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 today – the first part of the marathon stage – was modified due to the Moroccan Army stopping – for no apparent reason – various riders including Team HRC’s Argentinean young gun Kevin Benavides. Race authorities decided that, for all the competitors, the stage should begin from CP1, 105 kilometres into the special stage. What remained were 186 kilometres against the clock, with a final stretch over the dunes before the stage finished back at the camp in M’Hamid.
Paulo Gonçalves, who got off to a flying start from the new relocated race-start proceeded to whittle away seconds from the riders ahead. Paulo arrived at the final destination at the foot of the dunes near M’Hamid with the day’s fastest time. Gonçalves checked over the Honda CRF450 RALLY and has verified that the bike is in good shape to attack tomorrow. Tomorrow sees the second leg of the marathon stage with no outside mechanical assistance being allowed overnight.
Ricky Brabec was on fire today. The American who started out ahead of his Portuguese teammate Goncalves finished 2’25 behind him to post the first one-two for the Honda CRF450 RALLY in the OiLibya Morocco Rally 2016 so far.
Argentine rider Kevin Benavides set off from second place today, after yesterday’s fine result, but had a troublesome start to the day. Fortunately he was able to get a grip on the situation and get back into the race to take sixth place in the stage.
Today’s time could be modified after this press release has been sent.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, riders will have to weather a tough stage with over 80% of the total trajectory against the clock. 315 kilometres of the total 390 will be timed on the route that will take the competitors to the bivouac in Erfoud.
PROVISIONAL Results Stage2
|1||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||2:01'11|
|2||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'25|
|3||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+3'50|
|4||Price Toby||AUS||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+4'03|
|5||Rodrigues Helder||5||POR||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'25|
|6||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'36|
|7||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+6'17|
|8||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+8'07|
|9||Svitko Stefan||11||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+8'11|
|10||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+9'55|
|11||Pedrero Joan||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+11'40|
|13||Faggotter Rodney||AUS||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+17'45|
|14||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+19'32|
|15||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+20'37|
PROVISIONAL standings after Stage 2
|1||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||3:30'45|
|2||Price Toby||AUS||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+0'45|
|3||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'00|
|4||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'06|
|5||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+4'05|
|6||Rodrigues Helder||5||POR||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+8'33|
|7||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+8'59|
|8||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+9'52|
|9||Svitko Stefan||11||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+11'25|
|10||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+12'32|
|11||Pedrero Joan||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+13'28|
|12||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+29'35|
|13||Ivaniutin Aleksandr||RUS||HT Husqvarna Rally Team||Husqvarna||+31'36|
|14||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+31'56|
|15||Tomiczek Adam||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||+32'46|
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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