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Dakar 2009 Open For Registration

  Posted at 01:38:41 PM
  File under  Dakar Race
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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The 2009 Dakar edition, Argentina - Chile is open for contestant registration.

The route has now been published. The race starts in Buenos Aires Click for map and ends, 6,000 kms further, back in Buenos Aires. The rally takes you through the low lands, twice through mountains and through the deserts of Northern Chile. So all the fun of the "normal" Dakar race can be found in the 2009 edition, plus the problem of riding motorcycle at very high altitudes. Having lived in Chile for many years, I'd say the route is going to be as demanding as going through North Africa. The area around La Serena Click for map is like a lunar surface.


Registration can be done on-line, but if you're interested, better hurry. Previous edition have been sold out very quickly. The fees remain the same as for the ill-fated 2008 edition, and that includes the boat trip for your motorcycle, so financially it shouldn't be worse then other years.

The fact that this might be the one and only time the Dakar rides in South America, might make this a very popular race. Lots of South Americans (and North Americans) who would never consider competing in the Dakar, now have an opportunity. If you were an contestant in the cancelled 2008 race, you have priority for one month while registering, after that you're in the queue like everyone else. Registrations close on June 30th.

Click here to access the registration page (in English) Open link in a new window

The initial scrutineering takes place in Le Havre, France Click for map (close to where I live) during 26-27 November before the vehicles are placed on the boat. The boat leaves from there. The race itself starts in the 3rd of January, and finishes on the 18th of January.

NOTE: If anyone needs assistance, I'll do my best to help! I live literally 30 minutes away.

Click here to access the Dakar website Open link in a new window

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