Index - Sports - Al-Attijah won the Dakar Rally for the fourth time

Al-Attijah was almost eight minutes slower than South Africa’s best-time Henk Lategan in the final week of the two-week race, but still won without a problem with a composite advantage of more than 30 minutes.

At the 164-kilometer final speed, 14-time Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel was second behind Lategan and Brian Baragwanath, also from South Africa, was third.

Al-Attijah’s only serious rival in the composite, nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb, finished fourth, and although he carved some of his handicap over the Qatari, he was almost 28 minutes slower than the winner.

In 2012, Al-Attijah won the Olympic bronze medal in discus shooting in London for the fourth time after 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Bikers will jump to the top of the compound on Thursday Sunderland with a nearly seven-minute advantage, he cut to the final stage, which was almost three and a half minutes slower than Pablo Quintanilla, who rode the best time. While Chile has carved out a significant disadvantage in this way, it was still more than three minutes slower in the overall match than Sunderland. The British rider won the Dakar again in the two-wheeler field after 2017. Matthias Walkner from Austria finished third in the overall standings.

At the 44th Dakar Rally, the field covered a total of 8,000 kilometers to the finish line in Jeddah, with a total distance of 4,300 kilometers.


Section 12, Bisha-Jeddah, 680 km (speed 164 km):


  • 1. Henk Lategan, Brett Cummings (South Africa, Toyota) 1:35:19
  • 2. Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger (French, Audi) 49 seconds behind
  • 3. Brian Baragwanath, Leonard Cremer (South Africa, Century Racing) 1:51 min h.

the end result of the complex:

  • 1. Nasser al-Attijah, Matthieu Baumel (Qatar, Andorra, Toyota) 38:33:03
  • 2. Sébastien Loeb, Fabian Lurquin (French, Belgian, Bahrain Raid Extreme) 27:46 mins disadvantage
  • 3. Jazid al-Rajhi, Michael Orr (Saudi, British, Toyota) 1:01:13 h.


  • 1. Pablo Quintanilla (Chile, Honda) 1:40 p.m.
  • 2. Toby Price (Australia, KTM) 18 second handicap
  • 3. Jose Igancio Corneo (chilei, Honda) 29 mp h.

the end result of the complex:

  • 1. Sam Sunderland (British, KTM) 38:47:30
  • 2. Quintanilla 3:27 minutes disadvantage
  • 3. Walkner 6:47 p h.


(Cover image: Sébastien Loeb congratulates the winner – FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

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