NEW RED BULL CAN-AM FACTORY UTV TEAM TO TACKLE 45TH DAKAR RALLY

A.J. JONES TO DEFEND 44TH DAKAR T4 TITLE

The 45th edition of the famed Dakar Rally kicks off with an 11-kilometer Prologue on December 31st at Sea Camp, Saudi Arabia, and on January 1st, the first of 15 stages heads east towards the finish at Dammam, almost 5,000 kilometers later. A rest day is slated for January 9th before the 686-kilometer Stage 9, 624-kilometer Stage 10 and the grueling two-day 802-kilometer Empty Quarter Marathon. Austin Jones won the 44th Dakar for Can-Am, which has dominated the world’s toughest and longest race for many years, and Red Bull driver Seth Quintero has won a record 11 stages.

Former bike competitor Andrew Short switches over to UTVs for 2023, teaming with Molly Taylor (Aus) on the South Racing Can-Am team.  Short finished four of five attempted, getting sixth in 2019. There are 45 SSV-class teams and 44 Light Weight Prototype/UTV  teams registered, including A.J. Jones and three-time UTV champion Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez. To follow the 45th Dakar Rally, visit www.dakar.com and www.UTVActionMag.com.

Team South Racing Can-Am will include four-time Dakar finisher Andrew Short and co-driver Molly Taylor, also a Dakar finisher.

INTRODUCING THE RED BULL CAN-AM FACTORY TEAM

Austin “AJ” Jones is set to defend his 2022 Dakar championship in a new Maverick X3 ride.

Just in time for Dakar, Can-Am and Red Bull have teamed up to revolutionize the world of off-road racing by creating the Red Bull Can-Am Factory Team. Through this multi-year partnership, both brands also aim to ensure the evolution of the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team, a program designed to discover and develop the next generation of off-road racers. The five-member Red Bull Can-Am Factory Team’s first race will be the Dakar Rally, where they’ll compete in the T3 and T4 UTV classes. They’ll no doubt race the 2023 Red Bull Scrambles series as well.

Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez will be going for his fourth Dakar UTV victory.

T3 DRIVER ROSTER

* Seth Quintero, USA, 20, 11-time Stage-winning record holder

* A.J. Jones, USA, 26, 2022 Dakar T4 Dakar champion, 2021 World Rally Raid T4 champion

* Cristina Gutierrez, Spain, 21, 2021 World Rally Raid T3 champion, only female Dakar stage winner

* Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez, Chile, 47, three-time Dakar UTV champion, 2022 World Rally Raid T3 champion

 

T4 DRIVER ROSTER

* Rokas Baciuska, Lithuania, 23, 2022 World Rally Raid T4 champion

AJ Jones, Rokas Baciuska, Cristina Gutierrez, and Seth Quintero (from left) join Chaleco Lopez at the brand-new Red Bull Can-Am Factory Team.

TENTATIVE RED BULL SCRAMBLES SERIES

  1. Jan. 28…RB Ice Scramble/Okoboji, IA
  2. Feb. 18…RB Snow Scramble/Copemish, MI
  3. Mar. 25…RB Ranch Scramble/Decatur, TX
  4. May 6……RB Beach Scramble/Wildwood, NJ
  5. May 20…RB High Desert Scramble/Nephi, UT
  6. June 24..RB Solstice Scramble/Anchorage, AK
  7. Sept. 16…RB Stone Scramble/Huntsville, TN
  8. Dec. 9…RB Sand Scramble/Glamis, CA

Contact…www.redbull.com

Championship points will be awarded to Pro UTVs,  Sportsman UTVs, and the new Iron Man class. Pros will have their best four scores count, while Sportsman UTVs have their best three scores count. Each round awards 100 points for a win, 95 for 2nd, 90 for 3rd, 85 for 4th, 80 for 5th, 76 for 6th, 72 for 7th, 68 for 8th, 64 for 9th, 60 for 10th, 57 for 11th, 54 for 12th, 51 for 13th, 48 for 14th, 45 for 15th, 43 for 16th, 41 for 17th, 39 for 18th, 37 for 19th, and 35 for 20th. Iron Man entries and finishes will get 10 points per round for a maximum of 80 series points. Maximum Pro points achievable is 400, while maximum Sportsman points is 300.

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