Race distance is 7856km, more than 5,000 of them timed, with 70 percent in the desert.

There are 11 Portuguese enrolled, with six on motorcycles, three in cars, one in SSV and one in trucks.

Paulo Gonçalves (Hero) is once again the head of the Portuguese fleet. The Esposende driver, runner-up in 2015, left Honda after this year’s Dakar and now, with the number 8, teams with brother-in-law Joaquim Rodrigues Jr., who will have the number 27.

Mário Patrão remains in the KTM team, with number 31, while the Portuguese-German Sebastian Bühler (KTM) is 32. Fausto Mota Husqvarna runs with 38, while António Maio is 53 on his Yamaha.

In the cars, navigator Filipe Palmeiro teams with Russian driver Boris Garafulic (Mini number 313), in a race that marks the debut of the brothers Porém, Ricardo and Manuel, in this category with an official Borgward (332).

Pedro Bianchi Silver lines up as navigator for the Zimbabwe rally driver Conrad Rautenbach (PH Sport) in the SSV category (number 404), while José Martins lines up with a DAF truck (548).

Dakar 2020 starts on 5 January in Jeddah, with a stage of 752km, 319 of them timed.

On the 11th, the riders will rest after facing a super-marathon stage, in which motorcycle riders will have only 10 minutes to repair their bikes.

The longest stage will be on 14 January between Wadi Al-Dawasir and Haradh, at 891km.

The organisation say the rally is less physically demanding, but more difficult in terms of navigation.