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Offline Vintage_Mania

Dakar to move to Middle East
« on: April 09, 2019, 01:06:44 pm »
https://www.motorsport.com/dakar/news/dakar-rally-2020-saudi-arabia/4364574/

The Dakar Rally will leave South America to start a new era in the Middle East in 2020 after signing a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia.
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 01:16:57 pm »
https://www.motorsport.com/dakar/news/dakar-rally-2020-saudi-arabia/4364574/

The Dakar Rally will leave South America to start a new era in the Middle East in 2020 after signing a five-year deal with Saudi Arabia.

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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 05:04:42 pm »
"Sport is above politics"  :laughing4:
 

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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 07:24:36 pm »
Looks like I need some sand practice  :ricky:
 

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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2019, 09:12:25 am »
I have read comments on ADVRider where it was asked how are the Saudis going to accommodate females. Only recently females were allowed to start driving and I am not sure if females are allowed to ride motorcycles in KSA.
The other gripe the posters on ADVRider had was the consumption of alcohol and how they treat people in general.
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2019, 03:34:48 pm »
This is going to get interesting... Maybe they'll do better than our bunch here in northern Africa.
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 10:02:22 pm »
Looks like weíll have to wait til the end of the of April to hear more details, and hopefully throw some light on some of the issues brought up.

Iím very keen nonetheless, the Arabs like their motor sport and thereís enough money there to really make this work.
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2019, 11:44:46 am »
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2019, 01:07:31 pm »
I heard today Ross is riding for KTM - any truth in this?
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2019, 01:16:28 pm »
I heard today Ross is riding for KTM - any truth in this?

The Kalahari Ferrari just finished second in the The Merzouga Rally which is a enormous achievement. Still riding for BAS Dakar Team in that event....
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2019, 01:38:21 pm »
What about a cooler box and a few beers at the spectator points? Eish....
 

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2019, 01:00:36 pm »
Rumours for a while, but now confirmed. Dakar to be held in Saudi Arabia from 2020 onward - https://www.dakar.com/en/news/2019/dakar-chapter-iii/162128
 

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Re: Dakar moving to the Middle East
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2019, 01:55:52 pm »

Sad that the original 'Paris-Dakar' has died...

 
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2019, 02:00:09 pm »
What about a cooler box and a few beers at the spectator points? Eish....

Nothing a Bavaria and a couple of hot cross buns can't solve.... :biggrin:
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2019, 04:10:40 pm »
So it will only then be a KTM event.... :lol8:
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2019, 07:12:54 pm »
Just be sure you didnít say or write anything bad about those guys before going for your Visa interview at their embassy! 
 

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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2019, 08:57:15 am »
From the official launch:







A lot of negative backlash against this move....

Laia Sanz is upbeat though:
"Laia Sanz is also here! A nice part of Dakar is to discover new places. The race can do a change to the origins. Nos vemos en Saudi Arabia!Ē👍
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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2019, 10:15:46 am »
Facebook is not happy, lots of negative comments. Wonder if teams and privateers will vote with their entries?

Suppose there are two ways to look at it, the first being negative and boycotting the thing (entries, support and viewership), and the second seeing the Dakar as having the potential to bring positive change to Saudi?
 

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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2019, 11:33:49 am »
I really don't see the issue in moving the Dakar to Middle East.....
There has been quite some negativity on FB regarding the move.

But those guys in the Middle East are Nuts about MotorSports in general and have the cash to throw at these events in a big way, which can "hopefully"only bring more viewers and followers to the sport......... More awareness & publicity surely cant be a bad thing.

And new terrain + new challenges...... should be interesting.
 

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Re: Dakar to move to Middle East
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2019, 11:41:01 am »
 . . . with a lot of sand and dunes . . .
Looking forward to this one , is it going be tougher than usual ?
I think so.
Remember, it will take place in their "rainy" season but in their "cooler" time of the year.