It is in Saudi Arabia in 2024 that the Dakar promises to take place from January 5 to 19. A now customary event which will, however, require an unprecedented precaution: the total absence of national flags on the vehicles entered. Symbols which today can be compared to targets.

According to RMC, the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) group, at the helm of the legendary rally-raid, sent the teams concerned a note these days ordering them to remove from cars, motorcycles, quads and trucks any signal allowing the identification of the nationality of the pilots in command. “ No flag of nationality of the driver and co-driver must be displayed next to the names », in turn recommends the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

Two attacks in 2022

A so-called “prevention” measure enacted just a week ago while the vehicles involved will leave Barcelona by Sunday to reach the Saudi kingdom. The competitors are expected on site from January 2. In 2022, French pilot Philippe Boutron was seriously injured in a bomb attack. The assistance truck of Italian driver Camelia Liparoti was also targeted during this same edition.