PHOTO GALLERY: 2021 DAKAR RALLY
Sand and sights of the SSVs By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by WESTx1000 and Dakar.com
The 43rd annual running of the Dakar Rally took place in the first half of January. It’s the longest off-road race on the planet. Trucks, buggies, bikes and quads all take part in the historic, grueling event. Competitors have to travel nearly 5000 miles during the 12-day event, keeping their bodies and machines alive while braving the elements of the Saudi Arabian desert. For the first time ever, a U.S. citizen competed in the Quad class: Pablo Copetti. Casey Currie made history by becoming the first American to win (American Ricky Brabec also won on a bike) any class at the rally last year in the UTV class. So, having a Miami, Florida, resident in the competition was exciting for all of us back home. There was a great showing of Americans in the UTV class as well, with Seth Quintero grabbing stage wins and Austin Jones finishing the rally in second. Pablo Copetti finished third out of a field of 16 quad riders. Copetti’s weapon of choice was a Yamaha Raptor 700. Enjoy these amazing photos from the land of sand.