Dakar – Motorcycle rally-raid: the Dakar 2016 embarks for Argentina –

Motorcycle rally-raid: the Dakar 2016 embarks for Argentina

Dakar - Motorcycle rally-raid: the Dakar 2016 embarks for Argentina -

The 256 European vehicles entered on the Dakar 2016 – out of a total of 354 scheduled for departure on January 2 – embarked this weekend in Normandy on the giant liner "Grande Sao Paulo". A 21-day crossing will take them to Argentina where the 38th edition of the "King of rallies" will kick off..

The 256 European vehicles entered on the – out of a total of 354 scheduled for departure on January 2 – embarked this weekend in Normandy on the giant liner "Grande Sao Paulo". A 21-day crossing will take them to Argentina where the 38th edition of the "King of Rallies" will kick off..

Some 140 people were responsible for ensuring the proper registration of cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads of European competitors, gathered in a huge hangar in the port of Le Havre. The opportunity also to install the race numbers and the various safety equipment (GPS, Iritrack, distress beacon, etc.) with the assistance of students from Lycée Lavoisier.

In addition to the 256 cars ready for the race, this boarding of extraordinary dimensions also includes 272 assistance vehicles, 54 press and 40 organization. In total, a large parking lot like "2.5 football pitches was taken over by 631 motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks, representing 3700 linear meters!", Calculates the organizer (ACO) who has already modified the Dakar twice. 2016 following the inability to travel to Bolivia and Chile (read).

In the end, the journey will lead the 354 racing vehicles on a route taking a route between Argentina and Bolivia, starting from Buenos Aires towards Uyuni, then on the way back to Rosario. This 38th edition will have 14 days of racing with a distance to cover of 9000 km, including "about 4500 km" of timed sectors..  

Program and route of the Dakar 2016 

  • 12/31 and 01/01: Administrative and technical checks
  • 02/01: Podium in Buenos Aires
  • 03/01: Buenos Aires – Villa Carlos Paz
  • 04/01: Villa Carlos Paz – Termas de Rio Hondo
  • 05/01: Termas de Rio Hondo – Jujuy
  • 06/01: Jujuy – Jujuy
  • 07/01: Jujuy – Uyuni
  • 08/01: Uyuni – Uyuni
  • 09/01: Uyuni – Salta
  • 01/10: Rest day in Salta
  • 11/01: Salta – Belen
  • 12/01: Belen – Belen
  • 01/13: Belen – La Rioja
  • 01/14: La Rioja – San Juan
  • 01/15: San Juan – Villa Carlos Paz
  • 01/16: Villa Carlos Paz – Rosario

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