Dakar Rally wrapup: A photo gallery of stunning shipwrecks, scenery and sand

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The 2021 Dakar Rally concluded with a historic wrapup Jan. 15 in Saudi Arabia as Stephane Peterhansel won a record 14th title, and Kevin Benavides became the first South American to win the motorbike division.

Over nearly two weeks, the rally was held for the second consecutive year in Saudi Arabia, whose desert landscape and Red Sea coastlines provided some surprisingly stunning vistas and images.

In the video above, there are bonus stories that supplement the nightly coverage of the Dakar Rally on NBCSN. Some of the content:

  • Over more than 4,000 miles, the route went by the site of famous shipwrecks and a notable plane crash.

  • How long does it take to complete tire changes?

  • Bikes runner-up Ricky Brabec investigates another way of racing the rally.

  • Tricks behind the trucks.

Final results of the Dakar Rally and recaps of the daily online content on Motorsports Talk are below. But first a photo gallery of some remarkable images from the event:

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Yamaha’s Botswanan biker Ross Branch competes during Stage 6 (FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images).
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An aerial view of the bivouac, the Dakar Rally’s traveling base camp, during Stage 9 (FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images).
<em>Sam Sunderland rides for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team races during Stage 2 (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).</em>
Sam Sunderland rides for the Red Bull KTM Factory Team races during Stage 2 (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).
<em>An overhead shot of a truck racing the coastline (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).</em>
An overhead shot of a truck racing the coastline (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).
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Andrey Nonvirgin rolls past several camels during Stage 10 (FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images).
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Brian Baragwanath charges through a dune in Stage 6 (FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images).
<em>Daniel Sanders races during Stage 6 (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).</em>
Daniel Sanders races during Stage 6 (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).
<em>Francisco Chaleco Lopez races past a rock formation during Stage 10 (Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool).</em>
Francisco Chaleco Lopez races past a rock formation during Stage 10 (Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool).
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Rally legend Sebastien Loeb catches some air during Stage 6 (FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images).

NBC SPORTS COVERAGE

STAGE 1: Carlos Sainz, Toby Price open with victories

STAGE 2: Ricky Brabec jumps to second; Andrew Short withdraws

STAGE 3: American privateer Skyler Howes takes lead

STAGE 4: Four Stages, four bike winners; Al-Attiyah wins three consecutive in cars

STAGE 5: Kevin Benavides new leader in bikes

STAGE 6: Toby Price retakes the lead; Peterhansel distances the competition

STAGE 7: Ricky Brabec captures first victory; Skyler Howes third

STAGE 8: Austin Jones takes overall lead in side by sides

STAGE 9: Toby Price retires after heavy crash; Peterhansel wins

STAGE 10: Ricky Brabec closes to within a minute of overall lead

STAGE 11: Ricky Brabec falls to third; unhappy with KTM tactics

STAGE 12: Benavides holds off Brabec; record 14th for Peterhansel

<em>Toby Price rides during Stage 9 of the Dakar Rally (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).</em>
Toby Price rides during Stage 9 of the Dakar Rally (Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool).

FINAL BREAKDOWN

CARS

Overall podium: 1. Stephane Peterhansel; 2. Nasser Al-Attiyah; 3. Carlos Sainz.

Stage victories: Nasser Al-Attiyah 5 (Stages 2, 3, 4, 8, 11); Carlos Sainz 3 (Stage 1, 6, 12); Yazeed Al Rajhi 2 (Stage 7, 10); Giniel de Villiers (Stage 5); Stephane Peterhansel (Stage 9)

BIKES

Overall podium: 1. Kevin Benavides; 2. Ricky Brabec; 3. Sam Sunderland.

Stage victories: Ricky Brabec 3 (Stage 7, 10, 12); Joan Barreda 3 (Stage 2, 4, 6); Toby Price 2 (Stages 1, 3); Kevin Benavides 2 (Stage 5, 9); Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (Stage 8); Sam Sunderland (Stage 11)

SIDE BY SIDE/LIGHTWEIGHTS

Overall podium: 1. Francisco Lopez Contardo; 2. Austin Jones; 3. Aron Domzala.

Stage victories: Francisco Lopez Contardo 6 (Stage 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11); Austin Jones (Stage 1); Saleh Alsaif (Stage 2); Aron Domzala (Stage 4); Khalifa Al Attiyah (Stage 6); Sergei Kariakin (Stage 10); Reinaldo Varella (Stage 12)

QUADS

Overall podium: 1. Manuel Andujar; 2. Giovanni Enrico; 3. Pablo Copetti.

Stage victories: Alexandre Giroud 3 (Stage 1, 6, 8); Pablo Copetti 3 (Stage 2, 10, 12); Nicolas Cavigliasso 2 (Stage 3, 5); Manuel Andujar 2 (Stage 4, 7); Giovanni Enrico 2 (Stage 9, 11)

TRUCKS

Overall podium: 1. Dmitry Sotnikov; 2. Anton Shibalov; 3. Airat Mardeev.

Stage victories: Dmitry Sotnikov 4 (Stage 1, 2, 4, 7); Martin Macik 3 (Stage 9, 10, 12); Anton Shibalov 2 (Stage 8, 11); Siarhei Viazovich (Stage 3); Andrey Karginov (Stage 5); Airat Mardeev (Stage 6)

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