Monster Energy Honda Team have not assembled their full squad since the 2021 Dakar Rally ended back in January. The winning team from the last edition are once again poised to restart the action with the Rallye du Maroc, the final dress rehearsal before the imminent 2022 Dakar Rally.
Nine months have now passed since the entire Monster Energy Honda Team waved goodbye to their members after pulling off a one-two triumph in the 2021 Dakar Rally. In the interim period, the team have clinched top honours in the Sonora Rally and the Andalucía Rally, as well as competing in other races aimed specifically at personal preparation such as the Vegas to Reno race, the Baja Aragón and the Atacama Rally, claiming victory in the latter two. Since then, preparations have continued with riders training in their habitual areas, while the mechanics have prepared the Honda CRF450 RALLYs to enable the whole Monster Energy Honda Team outfit to compete together in the Moroccan prelude to the 2022 Dakar Rally: the Rallye du Maroc.
American Ricky Brabec will sport the #4 on the fairings of his bike. The winner of the 2020 Dakar and runner-up in 2021, will be one of the firm favourites, but won’t be the only Monster Energy Honda Team contender bidding for the prize.
José Ignacio Cornejo also looks set to excel as he did in the most recent Dakar. All eyes will be on the Chilean – now back to full fitness – whose Honda will adorn the #6.
Although debuting with a notable result in the Andalucía Rally, Chilean Pablo Quintanilla will also be looking to gain confidence and establish himself aboard the new machine and will be among the favourites in the Rallye du Maroc. Keep an eye on the #7.
Last in order, but not in importance is Joan Barreda. Bang Bang, who scooped the top prize in the Andalucia Rally, will be hoping to maintain his high-level output as he goes in the hunt for a place on the podium. He will be adorning his lucky #88.
The Rallye du Maroc, which is also a points-paying event in the FIM Cross-Country Rally World Championship, will be held from 7-13 October in the Zagora area in the south of the country. The rally will consist of a prologue and five stages totalling 2,681 kilometres, including 1,633 kilometres against the clock. The event will play out over terrain made up of 10% track, 20% dunes and the remaining 70% in open desert, meaning that navigation should play a major role in the race outcome.
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 2021||Pablo Quintanilla (HONDA)|
|Winner 2020||Cancelled due the COVID-19 Pandemic|
|Winner 2019||Toby Price (KTM)|
|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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