2020 Dakar Rally Stage 7

A.S.O. announced as the first ever FIM World Rally-Raid Championship promoter

The FIM is proud and delighted to announce that Amaury Sport Organisation, better known as A.S.O, will become the promoter of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship, which will be renamed FIM World Rally-Raid Championship as of 2022. The agreement withthe company that is responsible for the Dakar and the Tour de France amongst many otherheadline events will be for an initial five-year term and marks the first time the series has had an official promoter since its inception in 2003. Over the last decade and half the FIM Cross CountryRallies World Championship has established itself as the premier championship of rally raid.

A.S.O is a company that owns, designs and organises top international ‘non-stadia’ sporting events. Its inhouse team bringswith it great experience in event organisation and associated media thanks to delivering almost two hundred and fifty days of competition each year that is spread over ninety event across twenty five countries. A.S.O event portfolio covers sailing, running and golf alongside cycling and motorsports. Amaury Sport Organisation is a subsidiary of the Amaury Group, media and sport group that owns the French newspaper L’Equipe.

Inside this new collaborative framework, the FIM and A.S.O will work together to unify their sporting and technical regulationsin order to provide a new level of consistency for competitors across all events whilst respecting its environmental strategy to support climate action, technology and innovation, improve safety and sustainable practices.

Marking the start of this new era, the Dakar as the World’s biggest off-road rally will open the 2022 season. The championship will include categories for RallyGP, Rally2, Rally3, Junior, Women, Veteran Trophies and Quad. The 2022 calendar, along with the championship’s new identity will be revealed during the 2022 Dakar presentation on Sunday 28thNovember, which will be broadcast live at 11.00hrs on the Dakar and Eurosport.fr platforms.

Speaking about this important partnership Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: “After many years of discussion I am very proudto announce that A.S.O. will today become the promoter of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship and that the Dakar will bepart of the 2022 calendar for the very first time. It is an important milestone for the FIM to welcome such a prestigious eventand promoter into the FIM family. A.S.O will take the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship to the next level where it deservesto be. Rendez-vous Sunday!”

Yann Le Moënner, CEO of A.S.O. concluded: “We are particularly happy to join the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship withthe Dakar which will kick off the 2022 season next January. I would like to thank the FIM and its President, Jorge Viegas, for the confidence he has shown in us having appointed A.S.O. as promoter of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship. This Championship represents a great opportunity to develop the discipline, to harmonize the rules and to increase its media coverage. It is also the right time to work together to meet the challenge of the energy transition and further improve the safetyof pilots.”

Ernesto Araiza

Being born right in the heart of Off-Road Racing, Ernesto always had a dream to be an Off-Road Racer. After finish college he ditched his engineer career to chase the dream of action photographer. It didn't took long to get spotted by MadMedia where he still works. In less than 5 years after 'going pro' he reached some of the most important peaks in his life working for several international brands and events like the Rally Dakar. After 30 years of dreaming, he still have one goal in mind, to keep his face full of dust.