The stars of the rally in the motorcycle, car and truck categories were in full force on Thursday, a day before the start of the Morocco Rally in Zagora – a race that is considered a key precursor event to the legendary Dakar Rally, which will take place in Saudi Arabia. Arabia in January 2022.
“We (the KTM team) are working. We have done a lot of testing in America, and now this race (Rally Morocco) is very important for us just to continue the development and to work with the team, just to have the bike. in the best condition for the Dakar (2022) (Rally, organized in Saudi Arabia in January next year) “, said Kevin Benavides, KTM rider.
The Rally started with a qualifying stage of 10 km Thursday afternoon and the leading cars will then take the start of the first of five desert stages on Friday.
The Morocco Rally, known until the early 2000s as the Atlas Rally, is a full-scale rehearsal of the Dakar, which will take place in Saudi Arabia next January. A goal for the Qatari pilot Nasser Al-Attiyah, three-time winner of the competition.
“(It’s) nice to be here again, and we see everyone coming and participating in this race (Rallye du Maroc). It’s very important for everyone because it’s a really tough race and you can learn a lot, you know, “Red Bull Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah.
The first desert stage of 298.24 km will be divided into two sections. Competitors will face 1,633.52 km against the clock over the six days on a total course of 2,686.80 km.