Dakar Rally Completed, Motul Teams Take Its Place at the Summit

Dakar rally completed motul teams took their place at the summit
Dakar rally completed motul teams took their place at the summit

There was no other expected year until 2021, and this new year started with one of the world's well-known and toughest events, Dakar Rally. The official partner of the race, which started in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 19, with strict COVID-3 measures, was once again this year, Motul, one of the world's mineral oil giants. Motul, the official partner of Dakar for the fourth time in a row, brought the action, drama and excitement we expected to motor sports lovers for 2 weeks.

Dakar Rally in Numbers

This year's 43rd race was held in Saudi Arabia for the second time in a row. 295 racers competed for a total of 12 km, of which 5.000 km was the special stage, during 7.646 stages. The 2021 stages had a different route by 80-90% from the previous year, which gave all competitors a different route. kazanprovided equal conditions for their The race, which started on January 3, ended in Jeddah on January 15, with only the toughest, toughest and highest performing teams reaching the finish.

In 2021, some new rules and practices were tried; road notes were made electronic and shared with the teams via tablets. In addition to the mandatory airbag vests, maximum speeds have been reduced to further increase safety for motorcycle and quad class riders. In addition, the legend of Dakar, 2000 cars that started in this race before 26 competed in the Dakar Classic class, which opened for the first time.

Motul took place by all teams from amateur to professional

The 'Original by Motul' category was once again an important part of Motul's participation in Dakar. The brave drivers who competed without any outside help and service support used the 'Original by Motul' area prepared for the maintenance of their motorcycles and for their own needs.

Motul Race Laboratory, open to all teams in the Dakar service area, has become an important part of Dakar. Leading teams came to the Motul Racing Laboratory and received support for oil analysis.

Motul Products Preferred in All CategoriesMotul provided competitors with oils and coolants from the 300V series, specially adapted to harsh conditions, with Motorsport Line (Auto) and Factory Line (Powersports) for high performance and maximum protection. In all six categories - cars, motorcycles, trucks, quads, light terrain vehicles (LWVs) and classics - competing teams felt power and performance with Motul products.

Motul was alongside the Honda Rally Team HRC, Sherco factory team and Hero Motorsports factory team in the motorcycle category. Likewise, Motul supported the talented Polaris factory team in the highly contested SSV category. In the automobile category, teams of SRT Racing, MD Rallye, Team Land Cruiser Toyota competed with the support of Motul.

Motul supported the Cam-AM team in the 4WD category and provided technical support to the SSP team in Trucks and Toyota Land Cruiser competitors in the Classic category, which was run for the first time. Who became the kings of the dunes and deserts in 2021? kazanFrench Stephane Peterhansel, whose memory is a Dakar legend. He competed in the Dakar Rally for the 14th time with the Mini. kazanAt the moment Hansel set a record that is hard to break. Another rival of Peterhansel, who was 14 minutes 51 seconds ahead of Nasser Al-Atiyah in second place, is the popular name of motor sports Carlos Sainz last year. kazanHe finished the race in 3rd place this year. Argentinean Manuel Andujar was the winner in the four-wheel drive (quad) category. Competing with door number 4, Andujar got its first Dakar Rally start in 154 and achieved great success in its 2018rd year and entered the 3-wheel drive (quad) category. kazanwas.

Honda Rally Team HRC, supported by Motul, left its mark in the motorcycle category. Kevin Benavides finished the race ahead of his teammate and rival Ricky Brabec to top the podium. Benavides, 32, also broke new ground in the motorcycle category. kazanmoment managed to become the first Argentinean driver. American Ricky Brabec came second in the category, and KTM's British driver Sam Sunderland took the last step of the podium. Sherco factory driver Lorenzo Santolina, who also competed with the sponsorship of Motul, managed to finish the race in 6th place. Some sad news came from Pierre Cherpin at the Dakar Rally. French Cherpin, who competed in the amateur class in the motorcycle category, lost his life as a result of an accident in the 7th stage. Cherpin had started the Dakar Rally for the 4th time and was 52 years old.

The Kamaz Rally Sport team, which dominated the race from start to finish in the truck category, reached victory with Russian driver Dmitry Sotnikov. Francisco Chaleco Lopez was the first winner of the LWV category in which light terrain vehicles compete. While Motul brought the excitement of the 2021 Dakar Rally together with motor sports fans through his social media accounts, he showed once again that the teams are one of the biggest supporters in the most difficult conditions with his sponsorships and technical consultancy. As Motul, we are happy to be an official partner of the 2021 Dakar Rally.

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