing. I’m delighted to head back there to build on that result. It was unique for everyone.’’

Gerard Farres - 2nd in 2019

‘‘It was an old-fashioned Dakar, like in Africa. I intend to fight for victory this year… Our SSV is tailor-made for the dunes of Saudi Arabia.’’

Andrew Short - 6th in 2019

‘‘I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out to be a great adventure. I hope we get to discover other parts of Saudi Arabia. Our lives have been turned upside down and, at the end of the day, rally-raids are all about being able to adapt.’’

Yazeed Al Rajhi - 4th in 2020

‘‘It was an exceptional race. We all enjoyed it. Even I was blown away by the landscapes, although I know the country like the back of my hand! I’m ready for 2021… and I’ve got my sights set on the win.’’

Nasser Al-Attiyah - winner in 2011, 2015 and 2019

‘‘The first edition in Saudi Arabia left everyone in awe. I know the country well and have lots of friends there. This year will be even more interesting.’’

Adrien van Beveren - 4th in 2017

‘‘I only spent three days in the race. I hope to see more this year so I can really put my skills to work on the sand. My ultimate goal is to win this race: will it be in 2021, 2022, 2023?’’

Laia Sanz - 9th in 2015

‘‘It was great to discover Saudi Arabia. We all learned a lot. I have no doubt this year’s route will also be breathtaking. There remains much to be explored. I’m looking forward to it.’’

Kevin Benavides - 2nd in 2018

‘‘It was a tough Dakar, with a bunch of mixed emotions, but it was also a brand-new experience. But I’m very motivated to go back there.’’

Carlos Sainz - winner in 2010, 2018 and 2020

‘‘It was a nice experience. The terrain was outstanding, like in Africa. I’ve got great memories of my victory. Saudi Arabia surprised me, and I think it’ll be even more well-rounded this year. At any rate, the pressure is getting higher and higher.’’

Ricky Brabec - winner in 2020

‘‘My first experience was huge. It was like the desert back home! It’s insane. Rocky terrain, dry riverbeds and open deserts are what I love, so I hope we’ll be visiting them again.’’

Mathieu Serradori - 8th en 2020

‘‘The Dakar is never easy. I’m expecting an even more technical rally where strategy will play a key role. Let’s make the most of sport and the showdown.’’

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