The second stage of the OiLibya Morocco Rally proved to be a far more taxing affair with a special stage requiring deft navigational and riding skills. Joan Barreda finished fourth and Paulo Goncalves, fifth.

The desert to the south of Zagora offered a harsh battle ground for a second stage which had upped the ante for rider navigation in a stage with complicated routes and way points that were hard to find.

Joan Barreda, the fastest Team HRC rider on the day, got lumbered with the job of starting out first and soon made it evident that his pace and navigational prowess have in no way been diminished by his absence through injury. The handicap of opening the track turned out to be not so negative after conceding a few minutes to rivals, although it means that he drops from overall top-spot for the time being.

An eager Paulo Gonçalves had a rough start to the day after a navigational error in the first part of the special meant that the Portuguese rider saw precious time slip away. Paulo battled hard for the remaining 200 kilometres, yet in spite of clawing back some of the lost time remains frustrated by his earlier error. The effort did, however, move him one place up the overall leaderboard into fifth position.

Paolo Ceci dropped several minutes although Team HRC will hope that the organisation annuls the lost time as the Italian rider had stopped to attend to Iván Cervantes after an accident in the stage.

Kevin Benavides and Jean Azevedo, the two riders from Honda South America Rally Team, both had the opportunity to complete their rally mission of improving riding and navigation skills. Both South Americans move up in the overall standings.


TOMORROW’s STAGE
STAGE 3 : LOOP OF M’HAMID
– LIAISON 196 KMS – STAGE 274 KMS

Still a lot of sand to be expected in this third stage. The race-start of this special will be on sinuous and sandy tracks and will take competitors across the dunes. They will then be faced with a long stretch where speed lovers will be able to express themselves, before getting back on to technical and stony tracks. Be careful not to break anything! The navigation will then cover some fast and sandy track before the final passage in the dunes.

Joan Barreda

STAGE: 4th PROVISIONAL: 2nd

Today was one of those days where you really enjoy being on the bike and opening the track. I’m having a blast on the Honda CRF450 RALLY! But best of all, I feel great to have these sensations once again with the navigation and a good pace. In the dunes, I got it right and there were some tracks from the other vehicles so I had to keep calm to navigate well and not get carried away.

Paulo Goncalves

STAGE: 5th PROVISIONAL: 5th

It was a very bad day for me. I had a good starting position but I made a bad navigation mistake just after the special had started and I lost a lot of time. I tried to make up the time that I had lost, but it wasn’t enough. All the same, I’m pleased with the pace that I have had in the race. Today we had every type of track and I’m able to cope very well in those situations. Bad navigation, good riding. Tomorrow we will continue the fight.

Paolo Ceci

STAGE: 28th PROVISIONAL: 20th

A tough stage, with a lot of navigation. At the start there was a complicated point in a river which cost me a few minutes. After I tried to keep up a good pace and I got to the dunes with a group made up of Renet, Cervantes and Van Beveren, who were all going very quickly. I joined them but Cervantes fell very heavily. I stayed with him to make sure that he was fine. I lost 15 to 20 minutes but I hope that the organizers give it back to me. The rest of the stage went well, although it was a pity about the mistake at the beginning. The bike has been going really well and I’m really up for the next stages.

Kevin Benavides

STAGE: 9th PROVISIONAL: 12th

A complicated stage. There was a lot of earth in the beginning and it was hard to overtake the other riders. It was also very technical. There was a lot of sand, dunes and some rivers. I had a great time. I improved the rhythm because I felt a lot more comfortable on the bike that is really going great and hasn’t given the slightest problem. It’s been fantastic.

Jean Azevedo

STAGE: 24th PROVISIONAL: 20th

It was a stage with a lot of stones, hard and broken track, some fesh-fesh and sand. It was a bit tough as I haven’t been able to find the pace. I still haven’t found the right sensation with the suspension and I see that if I want to go really fast I have to take a lot of unnecessary risks. For navigation training, it has been a good stage. Positive.

2015 Cross Countries Rally
Stage Round 6 , 2   Morocco

Results Stage 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:17'37
2 Quintanilla Pablo CHI KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM +5'38
3 Walkner Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'55
4 Barreda Joan SPA Team HRC Honda +8'59
5 Goncalves Paulo POR Team HRC Honda +10'48
6 Meo Antoine FRA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +14'21
7 Rodrigues Helder POR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +15'06
8 Botturi Alessandro ITA Botturi Racing Yamaha +15'54
9 Benavides Kevin ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +16'15
10 Pedrero Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +18'03
11 Price Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +18'15
12 Al Balooshi Mohammed 7 UAE Balooshi Racing KTM UAE KTM +18'37
13 Faria Ruben 8 POR Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +20'13
14 Viladoms Jordi 11 SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +20'19
15 Pain Olivier FRA Nomade Racing KTM +20'30
24 Azevedo Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda +35'23
28 Ceci Paolo ITA Team HRC Honda +51'10
2015 Cross Countries Rally
Stage Round 6 , 2   Morocco

Provisional Standings after Stage 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 6:00'48
2 Barreda Joan SPA Team HRC Honda +2'33
3 Quintanilla Pablo CHI KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM +4'52
4 Walkner Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'12
5 Goncalves Paulo POR Team HRC Honda +10'25
6 Rodrigues Helder POR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +11'31
7 Meo Antoine FRA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'34
8 Price Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'30
9 Viladoms Jordi 11 SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +23'47
10 Pain Olivier FRA Nomade Racing KTM +27'23
11 Benavides Kevin ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +29'49
16 Azevedo Jean BRA Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:02'05
20 Ceci Paolo ITA Team HRC Honda +1:14'17
Location Information

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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