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Dakar 2021 – The sandy tracks gain weight again heading to the capital Riyadh

The fourth stage of the Dakar 2021 can be considered as a transition day. The terrain through which the race passes invites us to think like this as there are hardly any dunes, even more so when the fifth and sixth stages will be really complex when it comes to ‘surfing’ all these dunes. However, lthe fourth day of the 43rd edition of the event is the longest of the rally with 476 kilometers of connection, to which we must add 337 kilometers against the special time. With everything, the fast tracks that give life to the special stage will not give anyone a break.

Only 4% of the route of the fourth stage will be dunesThe script for the stage that ends in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is therefore written on fast, sandy tracks. To the joy of many, the stones will not be so present in these tracks of sand and dirt as in the first two days, so there should be fewer punctures. If we add to this the high-speed sections and the limited complications at the navigation level, The special should go pretty fast, with an almost constant pace. In the end, the huge links programmed by ASO leave little room for much more.

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The fourth day of the Dakar 2021 competition will start at 7:10 am -time of mainland Spain- with the departure of the first ‘motards’, since the time difference with Saudi Arabia is +2 hours. The stage is expected to end around 10:30 am for the fastest riders. For their part, the first quads will start the day at 08:14. We will have to wait until 09:15 to see the first cars in action, while the first of the ‘Side by Side’ will start at 10:36 am. This time, The trucks will not be the last to make an appearance and will start their stage at 10:08 am.

Profile of the first stage of Dakar 2021 (Wadir Al-Dawasir – Riyadh)