Paris-Dakar 2005 - The Race, The Changes
Posted at 08:01:52 AM
File under Racing Dakar Race
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Paris, France
Although still 8 months away, information about the 27th and next Paris-Dakar rally have been published by ASO (the organizers of this legendary rally).
After the success of last year, the route has been more or less maintained. In other words, expect another gruelling race. The 2005 race will start in Barcelona, not in France.
The Prize Money
Let's start with the good news; ASO offers a total of 150,000 Euros prize money, which in all likelihood will be won by the professionals.
And since the Paris-Dakar was started as an amateur race, ASO are also providing a 76,250 Euros in prize money for the nonprofessionals !!!
The regulation changes for 2005 are important:
- Quads now have their own category ( up to 250 cc and over 250 cc)
- Sidecars are under the experimental category
- There will be less stages sporting GPS points, so the contestants need to navigate by themselves. Amateurs can get some extra GPS points, but they will also incur a penalty for it
and probably the most important change:
- Motorcycles with twin engines can not have more than 450 cc !! End of the race for the big twins like the KTM 950.
The costs for entering the race have not gone down (no surprise there).
- The Entry Fee is 2,700 Euros.
- The Registration Fee is 9,500 Euros (if you register before 30/07, after that it's 11,700 Euros).
- If you have an assistance car (and you'll need one), it'll cost you between 1,700 Euros and 4,000 Euros, depending on the type of car.
- And then you'll need to pay for your race motorcycle, transportation (you and your bike), hotels, visas and whatever else. Count about 75,000 Euros to compete in the event.
Click here to access the Paris-Dakar web site.