Today the rally resumes after a break at the halfway. Two Americans drivers Seth Quintero (
Red Bull OT3) and Austin Jones (Can-Am X3) are sitting 2nd and 3rd respectively. Another Can-Am X3 driver Aron Domzala leads the light weight vehicles overall by only 40 seconds over Seth. Enjoy this Dakar photo gallery from week one. All images by images by WESTx1000 except where noted different.
Wayne Matlock’s goal is to finish is first Dakar. He sits in the 20th spot currently.
Kristen Matlock broke early and now runs in the experience class allowing her to attempt to finish the Dakar.
Austin Jones is trying to pick up where Case Currie left off last year with a win for Can-Am and the U.S. Jones sits in 3rd at the halfway point.
Seth became the youngest stage winner at Dakar. He is on track to become the youngest class winner as long as he can keep his Red Bull OT3 together
Polaris sent an all-star team to Dakar, unfortunately, lessons had to be learned this year. Hopefully they will be back bigger and stronger in 2022.
Dakar photo gallery week one
Seth Quintero and Dennis Henz on the Buggy OT3 of the Red Bull Offroad Team USA races during the 6th stage of the Dakar 2021 between Buraydah and Ha√¢¬Ä¬ôil, in Saudi Arabia on January 8, 2021. // Eric Vargiolu / DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool
Mattias Ekstrom (SWE) for Yamaha powered by X-Raid team races during stage 6 of Rally Dakar 2021 from Buraydah to Ha√¢¬Ä¬ôil, Saudi Arabia on January 08, 2021. // Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
Cristina Gutierrez Herrero became the first female to win a Dakar Stage since 2005.
Francisco Lopez Contardo (CHL) for South Racing Can-Am team lead the T4.1 UTV class after stage 2 of Rally Dakar 2021 from Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawasir, Saudi Arabia on January 04, 2021. Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull photo
Seth Quintero was too young to race the 2020 Dakar, despite being a Pro-NA champion in the USA. Check out the forward-steering setup and his shocks mounted to the lower A-arms on his Red Bull RZR.
Cristina Gutierrez Herrero (ESP) for RedBull off-road team USA races during stage 2 of Rally Dakar 2021 from Bisha to Wadi Ad-Dawasir, Saudi Arabia on January 04, 2021. Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Photo
During his first Dakar Rally, Seth is already being compared to one of the all time greats of the sport.