The third stage of the Rallye du Maroc continued in the same tough vein as the previous days, with riders having to cope without receiving outside mechanical assistance.
Today saw the second part of the Super Marathon stage of the Rallye du Maroc, where riders were left to fend for themselves in the case of any mechanical issues arising.
Today’s stage featured three different timed specials: a breakneck, yet uncomplicated 80-kilometre opening section; the second, at 211 km, served up a clean, high-speed route which included some complicated navigation and decisive points. The final section, originally set to alternate between fast track, stony ground, oueds with sand and a final off-road section in camel grass, was, however, cancelled by the organization for safety reasons.
Young Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo delivered a fine showing, who, after starting out from the rear and battling against the dust raised by the riders ahead, was able to hold a notable pace to finish fifth on the day and post the best finish among the riders of the Monster Energy Honda Team.
Ricky Brabec clocked up some respectable partial times with good sensations on the bike as he prepares to attack in the remaining stages of the rally. The American finished in seventh position and holds eight in general.
Yesterday’s winner Joan Barreda, likewise parked his bike in the parc fermé yesterday with a tyre looking worse for wear. In the morning, the Spaniard made make-shift repairs to be able to make it through the arduous 360-kilometre trek, but the severity of the stage punished the tyre and the rider Castellón had to slow down the pace to make it back to the Aoufous bivouac. Barreda is now sixth in the overall race standings.
Meanwhile, Kevin Benavides, second on the starting line, fell victim to a minor fall where he took a hard blow from the bike in the thigh. Moreover, the rear tyre was in poor condition after yesterday’s stage, forcing the Argentine rider to seek a more cautious race pace on the track.
The fourth and penultimate stage will be held tomorrow starting and finishing in Aoufous: 508.30 kilometres in total including 408.53 of timed special stage, the longest special of the Rallye du Maroc.
Provisional Results Stage 3
|1||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:00'33|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+1'55|
|3||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+2'21|
|4||Aubert Johnny||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+4'01|
|5||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+4'16|
|6||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+4'33|
|7||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+6'45|
|8||Tomiczek Adam||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||+11'35|
|9||Metge Michael||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+11'46|
|10||Nosiglia Daniel||BOL||Team Nosiglia||Honda||+12'10|
|11||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+12'22|
|12||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+15'21|
|13||Short Andrew||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+15'37|
|14||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Team Ross||KTM||+16'43|
|15||Cerutti Jacopo||33||ITA||Solarys Racing||Husqvarna||+16'59|
|17||Maré Aaron||RSA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+19'51|
|18||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+20'51|
|19||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+23'05|
Provisional Standings after Stage 3
|1||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||11:57'39|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'06|
|3||Caimi Stefano||ARG||Honda Argentina - MEC Team||Honda||+6'40|
|4||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+6'41|
|5||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+7'52|
|6||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+7'54|
|7||Short Andrew||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+9'05|
|8||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+11'43|
|9||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Team Ross||KTM||+14'53|
|10||Nosiglia Daniel||BOL||Team Nosiglia||Honda||+21'29|
|11||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+21'59|
|12||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+27'33|
|13||Tomiczek Adam||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||+37'56|
|14||Aubert Johnny||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+43'58|
|15||Cerutti Jacopo||33||ITA||Solarys Racing||Husqvarna||+55'26|
|18||Maré Aaron||RSA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1:21'14|
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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