Paulo Goncalves finished the OiLibya Morocco Rally on a high: winning the special and taking a place on the final podium. The Portuguese rider rewards Team HRC’s effort and secures a medal in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in the process.
Paulo Goncalves once again showed what a gutsy rider he is. After seeing his chances of winning in the OiLibya Morocco Rally go up in smoke, the Team HRC ace set out this morning intent on finishing the race on a positive note. His self-belief paid off in a very complete rally which took the Honda CRF450 RALLY through a navigation-filled and hazardous stage where Goncalves scored the day’s best time. This is the second win for Goncalves; enough to earn a final podium place as well as a bronze medal in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.
Paolo Ceci takes a positive account away from his first race with Team HRC. The Italian got himself acquainted with the bike and completed the final stage with a swifter pace. Ceci concludes the Morocco Rally in ninth position.
It was also a hugely positive participation for the Honda South America Rally Team in the OiLibya Morocco Rally. With Team HRC supplying the technical and logistic support, Kevin Benavides made a giant leap into the world championship finishing up among the sport’s elite. He proved by far the best debutant in the rally. Today Benavides stopped to help Chilean Quintanilla, who had an accident and had to be airlifted to safety by helicopter. It is likely that he will be reinstated with the time lost and could move up from the fifth overall place he currently occupies at the moment of writing this press release. Brazilian Jean Azevedo, finally managed to find the right settings and was far more at ease on the machine. Jean finishes the rally just four minutes off the top ten riders.
Yesterday Joan Barreda underwent a thorough medical after the fall in the fourth stage, but has been given the all-clear after tests failed to find any traumas or injuries. The Spanish rider will be ready to roll for next January’s Rally Dakar 2016.
Results Stage 5
|1||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||3:35'00|
|2||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+5'46|
|3||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'48|
|4||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+10'35|
|5||Pain Olivier||FRA||Nomade Racing||KTM||+10'37|
|6||Meo Antoine||FRA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+11'15|
|7||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+12'52|
|8||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+13'17|
|9||Pedrero Joan||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+14'05|
|10||Faria Ruben||8||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+15'07|
|11||Sanz Laia||SPA||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+15'21|
|12||Ceci Paolo||ITA||Team HRC||Honda||+17'37|
|13||Duclos Alain||20||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+22'39|
|14||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+23'50|
|15||Cerutti Jacopo||ITA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+31'31|
Final Results OiLibya Rally of Morocco 2015
|1||Sunderland Sam||3||GBR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||15:38'00|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+00'34|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+29'08|
|4||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+47'38|
|5||Faria Ruben||8||POR||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+56'38|
|6||Pain Olivier||FRA||Nomade Racing||KTM||+59'24|
|7||Pedrero Joan||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+1:01'34|
|8||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||+1:40'35|
|9||Ceci Paolo||ITA||Team HRC||Honda||+1:57'17|
|10||Cerutti Jacopo||ITA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+2:01'09|
|11||Azevedo Jean||BRA||Honda South America Rally Team||Honda||+2:05'16|
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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