The Dakar Rally and Baja 1000 are two of probably the most iconic off-road races on this planet, however whilst there are many individuals who have raced each, it is tougher for cars to do as a result of FIA and FIM rules range from SCORE Global‘s. In 2024, SCORE will supply an road for rally raid motorcycles within the type of the Professional Moto Journey elegance.
Professional Moto Journey motorcycles are outlined through SCORE as “bikes provided with entrance windscreen / tower and big capability gas tanks.” They should have single-cylinder engines that displace between 250cc and 650cc; trendy rally motorcycles akin to the ones competing within the International Rally-Raid Championship and FIM Bajas International Cup are restricted to 450cc, simply assembly the requirement, and the latter has additionally offered a Path class for the ones over 600cc for the 2024 season. Whilst the Bajas International Cup lets in each single- and twin-cylinder engines, the W2RC restricts it to only one cylinder.
This opens the door for motorcycles that one will frequently see at the Dakar and different W2RC rounds just like the Kove 450 Rally and Hero 450 Rally. Alternatively, journey motorcycles such because the 2024 Africa Eco Race-winning Aprilia Tuareg 660 omit the lower both as a result of they’re dual-cylinder engines or the displacement is relatively out of vary.
Not like their wasteland racing opposite numbers, rally motorcycles characteristic a navigation tower on the entrance upon which a roadbook is connected, regardless that the mount to carry one isn’t required right here since SCORE does no longer use roadbooks. The tower should have a floor space of a minimum of 120 sq. inches, and riders are to set it up prior to technical inspection at each and every match.
Professional Moto Journey is a Professional elegance, which means competition pay an access charge of USD$2,900 prior to the applying ($3,100 if finished after). Entrants within the class are assigned a bunch between #800X and #899X. Despite the fact that a standard SCORE race runs for at some point versus a couple of like a rally, the previous is for much longer distance-wise than a person rally degree so Journey riders might pass solo or cut up the motorcycle with team-mates.
The class’s advent comes at the heels of a Baja-savvy car successful the Dakar Rally in January when the Polaris RZR Professional R Manufacturing unit, which gained the 2023 SCORE Professional UTV Open championship, conquered the Dakar SSV elegance. Even then, the FIA Polaris featured a large number of variations from its SCORE sister.
But even so Professional Moto Journey, SCORE has additionally created Professional Baja-e Moto for electrical bikes. It does no longer have energy output restrictions, and the battery can both be in a cage or securely connected to the motorcycle body itself, regardless that wires connecting to it should be coated and insulated whilst skid plates are mandate to additional offer protection to it within the match of a crash. Baja-e riders recreation numbers #E490 to #E499. The 2024 Dakar Rally featured six such motorcycles—two Tacita Discantos, 3 Arctic Leopard E-XE 880s, and Inexperienced Energy Race’s BAT Energy motorcycle—competing within the Undertaking 1000 class for cars on selection energy resources.
The 2024 SCORE season starts with the San Felipe 250 on 20–24 March.