The saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi (Toyota), in the cars category; and the South African Aaron Mare (Honda), in motorcycles, lead the Lower Dubai, second date of the FIA Casualty World Cup.
Discarded last year due to the coronavirus, this edition of Baja Dubai had a first stage that was carried out on 192 kilometers through the dunes and desert plains of Al qudra.
While the Emirati Khalid al qassimi (Peugeot 3008 DKR) was in third place four seconds off the second step of the podium.
“It was a good day and we went fast. We had some technical problems around 30km and then a puncture. But in the end it was a good day ”, Al Rajhi explained.
The Spanish Laia Sanz, in his debut on a lightweight prototype, he finished in tenth position. The multiple world motorcycling champion is using this race, in which she is navigated by her compatriot Lucas Cruz, in preparation for your participation in the Extreme E.
It was not an easy day as his Can-Am suffered some electrical problems and also a broken drive shaft. “We had to stop to repair. There we lost a lot of time "explained the Catalan.
In motorcycles, Mare, who returned to action after the accident he suffered in the Dakar 2019, had a great performance to the point of winning the stage with more than 2 minutes and 20 seconds over his compatriot Mark Ackerman (Husqvarna). The top trio was completed by the British Sam Smith (KTM)
“It was a good stage, quite technical in places and with some very fast straights. This was the first time since I crashed in the Dakar 2019. Since then I have had surgery and I have focused on getting in shape "the leader of the two wheels pointed out.
The competition will end this Saturday after a single special test of 194 kilometers.