Today’s eleven-kilometre Super Special in Zagora produced an excellent outcome for the riders of the Monster Energy Honda Team, who all finished together, the first of whom came home in 20th position. Tomorrow the rally is set to enter the dunes of Erg Chegaga.
Today’s short special stage, a prologue of just eleven kilometres, marked the official start to the Rallye du Maroc. A short route which riders took cautiously, not wanting to take any unnecessary risks before starting the five full stages. Additionally, as today’s finishing positions dictates tomorrow’s starting order, the team thought it wiser not to risk starting from counterproductive leading positions on the first real Rallye du Maroc stage tomorrow where navigation will play a key role.
The riders crossed the finish line, led by Ricky Brabec in 20th position, with Joan Barreda, José Ignacio Cornejo and Pablo Quintanilla following closely behind with very similar times. These should prove to be fine starting positions for tomorrow’s event.
The first stage, including the special stage 1B, will enter one of the most deserted areas in Morocco: the Erg Chegaga, home of the Iriki Lake and the Draa River. Locals describe the dunes of the Chegaga as “waves of sand”. The stage will feature a total of 441 kilometres, including 288.24 kilometres against the clock and some 153 kilometres of liaison section.
Super Special Prologue
|1||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||25'00.00|
|2||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'08|
|3||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+0'08|
|4||Caimi Franco||ARG||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+0'20|
|5||Bühler Sebastian||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+0'24|
|6||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+0'28|
|7||Howes Skyler||USA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+0'28|
|8||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+0'52|
|9||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'56|
|10||Short Andrew||USA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+1'00|
|11||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+1'04|
|12||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+1'08|
|13||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+1'20|
|14||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||HT Husqvarna Rally Team||Husqvarna||+1'20|
|15||Maio Antonio||30||POR||Franco Sport Yamaha Racing Team||Yamaha||+1'20|
|20||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1'48|
|21||Barreda Joan||88||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'04|
|22||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'16|
|23||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'16|
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 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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