Leaving from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 5, a group of 560 competitors began the 42nd annual Dakar Rally: a 12-day, 4,660-mile (7,500-kilometer) off-roading adventure held entirely in Saudi Arabia this year. The race used to be held in Africa, until 2008, when unrest in Mauritania forced organizers to move to South America, where it was hosted until this year. The vehicles—which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quad bikes—are currently on stage 10 of 12 stages that lead to Qiddiya, in Riyadh, on January 17. Here is a look at Dakar 2020 in progress, as teams race to the finish line.
Monster Energy Honda Team 2020’s Kevin Benavides of Argentina rides his Honda CRF 450 Rally motorbike between Al Wajh and Neom, Saudi Arabia, on January 6, 2020.
A biker rides through the desert during stage 6
An overview of the landscape during stage 9 of the 2020 Dakar Rally, between Wadi Al Dawasir and Haradh, on January 14, 2020
A trail of dust from a race car is seen during stage 2, between Al Wajh and Neom, Saudi Arabia, on January 6, 2020.