Rally Morocco 2018
Morocco has always been a land of rally raid. The story began in 1982 with the arrival of Paris-Agadir, the first rally raid to run in Morocco. The following year, the rally took the name of ‘Atlas Rally’ and became the flagship rally to the Rally Raids calendar. The Atlas Rally saw the best drivers and teams in the discipline run.
The Atlas Rally, after having changed hands from the company Larivièr et to ASO, disappeared at the end of the 90’s. It was then reborn in 2000 as ‘Rallye du Maroc’, under the leadership of Cyril Neveu and Jean Christophe Pelletier. The rally immediately became the major Moroccan rally and welcomed again the elite of rally raid.
In 2007, the company NPO, organiser of the Rallye du Maroc, was sold to Emma and Stéphane Clair and became an event in the FIM World Championship and the FIA World Cup. After 10 years at the head of the event, NPO sold the Rallye du Maroc to the company ODC, led by David Castera.
|Winner 2018||Toby Price (KTM)|
|Winner 2017||Matthias Walkner (KTM)|
|Winnner 2016||Toby Price (KTM)|
|Winner 2015||Sam Sunderland (KTM)|
|Winner 2014||Marc Coma (KTM)|
|Winner 2013||Paulo Gonçalves (Honda)|
|Winner 2012||Cyril Despres (KTM)|
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As the Morocco Rally finishes, so does Monster Energy Honda Team’s participation in the 2018 FIM Cross-Country World Championship and the lengthy team preparations ahead of the greatest challenge to both man and machine: the Dakar Rally. The work, however, continues. Riders from the Monster Energy Honda Team will now… read more.
The Morocco Rally has concluded with a Honda CRF450 RALLY on the final rostrum. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider Ricky Brabec, who triumphed on the final day, takes third place overall for the second year running, in what proved to be as a gruelling rally. American Ricky Brabec wrapped… read more.
A fifth place in the fourth stage of the Morocco Rally places Ricky Brabec just a step away from finishing on the rally’s final podium. Paulo Gonçalves and José Ignacio Cornejo improve their positions in the general standings. Today’s 294-kilometre special timed continued the tough tradition of this gruelling Morocco… read more.
The third stage of the Morocco Rally, the first part of the marathon stage, caused some major changes in the overall standings, although Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider Ricky Brabec remains in third place in the table. It was another day of arduous navigating for the competitors of the… read more.
American Ricky Brabec was the best of the Monster Energy Honda Team in the second stage of the Morocco Rally and lies third in the overall race standings. Paulo Gonçalves, sixth on the day, holds fourth spot in the general rankings with Cornejo also among the top ten. After a… read more.
The Monster Energy Honda Team got the Morocco Rally off to a start with good result in the first full stage of the race, although the squad had its first retiree. Gonçalves, Brabec and Cornejo successfully completed a tough first day, while Benavides was forced to drop out after a… read more.
This afternoon saw the prologue of the Morocco Rally, the final event whose points count towards the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, held in the surroundings of Fez. The Monster Energy Honda Team riders will occupy well-placed start positions for tomorrow’s first full stage. The Morocco Rally is off and… read more.
The Morocco Rally gets underway this afternoon with the dispute of a ten-kilometre prologue in Fez, one of the longest running races in the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship calendar. The rally in Africa brings the 2018 campaign to a close. Monster Energy Honda Team will wheel out practically… read more.
The Morocco Rally, the fifth and final race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, will be held in the African country from 4th to 9th October and will feature the participation of the Monster Energy Honda Team. The riders from the Monster Energy Honda Team will, once again, be… read more.
As the OiLibya Morocco Rally finishes, so concludes the 2017 programme of racing activities for Monster Energy Honda Team. The season had begun in April with the two Abu Dhabi and Qatar desert races in the Middle East, as part of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. It has been… read more.
The final stage of the Morocco Rally wrapped up today with another double for the Monster Energy Honda Team on the final podium. Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabec, who had been in the running for overall victory, settled for second and third spots in the final round of the FIM… read more.
Argentine rider Kevin Benavides and American Ricky Brabec look set to finish on the rostrum of the Morocco Rally, the final race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, with just the final stage left to dispute. In the second leg of the marathon stage in M’hamid, Benavides finished second.… read more.
The first leg of the Morocco Rally marathon stage brought mixed feelings for the Monster Energy Honda Team. On one hand, it was a great success for Ricky Brabec, scooping his first stage victory in a world championship event, while Paulo Gonçalves fought a losing battle against an unbearable pain,… read more.
Morocco Rally’s second special stage – originally scheduled for 364.5 kilometres – was cut short due to an unexpected rise in the level of some of the rivers. The times at the first check point will dictate the day’s stage results. In spite of the fact that certain modifications to… read more.
The Morocco Rally kicked off with a gruellingly lengthy first full stage today. The competitors left Fez at 04:30 this morning and arrived in Erfoud after 16:00 this afternoon after over twelve hours in the saddle. Benavides and Gonçalves finished in the top five with Brabec posting seventh. The starting… read more.
The tenth edition of the OiLibya Morocco Rally got underway at midday today with the dispute of the short prologue, prior to the start of the first full stage tomorrow. The Monster Energy Honda Team performed well at the event’s curtain-raiser – a tricky route providing a few surprise hazards.… read more.
Monster Energy Honda Team line up Gonçalves, Benavides, Brabec and Metge to tackle the forthcoming OiLibya Morocco, the fifth and final round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship scheduled for 4th-10th October. The event will be the final rehearsal ahead of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Monster Energy Honda Team… read more.
The Morocco Rally finished today with the final special stage in Erg Chebbi, where Ricky Brabec was able to finish the race. Ricky Brabec finally got to take the start-line for the last special stage of the final round of this season’s FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. The American rider… read more.
Kevin Benavides arrived victorious at the bivouac in Erfoud after taking a second consecutive triumph for Team HRC in the Morocco Rally. It was the Argentine’s first Cross-Country Rallies World Championship win. Teammates Paulo Gonçalves and Ricky Brabec were to experience the other side of the coin in the second… read more.
Portuguese Team HRC rider Paulo Gonçalves clinched the stage victory today in the Morocco Rally and with it the overall race leadership. Teammate Ricky Brabec added to the celebrations with a second place – a personal best for the American in the Cross-Country Rally World Championship. The 291 kilometre stage… read more.
After the success earned in China, followers of Team HRC Rally – the official factory team – can now turn their attention to the Morocco OiLibya Rally in which the squad is currently competing. Benavides, Brabec and Gonçalves are among the top five after the first full stage. After the… read more.
After a week in which Team HRC have been the main protagonists in China, the squad now set their sights on Morocco, where they will be looking to continue the recent string of successful results. The Morocco Rally is the final event of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and… read more.
The Morocco Rally concludes – the last stepping stone in the season before Team HRC heads off to tackle the main objective. The team comes away from the final race of the season having drawn positive conclusions that could prove decisive with the Dakar Rally looming. Three wins out of… read more.
Paulo Goncalves finished the OiLibya Morocco Rally on a high: winning the special and taking a place on the final podium. The Portuguese rider rewards Team HRC’s effort and secures a medal in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in the process. Paulo Goncalves once again showed what a gutsy… read more.
After the sweet taste left by yesterday’s results in the Morocco Rally, today’s stage was a bitter one for Team HRC. Overall leader Barreda fell and was forced to retire, while a rock complicated the good work of Paulo Goncalves. The toughness of the 293 kilometre fourth stage between Zagora… read more.
Honda CRF450 RALLY riders Paulo Gonçalves and Joan Barreda pulled off an excellent double in the third stage of the OiLibya Morocco Rally which was fought out in the M’hamid loop. The Spanish ace retakes the top of the overall leaderboard. Team HRC have made it to the halfway stage… read more.
The second stage of the OiLibya Morocco Rally proved to be a far more taxing affair with a special stage requiring deft navigational and riding skills. Joan Barreda finished fourth and Paulo Goncalves, fifth. The desert to the south of Zagora offered a harsh battle ground for a second stage… read more.
The final race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship got underway in Zagora today with a tricky special stage for all the fastest competitors. Joan Barreda chalked up the first victory. Paulo Gonçalves took up a position among the top group, which could prove crucial in the forthcoming stages.… read more.
Team HRC have made it problem-free through the technical and administrative formalities and are all set to tackle the OiLibya Morocco Rally. It was Zagora, with 35 degrees in the shade, which welcomed the five Team HRC riders today, as the squad went through the administrative checks followed by the… read more.
The 2015 edition of the OiLibya Morocco Rally commences on Monday, the final hurdle of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with the Dakar looming. The FIM Cross-Country Rallies calendar closes this week with the Morocco Rally – the sixth and final event – with a vibrant Team HRC poised… read more.
It’s been a mere two months since Michael Metge joined the ranks of Team HRC Rally and preparations for the first race are almost complete. Over recent weeks the French rider has been through a vigorous training regime which will allow him to debut aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY in… read more.
The FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship calendar concludes with the final day of the Morocco rally. The event serves to fine-tune the new Honda CRF450 RALLY and bond the new Team HRC line-up ahead of the Rally Dakar 2015. The overall balance sheet of the OiLybia Rally of Morocco leaves… read more.
The OiLybia Rally of Morocco drew to a close today in Marrakech with Joan Barreda taking the honours in the sixth and final stage. The Spaniard managed a fourth overall in spite of his final position being marred by a weighty penalty handed down earlier in the week. Fellow Team… read more.
Joan Barreda once again has taken control of the OiLibiya Rally of Morocco. The Spanish rider on the CRF450 RALLY marked the fastest time in a hazardous fifth stage, bringing Team HRC’s tally to four out of five stage wins. The rally caravan journeyed on today with the rally’s longest stage, setting… read more.
Team HRC were able to salvage something out of what turned out to be the toughest and most complicated day so far in the OiLibya Rally of Morocco, finishing in positions that will leave them poised for attack over the next stages. The best of the bunch were Goncalves and… read more.
Honda continued the tendency once more today in the longest stage of the Rally OiLibya of Morocco. The race concluded in Zagora with a third consecutive win for the CRF450 RALLY. Joan Barreda was once again the fastest, and Paulo Goncalves takes over the overall leadership. At the end of… read more.
Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda, once again, gave a note-worthy exhibition of his riding progress on the Honda CRF450 RALLY. The second stage of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco had the Spaniard’s mark of authority stamped all over it. The race also saw Jeremías Israel finish second. Helder Rodrigues and Paulo… read more.
Team HRC got off to a flying start in the 2014 edition of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco, with Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda on the Honda CRF450 RALLY securing victory in the race’s first timed special. Team HRC side-kick Paulo Gonçalves finished not far behind in runner-up position giving Honda… read more.
Preparations for Team HRC’s final assault are in full swing as the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship 2014 heads into it’s final stretch with the OiLibya Rally of Morocco. Team HRC have several objectives in mind; their top priority being that of Paulo Gonçalves, who is in the running for… read more.