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The DAKAR 2006, will take off from Lisbon!

This morning (11/5), the Dakar organisers have unveiled the major lines of the 28th edition that will take place from the 31st of December to the 15th of January 2006.

After the rally had already started in France and Spain, it will this time take off from Portugal and its capital Lisbon before heading to Africa.







The technical and administrative scrutineering will be held in the ‘White city’ on the 28th, 29th and 30th of December and will be followed by a first very demanding special.

Once the Mediterranean Sea crossed, the rally caravan will head to Dakar going through Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and Guinea (that hasn’t been visited by the Dakar since 1986) and finally Senegal.

The course that is currently being prepared will be a trademark of the new team built around Etienne Lavigne, organisation director.

Stéphane Le Bail, in charge of the car race and David Castera, in charge of the bike race, will bring their enthusiasm and their experience of rally-raid to carry on the progression of the Dakar.

The experiences and concerns of the past few years have decided the organisers to adopt a series of new measures with a goal to improve the security of the competitors and the populations of the countries travelled through.

As of 2006, the speed will be forbidden above 150km/h for the bikes and trucks.
For the cars, A.S.O. is studying with the different federations a possibility to set a maximum speed on all or some parts of the specials that could prove to have risks linked to high speeds.

 In addition, the Iritrack position system for the competitors that was tested during the 2005 rally will be mandatory for the drivers and teams in the race as well as on the assistance course.

Editorial
Preparation for the next edition of the DAKAR is already underway – and we’re in it heart and soul.
Continuing in the event’s historic vein, the latest in line will also be open to change and adaptations, so that this tremendous human adventure may go on.

It is in this spirit that we have built up a new team. Co-driver and course-setter of renown in our discipline, Stéphane LE BAIL will be ready for DAKAR duty, contributing his refined knowledge of Africa as car race organizer.

3rd in the 1997 DAKAR and last winner of the “Gilles Lalay Classic”, David CASTERA will be bringing a fresh approach to the event together with all his bike-racing experience.

The tone is set. Being attentive to you will be our priority.
This is also one of the missions assigned since last year to Frédéric LEQUIEN, an invaluable relay in the organization as manager of competitor relations.

The 2006 enrolment brochure, in which all the event’s developments will be set out, will be sent to you at the beginning of June for the opening of entries.
With enhanced information our constant concern, and before the announcement of the new course, this first DAKAR NEWS gives you a glimpse of the new measures and adaptations which will help you to begin your preparation.

From the 13th May 2005, discover the main information about the next course and all new sporting events for 2006 on www.dakar.com.
Be seeing you soon.

Etienne Lavigne - Dakar Director


Motorcyle  Update
With the help and backing of the F.F.M, A.S.O. has proposed a change in the regulations concerning the +450ccs to the F.I.M.
It will enable DAKAR 2006 competitors to individually choose their capacity.
This request will be submitted for approval to the world F.I.M meeting in June 2005.

Fuel range will change from 350 kms to 250 kms. The advantage of this reduction is that competitors will no longer be forced to fit a large tank.
Since machines will be around 20 kgs lighter, bikes will be all the more manœuvrable.

In addition, more frequent refuelling halts, where 15-minute breaks will be respected, will enable longer recovery times.
The satellite monitoring system (IriTrack) and excess speed warning (Sentinel) will be mandatory, and included in the vehicle lump sum, for all race competitors in 2006.

More on the DAKAR site !







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