The Rallye du Maroc concluded today in Fez with a notable result for the Monster Energy Honda Team, with Joan Barreda grabbing a spot on the overall podium after finishing runner-up in the final stage and Kevin Benavides, third place in the World Championship.
After a final 168.47-kilometre timed stage with plenty of complications en route, the final Rallye du Maroc podium featured the presence of one of the Monster Energy Honda Team squad: Joan Barreda. This edition of the Rallye du Maroc included some of the sport’s highest-level elite riders, with every day decided by the narrowest of margins. Today, the top positions in the general standings received one final shake-up. This proved to be the case for Joan Barreda, with the Spaniard capitalizing on his possibilities, riding a fine special to post a finish just three seconds short of the stage winner and concluding the rally on the third step of the rostrum, with a seven-second advantage over the fourth place finisher.
American rider Ricky Brabec set off this morning with his sights likewise set on a podium place. However, his starting position for the final special was far less favourable in his bid for third overall place. In spite of this, Ricky clocked up some fine partial times, although not enough to hold on to his third overall position. A ninth place on the stage means the American claims fifth final place in the general rankings of the rally.
Kevin Benavides was happy to have made it through to the end of the rally after a fall in the third stage had turned the race into an uphill struggle. The rider battled on despite a right leg injury which had taken a blow in the very same point as a previous injury picked up in Morocco. Ruling out a retirement, the Argentine Monster Energy Honda Team rider managed to make it to the end to wrap up the Rallye du Maroc with a top ten overall finish, which gives him to finish third in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.
José Ignacio Cornejo also made it safely back to Fez trouble-free as the eleventh place overall rider, as did Aaron Mare, the rider assisted by Monster Energy Honda Team, who delivered a consistent performance in the rally without major issues.
The Rallye du Maroc is the final competition featuring the Monster Energy Honda Team this season. The next event will be the Salón Internacional de la Moto de Milán, EICMA, in Milan, Italy, this coming November, where the official factory team to take part in the great challenge – the 2020 Rally Dakar – will get their official presentation.
Results Stage 5
|1||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||2:13'15|
|2||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'54|
|3||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+3'10|
|4||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+3'31|
|5||Short Andrew||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+5'14|
|6||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+6'07|
|7||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+6'17|
|8||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+6'51|
|9||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+7'15|
|10||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Team Ross||KTM||+7'32|
|11||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+7'39|
|12||Nosiglia Daniel||BOL||Team Nosiglia||Honda||+7'57|
|13||Metge Michael||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+8'02|
|14||Aubert Johnny||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+11'10|
|15||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+11'27|
|21||Mare Aaron||RSA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+16'02|
Final Standings Rallye du Maroc 2019
|1||Short Andrew||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||18:03:54|
|2||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1'21|
|3||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'44|
|4||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'51|
|5||Brabec Ricky||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+4'07|
|6||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+7'17|
|7||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+7'38|
|8||Evan Branch Ross||BWA||Team Ross||KTM||+14'20|
|9||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+20'30|
|10||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+21'16|
|11||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+30'22|
|19||Mare Aaron||RSA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+1:29'53|
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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