The year 2020 has made many things worse. The effects of COVID-19 have spilled over to 2021 and a very real effect will be seen soon. The upcoming Dakar Rally scheduled to take place in January next year will have to suffer the consequences of the current year.
As a result of the pandemic, Dakar will feature the lowest participation since 1995. As per the total tally of entries in the world's most challenging rally, the 2021 Dakar will have only 440 participants in the next edition. The data released accordingly has been a 22 percent reduction in participants and a 24 percent drop in registrations, the lowest registered by organizers since 1995. Still, big names will come back to the rally including Carlos Sainz Sr. and Lucas Cruz, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb with the new BRX T1, Nani Roma, Giniel de Villiers, Yazeed Al Rajhi, and Jakub Przygonski, all of whom will be competing in the cars category. All the big bike brands will also make a come back to the dunes of Saudi Arabia that include regular winners like KTM, Yamaha, Honda, Husqvarna, as well as Indian factory team Hero MotoSports Team Rally and the Sherco-TVS Rally Team.
A new Dakar Classic category will be out next year for historic Dakar vehicles to participate in the rally. The 43rd edition of the Dakar Rally is scheduled between January 3 - January 15, 2021.