Yazid bin Muhammad Al-Rajhi, the Saudi champion, and World Cup holder, swept the Dubai Desert Baja to win the title for the second time in a row.
He formed the final round of the FIA Cup for short desert rallies, the Cross Country Baha.
Yazid Al-Rajhi became the first Saudi to win the world title for the second time in a row.
Al-Rajhi defeated his Czech counterpart, Miroslav Zabeltal, his closest competitor during this season, as the difference between them was only 10 points.
The Saudi rally champion presented a strong season full of historical achievements in international, regional, and local forums, in which he participated on various terrains.
Al-Rajhi’s first record was achieving a global podium in the Saudi Dakar Rally within the World Long Desert Rally Championship, accompanied by his Irish navigator Michael Orr on board.
His journey began with the Russia tour this year, where he participated in the first round of the World Cup in cold weather and snow.
His race in Russia was not a first for him and he won his first title. He won in 2014, but this year he had to withdraw from the first stage after hitting a rock in the snow.
Jordan’s tour, which followed Russia, was not the tour that Yazid had expected, accompanied by his Irish navigator, Michael Orr. They had a mechanical problem that led them to be two hours late, but they managed to score 10 significant points for the Cup.
In the first of its open rounds, Italy kicked off the European rounds of the World Cup. Thus, Yazid opened with a landslide victory for the third time in his career.
After that, Yazid Al-Rajhi finished runner-up in the Spanish Baja Aragon accompanied by navigator Ur, thus taking the top spot in the overall ranking of the World Cup.
In Al-Rajhi’s case, his journey was drastically altered after his car suddenly burned completely on the first stage of Poland’s Baja.
In the Portugal tour, the last European tour, Yazid Al-Rajhi used the services of his German friend and assistant Dirk, so Al-Rajhi dominated the course of the first stage.
Al-Rajhi won its first stage, but after passing the first kilometers of the second stage, the car’s engine cut off, which made them lose a lot of time.
In the next round, the world championship headed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Al-Rajhi succeeded in extending his control over the Baha Hail round to win its title for the sixth time in his career, to snatch the full points of the World Cup.
It was the final round of the World Cup for Cross-Country Rally Baja, in Baha Dubai, and Al-Rajhi was able to win the title for the second time.
The Yazid team won the championship for the second time in a row in the land of the United Arab Emirates. This was the land that witnessed the conclusion of the championship.
Despite the circumstances experienced by the Saudi hero, Yazid Al-Rajhi, during this season, surrender was not in his dictionary.
Yazid tasted the sweetness of platforms and the bitterness of failure. The world of motorsports is not devoid of these moments.
On this occasion, Al-Rajhi congratulated the leadership and the Saudi people, saying: “I dedicate my second world title victory to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, and the mighty Saudi people.”
Yazid also thanked Prince Abdulaziz Al-Faisal, Minister of Sports and President of the Saudi Federation, Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal, for their continued support
Al-Rajhi thanked his assistant Dirk von Zestivets, who has done a great job since replacing Michael Orr in the middle of the season, not only in the World Cup but also in other tournaments in which Yazid participates.
He also thanked Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, the official partner and authorized distributor of Toyota, the Japanese global motor company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.