Dakar 2022 is in full swing now, and everyone is on the downhill side of this treacherous journey. Of course that downhill side is still full of sand, and ruts, and jumps, and waypoints that confuse. So there is a lot left in order to finish this amazing race, so watch the Stage 8 highlights below.
Dakar 2022 is on and man is it already living up to its reputation of being one of the toughest races in the world. Famous racers and teams, well known for their prowess in the sand and on Dakar in general, have already been struggling which is just more proof of how gnarly this race really is. There are a lot of new cars and new teams mixed in with proven cars and older teams, but it’s the little things that matter at Dakar. If you don’t take care of your equipment, and keep your teams and people healthy, then you’ll never finish and if you don’t finish you can’t win. This race goes all over Saudi Arabia and will subject drivers and riders to all kinds of sand terrain and more. But the sand is what swallows teams. It’s the most fierce of the challenges.
Below you’ll find Stage 8 highlights, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Car stage winner: MATTIAS EKSTROM / EMIL BERGKVIST (TEAM AUDI SPORT) Bike stage winner: MASON KLEIN (BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM) Quad stage winner: ALEXANDRE GIROUD (YAMAHA RACING – SMX – DRAG’ON) SSV stage winner: MAREK GOCZAL / LUKASZ LASKAWIEC (COBANT-ENERGYLANDIA RALLY TEAM) LWV stage winner: SETH QUINTERO / DENNIS ZENZ (RED BULL OFF-ROAD JUNIOR TEAM USA) Truck stage winner: DMITRY SOTNIKOV / RUSLAN AKHMADEEV / ILGIZ AKHMETZIANOV (KAMAZ – MASTER )