Are admissible on invitation, and are considered as a rider, all persons, of whatever nationality, over 18 years of age, holding an international FIM Off-Road Rally Licence.

ASO has the right to refuse any enrolment of a competitor who cannot prove a minimum of recent experience in practicing motorcycle/quad in competition, or who does not have the physical ability to race a Dakar.

The pilots must then have participated in an event belonging to the FIM World Championship and/or in any other event registered on the FIM calendar or on their national calendar.

All the competitors in Motorbike and Quad categories who wish to enter for the first time in the Dakar will have to send us, by post, a file presenting their project.

Their experience will be particularly studied. So, this file will have to present the prize list, the confirmations of participation and the copies of the classifications.

Discover an example of a Dakar selection file: Dakar selection file

So as to ensure the best possible course conditions, a limited number of competitors are invited to participate in the Dakar in each category, including assistance.

A.S.O. Is the sole judge as to the maximum number of competitors allowed in each category.

Reminder, in order to proceed with the selection of amateur riders in motorbike and quad categories, the 15th of July 2019 is the deadline for reception the completed files in these categories. Only the files which the first payment has been received could access to the process of selection.

Consequently, A.S.O. reserves its right to refuse any candidature in accordance with its own selection criteria, including but not restricted to:

  • the candidate’s respectability and moral standards;
  • the candidate’s merit and sporting results, his or her record within the context of the previous competitions;
  • the candidate’s representativeness
  • logistical constraints (for assistance category).

A.S.O. reserves the right to also take into account other criteria which it considers should be included, in accordance with the sporting and economic imperatives to which the Dakar responds.