The focus of the first FIA Rally Star Training Season switches this weekend to Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi where the Middle East and North African Final winner will be crowned. 

From Friday to Sunday, the Emirates Motorsports Organization (EMSO) will host the FIA Rally Star Middle East and North African Final using purpose-built stage layouts located within the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi Grand Prix venue.

Candidates from nine countries within the region, dreaming of one day competing in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), will go for a life-changing opportunity by undertaking a series of timed tests and assessments.

The results will be used to determine who will join the FIA Rally Star European Final winner, Estonia’s Romet Jürgenson, in the inaugural FIA Rally Star Training Season in 2023.

EMSO President Khalid Bin Sulayem, said: “We are delighted to host the Middle East and North African FIA Rally Star final. Our mission is to develop motor sport at both national and international level, and rally has always occupied an important place in our country’s motor sport heritage.

“Last week some of the world’s best cross-country competitors were celebrated here during the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, round two of the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship, and now the focus turns to grassroots rallying and the next generation of champions in the discipline.”

In total, 24 candidates will contest the FIA Rally Star Middle East and North African Final, having qualified via Digital or Slalom Challenges held virtually within their country or online, or as a wildcard nominated by a National Sporting Authority (ASN).

Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and UAE are all represented in the MENA regional final at Yas Marina Circuit. Tests include timed training runs in the TN5 Cross Car from FIA World Rally Championship driver Thierry Neuville’s LifeLive organisation.

It is the second of six FIA Rally Star Continental Finals in 2022, and follows January’s European Final held at the Estering in Germany. The results of the Continental Finals decide six of the seven FIA Rally Star Team members for 2023, with the seventh member coming from an all-female final contested later this year by the best-performing woman in each of the six Continental Finals.

The 2023 FIA Rally Star Training Season includes six rallies in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally3, as well as physical and intellectual assessment, driver coaching and testing. The aim is to equip the successful contestants with the attributes they need as they attempt to secure a drive in the FIA World Rally Championship in the future.

At the end of 2023, the best four FIA Rally Star Team members are rewarded with a season in the FIA Junior WRC Championship in 2024. For 2025, three drivers go forward into a second Junior WRC season. If one of the FIA Rally Star Team members wins the title, they secure a WRC2 campaign in a Rally2 car for 2026, with a Rally1 drive their next target.

Apart from any initial registration fee, plus travel costs for national selections and the Continental Final, all other costs are covered by the FIA with support from the FIA Innovation Fund together with FIA Rally Star partners. Taking into consideration the 2023 Training Season, plus two years in the Junior WRC, that essentially means three seasons of rallying free of charge for three drivers.

FIA Rally Star Team members will also benefit considerably in terms of the experience and skills gained in 2023, plus the opportunity to showcase their ability to media outlets and potential sponsors and partners, rally teams and car manufacturers.

Delighting the adventure riding community, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India today announced the opening bookings of its new 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports in India across Honda’s exclusive Big Wing Topline showrooms. The new motorcycle will make its way to the Indian market through CKD* route (*Completely Knock Down).

The 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports model will be available in 2 variants – Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) in Mat Ballistic Black Metallic color while Manual Transmission in Pearl Glare White Tricolor scheme with new exciting stripes.

Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India said, “Ever since its arrival in 2017, Africa Twin has defined new peaks of adventure riding in India. Going a step further, 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports inspires the riders to carve their own trails and explore the unknown further. With the new model now open for booking, we wish all adventure seekers a year filled with new explorations, experiences & excitement!”

Announcing the bookings open for new 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports in India, Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, “While India offers a diverse terrain & landscape for exploration, the adventure riding community is also evolving at a steady pace. The Africa Twin Tribe with its Dakar Rally DNA is growing in India while enjoying its unmatched all terrain capabilities and now with the 2022 Africa Twin, the adventure culture is bound to notch up further.”

Power and Performance
Further advancing its long-touring and off-roading capabilities, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports is powered by a 1082.96cc Liquid-cooled 4-Stroke 8-Valve Parallel Twin engine, Overhead Camshaft (OHC) Type valve system with an output of 73kW at 7500 rpm and torque of 103Nm at 6000 rpm. Further, its 270-degree offset crankshaft provides excellent traction & responsive acceleration for a pulsating engine performance.

Technology and Accessibility
Reinforcing its ‘Go anywhere’ spirit, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports is packed with technology and innovation with a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), 2-Channel ABS, HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control) and Bluetooth Connectivity feature. Both MT and DCT variants get four default riding mode settings: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL and OFF-ROAD to cover most riding conditions plus two customizable USER 1 & 2 settings.

Prioritizing valuable feedback from community, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports comes with a readjusted console screen for better visibility while riding. On the entertainment front, the new 2022 model offers more accessibility with both Apple CarPlay (for iOS users) and the newly added Android Auto.

Design and Feature
To create an adventure tourer with on/off road capabilities, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports is designed with mass centralization for stability and handling, narrow central area & wide front to control the action when standing up on the pegs. A Telescopic Front Suspension and Pro-Link Rear Suspension offers best optimum composure with comfort to the rider and makes it a best combination as an on/off road bike.

The model also includes features like adjustable seat and rally styled positive LCD color display to ensure a comfortable ride. A Semi Double Cradle Steel Frame is also fitted to improve strength and support the engine which makes the journey more enjoyable.

To improve safety, the 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sport’s dual LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Cornering Lights ensure consistent visibility and illuminated blind spots. A fuel tank of 24.5L is a perfect package for the long haul.


Color, price and availability
Starting today, Honda has started the bookings for 2022 Africa Twin Adventure Sports at its BigWing Topline dealerships in Gurugram (Haryana), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Kochi (Kerala), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).