During one of the stages of Rally Transorientale on Tuesday, killing two drivers, the official website of the race. French motorcyclist Philippe Tonen (Philippe Tonin) died after a collision with 'KamAZ' Vladimir Chagin. The incident occurred about 12:00 am the territory of during the sixth stage of the race (Karatubak-TOGA). Arrived on the scene several minutes after the accident, doctors were unable to save the life of Tonen and driver died from his injuries on the spot. Another party rally – Chinese Xu Liang – died from injuries sustained the day before: the incident that led to the death of a driver suffered a day earlier. Xu Liang stopped on the track to get the car to another party rally, stuck in sand, but by unhappy coincidence, the tow rope broke and struck the Chinese rider in the face. Xu Liang was taken to a hospital in Orenburg, but to save him failed.
Start the first rally-raid Transorientale was given on June 12 in St. Petersburg. The total length of the route, a journey that must be completed on June 28 in Beijing, is about 10,800 kilometers. Originally, the rally has been proposed as an alternative to 'Dakar', and its was organized by Rene , Rossport and the Federation of Automobile and motorcycle sport in Russia.