Just as tough on your tyres as the cogs of your mind, the Dakar Rally is the ultimate off-road adventure. Talent and raw speed only gets you so far, the rest depends on your ability to think fast for hours and hours and days on end, in the searing heat, with practically zero preparation time. Read on as our guide tells you how to watch a 2022 Dakar Rally live stream from anywhere in the world. Dakar Rally live stream 2022: how to watch the race online from anywhere
Watch Live: https://nynewstime.net/race/
It’s that dusty, rocky, oppressively beige terrain that makes the rules here. It’s up to the drivers to sniff out the best route across 12 stages, all while frantically studying a roadbook that arrives moments before the racing begins.
Early missteps are magnified, so much so that it isn’t unusual to see rally raid masters lose their bearings and end up going in completely the wrong direction. But take too long and you might not be in the race at all.
Stéphane Peterhansel grew his legend as the greatest Dakar Rally driver of all time, by winning last year’s event, and as always, there are different competitions for different categories. Find out how to watch this year’s race and get a Dakar Rally live stream from anywhere in the world.
Watch Dakar Rally live stream 2022
Dates: Sunday, January 2 – Friday, January 14
Location: Saudi Arabia
Free stream: Discovery+ 7-day free trial (UK)
Global Coverage: Peacock TV (US) | FloRacing (CA) | Discovery+ (UK) | SBS On Demand (AU) | Sky Sport (NZ)
A field of nearly 1,000 people will be covering more than 5,000 miles of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 Dakar Rally, a 12-stage event that will be taking place between New Year’s Day and January 14. The competitors will be in off-road vehicles and motorcycles while racing across desert, dunes, mountains and more.
This is the third consecutive year that the Dakar Rally is being held in Saudi Arabia. From 1979-2007, the race began in Paris and ended in Dakar, Senegal. It took place in South America from 2009-19 before being moved to Saudi Arabia in 2020.
The 2022 event will have a different course than the previous two years. It began with Saturday’s qualifying stage that started in Jeddah, and it will end in the city where it started.
2022 Dakar Rally Stage Schedule, TV Coverage
Sunday, Jan. 2: Stage 1B, Ha’il Loop Stage, 8 p.m. ET
Monday, Jan. 3: Stage 2, Ha’il to Al Artawiyah, 8 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Jan. 4: Stage 3, Al Artawiyah to Al Qaysumah, 8 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 5: Stage 4, Al Qaysumah to Riyadh, 8 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 6: Stage 5, Riyadh Loop Stage, 8 p.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 7: Stage 6, Riyadh Loop Stage, 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, Jan. 8: Rest Day
Sunday, Jan. 9: Stage 7, Riyadh to Al Dawadimi, 8 p.m. ET
Monday, Jan. 10: Stage 8, Al Dawadimi to Wadi Ad Dawasir, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Jan. 11: Stage 9, Wadi Ad Dawasir Loop Stage, 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Jan. 12: Stage 10, Wadi Ad Dawasir to Bisha, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 13: Stage 11, Bisha Loop Stage, 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Jan. 14: Stage 12, Bisha to Jeddah, 7:30 p.m. ET
The 2022 Dakar Rally got underway Saturday with the 19-kilometer qualifying stage. And there were some familiar names at the top of the leaderboard for the cars class by the time the prologue was over.
Nasser Al-Attiyah, a three-time winner of the Dakar Rally, finished in first. Carlos Sainz, the 2020 champion, finished second. Both are expected to be among the contenders again this year.
Al-Attiyah won the Dakar Rally in 2011, 2015 and 2019, so he’s looking for his first victory in Saudi Arabia. Sainz is also a three-time winner, with his victories coming in 2010, 2018 and 2020.
Although it’s been three years since Al-Attiyah won the Dakar Rally, he’s performed well thereafter, finishing second in both 2020 and 2021.
“I hope this Dakar will be for us because after two podiums in Saudi Arabia with second and second, I think this is the right time now to win Dakar,” Al-Attiyah said, per Rachit Thukral of Autosport.com. “I’m ready, physically, mentally.”
Al-Attiyah edged Sainz by 12 seconds during Saturday’s qualifying stage, so he’s off to a strong start.
Stephane Peterhansel became a 14-time Dakar Rally champion when he won the event in 2021. Nobody has won more titles than the 56-year-old, and he could be in the running for another victory this year.
Peterhansel finished 14th in Saturday’s qualifying stage, but it seems that was intentional on his part.
“The strategy this morning was to drive really slowly, to check everything and not to be in the first 10,” Peterhansel said, per Stephen Brunsdon of DirtFish. “This is the time to make no mistakes.”
Now that the prologue is complete, the Dakar Rally will get started in earnest with a loop stage in Ha’il on Sunday. That’s the first of six stages over the next six days. After a rest day, the final six stages will take place from Jan. 9-14.
The 2022 Dakar Rally is under way, which also means the kickoff for NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” coverage for this year.
Beginning with Sunday’s 8 p.m. ET recap on the Olympic Channel, NBC Sports will have hourlong recaps of the Dakar Rally, the prestigious endurance race that will traverse Saudi Arabia for its 44th edition. The nightly coverage also will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
NASCAR on NBC analyst and reporter Parker Kligerman will provide commentary for NBC Sports’ Dakar Rally coverage.
Extended highlights from the 12-stage off-road classic (which will cover more than 5,000 miles across desert, canyons, dunes and mountains) also will be available on NBC Sports digital platforms (including the website and the Motorsports on NBC YouTube Channel) and Peacock.
The race began Saturday, Jan. 1 with the 19-kilometer prologue, which was won by three-time Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in the cars class (finishing ahead of 2020 winner Carlos Sainz).
The lightweight prototype division was won by American Seth Quintero, who is trying to become the Dakar Rally’s youngest overall category winner.
“The prologue went really well,” Quintero, 19, said. “We ended up catching a bit of traffic, but overall a good start to the rally. Now I can’t wait for the rest of it.”
Daniel Sanders took the bike class victory while Americans Andrew Short (ninth), Ricky Brabec (12th), Mason Klein (17th) and Skyler Howes (26th) all were within 10 seconds of the lead. Brabec finished second last year after winning the 2020 event.
There are nearly 1,000 competitors entered in the 2022 competition, including American Austin Jones returning after a runner-up finish in SSV last year. Along with the Dakar Rally, NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” programming will continue throughout 2022 with Monster Energy Supercross, IMSA, IndyCar, NASCAR, MotoGP and Monster Jam.