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Old 05-03-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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2013 Merzouga Rally, Morocco

Hi,

I'm planning to race this event in October. Anyone else want to go? Currently thinking about hiring a bike, unless enough US folks want to go to make shipping feasible.

Dates: October 20-26, 2013

http://www.merzougarally.com/

https://www.facebook.com/merzouga.rally?fref=ts

Check out last year's ADV thread, too. Well attended last year.

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Old 05-03-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:51 AM   #4
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I'm starting to work on logistics for this. If you are interested in coming along, drop me an email.

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:59 AM   #5
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I'm starting to work on logistics for this. If you are interested in coming along, drop me an email.

Dave
Hi Dave,

Thanks for the links ... now know Merzouga is a small village near Erg Chebbi, and that rallyeman had a KLR fall apart under him at an fim event and now races an electric rally bike ... pretty cool!

I have a sister & brother-in-law and nephews and a nice in Marrakesh, which looks to be due west of Merzouga ... so I'll be interested in hearing about your logistics, and of course following along as a fan of yours in your role as racer and long-time ADV Rider guy ... ha.

What is the $1400 Euro Raid/Ride entry fee for?

Guess you got some practice riding in sand in AZ recently ... looks like it will stand you in good stead for Erg Chebbi ...?

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Old 06-16-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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I've lined up rental bikes and support. RenoMoto and I are racing. Sid is joining us from the UK.

Who else?

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:49 AM   #7
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:51 AM   #8
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:35 AM   #9
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:13 AM   #10
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Hi

Where are you renting from ??
Id be interested to know the costs
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:27 AM   #11
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from official Merzouga Rally pages (not in English so far..):

Tout est prêt pour la quatrième édition du Merzouga Rallye qui cette année comprendra plus de 100 équipages motos, quads et SSV.
Parmi les équipes officielles qui ont choisi le rally parrainé par Edo Mossi comme un test final pour les motos et les coureurs en préparation du Dakar 2014 on trouve l’équipe Honda HRC avec Helder Rodrigues et Sam Sunderland, le team HRC Speedbrain avec Paulo Goncalves (no Botturi??), le Team Yamaha avec Olivier Pain et Frans Verhoeven et team GAS GAS avec Jordi Viladoms, Gerard Farres, Marc Guash et Dani Oliveras.
Pour la catégorie SSV douze équipages vont se présenter à la ligne de départ le 20 Octobre, le team Los Amigos défi Xtreme Plus et le Club Espagnol Deportivo Delphi.
Parmi les nouveautés de cette année, six étapes pour un total de 1.250 km, un warm up de 120 km pour permettre aux pilotes de se familiariser avec la diversité des terrains en Afrique sub-saharienne, le troisième jour une étape marathon avec un bivouac de tentes dans le désert, et le grand Prix des Dunes.
Le Merzouga Rally sera la troisième et dernière étape du championnat Rally Pro Series, le championnat promu par Edo Mossi avec un prix de 7500€ pour la catégorie Rallye ainsi que pour la catégorie Rallye Lite.
Jordi Viladoms, vainqueur du Rallye de Serres, la seconde manche du Rally Pro Series, prendra le départ avec le numéro 1, suivi par Frans Verhoeven et Henk Knuiman.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #12
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entry list available here
http://www.merzougarally.com/wp-cont...TRY-LIST2.xlsx

NR NAME LAST NAME NAT. BRAND TEAM
1 JORDI VILADOMS ESP GAS GAS GAS GAS
2 FRANS VERHOEVEN NED YAMAHA YAMAHA MOTOR
3 HENK KNUIMAN NED KTM TEAM HENK KNUIMAN
4 PEDRO BIANCHI PRATA PT HUSQVARNA BIANCHI PRATA
5 NICOLAS CARDONA VEN YAMAHA PEDREGA TEAM
6 OLIVIER PAIN FRA YAMAHA YAMAHA MOTOR
7 HELDER RODRIGUES PT HONDA HONDA HRC RALLY
8 PAULO GONCALVES PT HONDA HONDA HRC SPEEDBRAIN
9 SAM SUNDERLAND GB HONDA HONDA HRC RALLY
10 GERARD FARRES ESP GAS GAS GASGAS
11 DANI OLIVERAS ESP GAS GAS GASGAS
12 JOAN PEDRERO ESP BETA BETA MACHETTI
14 MARCO GANDINI ITA KTM AMX
15 FRANCOIS CHARLIAT FRA GAS GAS GAS GAS MAROC
16 ARNAUD DEBRON FRA GAS GAS GAS GAS MAROC
18 THIERRY DIEULEVEUT FRA GAS GAS GAS GAS MAROC
19 MARC GUASCH ESP GAS GAS GAS GAS
20 ANTONIO GIMENO ESP HUSABERG ENDUROPRO
21 CESARE ZACCHETTI ITA KTM AFRICA DREAM
22 ANGELO PEDEMONTE ITA HONDA AFRICA DREAM
23 GUSTAVO QUERALES VEN YAMAHA PEDREGA TEAM
24 ARNOLD BRUCY FRA KTM RANDO RAID MAROC
25 MATTEO RIZZI ITA YAMAHA
26 CHRIS BARWICK UK KTM DESERT ROSE
27 ANDREA FESANI ITA BETA AFRICA DREAM
28 STEFANO PELLONI ITA HONDA
29 NICHOLAS CRAIGIE IE CCM YOUNG AND OLD IRELAND
30 GORDON CLARKE IE TM RALLY YOUNG AND OLD IRELAND
31 DAVID BATALLA ESP GAS GAS
32 MARCOS PEDROLA ESP GAS GAS
33 PATSY QUICK UK KTM DESERT ROSE
34 ROSA ROMERO ESP KTM NANI RACING
35 EMANUELE MUSAZZI ITA KTM AFRICA DREAM
36 FRANCESCO TARRICONE ITA BETA ABC RALLY ACTION TEAM
37 MAX GRASSI ITA YAMAHA
38 RAFAEL ERNESTO ERASO ANGLADE VEN YAMAHA PEDREGA TEAM
39 ALEXANDRE AZINHAIS PT HUSQVARNA BIANCHI PRATA
40 FABRIZIO FASOLINI ITA HUSQVARNA BIANCHI PRATA
41 ALEX BOUSQUETS ESP HUSQVARNA TEAM BUSQUETS
42 FABRIZIO BERRINI ITA KTM
43 RAMON BRUCART ESP YAMAHA TRACK LEVER RACING
44 LUIS CALDERAY ESP PEDREGA TEAM
45 PAUL CARLYLE GB KTM DESERT ROSE
46 DAMIEN UDRY CH HONDA TEAM MONNIER
47 IGNACIO CHIVITE ESP YAMAHA XADO MOTO TEAM
48 PATRICK MARTO FRA
49 TXOMIN ARANA ESP YAMAHA GOR SPORT
50 VICTOR OLIVEIRA PT BIANCHI PRATA
51 LUCIANO DI BATISTA VEN HM TEAM MASSONI SPORT
52 LYNDON POSKITT GB LYNDON POSKITT RACING
53 KURT BURROUGHS GB KTM LYNDON POSKITT RACING
54 COVADONGA FERNANDEZ ESP PEDREGA TEAM
55 RICHARD DORS GB KTM DESERT ROSE/MOLSON
56 KEVIN GURR GB KTM DESERT ROSE
57 OLIVER LLOYD GB Speedbrain OWL RACING
58 EDUARDO MARCOS ECHANIZ ESP PEDREGA TEAM
59 FABIO MAURI ITA YAMAHA
60 ALBERTO MAURI ITA KTM FAST TEAM
61 THOMAS DE BOIS NED KTM TEAM HENK KNUIMAN
62 HUMPHREY SENN VAN BASSEL NED KTM TEAM HENK KNUIMAN
63 PAOLO MICHELOTTI RSM KTM
64 ANDREW NEWLAND GB KTM DESERT ROSE
65 DIEGO ORTEGA GIL ESP YAMAHA DELFI SPORT
66 PHILIP PAGE GB YAMAHA PP + C RACING
67 GIORGIO PAPA ITA HONDA
68 LUCIANO PEGORARO ITA BETA BETA MACHETTI
69 RAFAEL VILLANUEVA ESP KTM DIET FOOD
70 ROBIN POWELL GB KTM DESERT ROSE/MOLSON
71 MIKE SHEPHERD NZ KTM
72 MATTHEW SMITH GB DESERT ROSE/MOLSON
73 ANDREA VALSECCHI ITA HONDA ASD FAST TEAM
74 JONATHAN WILSON GB KTM DESERT ROSE/MOLSON
75 NORBERT DUBOIS FRA KTM
76 ANDREA MANCINI ITA BETA BETA MACHETTI
77 CLAUDIO CORRADINI ITA KTM
78 MARC MOLINEAUX GB KTM
79 ROBERT HUGHES GB HUSQVARNA
80 MARCO TABANELLI ITA KTM AFRICA DREAM
81 ENRIC MARTI FLIX ESP GAS GAS GAS GAS
82 ALESSANDRO BOTTURI ITA SPEEDBRAIN AFRICA DREAM

so it will be a sort of no-stop for many riders still busy at Oylibia Rally


nice to see Chivite (on a "proper" bike this time?), Andrea Mancini (the fastest Rallyman in the Italian Championship... after Botturi this year), and many old and new names (Charliat, Jean Brucy's brother, Patsy, Lyndon, the GasGas Team etc)
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:44 AM   #13
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Next f5estival...

And with the Maroc Rally done and dusted... let our f5ocus now fall on the Merzouga Rally... lot's of top riders and teams on this one as well!
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