Rallye du Maroc – Kirsten Landman kicks off her Dakar Malle Moto assault

Image source: BAS dakar KTM racing team

Morocco is a spectacular place with amazing terrain over which to ride or race a motorcycle. Desert and dunes with mind-blowing sunrises and sunsets. Rallye du Maroc (Rally of Morocco) is particularly significant, because it is where the factories roll out their big guns and fire their first salvos in the countdown to Dakar. KTM have also unveiled their latest 450 Rally bike. I don’t care if you have never ridden a dirt bike of any kind. Any pure factory racing motorcycle is certain to get the pulses of any petrol head racing. To see a machine that is created with only one purpose is always special.

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Apart from the factory teams, which include our own [well sort of, OK?] Kalahari Ferrari, Ross Branch on his Yamaha, Kirsten Landman, who finished third lady overall at her first Dakar attempt, is also there. Teaming up with BAS dakar KTM racing team for support, she will contest the Malle Moto class. Known as ‘Original by Motul’ at Dakar, this is where you totally do the race ‘on your own’. On completion of your stage, when the factory riders are chilling, literally, in air-conditioned comfort while the technicians prep their bikes for the next stage, you are servicing, repairing and cleaning your own bike. Only when your bike is sorted do you hit a shower and consider eating. If you still have the energy, that is.

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The Rally kicks off today, so we plan to keep you posted on developments. Get a good grip on the bars, it’s going to be a wild ride!

Image source: www.rallyemaroc.com
My name is Dave Cilliers. I consider cars as four wheeled shopping baskets and only worth using as a last resort! For years bikes have been my primary transport. Racing, touring, commuting or just kicking up dust on African tracks, I have owned over 270 motorcycles and ridden millions of kilometres. I am happiest when sharing my passion for motorcycles with like minded people whilst traversing Africa in search of adventure.