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ADV EventsNorth AmericaSonora Rally - Apr. 3-7, 2016

Sonora Rally – Apr. 3-7, 2016

Four Days of hardcore rally in Mexico's beautiful Sonora Desert.

Published on 03.24.2016

After months of planning and anticipation for North America’s premier rally-raid, a full field of competitors is making final preparations for the 2016 Sonora Rally. Taking place April 3-7, the event will feature a long list of world-class competitors all ready to tackle the challenging desert landscape of Sonora, Mexico.

Sonora Rally is bringing innovative new elements to off-road racing in North America. Four days of cross-country stage rally racing in an incredible desert region that is undiscovered by the off-road racing world. The rally includes new challenges and new terrain that will blow your mind.

Sonora Rally


Organized by rally-raid veterans Darren Skilton and Scott Whitney, next month’s Sonora Rally has attracted some of the world’s top talent to fill out an exclusive entry list capped at 40 entries. Racers from Mexico, Canada, England and America will converge on Sunday, April 3 in San Luis Rio Colorado for registration and tech inspection on a wide variety of motorcycle, UTVs and four-wheel vehicles.

Competitors will then navigate their way to the finish line in Puerto Peñasco four days later after overcoming vast sand dunes, rocky trails and sand-filled washes. Nearly 200,000 square miles in size, the Sonora desert is the largest expanse of desert in North America – slightly larger than the surface area of Italy.

Sonora Rally

We are very proud of the progress our team has made in bringing the Sonora Rally to the next level of adventure and execution,” explained rally director and two-time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton. “The fact that we are now at full capacity for 2016, plus our inclusion in the prestigious Dakar Challenge, are strong indications we are on the right path for the future.” 

The motorcycle field is stacked with international talent vying for overall victory and the top prizes in the Dakar Challenge. That distinguished list includes Dakar Rally veterans CR Gittere, Ned Suesse, Bill Conger, Mike Krynock, Lyndon Poskitt, Pedro De Uriarte and Kevin Heath. Also joining the field will be Dakar rider and 2015 Sonora Rally winner Quinn Cody, who will be joined by veteran desert racers Steve Hengeveld, Ivan Ramirez and Mark Samuels.

DAKAR CHALLENGE: Sonora Rally has been selected by ASO as a Dakar Challenge event. A qualified moto winner can earn a free entry into Dakar 2017!

To see full event details click here.

Author: Annette Peterson

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