Documentation and scrutineering
Every Rally starts with a check of personnel and bikes. All team members must be accredited and all bikes must comply to the rules of the FIM.
After scrutineering, the bikes have to go into Parc Fermé, a closed area where the bikes must not be touched until the next day before the start. Only the rider may enter half an hour before his start time and get ready for the start. This is to avoid that modifications may be done to the bikes after the technical scrutineering.
The prologue is a first short special test defining the starting order for the first stage. The time of the prologue also counts towards the overall result.
A liaison is the way to, between or after special stages. The riders have a maximum time to go to the next check point, and they are penalized if they exceed that time for any reason. The time of liaison does not count for the final result.
Timed race course, the times of the special stages count for the daily result. The final result is calculated by adding the times for the special stages plus penalties for exceeding liaison times or missing check points.
Is the abbreviation for check point. A special stage is equipped with several check points where the riders get a stamp in their time card. The check points prove that a rider is on the right track and in time.
Every day the riders get a road book which indicates the route of the day. The information on a road book consists of pictures with arrows and short information (e.g. Danger!!!) as well as the distance to the information on the next picture and the overall distance.
Along with the road book, the GPS is a second device to assist the rider with navigation. The organizers specify certain points in every stage that the riders must pass correctly. These points are also mentioned in the road book.