Ready to rumble in Copiapó. The Atacama Rally gets underway
The Atacama Rally, third round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, kicks off today with the curtain-raiser – a short prologue stage that will determine the competitors’ starting order for the first full stage.
After making the first contact with Chilean terrain and overcoming the mandatory administrative and technical checks, Monster Energy Honda Team is hot to trot for the Atacama Rally which gets underway today, at 17:00 hrs (local time in Chile, GMT -4).
The result of the prologue will be decisive in establishing the starting positions for the first full Atacama Rally stage. The top finishers will be able to choose their positions – the fastest rider being the one who gets to choose last – for the starting order of the stage held on Tuesday August 14. The full stage will run from Copiapó-Copiapó, covering 358.87 kilometres, including a total of 266.30 kilometres of timed special.
The Atacama 2018 will be unique, traversing the immensity of the Atacama Desert. Is set to be a magical race, breathtaking and above all challenging, taking riders’ abilities to the limits to conquer the driest desert in the world.
This is a unique opportunity to live the Atacama Desert to the full, with its contrasting geographies and demanding routes, combining dunes, the sandy tracks of Chile’s northern coast, rocky trails and high-speed stretches —an endless succession of new places to discover.
In the Atacama Region, with 5 competitive stages over more than 1,200 km, at the pure heart of the incredible Atacama Desert.