Paolo Ceci (KTM) in the bikes, and Vladimir Vasilyev (Mini) get the first honour in Morocco by winning Stage 1 from Nador to Dar Kaoura.
An early morning start in the port of Nador after having crossed the Mediterranean from Sète, in the south of France awaited the competitors who then had a short special stage not far from this little town in the north of Morocco.
As the start of the leg is close to the Mediterranean coast, this will enable the competitors to be safer during the road liaison as it will be during sunlight hours. This short first leg was a perfect debut to the rally as it enabled the competitor to get a feeling of their machines on this terrain and also a feel for the road book.
The track mostly composed of gravel, rocks and hard ground, a few oueds and many tracks which some are not obvious to see.
A cold start to the festivities with below 0 degrees temperature for this first Moroccan night bivouac.