On April 20th, Semen Yakubov, the director of the international Silk Way Rally – Raid approved the schedule of the General reconnaissance.

Six 4WD cars will start from Moscow on May 17th to cross Russia from North to south for a 15 days trip to reach Gelendzhik on the Black Sea shores. This general reconnaissance will be the result of the work already done during the various checks of the itinerary. This year, the route was deeply modified and it’s a real journey towards “unknown earth” which awaits for the competitors of the Rally in July 2012.

Only the Ceremonial start of the Silk Way Rally 2012 will be given at the same place as last year, the Red Square in Moscow, as confirmed some days ago by the authorization given and signed by Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev. It’s from this place, heart of Moscow and Russia that competitors will start their difficult way through the Russian great spaces towards the Black Sea shores.

Known for their specialized skills, Stéphane Le Bail, collaborating with the Organizing Committee of Silk Way Rally since 2009 and the famous rally driver, four-time World Champion in Rally-Raid, three-time winner of the Dakar, Pierre Lartigue will be in charge of writing the road book. A precious road book that will be of course kept secret until the start. The participation of these professionals in the reconnaissance is a guarantee that the route will comply with the highest sports standards of the discipline.

On May 16th, a press conference will be held in Moscow in presence of Stéphane Le Bail and Pierre Lartigue, contributing to reveal the novelties and the specificities of the Silk Way Rally 2012.