Paris, Moscow, Beijing, 19 February 2020
SILK WAY RALLY 2020 – For immediaterelease
The Silk Way Rally Organization Committee is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 that broke out in the beginning of the year and that is affecting some regions of China. SWR Organizers maintain constant contact with the relevant authorities and the Chinese Automobile Federation.
If there is any danger to the health and safety of rally competitors, the SWR sporting department will modify the final stages of the race route. The race will be conducted anyway, and we will ensure its total safety.
We offer our full support to all our Chinese partners and hope the situation will get better very soon. The final decision on the exact route of the Silk Way Rally will be made shortly.
Vladimir Chagin – Head of the Silk Way Rally
SILK WAY RALLY 2020:
The start will be given in Moscow from the Red Square on 3 July 2020.
THE SILK WAY RALLY, an unmissable round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and the FIA Cross-Country Rallies World Cup.
Thanks to its marathon rally status, the Silk Way Rally enjoys a high points coefficient, making it an unmissable event for any competitors chasing a world title.
THE SILK WAY IN A FEW WORDS
The SILK WAY RALLY, whose first edition linked Russia to Turkmenistan in 2009, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020 by crossing the main regions and countries of the ancient ‘Silk Road’ in the heart of Central Asia.
Coveted by the big teams and the most decorated champions in the discipline, but also by many amateurs, the SILK WAY RALLY has been won by some impressive names: CARLOS SAINZ, CYRIL DESPRES , YAZEED AL RAJHI and NASSER AL ATTIYAH, who on the 2019 edition pulled off the unique feat of winning all 9 stages.
In the truck category it is the KAMAZ MASTER TEAM with DMITRY SOTNIKOV, EDUARD NIKOLAEV, AYRAT MARDEEV, ANTON SHIBALOV, ANDREY KARGINOV and FIRDAUS KABIROV who’ve shared the victories since 2009, supremacy thwarted in 2011 by TATRA TEAM and his pilot ALES LOPRAIS.
In 2019 SAM SUNDERLAND (KTM) was the first bike rider to win the category on the SILK WAY RALLY, winning at the same time the second round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.
GAZPROM, General partner of Silk Way Rally
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