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A DIFFERENT ROUTE DEPENDING ON THE CATEGORY

David Castera :

“At my instigation we put in place separate routes in the Dakar. As a motorcycle racer, and more recently as a co-driver, I am only too aware of the problems that arise from the co-existence between two types of vehicles on the same track.
I want to offer everyone the freedom of following the rally route without having to worry about the presence of other vehicles.”

– Diagram of rally route showing that bikes/quads/SSVs are on a different track to cars/trucks over the 5 stages
– Starts and finishes will always be the same for all categories, as will be the first and last 25 kilometres.
– While retaining the ambiance of a traditional rally, with all categories represented, this measure allows everyone to race in safety and serenity without the stress of being overtaken by a vehicle from another category or riding/driving in their dust…

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A ROUTE DESIGNED FOR RIDING / DRIVING ENJOYMENT

David Castera :

“The notion of enjoyment has too often disappeared from the list of priorities of contemporary organisers. That won’t be the case in the Rallye du Maroc, rather it will be our obsession! Forget the images of stony, bumpy tracks, we will work hard to offer a balanced and enjoyable route.”

The route has been designed for your enjoyment and each day we will offer a wide range of terrain, a mix of technical, fast and sandy tracks, dunes and navigation.

A special emphasis will be put on the quality of the tracks and we will avoid, as much as possible, rocky sections that damage vehicles or that cause injuries.

THE PLEASURE OF RACING A CAR AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE…

David Castera :

“I have done quite a lot of driving behind the wheel of an SSV. You get in and straight away you’re a world champion! An amateur can enter the Rallye du Maroc, it is incredibly accessible and the sensation of freedom is not unlike that of a bike. It is the best of both worlds. Up until now there’s been about ten on the start line. In the short term there will be 50 or so, because the notion of enjoyment I talked about earlier is completely in phase with SSVs.”

SSV, the car category accessible to all, continues to evolve. In addition to racing alongside the bikes and quads and away from the cars and trucks, SSVs will also have refuelling every 80 kilometres and an assistance point per special, allowing you to embark on this adventure in total serenity and with reduced preparation costs.

If you want to drive without a co-driver we can equip you with an electronic road book.

THE ENDURO CUP: THE BIKE CATEGORY TO DISCOVER RALLY RAID…

David Castera :

“The Rallye du Maroc is the shortest, the most economical, the closest to Europe, the one where the distances aren’t excessive. In a word, the most accessible rally!
I know the world of enduro well and the things that stop them trying their hand at rally raid. It is why Enduro Cup participants will have an electronic road book – a first!
Turn up with two tyres, two mousses and the right gearing. It’s all you need.”

The Rallye du Maroc in the ENDURO CUP class is the perfect way of taking your first steps in rally raid. A short format, reasonable daily distances, no riding at night, a different route than for the cars and trucks, refuelling every 120 kilometres, a light bike with few modifications, all the ingredients for a successful first experience in security!

In addition to simplified preparation, you can discover the art of navigation gradually thanks to the electronic road book: no road book preparation, no modifications to be made, no road book reader to buy and fit, no trip metre needed and thus a simple and lightweight ‘cockpit’. The best way to discover rally raid navigation easily on your first adventure into the Moroccan desert!

For those of you that have no assistance the organisers will provide a ‘motorcycle truck’ zone, as the pioneers had, with tools, tents, equipment and advice from professionals there to help you.

A ROUTE INCORPORATING LOOPS FOR IMPROVED SAFETY…

David Castera :
“On most rallies the assistance crews cover 500 to 600 kilometres per day and the competitors long liaisons. Both are a source of risk and fatigue.
In the continuity of the concept born in Morocco we will continue run loops, for increased enjoyment and safety.”

– 3 stages in loops at the heart of the event, so that assistance crews can relax and take advantage of the bivouac.
– 900 km maximum for the assistance crews to drive over the entire Rally du Maroc.
– just very short liaison stages for the competitors over the whole rally.

A SPECIALLY ADAPTED CAR / TRUCK CATEGORY ROUTE…

David Castera :
“Rally raid is 40 years old. There are some magnificent vehicles around that can still race and provide a different kind of enjoyment.
I want to go back to the roots of the discipline, to its original spirit. Classic vehicles themselves retain this same philosophy and my intention is to design a route for driving enjoyment that will be completely adapted to vehicles of this era.”

The Rallye du Maroc offers owners of classic race vehicles a shorter route using the best and most suitable sections of the route, with the added comfort of an electronic road book.

More information very shortly!

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A CONVIVIAL ATMOSPHERE AT THE HEART OF THE BIVOUAC…

David Castera :
“The traditional friendliness of the discipline is no longer perceptible in bivouacs. I want to bring back the soul of rally raid once the competitors have come off the piste.
I want to offer a real service to the competitors so that they can easily gain access to the organisers, share a glass, have a chat and continue to race in a good atmosphere.”

As the competitors are no longer all together on the same piste, the bivouac, thanks to an especially reserved area, will allow all the participants of the rally to meet up and share their day’s adventures.

This ‘Oasis’ brings together, around the hotel’s swimming pool, all the services you might need: doctors, physiotherapists, the competitor relations service, TV screens, results, briefings, tables and chairs, with highlighters and pens to prepare your road books with the help of professionals, an open bar, music…

NAVIGATION AT THE HEART OF THE RALLYE DU MAROC…

David Castera :

“Rally raid is a mixture of navigation, endurance and speed. With the arrival of GPS in 1993, navigation became prominent. The GPS has become a navigation aid that organisers can struggle to control.
I want to go back to the time before GPS. The only means of navigation should be the road book, the GPS should only be a way for the organisers to check, not an aid to competitors.”

Navigation is the corner stone of rally raid, an aspect that differentiates it from traditional rallies. Depending on the stage and the nature of the terrain, the Rallye du Maroc will use all the existing types of waypoints (WPS, WPM, WPC, WPE) so as to act as a springboard towards longer and harder rallies. However, particular emphasis will be put on WPCs for which the GPS will give no indications to reach their centre and which can only be achieved by reading and interpreting the road book.

In parallel, the organisers are working on a completely new type of navigation on certain stages and parts of specials, but we will say more about that shortly.

A MARATHON STAGE FOR THE BIKES…

David Castera :
“The ease of mechanical access on bikes and cars is totally different. Certain teams also come to Morocco to prepare for the Dakar.
Because it is above all part of the culture of bike racers to be autonomous and to be able to sort themselves out and because I don’t want to leave competitors stuck out on the piste but get them home to the finish, the marathon stage will be reserved uniquely for bikes / quads and SSVs.”

To maintain rally raid tradition, the bikes / quads / SSVs will spend a night out under the stars of the Moroccan desert far from civilisation, with only each other to help with assistance.

The marathon bivouac will nevertheless be comfortable and a bag will be transported for you by the organisers.

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ALL THE INGREDIENTS OF RALLY RAID BROUGHT UP TO DATE…

 

David Castera :

“My desire to get back to the essence of rally raid doesn’t mean doing away with all evolutions, notably that of the comfort of a hotel at the end of a stage.
A ‘billy’ and canned food are from another era.
Excellent infrastructures now exist at the gateways to the desert and it is via them that I want to rediscover the values of sharing that have disappeared from bivouacs.”

While the Rallye du Maroc wants to respect the DNA of the discipline: adventure, discovery, effort and solidarity, technical developments and infrastructure improvements allow Rallye du Maroc participants to enjoy comfortable living conditions.

The racing distances and the virtually non-existent liaisons will leave you time, once you’ve finished your stage, to take advantage of the hotels at the stage stops, (all categories of hotels, some with swimming pools…). Only a marathon stage for the bikes, quads and SSVs will feature a night out under a Moroccan tent.

A TURNKEY RALLY

David Castera :
“For all of you that want adventure without logistical constraints, I want to propose a complete service. Flights, transfers, hotels, assistance, we can take care of it all for you.
You sign up, we do the rest, a sort of rally raid concierge!”

You don’t have the time or desire to take care of your logistics? Contact us and we’ll organise everything for you.

Transporting a vehicle to Morocco and taking care of the customs formalities can sometimes dampen your enthusiasm. Give us your vehicles and all you have to do is take a flight so as to be reunited with material.

Tell us your needs and we will offer a turnkey solution!