Libya Rally gets new name and “Morocco Desert Challenge”


From 16 to 23/04/2017

It had to happen! The Libya Rally, the second largest rally raid in Africa, get after 8 editions a new name. In April 2016 Morocco was the 4th time host of the "rally in exile", with up to 500 participants and members of the organization at the start. The political situation in the Maghreb countries makes all hopes disappear to return to Libya shortly. The stability that Morocco provides, the infinite off-road capabilities of the country, combined with a beautiful, sprawling desert, and the support of the authorities are sufficient reasons to consolidate the link with the new host via a new name: Morocco Desert Challenge.
The flag logo's will change but not the cargo!
Organizer Gert Duson: "In 2008 and 2009 we started in Libya, but that was it sadly on. For political reasons we went to Tunisia in 2010 and 2012 and this country then also received a "no go", Morocco became the new host since 2013. Libya Rally is a concept in the rally-raid world, but it remains annoying if you have to explain every day to to new customers or journalists that the rally no longer take's place in Libya but in Morocco after 8 years.
The connotation of the word "Libya" is now also deteriorating. The country has, since the outbreak of the war in February 2011, transformed into pure chaos. The terrorists of today are IS 300 km from the port of Tripoli. Here you don't want to be associated with it as an organization and as a potential sponsor of the event, .
A logical and strategic choice
The choice of the name "Morocco Desert Challenge" and the baseline "Extreme Rally-Raid" are both logical and strategic in nature. Logical because our rally is one of the most extreme and challenging events of its kind. It is every year a heavy cross-country with very long specials and almost no liaisons. Strategically, we made the decision to integrate the word "Morocco" in the new name. After the problems in Libya and later Tunisia, the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism has received the rally with open arms and year after year assisted by word and deed . With this name change we would also reinforce our commitment to the future and make a statement that the Libya Rally has found his new home.
The specific date for the official name change on the Internet, social media, etc. is September 1, 2016.

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EAO service:

Libya Rally in Morocco for the fourth time.
In 2017 the EAO rally team go's again to provide service for riders of this rally.
Highly recommended for everyone, beautiful slopes and good catering ensure a top-organized rally.
EAO service team is one of the most organized teams in the rally world.
We have an eye for every detail and are always on the go with the best equipment and mechanics.
National presentations:
Mid September 2016 they start each year with a series of national presentations where the new route, race rules, categories and participants are introduced to the rally fans. Detailed information will follow via mail, website and Facebook, but already put these dates in your diary:
Belgium (Flanders): <> ... Soon
Netherlands: <> ... Soon


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De Route:
Morocco cross-country / from coast to coast
 Morocco Desert Challenge continues next year, the only true cross-country rally in Morocco. The great success of the last edition (400 pilots and mechanics) made one trent clear: Rally drivers do not want seven day's of laps around the dunes of Merzouga. The route south to north, seven stages, seven new bivouacs, 7 completely different regions of Agadir on the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Nador on the Mediterranean. Nice varied slopes and landscapes, every day.
Scrutineering and the start will take place in Agadir. This charming resort is strategically a very interesting location (many flights, good hotel, nice bivouac and easily accessible).
Finishing we do next year again on the beach, this time in Saidia, about 50 km from Nador. From here daily boats depart to Spain and France, which makes the ride a lot shorter and more pleasant for tired drivers and mechanics.
The details of what will happen between Agadir and Nador, we will keep silent until the national presentations, but as always it is a new course with absolutely everything in it: fast tracks, technical papers, wide African plains, dunes, salt lakes, new unprecedented tracks, legendary Dakar trails and much more. More info soon.
 Route 2017 coming soon
 Route 2017 coming soon
Professionalisation and safety: GPS Unik & Sentinel
Libya Rally has evolved considerably during the last seven editions. What began in Libya as a tiny rally with 60 participants, mostly ordinary cars and enduro motorcycles, all without assistance teams, has become an internationally respected rally / raid by more than 300 participants and assistants, spread over several categories, plus nearly 100 people crew.
Every year we find that the level of the drivers is increasing and it is also a challenge for an organization to meet the demands of the participant / customer. Logistics and medical level, we have proven to be able to grow through additional investments (many physicians, helicopter, sweeper trucks, a large catering team, etc.). On the sporting side was the "next step" made in 2015 with the introduction of GPS UNIK and the Sentinel. Also in 2016 we choose this option.
Everything about these four categories you read in the "four options". See Libya Rally website.
Rally / Raid for each level: 4 options
1. Category 1 - 'Rally Pro'
2. Category 2 - "Rally Adventure"
2. Category 3 - "Discovery - Raid"
3. Category 4 - Assistance & VIP
Everything about these four categories you read in the "four options". See Libya Rally website.
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EAO Service pakket:
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