Yes, the 2021 Dakar Rally bikes could have restrictions for speed and power
The organizers are preparing to discuss with the FIM to introduce speed limits and a downgrade for engine power. And that’s not all, the changes will also include motorcycle gear fitted with an airbag system and a new navigation system.
The Dakar Rally organizers have met with the FIM and a couple of race teams to discuss the safety measures for the 2021 off-road rally. This was a result of the number of serious accidents in this year’s race which unfortunately led to the passing away of racers Paulo Gonçalves and Edwin Straver.
Also, Adrien Van Beveren had a serious crash at the 2020 Dakar Rally which resulted in a collar bone fracture and bruised hip.
So, the first measure to increase safety is to reduce racing speed. To do this, the organizers propose to change the design of the stage routes and minimise the errors with the help of a former competitor.
Furthermore, the riders will receive a new power limiter which will be tested by the teams starting this spring. They hope to achieve global approval by June.
Moreover, all riders will have to wear airbag protectors. The organizers plan to meet with gear manufacturers and tailor these airbag protectors for use in the 2021 Dakar Rally.
Last, but not least, a new navigation system will be introduced. This system will offer visual and audible warnings to the rider. Could this be the end of the traditional roadbooks?
Taking all these into count, it looks like the 2021 Dakar Rally focus is on increasing safety.