Retirements and selected driver quotes at the finish of Dubai Baja 2021

Retirements and selected driver quotes at the finish of Dubai Baja 2021

20.02.2021: 2021 Dubai International Baja FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 2 February 18-20, 2021 Cars 202. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Dirk Von Zitzewitz (ARE / DEU) “Today we found it hard to get a good rhythm going because of the s

2021 Dubai International Baja
FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 2
February 18-20, 2021


202. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Dirk Von Zitzewitz (ARE / DEU)

“Today we found it hard to get a good rhythm going because of the soft sand. Then 60-70 km before the finish we climbed a big dune and heard two alarms, one bike and car 208. Coming over the top we could see 208 and had no room to maneuver so we hit car 208, damaged the rear driver's side of our car and lost a lot of time.”

214. Pierre Lachaume / Loic Minaudier (FRA / FRA)

“Very good today, no problems, and really good navigation from Loic. The dunes were easier today. This is our first Baja in Dubai and it is a really great international event. I am very happy with it.”

217. Saleh Alsaif / Oriol Vidal Montijano (SAU / SPA)

“It was a nice stage with no problems for us. Except I felt sick because of the heat. We made no mistakes today but lost some time to help Claude (216) who was stuck. The Dubai Baja is nice but tricky with the navigation.”

218. Laia Sanz / Lucas Cruz (SPA / SPA)

“Very good rally. We came here to learn and we did. How to tackle the dunes, how to look after the car being two of the biggest lesson. Very good training.”

209. Thomas Bell / Patrick McMurren (ARE /ARE)

“Our 4th Baja and the best so far. It was adventurous and quite technical with tight tunes and a lot of zig-zag of the route. Hard for the navigator. The organization was fantastic both on and off the course.”


106. Abdulmajeed Aakhulaifi (SAU)

Retired with engine problem.

9. Martin Michek (CZE)

“This morning I had a lot of pain after the crash yesterday so my plan for today was to do my best. I pushed hard and then in the last few kms I hit a dune very hard. This made my nose bleed. I am happy to finish. The Baja is very good, but difficult as I am not a dune rider.”  

2. Mark Ackerman (ZAF)

“More tricky today with white dunes, very up and down, and some big jumps. Baja is a very good event and I encourage those in Europe to come. Despite the COVID situation, this is a great event.”

7. Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE)

“Not my best day after the 1st refuel, I had a big crash and lost my GPS and that makes it very difficult to race. I am very upset that Sultan had a big crash. I saw he was down and was very worried. The medics gave me the thumbs up. It is not the greatest of days. For me the most important thing is Sultan. The race does not matter.”  

25 Abdallah Abuaishen (JOR)

“It was a tough day and I crashed over a dune a 135k but I am okay.”

8. Konrad Dabrowski (POL)

“I raced better than yesterday after making a few changes to the bike. I felt better following my long break for Dakar. The Baja is really good and I am happy to be here.”

Narayan Marar- Total Communications Dubai  also photos


20.02.2021 / MaP

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