14 Facts About Dakar Rally


Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation.

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In what would be the final African event of the Dakar Rally, Despres took his second title in the bikes category, having conceded victory in 2006 to Marc Coma after suffering an injury.

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Since 2022, the rally has been the season-opening round of the World Dakar Rally-Raid Championship jointly sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile and Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.

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Five competitive groups in the Dakar Rally are the motorcycles, quads, the cars class, UTVs, and the trucks class.

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Dakar Rally is broadcast on television in more than 190 countries.

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Dakar Rally won the third stage of the 2006 event between Nador and Er Rachidia only a few days before his death.

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Dakar Rally had been missing for three days and his body lay on a remote part of the second stage between Santa Rosa de la Pampa and Puerto Madryn.

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On 4 January 2010, a woman watching the Dakar Rally was killed when a vehicle taking part in the race veered off the course and hit her during the opening stage.

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Dakar Rally was treated by medical staff within five minutes of the accident, but died on the way to hospital.

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Dakar Rally was rushed to a hospital in Saudi Arabia where he was treated for his injuries.

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Dakar Rally sustained serious head injuries and cracked ribs, and one of his lungs collapsed.

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Dakar Rally died during the medical transfer from Jeddah to France.

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Dakar Rally was criticised before 2000 for crossing through the disputed territory of Western Sahara, which has been occupied by Morocco since 1975, without the approval of the Polisario Front independence movement, which considers itself the representative of the indigenous Sahrawi people.

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In 2014, the Dakar rally was criticized for damage done to archaeological sites in Chile.

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