2023 Dakar Rally: Stage, overall recaps

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L–R: Gustavo Gugelmin, Austin Jones, Marcel Snijders, Janus van Kasteren, Darek Rodewald, Lidia Ruba, Juan Morera, Kevin Benavides, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Mathieu Baumel, Romain Dumontier, Charan Moore, Erik Kofman, Martin van den Brink, Rijk Mouw. Credit: DPPI/Red Bull Content Pool

After fourteen long stages, the 2023 Dakar Rally has come to a close. The Checkered Flag closely followed each day with live coverage on social media and recaps published here.

Missed any of the reports and stories from before and during the race? Check them out below!

Stories

  • 6 June 2022: 2023 Dakar Rally route revealed
  • 20 June 2022: KAMAZ-master presses on with rally raid programme despite invasion fallout
  • 28 June 2022: Saudi all-women SHERO Rally Team gears up for Italian Baja, aims for Dakar 2023
  • 29 June 2022: Despite Russian uncertainty, SNAG Racing hopeful for Dakar 2023
  • 23 July 2022: Van den Brinks receive Eurol backing, set for Dakar run with Team de Rooy
  • 26 July 2022: Nani Roma eyeing Rallye du Maroc, Dakar 2023 after cancer battle
  • 29 July 2022: Mixed feelings, uncertainty surround Dakar 2023 plans for KAMAZ, MAZ
  • 3 August 2022: Dakar 2023 Bike acceptances arrive for amateur newcomers
  • 9 August 2022: Thomas Kongshøj to become first Danish rider at Dakar since 2011
  • 17 August 2022: Baja 1000 champion Francisco Arredondo joins Puma Energy Dakar triumvirate
  • 22 August 2022: INTERVIEW: Ace Nilson talks road to Dakar 2023
  • 26 August 2022: Vaidotas Žala to pilot Prodrive Hunter at Dakar 2023
  • 28 August 2022: Nico Stijnen to make Dakar début in 2023
  • 31 August 2022: Molly Taylor enters Rallye du Maroc, Dakar 2023
  • 2 September 2022: Audi reveals RS Q e-tron E2
  • 6 September 2022: Luis Díaz qualifies for Dakar 2023 in Atacama Rally
  • 9 September 2022: Vladimir Chagin: KAMAZ-master “negotiating with” Dakar Rally on 2023 entry
  • 13 September 2022: Ignacio Casale departs Buggyra Racing after two years
  • 15 September 2022: Guerlain Chicherit, GCK Motorsport to run Prodrive Hunter at Dakar 2023, W2RC
  • 16 September 2022: Russia’s Zhiltsov, Kariakin hold differing views on Dakar 2023 entry conditions
  • 17 September 2022: Yasir Seaidan’s 2023 Dakar entry jeopardised by injury
  • 22 September 2022: Julien Ingrassia backs out of Dakar 2023
  • 27 September 2022: Anastasiya Nifontova declines FIA Russian invasion condemnation, to skip Dakar 2023
  • 28 September 2022: KAMAZ-master formally kills Dakar 2023 plans
  • 30 September 2022: Nikita Mazepin still holding out hope for Dakar 2023 entry
  • 30 September 2022: Nani Roma calls off Dakar 2023 effort
  • 7 October 2022: Toomas Triisa, Stefano Caimi qualify for Dakar 2023 at Rallye du Maroc
  • 8 October 2022: Buggyra Racing ends NASCAR Euro Series season to focus on Dakar 2023
  • 9 October 2022: Gerard Farrés confirms Dakar 2023, Andalucia Rally entry
  • 15 October 2022: Sergei Kariakin lobbies to FIA’s Mohammed Ben Sulayem for end of invasion condemnation policy
  • 21 October 2022: Rallye du Maroc showing earns Ruben Saldaña Goñi a Dakar 2023 slot
  • 21 October 2022: Sodicars, Nebrija University collaborating on Dakar Rally challenger
  • 25 October 2022: Antanas Juknevičius calls off Dakar 2023 entry due to T1+ costs and supply
  • 27 October 2022: David Pearson secures Road to Dakar 2023 invite at Sonora Rally
  • 27 October 2022: Eryk Goczał receives licences ahead of Dakar 2023
  • 30 October 2022: Carlos Checa, Laia Sanz join Astara Team for Dakar 2023
  • 2 November 2022: M-Sport Ranger T1+ skipping Dakar 2023 though development continues
  • 7 November 2022: Sébastien Loeb Racing allies with Polaris, to field SSV for Xavier de Soultrait at 2023 Dakar Rally
  • 10 November 2022: Ottavio Missoni Jr. to make Dakar Rally début in 2023
  • 10 November 2022: 144 riders receive numbers for 2023 Dakar Rally
  • 12 November 2022: Isle of Man TT winner James Hillier set for Dakar Rally début in 2023 Malle Moto
  • 14 November 2022: Hino Team Sugawara confirms Dakar 2023 effort despite parent’s emissions scandal
  • 15 November 2022: Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body eyes 10th straight T2 win at Dakar
  • 15 November 2022: Spanish Rally Champion Sergio Vallejo making Dakar Rally debut in 2023
  • 16 November 2022: Benediktas Vanagas upgrades to Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ for Dakar 2023
  • 16 November 2022: European Bajas champion João Ferreira to make Dakar Rally début in 2023 with X-raid
  • 17 November 2022: With no FIA response, Sergei Kariakin confirms Dakar 2023 absence
  • 18 November 2022: 2023 Dakar Classic competitors total 187 across 91 entries
  • 20 November 2022: Josef Macháček transitions to advisory role at Buggyra for Dakar 2023
  • 20 November 2022: Rally Raid Estonia to field duo of Dakar debutants in Urvo Männama, Toomas Triisa
  • 21 November 2022: Astara Team 01 Concept’s Dakar 2023 model modified from 2022 counterpart
  • 22 November 2022: Isidre Esteve brings Toyota Hilux T1+ to Dakar 2023
  • 23 November 2022: Dakar 2023 Cars, Prototypes, SSVs, Trucks total 218
  • 24 November 2022: X-raid Team reveals 7-car stable for Dakar 2023 with newcomers Casale and Ferreira, 5 female pilots
  • 24 December 2022: Former Bike rider Helder Rodrigues returns to Dakar after 5 years, racing in T3
  • 24 December 2022: Tomas Ouředníček gains Toyota factory backing, to run GR Hilux T1+ in 2023 and Dakar 2024
  • 26 November 2022: Heels on Wheels team’s Dakar entry delayed to 2024
  • 2 December 2022: 2023 Dakar Rally route breakdown released
  • 2 December 2022: Feryn Dakar Sport barred from 2023 Dakar Rally by FIA due to rollcage violations
  • 3 December 2022: Russians Krotov, Kuzmich, Zhiltsov ready for Dakar 2023 with new licences
  • 5 December 2022: KH-7 Epsilon truck to use hydrogen power for 2023 Dakar Rally
  • 8 December 2022: Martin Šoltys returns to Buggyra Tatra for Dakar 2023
  • 12 December 2022: X-raid Team to race MINI Cooper Plus in T1+ at Dakar 2023
  • 13 December 2022: Century Racing brings 10 cars to Dakar 2023, including 2 new CR6-Ts
  • 13 December 2022: Red Bull Can-Am Factory Team created ahead of 2023 Dakar Rally
  • 20 December 2022: Josef Macáček replaces injury-sidelined Yasmeen Koloc at Dakar 2023
  • 22 December 2022: Appendicitis sidelines Konrad Dąbrowski for Dakar 2023
  • 23 December 2022: INTERVIEW: Aliyyah Koloc prepares for Dakar Rally début
  • 29 December 2022: Julio Estanguet, Ignacio Sanchís withdraw from Dakar after late health incidents
  • 6 January: Yasir Seaidan penalised, faces disqualification for co-driver’s watch
  • 6 January: FIA clears Carlos Sainz Jr. for closing father’s door
  • 9 January: Erik van Loon remains committed to 2023 being final Dakar
  • 9 January: FIA penalties mount on rest day
  • 10 January: Spectator dies in accident during Stage 9
  • 11 January: Aleš Loprais withdraws from Dakar after fatal accident

Overall winners

Class Number Competitor Team Time Recap
T1 200 Nasser Al-Attiyah Toyota Gazoo Racing 45:03:15 Recap
T2 250 Ronald Basso* Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body 107:39:42 Recap
T3 303 Austin Jones Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team 51:55:53 Recap
T4 428 Eryk Goczał EnergyLandia Rally Team 53:10:14 Recap
T5 502 Janus van Kasteren Boss Machinery Team de Rooy IVECO 54:03:33 Recap
RallyGP 47 Kevin Benavides Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 44:27:20 Recap
Rally2 17 Romain Dumontier Team Dumontier Racing 47:03:58 Recap
Malle Moto 40 Charan Moore* HT Rally Raid Husqvarna Racing 52:24:42 Recap
Quad 151 Alexandre Giroud* Drag’on Rally Team 56:44:30 Recap
Classic 778 Juan Morera* Toyota Classic 428 points Recap
* – Not competing in World Rally-Raid Championship

Stage recaps

Stage Date Overall Cars winner Overall Bikes winner Recap
Prologue 31 December 2022 Mattias Ekström Toby Price Prologue
1 1 January 2023 Carlos Sainz Ricky Brabec Stage #1
2 2 January Nasser Al-Attiyah Mason Klein Stage #2
3 3 January Guerlain Chicherit Daniel Sanders Stage #3
4 4 January Sébastien Loeb Joan Barreda Stage #4
5 5 January Nasser Al-Attiyah Adrien van Beveren Stage #5
6 6 January Nasser Al-Attiyah Luciano Benavides Stage #6
7 7 January Yazeed Al-Rajhi Cancelled due to rain Stage #7
8 8 January Sébastien Loeb Ross Branch Stage #8
9 10 January Sébastien Loeb Luciano Benavides Stage #9
10 11 January Sébastien Loeb Ross Branch Stage #10
11 12 January Sébastien Loeb Luciano Benavides Stage #11
12 13 January Sébastien Loeb José Ignacio Cornejo Stage #12
13 14 January Sébastien Loeb Kevin Benavides Stage #13
14 15 January Guerlain Chicherit Kevin Benavides Stage #14