The Rallye du Maroc is both a much looked forward to and demanding stop on the Rallies World Championship calendar due to its challenging terrain and testing navigation. With five looping stages departing and returning to the town of Zagora, all competitors will face punishing sand dunes and technical trails before they reach the finish line. Scheduled to cover a total distance of 2,657 kilometres, following the 10-kilometre event opening prologue on Friday October 8 the rally begins in earnest with the first of five consecutive stages on Saturday, October 9.
After a strong start to the championship, including his impressive victory at the Rally Kazakhstan 2021 season-opener, Ross Branch is looking forward to competing at the Rallye du Maroc. Enjoying an extensive period of testing with the team and clocking up many miles on his Yamaha WR450F Rally over the summer months, the Botswana native heads to Morocco with confidence and a solid race strategy. With the entry list boasting a considerably deeper field of riders than previously seen this year, Ross is excited to see where he stacks up against the best rally racers in the world.
Adrien Van Beveren currently occupies sixth position in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship standings. Just a handful of points away from second place, a strong finish in Morocco will undoubtedly elevate the Frenchman up the leaderboard. Noting the Rallye du Maroc as one of his favourite rallies, Van Beveren is eager to get started and with the five-day race featuring plenty of sand dunes, he’s confident for a solid result.
As the winner of the event in 2019, Andrew Short knows just what it takes to be successful at the Rallye du Maroc. With the American spending ample time with the team in Europe during the summer, the 38-year-old’s focus was on further developing his Yamaha WR450F Rally in preparation for the upcoming races. Now, with an improved motorcycle, Short will give his very best effort to ensure his name features at the top of the timesheets on each day of the rally.
The Rallye du Maroc kicks off with a prologue to determine the starting order on Friday October 8 with stage one taking place the very next day. Four further stages then follow before the event draws to a close on Wednesday October 13.