Rallye du Maroc Road Book -D1, back in style !

Rallye du Maroc Road Book -D1, back in style !

07.10.2021: After three editions starting from Fez, the Rallye du Maroc returns to Zagora, as in 2014. Strategically located between the Kingdom's two largest ergs, which the rally will explore on three of the stages, the emphasis on the 2021 edition will above all b


After three editions starting from Fez, the Rallye du Maroc returns to Zagora, as in 2014. Strategically located between the Kingdom's two largest ergs, which the rally will explore on three of the stages, the emphasis on the 2021 edition will above all be sand.

A dress rehearsal for the pros, a warm up for the contenders, a shake down for the teams, it has been concocted for all of them by David Castera with a deliberate taste of Dakar. The biggest caravan of the discipline since last January has already arrived at the bivouac to go through the usual checks.



Tomorrow afternoon the race will kick off with the first 10 km timed section that will determine the start order for the race.





ON TRACK



It is not only the Province of Zagora’s reputation for hospitability that encouraged David Castera to base "his" third edition here. It was, by his own admission, the only way to reconcile a cloverleaf course dictated by the Covid pandemic with his desire to offer competitors the opportunity to race in the two most beautiful dune areas in Morocco.


Three sand stages out of five days of racing will each offer between 30 and 40 kilometres of dunes. Unique moments for some of the newcomers, magical for all. From kilometre 90 of stage 1, the competitors will plunge into the Chegaga Erg.




They will return there on the last day of the race, which will be far from a mere formality... On stage 2, the caravan will cross the Chebbi Erg and the highest dunes of the Kingdom after a long morning liaison. A ‘Dakar style’ stage to use the words of the architect of both the Rally du Maroc and the Dakar, who has made it a point of honour to create a varied route that avoids the roughest tracks.




The professional competitors and teams didn’t hesitate to sign up. In the motorcycle category, for the first time since last January, all the factory riders, without exception, will be at the start!



In the cars, while some teams have preferred to stay out of the spotlight until the Dakar, the battle is expected to rage between the Toyotas of Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing), the event record holder with five victories and Yazeed Al Rahji (Overdrive) and the X-Raid Minis.


Erik Van Loon will be debuting the brand new, T1+ compliant Hilux Overdrive while three 2022 T3s will inaugurate their new category. The final version of the electronic car road book that will be used in the 2022 Dakar will also be rolled out here in Morocco, with simple pdf readers being replaced by tablets that the co-drivers will be able to get acquainted with prior to next January's event. Finally, 6 trucks will compete in their own category.



Behind the pros, the amateur categories are packed out! In the motorcycle category there are 88 entries in Rally2 and 27 bikes and quads in the Enduro Cup Afriquia class. In addition there will be 25 T4s in the class and 13 in the T3 !



Easy access for competitors and reasonable costs, combined with top flight organisation are the keys to the Rallye du Maroc’s success. In the motorcycle category, nearly half of the riders in the Rally2 category are candidates for the next Dakar and hope to leave with authorisation to realise their dream next January.



To this end they will once again be accompanied by Cyril Despres (see The Rallye du Maroc and Me), coach of the Road to Dakar Challenge set up by ASO. Others will already be living their dream, that of participating at home, alongside the best competitors in the discipline. The growing number of Moroccan competitors sees another record broken (see Radio Bivouac).
 




RADIO BIVOUAC


Nine Moroccan competitors will be competing on this edition thanks to support from partners Afriquia, Maroc Telecom, OCP and the Rallye du Maroc. Currently enjoying financial backing, these up-and-coming Moroccan racers will in the near future receive support from an academy charged with training competitors from the African continent.



Represented in almost all the categories, two women will be in the spotlight with Souad Mouktadiri racing in ‘Open Auto’ and her former co-driver Firdaouss Al Fannane in the SSV Open Maroc Telecom category. Rachid and Kacem Hamsas are also in Open Auto, while Mustafa Arrahmani is entered aboard his quad.



On two wheels, Ali Oukerbouch and Aoulad Ali Mohamedsaid will join three times Dakar veteran Harite Gabari in the Rally2 class while Amine Echiguer will be the only representative in the Enduro Cup Afriquia class. An experienced moto-x and enduro competitor, he makes his rally-raid debut in the colours of OPC with legitimate ambitions. Trek salama to all!





STAT OF THE DAY : 70,000


70,000 m2 is the total surface area of the bivouac on the outskirts of Zagora. It took 300 people over two weeks to install the 4,000 metres of electric cable, 3,300 carpets and 2600 metres of pipes needed to bring comfort to 520 tents. During the rally, 150 locals will be employed full time, with 3000 meals being served per day.




THE RALLY DU MAROC AND ME : CYRIL DESPRES



Where ?

"Ouarzazate. After my 2000 Dakar on a Challenge 75 400 XR, I had a little bit of money left over and Honda had just released their XR 650. It was capable of competing with the BMWs and KTMs that were the bikes to beat back in the day.”



When ?


"In 2000. Neveu and Pelletier, had enjoyed considerable success with the Rallye Tunisie and so decided to create the Rallye du of Maroc.”



How ?

"Not all the factory riders were present and so I managed to take the win. It was my first rally-raid victory. That was 21 years ago! It was my first time in Morocco, so quite a surprise. The bike was a lot quicker than my Dakar 400.”





QUOTES



David Castera
: "This edition will be a scaled down version of what awaits 2022 Dakar competitors. I always try to give the Rallye du Maroc a similar profile to the upcoming Dakar. There will be a lot of dunes on the next Dakar, so I have tried to replicate that here to give competitors a taste of what awaits them in Saudi Arabia. In a week's time, they will know where they stand with their preparation.”



David Castera
: "Cyril Despres was a privateer before becoming a factory rider and car driver. He inherited the spirit of rally-raid from the likes of Meoni and Sainct and was deeply affected by their tragic destinies. He is a natural teacher.


I saw him in Andalusia and really liked his approach. He is the perfect person to explain the discipline to newcomers and help them successfully negotiate their Dakar. When you want to climb Everest, first you have to scale Mont Blanc. But even if you’ve climbed Mont Blanc, it doesn't necessarily mean you are ready for Everest. It is however a compulsory step.”



Cyril Despres :
"It seems quite normal to me to try to give back to rally-raid everything it has given me and that's why I have once again accepted David Castera's invitation. Over the next few days I will try and transmit a little bit of my experience to competitors who dream of going to Dakar. When I started I would have liked a top rider to give me some advice.



There are some pitfalls when you dive into a race like the Rallye du Maroc. I will try to help newcomers avoid them but also to allow them to perform as well as possible. I'm very happy to be here as a visitor to share my passion.”




TOMORROW’S PROGRAMME


Super Special / Qualifying Stage : 8 km







Matthieu Perez  Photo: © DPPI – Frédéric Le Floc’h
 

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/rallye-du-maroc-road-book-d1-back-style---229589.html

07.10.2021 / MaP

More News

Monster Energy Honda Team all set to start the Rallye du Maroc
07.10.2021
Rallye du Maroc 2021 2021 season   Round WORLD3   Monster Energy Honda Team have passed the pre-Rallye du Maroc scrutineering and are now officially cleared to start tomorrow’s race, a new edition of the traditional ra more >>
OCP, Afriquia and Maroc Telecom, committed and determined Main Partners
07.10.2021
The Rallye du Maroc is very proud to be associated, since the 2019 edition, with 3 groups that are among the most important in the country and leaders in their respective markets: OCP Group, world leader in phosphate fertilizers, AFRIQUIA, major national operator in fuel distribution in Morocco and the MAROC TELECOM group, the leading national telecom operator with a presence in 11 countr more >>
Red Bull KTM ready to race Rallye du Maroc
07.10.2021
Rallye du Maroc 2021 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are ready to take on round four of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – the Rallye du Maroc. Fielding a full four-man line-up of Matthias Walkner, Toby Price, Sam Sunderland, and Kevin Benavides for the first time this season, the team will be aiming to secure the world champ more >>
Red Bull Desert Wings will kickstart Dakar preparations at Rallye du Maroc
07.10.2021
(Clockwise) Matthias Walkner, Nasser Al-Attyiah, Mattias Ekström and Cristina Gutiérrez © Kin Marcin/Marian Chytka/Red Bull Content Pool            Off-roa more >>
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel to contest 2021 Rally of Morocco for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
06.10.2021
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel will take part in the upcoming Rally of Morocco, scheduled for 8 to 13 October, 2021. They will be racing in the same car that took them to second place during this year’s more >>
Monster Energy Honda Team reconvenes for the Rallye du Maroc
06.10.2021
Rallye du Maroc 2021 2021 season   Round WORLD3 Monster Energy Honda Team have not assembled their full squad since the 2021 Dakar Rally ended back in January. The winning team from the last edition are once again poised to restart the more >>
Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Excited For 2021 Rallye du Maroc
06.10.2021
The Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team returns to FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship action this weekend for round four of the series, the Rallye du Maroc.   With a few months passing since the team’s last competitive outing at the more >>
Extreme E and UNICEF roll out climate change education resources on Greenlandís National Climate Week
06.10.2021
As part of the one-year collaboration between Extreme E and UNICEF, the child rights agency created education resources, aimed at empowering young changemakers by reimagining climate education. During a national teachers’ seminar between September 8th and 9th, the education resources were shared with roughly 90 teachers from across Greenland in order to prepare teaching during the C more >>
2022 KIA Sorento PHEV set to take on daunting Rebelle Rally
06.10.2021
Electrified and adventure−readyKia Returns to Navigational Desert Challenge with Turbo Plug-in Hybrid Power    Pair of modified Sorento PHEVs will take part in rally’s Electrified Designation and compet more >>
Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team ready to rock the desert at Rallye du Maroc
05.10.2021
Seth Quintero is back racing rally-raid this week © Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content PoolA bruising season of rally-raid gets back into gear this week at Rallye du Maroc and the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team are targeting more more >>
Jerome de Sadeleer joins new Saudi Rally Raid Outfit Team GALAG for Rallye du Maroc
05.10.2021
• Swiss racer signed by newly formed Saudi Rally Raid team for Rallye du Maroc• De Sadeleer to race alongside co-driver Mika Metge, former Honda factory driver and 7 x Dakar participant• Saudi based Team Galag to announce extended Rally-Raid program at later dateNewly formed Saudi Rally Raid outfit, Team Galag ha more >>
Overdrive Racing embarks upon hectic and challenging Rally of Morocco
05.10.2021
 2021 Rally of Morocco FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies, round 4October 7-13, 2021 •         Al-Attiyah and Al-Rajhi lead five Toyota Hil more >>
X-Raid Rally du Maroc line up and fast facts
04.10.2021
FAST FACTS Special stage kilometres: 1.633,33 km      Kilometres total 2.681,61 km  Krotov leads the FIA overall standings. Ekström is in third place.      X-raid has won five times in Morocco so far. more >>
Qatar International Baja final positions after SS3, podium photos
02.10.2021
          2021 Qatar International Baja, September 30th-October 2nd      FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5 Saturday, October 2nd 2021  Motorcycles – up to 450cc (F more >>
Qatar International Baja positions after SS3
02.10.2021
          2021 Qatar International Baja,   FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5  September 30th-October 2nd    Saturday, October 2nd, 2021(unofficial @ 16.50hrs):Motorcycles – up to 450cc (FIM)1. Mohammed Al-Balooshi (ARE) more >>
Al-Balooshi, Al-Tuwaijri and Al-Kuwari seals victories in Qatar International Baja
02.10.2021
2021 Qatar International Baja,   FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5  September 30th-October 2nd    Saturday, October 2nd, 2021The UAE’s Mohammed Al-Balo more >>
Rallye du Maroc - Opening back up the gates of the desert
01.10.2021
With the 2020 edition cancelled due to the global pandemic, it has been two years since the Rallye du Maroc has been held in the Kingdom of His Majesty Mohammed VI. From 7 to 13 October, housed in a majestic bivouac outside Zagora, the race returns to the desert. Hand in hand more >>
Qatar International Baja positions after SS2
01.10.2021
2021 Qatar International Baja, September 30th-October 2nd     FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5 Friday, October 1st, 2021(unofficial @ 16.55hrs):Motorcycles – up to 450cc (FIM)1. Martin Chalmers (AUS) Yamaha WRF 450F                &nb more >>
Chalmers, Al-Tuwaijri and Al-Kuwari fastest on second desert stage of Qatar International Baja
01.10.2021
  •         Competitors set to tackle third timed test of 249.68km on Saturday 2021 Qatar International Baja, September 30th-October 2nd     FIM Bajas World C more >>
Veloce Racing continues quest to identify best female talent in motorsport
01.10.2021
...with signing of Hedda Hosås for Extreme E rookie testPioneering London-based squad reinforces commitment to gender equality with test outing for Norwegian protégé Veloce Racing has added yet another rising female star more >>
Qatar International Baja positions on SSS1
30.09.2021
         2021 Qatar International Baja,   FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5   September 30th-October 2nd  Thursday, September 30th, 2021Motorcycles – up to 450cc (FIM - unofficial)1. Mohammed Jaffar Meshari (KWT) KTM 450 RR      more >>
Meshari, Al-Tuwaijri and Al-Kuwari lead after Semaisma Super Special in Qatar
30.09.2021
         2021 Qatar International Baja,   FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5   September 30th-October 2nd  Thursday, September 30th, 2021 •      &nb more >>
Qatar International Baja gets underway at Al-Bayt stadium on Thursday afternoon
29.09.2021
2021 Qatar International Baja, September 30th-October 2nd    FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5   •         Competitive action more >>
UAE's Al-Balooshi looks to extend his FIM Baja World Cup lead in Qatar
28.09.2021
2021 Qatar International Baja, FIM Bajas World Cup - round 5September 30th-October 2nd   •         Khuraibet and Wallace in pole for Women’s and Junior categories  •         Haitham Al-Tuwaijri leads all-Saudi affair in Quad compe more >>
48 entrants set for Qatar International Baja
27.09.2021
2021 Qatar International Baja, September 30th-October 2nd   FIM Bajas World Cup•         Qatar’s International Baja attracts competitors from 15 nations   more >>
Extreme E reveals provisional Season 2 calendar
24.09.2021
As the series celebrates passing the midway point of its opening Season, Extreme E has eyes firmly fixed on the future as it unveils early insights into how Season 2’s calendar is shaping up.The sport for purpose electric racing series takes more >>
Motorsport: the unexpected driver of sustainable transformation -with video
23.09.2021
Motorsport and sustainability don’t always go hand-in-hand, but new championships like Extreme E are setting out to do things differently and ask the question: can motorsport be an unexpected driver of sustainable transformation?Available to view here: https://www.youtube.com more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing announces four-car team and all-new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ for Dakar 2022
23.09.2021
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will be entering a four-crew team in the upcoming Dakar Rally, which is set to take place in Saudi Arabia from January 2nd, 2022. As in 2021, the works team will be spear-headed by Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel. Gini more >>
One month until Extreme E's Island X Prix, Sardinia
23.09.2021
With one month to go until Extreme E’s penultimate Season 1 race in Sardinia, Italy - which marks the championship’s first European destination - organisers have confirmed the event will take place in the Army Training area at Capo Teulada in Sulcis-Iglesiente, an historic area situated in the south-west of the island. more >>
GCK reveals update on 2024 Hyrogen-powered Dakar vehicle
21.09.2021
•    GCK Motorsport shares development update as they take hydrogen-powered vehicle another step closer to Dakar 2024•    First look visuals of GCK’s 2024 e-Blast H2 vehicle revealed more >>
Heat and sandstorms: Morocco test for the Audi RS Q e-tron
19.09.2021
   Extreme conditions during two-week test in the desert        First test in the dunes for the electric drivetrain         Andreas Roos: “We still have a more >>
The racing comes thick and fast for the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team on both sides of the Atlantic
16.09.2021
Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Seth Quintero unveil their custom-built SXS course at TexPlex Park © Karlo Ramos/Red Bull Content PoolA hectic schedule of international racing is picking up pace for the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team. B more >>
New Al-Bayt stadium to host start and finish of Qatar International Baja
14.09.2021
        2021 Qatar International Baja, September 30th-October 2nd  FIM Bajas World Cup   •      &nb more >>
Saudi Arabia's Dania Akeel crowned FIA T3 World Cup winner
14.09.2021
Female talent scores title-winning success in ItalySaudi Arabia’s top female driver Dania Akeel has been crowned the FIA T3 Drivers’ Champion in the 2021 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas following a hard-earned fourth place at the It more >>
Italian Baja win gives Overdrive Racing's Al-Rajhi lead in FIA World and European Cup
13.09.2021
FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 8  FIA European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 4 September 9-11, 2021 •        Van Loon and Pons finish fourth and 10th in Overdrive Toyotas more >>
South Racing Can-AM Team's Al-Saif and Ré secure op two places in FIA T4 category in Italian Baja
13.09.2021
Italian Baja– August 9-11, 2021   FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 8FIA European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 4 Sunday, September 12th, 2021•         Port more >>
CUPRA unveils the Tavascan Extreme E Concept, a reinterpretation of the e-CUPRA ABT XE1
13.09.2021
    CUPRA injects its DNA into the Extreme E race car, adding even more of the brand’s character    Flax fibres are used throughout the CUPRA Tavascan Extreme E Concept’s body structure, making it more sustainable and even more environmentally focused    Engineers have introduced 3D printed parts more >>
Dakar Rally 2022 Saudi Arabia:Planning "the most difficult and challenging motorsport event on earth"
13.09.2021
The 44th edition returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) sheds light on just what it takes to host one of the world’s biggest sporting competitions whilst also showcasing the best Saudi Arabia has to more >>
Andretti United Extreme E keeps its cool to claim victory as Arctic X Prix reaches thrilling crescendo
30.08.2021
Andretti United Extreme E came out on top after a titanic battle with championship leaders Rosberg X Racing during Extreme E’s first-ever five-car Final. The Arctic X Prix in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, provided non-stop action from Shakedown on Friday all the way through to the dying moments of the all-important Final. more >>

Kategorien

2001-2021 automobilsport.com full copyright