An extreme race, the Dakar, as much as the commitment of organizers and drivers such as Lorenzo Piolini, starting at the Andalucia Rally.
In a climate of global uncertainty, everyone is fighting against time and the virus so that the many drivers from all over the world can race the Dakar, 2021. For many of them it is a stage in their professional career, for others the challenge and the dream of a lifetime, but they all share courage and determination.
“It's not easy, but we're doing our best”. These are the words of David Castera, general manager of Dakar Rally as well as the Andalucia Rally which will take place in the next few days in Spain in the region between Seville and Granada. After the definitive cancellation of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Rally of Andalucia takes the place of the Rallye du Maroc and promises sparks!
Lorenzo Piolini he is at the starting gate with his KTM and his assistance vehicle, ready to face the trip to the south of Spain for what for him, as well as for the majority of international drivers, represents the first real race of this year. “I can't wait to leave - confesses the Milanese driver - and I'm really eager to measure myself against the others to see how far I've reached my training”. He won't use hers motorcycle new, currently being prepared for the Dakar 2021: "I decided to use my old Ktm - with which I won the Touareg Rally and finished eighth in the Transanatolia last year - so as not to risk damaging the new one and above all because on the Andalusian dirt roads I think I will be better off with this vehicle. Among the changes we have made are the additional rear tank, the carbon engine guard and the additional instrumentation which I believe will be invaluable in the race. I will help myself because I want to get by without external assistance". The race after the prologue on Tuesday he will live on a daisy path that will bring the riders back to the same starting point every evening, precisely Villamartin. Four stages with seven special stages in total: on the first day, Wednesday, the riders will face 240 kilometers of selective sectors, the following day 270 and then, on Friday, a 300 kilometer PS and a 210 kilometer race on Saturday for the last day of race for a total of 1354 kilometers in total, of which 1030 in special stages. The first, second and fourth special will consist of two rings while the third, the longest, consists of a single special of 300 kilometers.
The Castera Rally is of enormous importance for drivers who want to go to the Dakar in 2021 because not only will it allow them to pass the final admission exam but will also give the winner of the non-Elite driver class registration for the January race: moreover it will be on this occasion that all the equipment that will then be of mandatory use at the Dakar in Saudi Arabia will be tested.