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STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 30, 2020 – Coverage of the 2021 Dakar Rally — the world’s most challenging off-road endurance race — begins this Sunday, January 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, the start of nightly coverage of the 12-stage race in Saudi Arabia.

More than 550 competitors will race across nearly 5,000 miles of varying terrain, including desert, canyons, dunes and mountains, throughout Saudi Arabia. This will mark the second consecutive time that the country has hosted the race. Dakar Classic, a class featuring historic Dakar vehicles, will make its first-ever appearance in this year’s edition of the Dakar.

NASCAR on NBC analyst and reporter Parker Kligerman will provide commentary on NBCSN’s nightly Dakar Rally coverage.

The 2021 field is headlined by American Ricky Brabec, who became the first American winner of the Dakar Rally Bike class in last year’s race. Other top U.S. competitors in the Bike class are Andrew Short, who has back-to-back top-ten finishes, and Skyler Howes, who finished 9th in 2020.

Following is NBCSN’s complete same-day coverage of the 2021 Dakar Rally:

DateCoverageTime (ET)
Sun., January 3Stage 1 – Jeddah to Bisha7:30 p.m.
Mon., January 4Stage 2 – Bisha to Wadi Al Dawasir6:30 p.m.
Tues., January 5Stage 3 – Wadi Al Dawasir Loop Stage6:30 p.m.
Wed., January 6Stage 4 – Wadi Al Dawasir to Riyadh6:30 p.m.
Thurs., January 7Stage 5 – Riyadh to Buraydah6:30 p.m.
Fri., January 8Stage 6 – Buraydah to Ha’il6:30 p.m.
Sat., January 9Rest Day11 p.m.
Sun., January 10Stage 7 – Ha’il to Sakaka6:30 p.m.
Mon., January 11Stage 8 – Sakaka to Neom6:30 p.m.
Tues., January 12Stage 9 – Neom Loop Stage6:30 p.m.
Wed., January 13Stage 10 – Neom to Al- ‘Ula2:30 a.m.
Thurs., January 14Stage 11 – Al- ‘Ula to Yanbu9:30 p.m.
Fri., January 15Stage 12 – Yanbu to Jeddah6 p.m.

The Dakar Rally begins NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” programming throughout 2021, spanning NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, Mecum Auctions, Monster Energy Supercross, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, MotoGP, Monster Jam, American Flat Track, and more.

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