In a very long day that started at 4 am leaving the bivouac, it was time to get into real action with the first stage of the Rallye du Maroc after yesterday’s prologue. Starting at the coastal city of Agadir, the road-book unfolded in the direction of the south, having the final destination in Zagora. For the riders it was a true rollercoaster of emotions, demanding full attention along a mix of gravel tracks, dirt tracks, sand and dunes. In total there were more than 700 kilometers to cover, a liaison of 397 km and a 314 km Special Section.
Monster Energy Honda Team riders experienced different feelings along the way. Pablo Quintanilla was certainly the most successful with his second place on Stage one, a performance that allowed the Chilean also to climb into second place in the overall rankings. His fellow countryman José Ignacio Cornejo was 7th today in front of Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren. Ricky Brabec, who was second yesterday on the prologue, could not reach the end of the stage due to fuel problems. This means he is out of the race.
Tomorrow it’s time for stage two with a circuit with start and arrival in Zagora. There will be a 100 km liaison and 296 km of Special Stage to race. The menu will be similar to the one that was served today, mixing gravel tracks, dirt roads, sand and dunes.
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
|1||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||4:08:42|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||4:13:23|
|3||Walkner Matthias||52||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||4:14:20|
|4||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||4:16:04|
|5||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||4:16:15|
|6||Santolino Lorenzo||15||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||4:19:43|
|7||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||4:24:54|
|8||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||4:26:59|
|9||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||4:28:04|
|10||Cox Bradley||49||RSA||BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM||KTM||4:31:57|
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 2022||Skyler Howes (Husqvarna)|
|Winner 2021||Pablo Quintanilla (Honda)|
|Winner 2020||Cancelled due the COVID-19 Pandemic|
|Winner 2019||Toby Price (KTM)|
|Winner 2018||Toby Price (KTM)|
|Winner 2017||Matthias Walkner (KTM)|
|Winner 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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