The race is on at the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia

The latest epic Dakar Rally adventure is under starter’s orders in Saudi Arabia. Desert racers have come from all over the world to test themselves against the world’s toughest rally. On Sunday, January 5 the first stage of 2020 Dakar takes competitors a mammoth 752 kilometres as they leave Jeddah and head north to Al Wajh.

Cyril Despres (FRA) and Blade Hildebrand (USA) of Red Bull Off-Road Team USA are seen during the technical verifications for Rally Dakar 2020 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 04, 2020 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool // AP-22PRUCTJW1W11 // Usage for editorial use only //
Cyril Despres (FRA) and Blade Hildebrand (USA) of Red Bull Off-Road Team USA are seen during the technical verifications for Rally Dakar 2020 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 04, 2020 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool // AP-22PRUCTJW1W11 // Usage for editorial use only //

The excitement in Jeddah since the Dakar Rally arrived has been non-stop. From the pre-race technical checks at the impressive King Abdulaziz Stadium to the party atmosphere of the Saturday night Start Podium at the Dakar Village on the shores of the Red Sea.

Mitchell Guthrie (USA) of SSV Red-Bull Off-Road Team USA seen  at the Red Bull Energy Station of Rally Dakar 2020 Djeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 04, 2020.
Mitchell Guthrie (USA) of SSV Red-Bull Off-Road Team USA seen at the Red Bull Energy Station of Rally Dakar 2020 Djeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 04, 2020.

The Dakar has come to the Middle East from its first home in Africa, via a magical decade in South America. This third chapter of motorsports’ ultimate test of endurance has invigorated everybody – from multiple champions to rookie racers. Now offroaders in 83 cars, 144 bikes, 46 side-by-sides, 46 trucks and 23 quads will tackle perilous terrain and test their skills to the limit. All of this will happen in a new country, as Saudi Arabia becomes the 30th nation to host the truly international Dakar Rally.

Check in with the Red Bull Desert Wings squad with images and quotes below as they prepare to face 12 stages of unpredictable racing, spread over a daunting distance of 7,856 kilometres.

The 2020 Dakar gets started on Sunday, January 5 in Jeddah and finishes 9,000km later on Friday, January 17 in Al-Qiddiya. Keep up-to-date with the entire Red Bull Desert Wings convoy on Red Bull Motorsports’ social media: Red Bull Motorsport Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Desert Wings Instagram

Sebastian Krywult

As a transplant from Poland, Sebastian Krywult has a sense of adventure flowing through his veins. He’s been an active member of the Arizona Off-Road community since 2007 exploring the endless desert landscapes and sharing his story through photography. Between developing software full time and practicing Jiu Jitsu, Sebastian always finds the time to look for his next adventure whether it be documenting a stage rally race, producing desert racing content or trekking down another unbeaten path in the Arizona high desert.