Quotes ahead of Silk Way Rally 2017

Quotes ahead of Silk Way Rally 2017

18.05.2017: #SilkWay2017 9 608 km, 14 stages, 17 specials Moscow, May 18th 2017 Vladimir Chagin (Rus/Director of the Silk Way Rally): « Organizing

#SilkWay2017
9 608 km, 14 stages, 17 specials
Moscow, May 18th 2017





Vladimir Chagin (Rus/Director of the Silk Way Rally):
« Organizing such a complex transcontinental rally has brought us invaluable experience. On behalf of Organization Committee I would like to thank all those that provided support in holding this rally-raid.



We are especially grateful to Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, who became an inspirer of Silk Way Rally project and granted worldwide supporters with this great and colourful sporting event. « Rally Organization Committee has garnered the highest level support in the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and in China on state level and also on level of partners.




Our countries are united by centuries-old traditions and friendly relations. Silk Way Rally complies with the idea of cooperation and closer communication between the countries of Ancient Silk Road area.



Hospitality traditions of our people, fantastic nature, landscapes and wide spaces have already made the next edition of rally attractive for leading teams of the world.We now know exactly what to do to make the next edition even better and more interesting, while expecting the bike category in 2018. »




Frédéric Lequien (Fra/Deputy Director of the Silk Way Rally)
: « The 2017 Silk Way will resolutely turn towards sport and exploration. The reccies, that have just ended, confirm the enormous potential of the 3 countries crossed. Everything has been thought of, so that the crews can enjoy themselves as much as possible both on the stages and at the bivouac. »



Bruno Famin (Fra/Director of Peugeot Sport):
« The 2017 Silk Way Rally looks again extremely long and fearsome. Long because there are a lot of racing days, with long stages. There will be different types of route, as we saw last year, and most important, true desert in China, with hundreds of kilometers of giant dunes.



 So we will tackle this Rally with a lot of concentration and humility despite our recent triplet victory during Dakar Rally and last year’s Silk Way Rally victory. »




Cyril Despres (Fra/Peugeot Sport Driver):
« I am keen to start and really happy to participate in the Silk Way Rally for the second time. Last year, not only did we win, but we also discovered a nice race and different countries.



It was the first time for me, to go for a second big rally in the season, on mixed terrains; with technical stages in Russia and Kazakhstan nature, and in the dunes, in the Chinese desert. It's a true pleasure to prepare to be back there. »



 Stéphane Peterhansel (Fra/Peugeot Sport Driver):
« When you take the start of a race it’s always to win it. The objective is the victory of course, but it will be more complicated for us, Peugeot, than it was last year. »


Last year it didn’t go very well for me. I am aiming for a good result on this rally this year… »




Nasser Al Attiyah (Qat/Toyota Overdrive Driver):
“During my first two experiences on the Silk Way Rally, in 2009 and 2010, we discovered pistes in Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. But this 2017 edition looks like being the race of the year! The Silk Way Rally is growing at an incredible speed.



Everyone wants to win, it is very exciting. You need to tackle this challenge in an intelligent way, because the battle is going to be intense and particularly long. I have a lot of respect for Peugeot but no, I don’t fear them. I was leading the last Dakar before being forced to retire. Before that I had already beaten them twice…”




Airat Mardeev (Rus/Kamaz Master Driver):
« I think that the Silk Way Rally 2017 truck category will give a lot of emotions, both to drivers and fans around the world. As the strongest players will take the part, the fight will be fierce.



Everything will be decided in the dunes of the Gobi, which are as beautiful as they are tricky. The decisive factors there are experience and composure, so we will fight for another win. »’






 Gerard De Rooy (Neth/Team Iveco Petronas Driver)
: “I have excellent memories of the last time I raced through Russia, Kazakhstan and China. That’s why I am eager to start this 2017 edition of the Silk Way Rally. I know that Vladimir Chagin and his whole team have prepared for us an incredible rally.



 I start with a new truck and that will call for a period of adaption, but I have total confidence in my new IVECO. Our ambition is to aim for stage wins. And who knows, if everything goes really well, why not aim for final victory with Artur Ardavicius and Ton van Genugten, the two other trucks in the team…”




Chris Rodrigo- photo Silk Way Rally

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