South African motorcycle rider Kirsten Landman has confirmed her withdrawal from the 2021 Dakar Rally, after she tested positive for Covid-19.
The Durban based professional off-road and hard endure rider announced the unfortunate news on her Instagram account yesterday.
Landman made history in 2020 when she became the first African woman to finish the Dakar Rally and had been tipped as one of the favourites to win the race beside Mirjan Pol and Sara Garcia.
Landman also missed the 2020 edition of the race, due to the uncertainties caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
The 2022 Dakar Rally takes place from 1 to 14 January, 2022.
This will be the 44th edition of the punishing race, and the third to be held in Saudi Arabia following a stint in South America.
Photo 1 Caption: Durban-based professional off-road and hard enduro rider Kirsten Landman will miss a second consecutive Dakar Rally after testing positive for Covid-19. Photo: Kirsten Landman (Facebook)