Wednesday, February 21, 2024

2023 Rallye du Maroc to span 2,240 km

The 2023 World Rally-Raid Championship will come to a close on 13–18 October with the Rallye du Maroc. The stage-specific breakdown was released Tuesday, over three months after the initial reveal, revealing the total route will run for 2,240 kilometres across five stages and the Prologue starting in Agadir before heading eastwards to Zagora and Merzouga. 1,470 km will be dedicated to racing as Special Stages.

The rally begins with a 90-km loop around Agadir along the east coast of Morocco as part of the Prologue. Agadir, a major urban centre and tourist resort of the country, will serve as the first hub like it did in 2022 when the rally began and ended there.

Stage #1 is the longest in both Special Stages and total distance as it goes to Zagora, totalling at 721 km with more than half of it being liaison to get to the racing area. Located in the Draa River valley, Zagora will be the bivouac location as competitors will spend the next two days there.

With Zagora as the main hub for the rally, Stages #2 and #3 both begin and end in the town. Unlike the Prologue, the route will not be a loop and instead run complex lines through the valley’s hills and mountains.

Stage #4 will take the field out of Zagora to the final stop in Merzouga. Situated near the Moroccan-Algerian border, the area will introduce Erg Chebbi, one of the largest ergs (a sweeping field of dunes and sand) in Morocco. The fifth and final stage is another loop of 152 km.

Guerlain Chicherit and Skyler Howes are the defending race winners.

2023 Rallye du Maroc route

Stage Start Finish Liaison Distance Special Stage Distance Total Distance Date
Prologue Agadir Agadir 90 km 19 km 109 km 13 October
1 Agadir Zagora 397 km 324 km 721 km 14 October
2 Zagora Zagora 100 km 288 km 388 km 15 October
3 Zagora Zagora 108 km 336 km 444 km 16 October
4 Zagora Merzouga 75 km 351 km 426 km 17 October
5 Merzouga Merzouga 0 km 152 km 152 km 18 October