The Rally du Maroc has reached its midway point with Ricky Brabec claiming the stage win and the overall lead. Once again, a lengthy, high-speed, full stage with little navigation, although the sudden changes in pace and the lightning speed needed to make correct decisions led several riders to make mistakes.
At last night’s briefing, David Castera, the Rally du Maroc director had revealed what riders could expect from this third stage: fast tracks, some stone-filled, but others sandy and undulating which would really give the bikes the chance to let rip. This time round, there were fewer dunes which were smaller in size and presented no major difficulties apart from two short stretches of broken up dunes at kilometres 149 and 192. Nevertheless, navigation proved tricky for some of the riders and the 341-kilometre timed special stage caused some reshuffles in the general standings.
American Ricky Brabec was the leading protagonist of the day. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider, with some excellent navigation, set a white-knuckle pace that no other rider was able to match. Brabec not only won the stage but also snatched the overall Rally du Maroc lead with a ten-and-a-half minute advantage over the nearest second-placed rider, team-mate Pablo Quintanilla.
Chilean Quintanilla took advantage of his starting position to excel once again today. The Chilean followed in the wake of Ricky Brabec and, despite a minor navigation error, posted ninth place, meaning he now holds second spot in the general standings.
For José Ignacio Cornejo it was another steep learning curve in today’s tricky environment. After a slight lapsus early on, he picked up the pace until the critical point of the day, among those dropping several minutes on the stage.
If it was heads for Brabec, it was tails for Joan Barreda. The Spaniard from Castellón was keen to make up time today and proved fastest until around kilometre 240, at which point he dropped time due to a navigational blunder. The rider, after some moments of disorientation, was able to get back on the right track a few kilometres further on, although having skipped a waypoint which he has been penalized for.
Early tomorrow morning, the fourth and lengthiest stage of the Rally du Maroc gets underway: 367.43 kilometres against the clock out of a total trek of 546.30 kilometres. For the third time, the action will play out across the wide area to the east/northeast of the town of Zagora.
Stage 3 results
|1||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||3:30'32|
|2||Bühler Sebastian||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+2'04|
|3||Short Andrew||USA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'24|
|4||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+5'46|
|5||Caimi Franco||ARG||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+6'12|
|6||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+8'40|
|7||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+10'35|
|8||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+11'01|
|9||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+11'08|
|10||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+11'49|
|11||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+12'33|
|12||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+13'09|
|13||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+13'46|
|14||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||+14'34|
|24||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+52'41|
Provisional Standings after Stage 3
|1||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||10:43'43|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+10'27|
|3||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+12'09|
|4||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+17'33|
|5||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||+18'31|
|6||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+18'43|
|7||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+26'21|
|8||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+30'42|
|9||Short Andrew||USA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+32'06|
|10||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+54'42|
|11||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+32'41|
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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