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KAMAZ-master and Goodyear Ready To Master Upcoming Dakar Rally

Goodyear tyres and KAMAZ Trucks on their way to Saudi Arabi

Goodyear proudly announces the extension of its partnership with KAMAZ-master team as their official tyre supplier. Both partners look forward to another successful collaboration and podium win in one of the most challenging Motorsport races in the world, the Dakar rally.

On November 22, the participating KAMAZ-master’ trucks, equipped with Goodyear tyres, started their journey to Saudi Arabia for their participation in the next edition of the rally-marathon on January 3, 2021.

As a general rule, participating trucks need to drive on standard tyres that are available to any consumer and fleet. In the 2020 rally, the KAMAZ-master team was extremely pleased with the extraordinary performance and endurance of the Goodyear ORD Off Road range. It has proved to be the perfect fit to conquer the most diverse conditions, supporting the team in taking the first and second podium place.

 “The success of the KAMAZ-Master team demonstrates the advanced traction capabilities and carcass robustness of our off-road products under very challenging conditions. The same benefits can be expected from all Goodyear ranges developed to fit the needs of different on-road and off-road applications and vocations,” says Maciej Szymanski, Director Marketing for Commercial Europe.“Managing a fleet or a business is often like heading a race, every aspect is important to deliver the goods in time meeting the highest quality standards and customer expectations while optimising overall fleet efficiency. Like in the Dakar rally, it is important to be able to trust on the right equipment and partners.”

“It has been a very difficult year. The pandemic complicated the preparation of the trucks and impacted the crew’s training programs. Looking back at the past season and considering the unprecedented situation, it was intense and hectic. We are grateful to our partners as they stayed with us despite the difficulties,” says Vladimir Chagin, head of the KAMAZ-master team. “We are ready for the race, the truck is very solid and well equipped including the latest technologies. At Dakar, we will once more be eager to show our best in order to not disappoint our partners and fans!”

The team has high expectations of the new advanced technical solutions, component and assembly improvements in place on the 2021 KAMAZ-master Dakar trucks. The trucks are now setting course to the port of Marseille in Southern France, where all participating vehicles will be shipped to the Arabian Peninsula.

The 43rd Dakar starts on January 3 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After a loop through the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, the race caravan will finish on January 15 on the Red Sea Coast. The track will be 100% new to the teams including magnificent dunes from day one to the last day, rocky canyons and hi-speed sections each on its own checking the capabilities of the truck, tyres and the team’s excellent driving skills.

This year, the KAMAZ-master team will participate with 4 KAMAZ-43509 race trucks in the Dakar. The team members include current Dakar champion – Andrey Karginov, winner of Silk Road 2019 rally – Anton Shibalov, as well as Ayrat Mardeev and Dmitry Sotnikov. The teams will defend their legacy in the Truck classification of this famous and grueling competition.