Joan Barreda once again has taken control of the OiLibiya Rally of Morocco. The Spanish rider on the CRF450 RALLY marked the fastest time in a hazardous fifth stage, bringing Team HRC’s tally to four out of five stage wins.
The rally caravan journeyed on today with the rally’s longest stage, setting off from Zagora before winding its way into the mountainous Draa area, and finishing up some 512 kilometres later in Ourzazate, which featured 302 km of timed special. The route was in complete contrast to yesterday’s – the dunes being replaced by rock-filled narrow and treacherous track.
Joan Barreda was, for the fourth time, the fastest of the race, setting a storming pace that allowed him to close down on the front-runners. In doing so, Barreda moves up into fourth place in the overall standings with just tomorrow’s stage in Marrakech still left to run.
Hélder Rodrigues, likewise, performed well in spite of the numerous dangers. The Portuguese Honda took place on the day, and looks poised to hold on to his podium place as the title chase looks forward to tomorrow’s grand finale with 113 kilometres of special.
Sublime fifth stage also for Laia Sanz. The Spanish rider had her best day out so far in the world championship, finishing in eleventh place, climbing two places on the overall leader-board.
Paulo Gonçalves was unable to finish the special. He suffered a fall in the early in the special before arriving at the first waypoint, which resulted in an injured shoulder and ribs. ‘Speedy’ had been battling to retain his FIM World Cross-Country Rally title which he had clinched in the same race last year. After the fall, he managed to make it to the first Control Point and was transported to hospital in Ourzazate.
Jeremías Israel continues to perform well in the later half of the rally, but had an accident today that saw him drop time. The Chilean rider chose to head straight back to the bivouac in Marrakech without finishing the stage.
Stage 6 – Marrakech-Marrakech
Liaison: 32km Special Stage: 113km Liaison: 24km
This last step is not just a parade, but a special that may change the results. The co-drivers have much to do on that land of multiple tracks. Competitors should stay focused to reach the finish of the stage under the palm trees. After a 24 km liaison, the winners and all finishers of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco 2014 will be welcomed by all the assistants, officials, VIPs, accompanying, public, … at the finish podium in Marrakech.
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||4:15'37|
|3||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+03'07|
|4||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+03'34|
|5||Price Toby||AUS||KTM AUS Rally Factory||KTM||+03'49|
|6||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+05'41|
|7||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+06'07|
|8||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+07'36|
|9||Lopez Chaleco||CHI||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+09'24|
|10||Duclos Alain||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+09'57|
Provisional Standings after Stage 5
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||16:05'05|
|2||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+09'58|
|3||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+12'05|
|4||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||+15'31|
|5||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+16'13|
|6||Lopez Chaleco||CHI||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+18'34|
|7||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+20'16|
|9||Price Toby||AUS||KTM AUS Rally Factory||KTM||+1:01'32|
|10||Duclos Alain||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+1:06'32|
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 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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