"Dakar school" at the Afriquia Merzouga Rally
Once again, the rally turned out to be the ideal place for all those dreaming of racing in the Dakar. Its tough course, the support provided by star riders such as Dutchman Frans Verhoeven and the evening courses given after each stage upheld the rally's raison d'être: "helping everyone to get better and become a good rally raid racer", explains the creator of the race, Edo Mossi. Two competitors stood out from the rest: Anthony Boursaud (Yamaha) and Éric Abel (Polaris) in the Side by Side category. They were first in the "Road to Dakar" classification for competitors who want to take part in the Dakar.