Friday, October 04, 2013

The Rally of Morocco Attracts Record Entries

Between the 12th and 19th of October the backroads of Southern Morocco will be the scene for some great off road action as the 14th edition of the Rally of Morocco takes place with a record number of 200 teams

Australian "Cairns Coconut Resort" entry does battle with the sand

The "OiLibya" Rally of Morocco is set to become the next biggest desert rally after the Dakar.  The rally, and its French organisers, promise spectacular battles in the various categories: cars, bikes, trucks and quads.

200 teams comprising some 280 competitors will be at the start. It is certain not all of them will finish!  With more than 27 nationalities, nearly all continents will be represented at this international event which takes place with the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

The rally will be this year´s final of the FIM World Championship for bikes with the last crucial points for the title to be taken on the Moroccan tracks. So the best bikers of the world like Marc Coma (KTM) or Paulo Góncalves (Honda) will be at the start.

This year, the organiser "NPO Events" is cooperating with many professionals. FIM officials will be present to manage the sporting aspects of the race. Stéphane Le Bail and Pierre Lartigue will open the rally, checking road books to FIA standards. Jean-Marc Bonnay and Mahmoud Essoussi will be responsible for relations with competitors for cars and motorcycles.

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