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 to do battle and achieve the clear objective in mind: victory.
In addition to the squad’s rally aspirations, Team HRC have high hopes of rounding off the world championship season with a medal for Paulo Gonçalves, currently lying fifth in the overall table.
Team HRC’s participation will consist of Paulo Gonçalves and Joan Barreda, although once again the team will provide support to up-and-coming young rally raiders as they did in Abu Dhabi earlier this year with Ricky Brabec. This time it will be the turn of Argentinean Kevin Benavides who will be backed by Team HRC thanks to the excellent relationship between the team and Honda South America Rally Team. A last minute change will see Michael Metge, who sustained an elbow injury in training, replaced by Brazilian Jean Azevedo, a fellow member of the Honda South America Rally Team.
Also featuring in the Team HRC line-up for the last date of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship will be Italian Paolo Ceci. Ceci holds 13 Italian MotoRally championship titles, was winner of the 2013 TransAnatolia Rally and finished runner-up in 2009 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. The Italian has posted a top-twenty finish in each of his four Dakar participations.
The race-start and nerve-centre of the event will be Zagora and it will be to the south of this city where the opening races will be fought out; the Mhamid dune valley, the Draa valley and the Chegagga Erg will all feature before the OiLibya Morocco Rally heads to the Atlantic Coast for the first time, finishing up in Agadir after a total trek of 1,358 kilometres of timed stages.
OiLibya Morocco Rally 2015 daily details
|Stage 1||Monday 5||Loop of Zagora||133 km||330 km||463 km|
|Stage 2||Tuesday 6||Loop of Draa||141 km||224 km||365 km|
|Stage 3||Wednesday 7||Loop of M’Hamid||196 km||274 km||470 km|
|Stage 4||Thursday 8||Zagora – Agadir||348 km||293 km||641 km|
|Stage 5||Friday 9||Loop of Agadir||79 km||237 km||316 km|
2015 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship Standings after 5/6
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||70 points|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||67 points|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||65 points|
|4||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||55 points|
|5||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||53 points|
|6||Al Balooshi Mohammed||7||UAE||Balooshi Racing KTM UAE||KTM||52 points|
|7||Piatek Jakub||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||46 points|
|8||Viladoms Jordi||11||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||44 points|
|9||Monleon Armand||SPA||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||37 points|
|10||Salvatierra Juan Carlos||BOL||KTM Warsaw Rally Team||KTM||35 points|
|11||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||30 points|
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… read more.
|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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