Dakar 2022: kick off of the FIA ​​and FIM World Rally Raid Championships

The tournament also includes the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Kazakhstan Rally, the Andalucía Rally and the Morocco Rally.

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The 44rd edition of the rally Dakar Rally, which will be played from January 1 to 14 in Saudi Arabia, it will also be the first test of World Rally Raid of International Federation of the Automobile and International Motorcycle Federation.

"The inclusion of the queen test in these circuits represents a historic opportunity to unify the regulations of the discipline and guarantee greater visibility throughout the year",  explained from ASO, promoter of the Dakar and the world championship itself.

Chaleco LópezAccording to the French company, its mission will be "Meet the demands of pilots, co-drivers, manufacturers, viewers and, in general, of the fans who follow these competitions on all kinds of devices."

“It is a feat and a full-blown transition for the Dakar to join this new FIA world championship. We could almost speak of a revolution, since new energies will come from here. Automobile competition is a laboratory and we are immersed in the search for clean cars ”, said Jean Todt, holder of the FIA.

"At the sporting level, this decision will give room for creativity and imagination: why not celebrate at the end of the race in Asia, another in Latin America and one in Africa for the old territories that the Dakar traveled through?", proposed by the French manager.

“The new version of the FIM World Championship will be completely transformed thanks to the arrival of the Dakar, the discipline's flagship event. The fruit of the talks that began more than three years ago will also allow harmonization of all security measures. By having more media coverage, we are talking about a victory for the discipline in several ways, as it will be more understandable for the spectators and less dangerous for the pilots. "added Jorge Viegas, responsible for the FIM.

After the Dakar rally, the World Rally Raid will continue with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, from March 5 to 10; the Rally Kazakhstan, from April 26 to 30; the Andalusia Rally, from June 8 to 12; and the Morocco Rally, from October 6 to 12.

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