X-Raid by Yamaha: First Dakar kilometres completed

Mattias Ekstr�m (SWE) of Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team races during the prologue stage of Rally Dakar2021 around Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on January 02, 2021 // Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool // SI202101020022 // Usage for editorial use only //

– 16th and 28th place for the Yamaha YXZ1000R prototype
– Tomorrow’s opening leg takes the competitors to Bisha

The two Yamaha YXZ1000R prototypes have completed their first eleven kilometres against the clock at the Dakar 2021. The sandy Prologue route, 30 kilometres outside Jeddah, provided an opportunity for the competitors to warm up for the main event. Swedes Mattias Ekström and Emil Bergkvist finished 16th on their first Dakar stage. The only all-woman team at this year’s Dakar – Camelia Liparoti (ITA) and Annett Fischer (GER) ended the Prologue in 28th place.

Mattias Ekstrom

Mattias Ekström: « They were our first kilometres at a Dakar. Emil and I had a good stage without any major issues. »

Prologue result
1. K. Meeke (GBR) / W. Rosegaar (NLD) – PH-Sport – 6m 40
2. S. Quintero (USA) / D. Zenz (GER) – OT3 – 6m 42s
3. A. Jones (USA) / G. Gugelmin (BRA) – Can-Am – 6m 43s
4. R. Varela (BRA) / M. Justo (BRA) – Can-Am – 6m 47s…
18. M. Ekström (SWE) / E. Bergkvist (SWE) – Yamaha YXZ1000R prototype – 7m 09s…
38. C. Liparoti (ITA) / A. Fischer (GER) – Yamaha YXZ1000R prototype – 7m 34s