The Monster Energy Honda Team rider finished runner-up in the Rallye du Maroc curtain-raiser, securing a notable starting position for tomorrow. Barreda and Brabec, posted sixth and ninth.
The Rallye du Maroc kicked off today with the prologue stage. The route of just over seven kilometres offered mountain tracks full of loose rock and slippery ground in the surroundings of the city of Fez.
Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides, claiming second spot, proved to be the best of the Monster Energy Honda bunch, will now be able to choose an advantageous starting position to tackle tomorrow’s first full stage between Fez and Erfoud. Joan Barreda, 5 seconds from the fastest, and Ricky Brabec, eight, registered respectable times, finishing sixth and ninth and will start in the top ten positions in tomorrow’s first stage. Meanwhile, Ignacio Cornejo, not used to riding this type of terrain, sought to play it prudently, to eventually finish in 25nd place. South African rider Aaron Mare, accompanying the team in the rally, finished in nineteenth position.
The first stage, to be held tomorrow, will feature two timed-sections: the first, a 103-kilometre special and the other, some 225 kilometres long. The total distance of stage one of the Rallye du Maroc including liaison sections will be 494 kilometres.
|1||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||6'27|
|2||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'02|
|3||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'04|
|4||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'05|
|5||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+0'05|
|6||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'05|
|7||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+0'05|
|8||Short Andrew||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+0'07|
|9||Brabec Ricky||9||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'08|
|10||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+0'09|
|11||Aubert Johnny||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+0'12|
|12||Nosiglia Daniel||BOL||Team Nosiglia||Honda||+0'16|
|13||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+0'17|
|14||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+0'18|
|15||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM||KTM||+0'19|
|19||Maré Aaron||RSA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'22|
|25||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+0'32|
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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