The Dakar Rally returns to Saudi Arabia for its 43rd run, but the 2021 edition brings us an entirely different route to last year's challenge, which both starts and finishes in Jeddah. Follow our guide as we explain where to find a Dakar Rally live stream and watch all the key moments from the race online wherever you are in the world right now.
The Dakar is renowned for being the world's toughest and most dangerous off-road endurance race, and this year's rally 4,767km of deserts, sand dunes, winding roads, stony tracks and navigational hazards aplenty, split across 12 timed stages, including a marathon stage and two loop stages.
The 2021 Dakar Rally is a 12-stage event that takes place from Sunday, January 3 and finishes on Friday, January 15. Full Dakar Rally live stream and TV channel details can be found below - watch you preferred race coverage wherever you are in the world right now with the help of a speedy VPN.
The starting position for Stage 1 was determined by the outcome of the pre-race Prologue stage on January 2 and, just like last year, the roadbooks for each stage of the race will only be handed out 10 minutes before the daily racing starts.
At 813km, Stage 4 is the longest individual leg of the race, but the marathon stage, which spans Stages 7 and 8 immediately after the rest day on January 9, will be a much bigger challenge, featuring nearly 1,500km of hills, stony plateaus and a mix of winding and fast sections, as well as some of the best views in the country.
Carlos Sainz (the father of F1 star Carlos Sainz Jr.) was the hero of last year's race, winning the Dakar Rally for the third time in the Cars Class. As ever, there are different competitions for different categories, but a Class for Classic cars has been introduced for this year's event, along with the regulars: bikes, quads, cars, SSV/UTV, and trucks.
Whether you’re a petrolhead or just want to kick off 2021 with something a bit different, we’ll show you how to watch a Dakar Rally live stream online from anywhere in the world.
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How to watch a Dakar Rally live stream from outside your country
We've recommended some of the best places to live stream the Dakar Rally below. But you might run into a problem trying to tune in if you're abroad right now - even if you're fully registered and in all likelihood paying a subscription fee.
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How to watch Dakar Rally: live stream the 2021 race in the US today
Rally fans based in the US can catch highlights and analysis of each Dakar Rally stage on NBCSN, with coverage usually starting at around 6 or 6.30pm ET every evening.
Not got cable? NBCSN is available on the great value over-the-top streaming service Sling TV. It's compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast as well as lots of other devices, and it's easy to get started with a FREE trial offer.
If you find yourself unable to tune in because you're out of the country, remember that you can use a VPN to watch your usual coverage just like you would at home.
2021 Dakar Rally live stream: how to watch the race online in Canada
Canadians are able to get in on Dakar Rally highlights via FloRacing, with the service adding them daily so you can watch from anywhere.
A monthly subscription will cost you $12.50, which will give you access to coverage of major racing events for 30 days.
Not in Canada to catch your usual motor sport live stream? Tune is a normal by using a VPN and make sure you don't miss a moment of the action.
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How to watch Dakar Rally 2021: UK live stream and TV details
Fans based in the UK need to tune into Eurosport to get their fill of daily highlights from the 2021 Dakar Rally. Eurosport is available with basic Sky TV packages or via a Eurosport Player monthly (£9.99) or annual pass (£39.99).
If you're from the UK but not at home right now, you can get your Dakar Rally fix as usual with the aid of a quality VPN.
How to watch Dakar Rally FREE: live stream 2021 race online in Australia
Daily highlights from the 2021 Dakar Rally are set to be broadcast on free-to-air SBS at 5.30pm AEDT each evening from from January 4-16.
This means that Aussie viewers can make use of the free SBS On Demand streaming service to catch the best of the Dakar Rally action on a wide range of devices every day.
Don't worry if you're out of the country and want to catch that SBS broadcast - using a VPN will let you watch as if you were back at home on your laptop, mobile or other TV streaming device.
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Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.