This afternoon saw the prologue of the Morocco Rally, the final event whose points count towards the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, held in the surroundings of Fez. The Monster Energy Honda Team riders will occupy well-placed start positions for tomorrow’s first full stage.
The Morocco Rally is off and running after the dispute of a short curtain-raising prologue which dictated the starting positions for the first stage of the race.
The best riders from the Monster Energy Honda Team proved to be American Ricky Brabec and Argentine Kevin Benavides, who set the fourth fastest time (09’02”) over the ten-kilometre special stage. In seventh place was Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves, twenty-one seconds off the best time and Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo who chose a different tactical approach and finished twentieth, 1’21” behind the eventual winner.
Finally, after the election of the starting order, Paulo Gonçalves will start in ninth position, Ricky Brabec in 11th and Kevin Benavides in 12th. The order of José Ignacio Cornejo does not change, 20º.
The first stage, between Fez and Erfoud, will feature two special stages. After a first link of 130.14 kilometres, the first timed section of 74.20 km will be disputed. Another link of 190.48 will take the competitors to a second timed special of 68.48 kilometres that will lead them close to the bivouac located on the outskirts of Erfoud, at the edge of the Erg Chebbi, where the action will take place over the following days.
|1||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||8'47|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+10"|
|3||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+13"|
|4||Brabec Ricky||11||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+15"|
|5||Benavides Kevin||2||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+15"|
|6||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+19"|
|7||Goncalves Paulo||4||POR||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+21"|
|8||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+24"|
|9||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+25"|
|10||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+26"|
|11||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+28"|
|12||Svitko Stefan||11||SLO||Slovnaft Team||KTM||+34"|
|13||Patrao Mario||34||POR||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+34"|
|14||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+36"|
|15||Metge Adrien||24||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+40"|
|20||Cornejo José Ignacio||15||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1'21"|
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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