• Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Paulo Fiuza compete in Stage 7 of Dakar 2020. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
SBS will broadcast extended daily highlights of the 2021 Dakar Rally - available from January 4-16 via SBS On Demand or watch on SBS nightly from 5:30pm (AEDT).
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SBS Sport

10 Dec 2020 - 1:48 PM  UPDATED 17 Dec 2020 - 1:48 PM

The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sports Organisation and is famous for its difficult terrain, riding conditions and off-road endurance. 

Featuring 12 stages totalling nearly 5,000 kilometres, audiences will witness motorcycles, cars, quads and trucks traverse dunes, mud, grass, rocks and more in an effort to complete each stage.

The 2021 edition will be held in Saudi Arabia for the second time and remains a must-see race for motorsport fans, with SBS also set to showcase additional content on Aussies, classic cars and women competing in the event.

"Dakar is much more than just motorsport. People should tune in for the sense of adventure; it’s literally an event where you don’t know what’s around the corner, around the next dune," SBS Sport's Christophe Mallet said.

"The history of the event has proven on multiple occasions that the race is not won until the end and it is far from a gentle stroll in the dessert - it’s proper, raw motor racing, and all that comes with it. It’s a real human adventure.

"In Australia, we are lucky enough to have several riders competing this year, and one particular favourite with Toby Price, a double Dakar winner already, and there will be strong coverage of his journey."

"This year, they are also bringing back the cars that made history at the Dakar, the classic cars," he added.

"For me, this resonates strongly. My love affair with the Dakar started in the early 1980s, when it was called the Paris-Dakar.

"Every year, my dad and I used to wake up early on January 1st to go and see the cars leave for the adventure."

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