I am speaking of actual SS1.
My doubt comes because an Argentinean quad riders, commented that in the opportunity of ASO seminar for first timers in Buenos Aires (with nani oma explaining some important details) they were commented that forst stage would be run in reverse order.
I initially though same as Doyle, that he may be confusing with the ramp.
But then I started wondering if the ASO would want to bradcast Ramp and SS, then bikes in reverse, and cars in normal, would make sense for a 2 hour TV show, were the best ones are shown.
I read the Dakar "Reglement", and it states in "15P Starting Order" that for SS1 the starting order would be defined by rider assigned number.
So it seems already defined, and probably my confusion here.