Motorcycle rally-raid: the definitive route of the Dakar 2016
This time it’s the right one! Only 3 and a half months before the start in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the final route of the Dakar 2016 has finally been completed by the organizer (ASO), twice forced to review its copy following the withdrawals of Chile in April and then Peru. in August due to natural disasters.
This time it’s the right one! Only 3 and a half months before the start in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the final route of the Dakar 2016 has finally been completed by the organizer (ASO), twice forced to review his copy following withdrawals from then due to disasters. natural.
Fewer dunes, but more technical trails
"It is thanks to the immediate involvement and unwavering commitment of the Bolivian and Argentinean authorities by our side that we were able to find the appropriate technical solutions in order to meet the new challenge that imposed itself on us at the end. of the month of August. It is the loyalty to the Dakar of the institutions of the two countries which today allows to offer to the competitors a quality edition 2016 ", underlines with relief Etienne Lavigne, director of the event..
Thanks to this "fidelity", the Dakar 2016 will take place on the scheduled dates (technical checks on December 31, 2015, arrival on January 16, 2016) and on an unchanged number of stages..
On the other hand, the design of the route is logically less varied than last year, when the caravan crossed two additional countries..
The first three days of the race will therefore have fewer passages in the dunes but "more technical tracks", says ASO. A new kind of marathon stage will then be launched to reach Bolivia: all the vehicles will be gathered in a closed park and their drivers will have to ensure the maintenance themselves, the very principle of the marathon stage..
"We are going to set up a totally closed park in Jujuy while the assistance vehicles anticipate the long road to Uyuni. The Bolivian stay retains the specificity of requiring competitors to three days of racing at high altitude", explains the holder of the title Marc Coma, now .
After joining Salta for the day of rest on January 10, the Dakar drivers will return to the track towards Rosario, taking the route initially designed for the 2016 edition..
Traced in the Andes Cordillera, the following six stages will require a foolproof physique to face the cold and the lack of oxygen which are added to the usual technical difficulties of the "king of rallies"…
"The concept of endurance will take on its full meaning on these stages, since the bikes and quads will have a second marathon stage to manage in the second week. I have the feeling that twists and turns at the front of the race are more than likely on these stages. ", warns Coma. And with 5 Dakar titles to his credit, the ex-leader of the KTM clan knows what he’s talking about…
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The Dakar 2016 program
- 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
- 01/12: 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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