How ASO Saved the 2021 Dakar Rally | Dakar News – Motorsports

The organizer of the Dakar Rally, ASO, explains how it worked within the rigors of coronavirus control in host country Saudi Arabia to ensure that the 2021 event was held.

The organizer, Amori Sports Organization (ASO), sounded all the alarms as Saudi Arabia’s land, sea and air borders closed just 13 days before the start of the second Dakar on the Arabian Peninsula.

However, in the face of restrictions imposed by Saudi Arabia to limit the spread of COVID-19, ASO has successfully chartered 18 flights to ensure the presence of competitors at the event.

In the midst of the Christmas holidays, thousands of competitors, mechanics, and other members of the Dakar Zert worried about canceling flights to Jeddah, David Castella and his team-General Coordinator Thomas. Surf Meyer is at the forefront-going to work to prevent competitors from remaining stranded due to last-minute measures in the Gulf Kingdom.

In addition to economic strength and top-level contact with the government of the country hosting the 43rd edition of Dakar, the ASO also had to be original.

A total of 18 charter aircraft were used to transport participants and teams to Jeddah on a total of 21 flights with special permission from Saudi Arabia.

These replaced one-third of the total number of competitors (509 before the technical and management checks on January 1st and 2nd) and commercial flights booked by the attendants themselves.

ASO planned 10 flights from Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Lisbon, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and Prague to transfer the remaining two-thirds of the rally.

“Recently, they are grateful to us even before the start. People have come to think that there is no way to do this Dakar and they are very happy because they are here now,” Castella said a few days before the start of the rally. Told to autosport.

“We are here because Saudis wanted it. I saw the news around 10:15 pm on Sunday, December 20th.

“I immediately called my boss, who said they would first talk to Saudi contacts the next morning.

“From the very beginning, the country was said to be closed, but it’s okay if you take your competitors there. It’s complicated and you had to find people to work in the middle of Christmas.

“We did a great job, but the nights from Sunday to Monday were terrible.”

For Christmas, ASO was able to add eight more charter planes in just three days leaving Dubai, Paris and Prague.

To avoid the need for refueling, everyone had to comply with hygiene measures, capacity was limited to 80%, and cargo volume was also limited.

One-third (about 700 people) of athletes, crew and other members of the shelter have been transferred from 47 countries.

It was special for the British delegation. Thanks to the use of private planes by the Bahrain Raid Extreme team, managed by Prodrive, ASO was able to bring in the remaining British members left behind.

“Fortunately, when the second captivity arrived, we decided to charter, and we already had 10. [planes], More than half of the competitors are in attendance, “Castella explained.

“Since there are 47 nationalities here, the most complicated part was the first transport to the charter.

“Everyone who isn’t here, it’s because of COVID issues [including Ivan Jakes, fourth in bikes in the 2013 edition] Not for the transportation that was our goal. “

When asked if he was afraid that Dakar would not be put on hold or postponed, Castella emphasized that the future of the attack depended on continuing as planned. “I thought about 10,000 things from Sunday 20th to Monday 21st, but I was immediately relieved when I talked to Saudi Arabia,” Castella added.

“I was always positive and thought I could do that. Without this Dakar, there would have been little competition a year later and it would have been very complicated for the team.

“Many teams would have fallen. It was also to save the rally raid economy for the future.”

Jordi Viladoms, KTM Team Manager, was one of many competitors who praised ASO’s swift action. “The truth is that we are all here and things are going in the right direction. The ASO is blessed because of all the obstacles and problems of COVID-19 at the international level, because here. Bringing everyone to is almost a miracle.

“We are very grateful that they were able to do so.”

Due to ASO’s Christmas miracle, the 43rd edition of the Dakar will begin on Saturday, January 2nd, with an 11km prologue stage before the first stage on Sunday, January 3rd.

– Motorsports

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