In their Toyota Hillux they gave in 14 seconds over 11 kilometers to the Qatarees Nasser Al-Attiyah and the South African Brian Baragwanath. The latter was not expected at the top of the rankings. He had to start in a late group when the organization had already designated Al-Attiyah as the day winner. Home driver Yazeed Al Rajhi therefore dropped to third place. Ten Brinke took fifth place instead of fourth place.
The time differences of the prologue are not taken into account. The result is only used to determine the starting position for Sunday’s stage.
Ricky Brabec was the fastest in the motorcycles. The American on his Honda started the Dakar Rally as he ended it a year ago. Brabec is the winner of the previous edition. He held his Spanish teammate Joan Bort Barreda behind for 6 seconds. Australian Daniel Sanders (KTM) was good for the third fastest time. Paul Spierings was the highest ranked Dutchman in 37th place.
The prologue was in the Saudi Jeddah where the Dakar Rally also ends on January 15.
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