With just one month to go before the 2022 Dakar Rally, the Red Bull Factory Team is completing final testing. The team will consist of Matthias Walkner, Toby Price and Kevin Benavides. Former MotoGP star Danilo Petrucci will also ride for factory KTM.
Benavides has not competed in a Dakar Rally for Red Bull KTM. Benavides had four podium finishes in 2020 with a Stage 7 win. A stage 9 crash forced Toby Price out of competition this year. Matthias Walkner is coming of a World Rally Championship and hopes to continue the momentum into the Dakar Rally.
The Dakar Rally will kick off January 1st, 2022 with a short Prologue to decide starting order for the first stage. There will be 12 stages across 8,000 kilometers (4,970 miles). The race begins in Ha’il Saudi Arabia and finishes in Jeddah. There will be two marathon stages where zero outside assistance from mechanics will be allowed.