ASO presents alternative route for Dakar 2016

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ASO has presented the alternative route for the 2016 Dakar Rally. The so-called Plan B was made after the announcement that Peru retired from this year's rally due to the expectation of extreme weather, caused by El Niño.

The new route changes a lot in the first few days of the race, less dunes and more technical tracks. Dates and the number of stages are not changed. The race will start in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires of the third of January.

The planned marathon stage will take place in Jujuy, Bolivia. Marc Coma, the new sportif director of the Dakar tells: “Before arriving there, the competitors will be placed in a new marathon configuration,” explains Marc Coma, Sporting Director of the event. “We are going to set up a strict Parc Fermé at Jujuy while the support vehicles drive the long route to Uyuni. The Bolivian section maintains the feature of three days’ racing at high altitude.”

The rest day is planned for 10 January in Salta where the initially designed route will be followed for the rest of the race. One of the toughest parts of the rally is still to come at that point. Participants will face the dunes around Fiambala as a tough part of the race.

“Thanks to the immediate involvement and unfailing commitment of the Bolivian and Argentinian authorities, we have found the right technical solutions to take on the new challenge posed to us at the end of August. The loyalty of the institutions in the two countries to the Dakar means we are now in a position to offer competitors a quality event for 2016”, says Dakar General Manager Etienne Lavigne.

The Sporting Director of the event, Marc Coma, who has recently supervised the reconnaissance for this part of the race, cautions precisely that “the idea of endurance will live up to all its meaning on these stages, because the bikes and quads will have to cope with a second marathon stage in week two. I have a feeling that changes at the sharp end of the general classification will be more than likely on these stages.”

Progam of the 2016 Dakar:

02/01: Startpodium in Buenos Aires
03/01: Buenos Aires - Villa Carlos Paz
04/01: Villa Carlos Paz - Termas de Río Hondo
05/01: Termas de Río Hondo - Jujuy
06/01: Jujuy - Jujuy
07/01: Jujuy - Uyuni
08/01: Uyuni - Uyuni
09/01: Uyuni - Salta
10/01: Rest day in Salta
11/01: Salta - Belén
12/01: Belén - Belén
13/01: Belén - La Rioja
14/01: La Rioja - San Juan
15/01: San Juan - Villa Carlos Paz
16/01: Villa Carlos Paz - Rosario