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The recent Dakar Rally stage in Saudi Arabia was turned upside down by a heavy crash that triggered a red flag and fundamentally altered the strategic landscape of the event. The rule allowing all drivers to change tires under the red flag had unintended consequences that left many teams and fans frustrated with the lack of strategic jeopardy.

The Dakar Rally, the world’s premier cross-country rally event, will remain in Saudi Arabia for a sixth consecutive year in 2025, but the organizers have plans to inject more excitement into the proceedings. The rally will heavily feature the Empty Quarter, also known as Rub’ al Khali, during the final three stages, with a revamped format that includes the return of the Chrono Stage and concurrent starts for cars, bikes, and trucks.