Monster Energy Honda Team occupied the entire podium today after the first stage of the Rallye du Maroc. Joan Barreda saw off the other riders to snatch the overall race lead. Ricky Brabec and Pablo Quintanilla were hot on his trail in the day’s standings.
The first ‘real’ stage of the Rallye du Maroc and the first joint triumph for the Monster Energy Honda Team. Although the rally had barely begun, the first day’s result turned out to be a very upbeat one for the Honda CRF450 RALLY riders at the finish-line in Zagora.
A total of 288 kilometres of special stage were covered on the day, divided into three different segments, with the opening kilometres raced over fast, dusty tracks before moving on to some thirty kilometres of dunes in the heart of the Erg Chegaga. The riders also encountered a very difficult navigational section with off-piste tracks, further hindered by the harsh weather conditions, where a mammoth sandstorm made for some fairly treacherous riding. The final part of the route played out on stony tracks.
Joan Barreda set a break-neck pace today and was soon leading the provisional timesheets. Team-mate Ricky Brabec followed in hot pursuit, with the pair completing the rest of the lengthy stage together. At the finish-line in Zagora, Barreda crossed 1’10 ahead of second-placed Brabec and almost three minutes clear of team-mate Pablo Quintanilla, who proved to be very nippy over the dusty tracks of the Chegaga. Pablo now holds third spot in the general standings of the Rallye du Maroc. José Ignacio Cornejo, who looked set to make the podium on the day, made a navigation error before refuelling and dropped several minutes to his rivals, eventually posting seventh of the day.
Tomorrow’s stage looks likely to be a tricky affair for the Monster Energy Honda Team riders who will be forced to open the track for the 330-kilometres special stage, by now familiar to the riders, as the route will be in the opposite area to today’s stage. By the end of the day, the riders will have completed a trek of over 600 kilometres.
Stage 1 results
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||2:58'53|
|2||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1'10|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'59|
|4||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'50|
|5||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||+7'31|
|6||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+9'51|
|7||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+10'08|
|8||Svitko Stefan||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+12'52|
|9||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+13'20|
|10||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+13'40|
Overall after Stage 1
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:25'57|
|2||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'54|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+3'11|
|4||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+5'42|
|5||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||+6'59|
|6||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+8'55|
|7||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+10'20|
|8||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+11'44|
|9||Caimi Franco||ARG||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+12'09|
|10||Svitko Stefan||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+12'32|
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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