The Rallye du Maroc concludes with an excellent result for the Monster Energy Honda Team. On the final day of the rally Pablo Quintanilla saw off his rivals to claim both stage and race victories.
Monster Energy Honda Team has scooped an excellent result in the Rallye du Maroc. After only five months with his new outfit, Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla clinched his first race victory aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY. The occasion also marks Quintanilla’s maiden win in Morocco as he gets back to winning ways after the 2019 Atacama Rally. The team tally now lies at three stage wins in Morocco. Honda’s last win in Morocco was achieved by Paulo Gonçalves in the 2013 edition.
The team’s main aim in participating in this fourth race of the FIM Cross-Country Rally World Championship was to clock up as high a mileage as possible in the desert for its four riders ahead of Monster Energy Honda Team’s forthcoming participation in the Dakar Rally. The squad was able to confirm that both the high level of the riders and the Honda CRF450 RALLY bike performance continue along the positive trajectory of recent seasons.
The 166-kilometre final special stage went quickly for most of the riders still in contention for victory at this Rallye du Maroc. David Castera, race director, had designed a stage with very little navigation. With little movement of wind, the dust hanging in the air accompanied the riders throughout the journey, making it impossible for riders starting from the rear to make up time.
Pablo Quintanilla started in a fine position from which to attack Mathias Walkner’s lead. The Monster Energy Honda Team rider held a sufficiently strong pace to allow him to fulfil this main mission and capture the final stage of the Rallye du Maroc. Ricky Brabec was unable to whittle down the gap separating him from his rivals in the general standings and, in spite of finishing runner-up today, narrowly missed out on a podium place.
Joan Barreda was also able to battle his way to the finish, allowing him to go home with a sweet sensation. Sixth on the day and eleventh in the general standings, with the Spaniard highlighting the noteworthy teamwork carried out by the squad in recent days in Morocco. After yesterday’s fall, Chilean rider José Ignacio Cornejo went out today to complete the course, attempting to pull back as much as his physical condition would permit, but nevertheless citing good sensations on the bike. In the end, it was tenth overall place for the rider from Iquique.
The next event to feature Monster Energy Honda Team participation will be at the 2022 Dakar Rally, set to take place in Saudi Arabia from the 1-14th of January.
Stage 5 Results
|1||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||1:39'12|
|2||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'17|
|3||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||+0'18|
|4||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||0'37+|
|5||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+0'37|
|6||Barreda Joan||88||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1'05|
|7||Howes Skyler||USA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+1'58|
|8||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'36|
|9||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+3'45|
|10||Bühler Sebastian||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+4'51|
|11||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+5'27|
|12||Short Andrew||USA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+6'06|
|13||Caimi Franco||ARG||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+6'24|
|14||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'29|
|15||Svitko Stefan||SLO||Slovnaft Rally Team||KTM||+6'34|
|16||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+6'39|
Final Standings Rallye du Maroc 2021
|1||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||16:26'51|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+1'59|
|3||Sanders Daniel||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||+5'27|
|4||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+7'14|
|5||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+18'01|
|6||Benavides Luciano||ARG||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+34'03|
|7||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+39'38|
|8||Rodrigues Joaquim||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+41'03|
|9||Short Andrew||USA||Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team||Yamaha||+41'53|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+45'19|
|11||Barreda Joan||88||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+48'12|
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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