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.

Ricky Brabec 9


We have finished with the prologue. I’m looking forward to the next few days because today the track it was slippery and I didn’t feel like I was going so fast. It was hard to maintain the focus and the speed. It’s tough out here in Africa, but we are hoping for a good result. We will try and do the best we can in these hard conditions.

Kevin Benavides


It was a beautiful stage in the middle of the mountains. The terrain was very slippery and it was easy to make mistakes, so I tried to have a little fun without taking too many risks. I think it went well and I finished second. Now we will see the starting positions for tomorrow and prepare the stage. The race really gets going tomorrow.

Private: José Ignacio “Nacho” Cornejo


We have finished the prologue and the starting position is from quite far back so I hope that there isn’t too much dust, but we managed not to finish in 15th place as it would have meant opening the track tomorrow. The differences are minimal among all the riders and as things have just started, it is important to focus in what lies ahead. We will try to have a good day.

Joan Barreda


It was the first prologue and it went pretty well. It was a fast, narrow track and I only had an opening on a descent where there was a lot of gravel... I was hardly able to control the bike. I dropped a bit of time there, but I am satisfied because I will be in the first group of seven riders and that’s a good position to start.

2019 Cross-Country Rallies
Prologue Round WORLD4 , Prologue   Morocco

Prologue results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
19 Maré Aaron RSA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'22
25 Cornejo José Ignacio "Nacho" CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'32
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 2022 Skyler Howes (Husqvarna)
Winner 2021 Pablo Quintanilla (Honda)
Winner 2020 Cancelled due the COVID-19 Pandemic
Winner 2019 Toby Price (KTM)
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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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