In 2016 the racing category is going to be more interesting, exciting, challenging yet enjoyable than in any previous year. By the 11th year of the rally we fine tuned the race, like a precision instrument.
There will be offroad stages and geo checkpoints in Europe. The 3000 km mad dash across Europe will be lighter and more thrilling than in the previous years. However, the race will not be decided in Europe.
Days in Morocco will be shorter than usual. The track will not be as car wrecking and equipment breaking as in earlier years. The geo-challenges will require more navigation and brain power . There will be fewer “time-gate” type challenges.
We’re thriving to make the experience fun and enjoyable, yet challenging for returning racers and first time Bamako participants alike. In Morocco only one day will be longer than 500 kilometers. You’ll have time to really take in an enjoy the rally.
The Merzouga-Erg Chigaga stage will be a classic Saharan rally section with ghost towns, oasises and lots of navigational check points. With an early start you can catch the sunrise in Merzouga and the sunset in Chigaga.
Assa-Laayoune promises old Dakar tracks and dry salt flats. Around Dakhla you’ll have time to repair your vehicle and stay at one of the most amazing spots in the desert.
In Mauritania the race category will travel to the B2 Beach, but it will not continue to Noukachott. Race teams will have an amazing drive from B2 Beach to Atar through the sand. From Atar the most demanding offroad stage will take drivers on a 500km virgin desert to Tidjikja. On the Tidjikja-Kiffa stage teams will be able to encounter desert nomads and treasure hunt challenges around a lake full of desert crocodiles.
The Kiffa-Kayes stage will see some sand and soft savannah driving, but it’ll be mostly dry riverbeds and quaint African villages. Mali will be simply breathtaking and fantastic.
GEO-CHALLENGES & TRACK WRITING
The track writing mission will be headed by Bamako race veteran and referee, Kalman “Lustee” Lukacs Toth. No one knows the spirit of the rally and the needs of the competitors better that Lustee . “I want to create a track that’s not exceedingly demanding, gentle on the car, but allows the competitor to remain competitive and enjoy the sights at the same time”, said Lustee recently. Lustee is the main engineer of our race tracking system and a veteran of 6 Bamakos.
In the last two Bamako Rallies tracking related protests and arguments have been completely eliminated. We started using a local area network and GPS based tracking system. The Bamako Race Tracking system uploads race information from the competitors via WIFI to the referees every night at the bivuac. This amazing system has settled every argument and problematic situation and ensures that we have a fair and square race. The system has been used in 20 other similar races already.
ENJOY THE NIGHT. ENJOY THE COMMUNITY.
In previous years many competitors have been seduced by the dark side of the touring category. Instead of the nerve-wrecing competition they chose the free spirited parties of the nights. This year we want competitors to stay in the competition, but will give them plenty of opportunities to join the evening fun in the camps and feel part of the community.
The race is a big challenge for bikers. This year because of the shorter stages they’ll have an easier job. They’ll never have to ride more than 500kilometers a day. They’ll have opportunities to fill their bikes and for the first time this fall they have to pay only 50% of the car’s entry fee.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE
Track writing and recon begins in November. Let us know if you’d like to make changes, adjustments or have special wishes. .