At the start of Dakar 2020, the first gatherings and breakdowns occurred

At the start of Dakar 2020, the first gatherings and breakdowns occurred

January 6, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The rare start of the Dakar rally marathon does without dramas and collapses of hope for the participants. And the beginning of the 42nd edition in Saudi Arabia was no exception.

The 13th kilometer of the first special stage was unhappy for Willy Jobard. The French motorcycle racer, conducting his 13th Dakar, fell and dislocated his shoulder. As a result, for the ninth time in his career, he stepped down from the main rally marathon of the planet.

And at the 65th kilometer Dakar ended for another Frenchman – right on the go, the car of Romain Dumas caught fire. “We managed to stop and jumped out of the car,” said the upset two-time winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans.

The main favorite of the Nasser Al-Attiyah category of SUVs did not bypass the problems. The current winner led the first 200 km, but then stopped due to problems with the car and lost about three minutes on it.

Meanwhile, motorcyclists have already arrived at the finish line of the first stage. The fastest was the current winner of Toby Price.