The 2012 Merzouga Rally kicks off in 10 days time
This rally is growing very popular with the French and Italian competitors, this year ther are 79 motos & quads and 18 SXS..............no autos or trucks, the race doesnt cater for them.
There is a mix of nations with competitiors from France, Italy, Poland, UK, Australia, Canada (Patrick Trahan), Swiss, Spain, Chile, USA, Portugal, Morocco, Venezula
A few Dakar names will be there
Pedro Bianchi Prata
and Willy Alcaraz who won the SXS & solo auto categorys at this year's Dakar
Also Ben Grabham, Australia's top desert / rally racer, will be using it to get some bike time in Dakar style terrain and using the GPS/Irritrack/Sentinal systems etc before 2013 Dakar
youtube vids of 2011 event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTZtn9hYWkg