One by one, all the champions of the Dakar 2022


The charismatic and beloved Nasser Al-Attiyah had a perfect Dakar. From the first day, in the Prologue, until Stage 12, the Qatari remained at the top of the General Classification and, with two wins in Stages (1 and 4), he showed that he has the perfect amalgamation with the Toyota Hilux.

The 2011, 2015 and 2019 champion added his fourth title in the specialty and wrote a new page in the history of the most demanding race in the world. The rival on duty was Sébastien Loeb, who with the Hunter of the BRX team, put up a fight and finished less than half an hour away, with victories in two specials. The podium was completed by Yazeed Al Rajhi, with the Overdrive Toyota, more than an hour behind the Qatari.

To highlight and value is the 4th place of Orly Terranova with the Hunter. The man from Mendoza, who achieved the best result for an Argentine in the specialty, surpassing his own 5th places (2013 and 2014) and Lucio Álvarez’s (2012), was consistent and climbed up the leaderboard, with victory included (Stage 6) , up to a step from the podium.

Another great task was fulfilled by Sebastián Halpern with the X-Raid team’s Mini. The man from Mendoza stayed within the ten from the start and sealed his best performance in Cars with 8th place, since in 2011 he had been an escort in Quads.

Lucio Álvarez, who was shaping up to finish among the best – one could even hope for a podium finish – suffered with the breakage of the Overdrive Hilux differential in Stage 8 and his hopes were buried in the sands of Wadi Ad Dawasir. In any case, the man from Mendoza finished 18th, two places ahead of Juan Cruz and Alejandro Yacopini, who completed a very good job aboard the Hilux.


Sam Sunderland achieved his second championship, five years after the first in 2017, with the GasGas motorcycle, a Spanish product that was bought by KTM in 2019 but that maintains the essence that made the brand famous in trial and motocross.

The 32-year-old Briton won the race at a good pace and only lost the lead in a couple of stages, fighting hand in hand with Adrien Van Beveren and Matthias Walkner, finally third.

The Chilean Pablo Quintanilla, winner of the last stage from Bisha to Jeddah, with a time of 1:40:00 to travel the 164 kilometers of the special, finished in 2nd place and did a great job in his presentation with Honda.

Among the Argentines, Luciano Benavides was the best representative, finishing in 13th position in the General Classification, 1h10m19 behind Sunderland. Diego Llanos, in his absolute debut in the event, closed his presentation with an excellent 26th place, as did Diego Noras and Joaquín Debeljuh, also rookies, who completed the journey in 53rd and 58th places.

Matías Notti, who competed in the Malle Moto (self-service) modality, finished 23rd in the specialty and 94th in the General, while Kevin Benavides, the great national card in the discipline, suffered with the KTM engine breaking in Stage 10 and all his chances of retaining the crown were gone. Finally the salteño was in the 99th place.


Like his father Daniel (he died in April 2021 from Covid), the first driver to finish a Dakar at the helm of a quad 25 years ago, Alexandre Giroud entered the history of the event by winning the 44th edition at the helm of a Yamaha.

In his sixth participation, the native of Grenoble captured the lead of the General in Stage 5, when he left Manuel Andújar, and since then he has dominated the actions of the competition.

Francisco Moreno from Mendoza, debutant in the test with a Yamaha Raptor 700, had an excellent progression in the race and crowned it with victory in the last special, completing it in 2h14m13 and beating the Polish Kamil Wisniewski by almost three minutes.

Carlos Verza also completed the lap and on the last day he finished sixth, more than 53 minutes behind, placing himself in 5th place in the General Classification.


The Russian Dmitry Sotnikov got his second consecutive title with the Kamaz No. 500 and headed the quartet of the Soviet brand.

The champion was at the top of the GC from the start and claimed five partial victories, just like in 2021. Dmitry led teammate Eduard Nikolaev by almost ten minutes, while Andrey Shibalov was more than an hour behind.

The best rival of the Kamaz was the Dutch Janus Van Kasteren, with the Iveco of the Petronas Team De Rooy, more than three hours from Sotnikov.

Juan Manuel Silva was unable to complete the competition with the Puma Energy Rally Team Man due to an engine problem in the penultimate stage.

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