At little more than two minutes in length, the Merzouga Rally prologue gave riders the chance to turn their wheels in anger for the first time in what is the 10th running of the event. With less than 10 seconds separating the fastest eight riders, completing the stage without mistakes was the primary objective. In doing that, and posting the fourth fastest time, Van Beveren will begin the event's first full stage on his WR450F Rally machine, well positioned to challenge for the stage win.
Competing in his first ever rally event aboard a Dragon Rally Team prepared WR450F Rally machine, Jamie McCanney posted the third fastest prologue time. Just four seconds behind winner Michael Metge, McCanney now enters the Merzouga Rally focused only on experiencing his first international rally event and learning as much as he can during his time competing in Morocco.