Dakar Rally joins forces with Sonora Rally to
bring Dakar Challenge to North America
February 17, 2016
Sonora Rally Update 2
DAKAR COMES TO
SONORA RALLY * Win a free entry to Dakar Rally *
Quinn Cody, last year’s winner negotiates the dunes in
LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- The idea behind the creation of Sonora Rally was to
build an event to help spur the growth of rally raid type rallies in
North America. There are iconic rally raid events on every continent
except North America, so there was a need here for an event to build a
community where all types of racers and enthusiasts can learn, compete
and discover new challenges, and a new way of riding. We are pleased to
announce that ASO, Dakar Rally organizers, also support this vision and
has chosen Sonora Rally to be a part of the Dakar Challenge for 2016.
This exciting news means that those eligible motorcycle
racers that register for the Dakar Challenge at the 2016 Sonora Rally
can win a free entry into the 2017 Dakar Rally.
“This is amazing news for the Sonora Rally and Dakar
enthusiasts in Mexico, the US and Canada” says rally director and two
time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton. “It means we will be able to
reward the winner of the Dakar Challenge with the ultimate prize that
all rally enthusiasts dream about, an entry ticket to the Dakar Rally.”
"The ASO is delighted to be part of this great
adventure. Beyond the common sporting aspects between the Sonora Rally
and the Dakar (navigation, dune crossing, road-book...), the two events
share the same spirit of discovery, adventure, and ultimate desert
experience. We look forward to welcoming the winner of the Dakar Challenge
within the community". - Marc Coma, Dakar Sporting Director, 5
times Dakar Winner.
Motorcycle entrants will be able to register for the Dakar
Challenge on the Sonora Rally web page www.sonorarally.com.There they will find the requirements for eligibility.
of the Altar Desert bring unprecedented challenge and adventure,
a perfect training ground for those aiming for the Dakar Rally.
The sport of rally raid is defined by its’ long stages,
navigation challenges and incredible terrain. The Dakar Rally is the
largest and most famous event of its kind and considered the ultimate
motorsport challenge. Since 1979, that challenge is often defined by
iconic dune stages. The Dakar, now taking place in South America, takes
racers to unseen places and on an emotional journey. This is the same
type of adventure that Sonora Rally wishes to provide.
mountains, to the dunes, to the beaches of the sea of Cortez,
Sonora bringsincredible varying terrain.
“Attending my first Dakar in 1996 and watching the boat
leave for Morocco I was instantly hooked on the combination of
adventure and intense competition that defined the Dakar Rally. A
couple of years later I was racing through Erg Chebbi in the Sahara completely
overawed by the dunes. After the rally, while visiting Sonora, I saw
the dunes of the Altar Desert and I knew that one day we needed to do a
rally here. There is no other rally in North America that offers this
type of terrain and navigation challenge. Just like the Dakar.”
Sonora is a unique part of the world, not just of Mexico.
It has incredible varying terrain including the only North American erg
(a large sea of dunes formed by wind-blown sand), the imposing Sierra
Madre mountains and rare deciduous tropical forests. “One thing that
struck me on my first Dakar was traveling through changing landscapes.
The mountains gave way to the Sahara, which then turned tropical after
crossing the Niger river. Our future vision for Sonora Rally is to share
this type of experience in a condensed version.” said Skilton.
scouting new territory brings the best of the Sonora desert to this
rally, most of
which has never been raced on before, or even explored by the
off-road racing community.
Sonora Rally takes place April 3rd-7th
in Sonora, Mexico. Starting in the town of San Luis Rio Colorado and
finishing in the resort of Puerto Peñasco, where a new Dakar Challenge
winner will be crowned. The people of Sonora look forward to welcoming
challenge for those who go, a dream for those who stay behind!”
More information can be found on the Dakar Challenge page
of the Sonora Rally website: