GENERAL QUESTIONS

The Dakar is the biggest rally-raid in the world, but above all it is an unforgettable human adventure in which professionals and amateurs fulfil their dreams and accomplish one of the biggest challenges of their lives.

Click here to learn more about the Dakar.

Everyone can enter the Dakar; the only condition is to be at least 18-years of age. You do not need to be a rally-raid champion to take part. The goal of the Dakar is to have both professionals and amateurs participating in the same rally and on the same route. Only Bikes and Quads are subject to a selection. Candidates must be able to justify a first successful experience in Rally Raid. Find here all the selection criteria.

You can find the regulations for each category here. Attention, this is the regulation of the Dakar 2019. Changes will be made and communicated later.

Information to come later

BEFORE THE RACE

Registration:

Registrations will be open May 15th, 2019.

The closing of entries for the bikes and quads is July 15th, 2019. The closing of entries for the cars, SXS and trucks is November 1st, 2019.

The entry includes: boat trips for the vehicles (from Europe to the host country and the return trip from the host country to Europe), the sports rights, medical assistance, meals provided in the bivouac, an insurance (click here for more information about insurance), GPS and safety equipment, the eco contribution and refuelling in the special stages (for bikes and quads only).

Find the list of the eligible vehicles in the article 9P of the car/truck regulations and in the article 7P of the bike/quad regulations.

If you want to receive more information, click here.

The Dakar Competitors Department can be contacted by e-mail at: concurrents@dakar.com or by phone at: + 33 (0) 1 41 33 14 60

You can find the list of our representatives in your country here.

Procedures required / Mandatory documents to obtain:

In September, we will communicate you the list of the nationalities concerned by the visas procedures and the contact of one supplier able to do the visas formalities towards the embassies on your behalf.

Information regarding customs procedures will be communicated later.

Click here for more information concerning licenses.

We strongly recommend you more than strongly that hold personal medical insurance coupled with individual accidents guarantee. 

Optional insurance will be presented and proposed in the next months and their subscription is recommended to adapt your insurance program to the risks associated with your participation in the rally.

Transportation and accommodation:

The transportation of vehicles is done by ship from Europe to the host country as is the return trip from the host country to Europe. 

The ports and dates will be published at a later date. Transportation solutions will also be proposed from other major international ports. Information to come later.

You are responsible for the travel expenses, accommodation and meals for you and your team before the start.

Voyage Sport Organisation, the Dakar travel agency, offers transportation and accommodation solutions from the start to the finish of the Dakar.

Please contact Laurence Avigo and her team (T. + 33 1 41 33 14 85 / vso@aso.fr) for more information.

Preparing for the Dakar:

You can find a list of preparers and the services they provide by clicking here.

There are several rallies to prepare for the Dakar:

The Dakar Series : The Afriquia Merzouga Rallye (www.merzougarally.com/fr/)

Les road to Dakar (click on "Other Events")

The legs FIM World Cup for bikes (www.fim-live.com/fr/sport/sport/cross-counrty-rallies/) or the FIA Weold Cup for cars/ side by side/ trucks (www.fia.com/events/world-cup-cross-country-rallies/season-2019/events-calendar)

Click here to get advice on how to prepare your budget.

We organise ‘’turnkey’’ trips to bring your family and sponsors as close to the rally as possible. Thibault BRACAMONTE (tbracamonte@aso.fr) is at your disposal for more information

DURING THE EVENT

The Dakar Competitors Department is at your disposal in the Central in the bivouac to answer at all your questions about rankings, withdrawn, customs, transportation…

Scrutineering:

Information to come later

You must present the following original documents (of current validity) on the day of the verifications:

  • A valid passport at least until 30/06/2020
  • Visas (depending on your nationality)
  • Authorization to compete on foreign soil for competitors not having French citizenship
  • A driver’s license corresponding to the category
  • An international FIM or FIA competitor license for the year 2020
  • Vehicle registration or loan authorization

Vehicles not passing the verifications will not be authorized to start the rally.

Health & Safety:

Click here to find the safety and medical services put in place.

A staff of 60 health care professionals will be at your disposal during the evening in the bivouac (emergency physician, radiologist…)

Medical expenses and hospitalisation up to €4500 with the authorization of the rally Medical Director will be covered by the organisers. 

Expenses above this limit will be at your expense (or that of your own insurer). Click here for more information.

We strongly recommend you more than strongly that hold personal medical insurance coupled with individual accidents guarantee.

Safety equipment:

Information to come later

Sport / Logistics:

Information to come later

For more information, please read article 24P3 on “Withdrawals and Disqualification” of the Bike/quad regulations Moto/Quad. 

For more information, please read article 47P3 on “Withdrawals and Disqualification” of the Car, SxS and Truck regulations Auto, SxS, Camion

All accredited drivers (competitors and assistance) on the Dakar must sign a charter, a commitment to proper behaviour before the start of the event. Compliance with all driving laws in the various countries is an absolute necessity. The data recorded by the GPS’ are analysed in order to sanction infractions. Speed checks are also carried out by local law enforcement. On the road, all vehicles are required to have their headlights on.

Communication

AFTER THE EVENT

The vehicles are repatriated by ship from the host country to Europe. The vehicles will be able for pick up during the month of February, 2020.

Information to come later

No vehicles, even if partially or totally destroyed, can be left in one of the Dakar countries after the event. For more information, refer to the article 29P4 of the car/truck regulations.

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