After the longest special stage of the Rallye du Maroc, two Monster Energy Honda Team riders will bid to make it onto the final podium in Zagora tomorrow.
Riders were today once again faced with high-speed, undulating, stony and sandy tracks, with some broken-up ground and even some trial-style areas. There were constant dangers present on a route which covered some stretches that had been covered over the preceding days. The amount of dunes today was negligible. A 118-kilometre liaison section led the riders to this morning’s starting point for the 367-kilometre special stage, the longest of the entire Rallye du Maroc. By the end of the special, there were just 61 kilometres left to reach the Tizi bivouac located in Zagora.
The day proved to be a good one for Pablo Quintanilla, who rode a solid stage and finished with the third best time of the day. The Honda CRF450 RALLY rider confirmed his second overall place in the rally. The Chilean has one day left tomorrow to attempt to attack and reduce the 37-second gap that separates him from first place.
Joan Barreda finished fourth today despite a heavy fall on a boulder. The rider from Castellón had been notching up fine times until that point. In the general standings, however, any podium chances had faded in yesterday’s stage.
American Ricky Brabec, after opening the way for a large stretch of today’s stage, will also be in contention for the overall victory tomorrow. He is currently lying seven-and-a-half minutes behind the leader with 166 kilometres still to run. The American will go all out to complete the task.
It was a very tough day today for José Ignacio Cornejo, who suffered a major fall in the opening kilometres of the special, sustaining a chest injury. However, in spite of the severe pain, the Chilean battled on to the finish, but having to ease off the gas. After a medical check-up back at the bivouac, the rider was declared fit enough to start the final Rallye du Maroc stage tomorrow.
The final day of racing will feature a shortened route of 166 kilometres of special stage rather than the originally scheduled 291 kilometres with race organizers citing logistical issues. The race will play out over the same area previously used on stage one.
Stage 4 results
|1||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||3:50'34|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'36|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'55|
|4||Barreda Joan||88||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+5'47|
|5||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+6'17|
|6||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'52|
|7||Howes Skyler||USA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+7'31|
|8||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+ 10'05|
|9||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+10'10|
|10||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+13'05|
|17||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+20'19|
|20||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+33'21|
Provisional Standings after Stage 4
|1||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||14:47'02|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'37|
|3||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||+5'46|
|4||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+7'34|
|5||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+14'53|
|6||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+26'41|
|7||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+33'46|
|8||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+36'13|
|9||Short Andrew||USA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+36'24|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+39'19|
|11||Barreda Joan||88||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+47'44|
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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