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Yamaha’s Xavier De Soultrait has taken an early lead in Morocco’s Afriquia Merzouga Rally with a stage one win.

  • Yamaha factory rider Xavier De Soultrait wins the first Special Stage.
  • First appointment with Marc Coma’s school on the Road book preparation.
  • 144 vehicles (88 bikes) took the start of the rally.

The eighth edition of the Afriquia Merzouga Rally, got underway in front of the King Mohammed VI, with the prologue and the first special stage.

Dunes, fast tracks, winding trails and navigation were on the menu and it was Xavier De Soultrait who interpreted the stage at the best, finishing on top of the provisional classification. 

Franco Caimi (Yamaha) and Alessandro Botturi (Yamaha) finished respectively second and third, with Gerard Farres (KTM) fourth and Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero Motorcycles), winner of the Prologue, in fifth.

But if the Pro riders topped the time sheet, the beating hearth of the rally is represented by the amateurs and the less experienced riders who took advantage of the support of the coaches Giovanni Sala and Jean Brucy at the start and during the stage, especially in the dunes passages.

At 14:00 the first appointment with the Marc Coma’s school was packed. 

The 5 time Dakar winner and Sporting Director of the Dakar and the Afriquia Merzouga Rally explained how to prepare and mark the road book, giving precious advices for the new comers and interesting tips for the most experienced riders.


Tomorrow the 188 km long stage will bring the competitors to discover the Erg Chebbi sand Dunes.


Results - Afriquia Merzouga Rally, Stage 1

xavier de soultrait merzouga rally results

Detailed Results: Afriquia Merzouga Rally, Stage 1