American Ricky Brabec was the best of the Monster Energy Honda Team in the second stage of the Morocco Rally and lies third in the overall race standings. Paulo Gonçalves, sixth on the day, holds fourth spot in the general rankings with Cornejo also among the top ten.
After a short 36-kilometre liaison section which took the competitors to the start of the timed section, riders were faced with a long 281-kilometre special over rock-filled fast track and dry river beds, as well as a fair dosage of small dunes.
Ricky Brabec started the day very strongly, displaying a ferocious pace in a type of terrain that he clearly feels at home with. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider led practically the entire day until he reached a control point which proved difficult to locate and validate. Likewise, team-mate Paulo Gonçalves, who rode behind Brabec throughout the stage found the same difficulty. While Brabec posted fourth, his Portuguese comrade finished the day in sixth position.
José Ignacio Cornejo, perhaps less comfortable on rocky terrain, rode prudently to finish twelfth after struggling to find one of the final waypoints of the stage.
Tomorrow, Sunday, sees the third stage, the first part of the marathon stage, with a total of 275 kilometres, ending in the middle of the desert. The competitors will spend the night there without contact with the team and, as a consequence, without being able to receive outside mechanical assistance.
Stage 2 Results
|1||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||3:26'48|
|2||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'46|
|3||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+4'11|
|4||Brabec Ricky||11||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+4'20|
|5||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+4'26|
|6||Goncalves Paulo||4||POR||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+7'03|
|7||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+10'27|
|8||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+12'07|
|9||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+18'44|
|10||Short Andrew||12||USA||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+21'13|
|11||Metge Adrien||24||FRA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+21'56|
|12||Cornejo José Ignacio||15||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+23'14|
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
|1||Price Toby||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||5:51'39|
|2||Walkner Matthias||AUT||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+0'12|
|3||Brabec Ricky||11||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+11'53|
|4||Goncalves Paulo||4||POR||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+13'25|
|5||Caimi Franco||ARG||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+21'20|
|6||Quintanilla Pablo||CHI||Husqvarna Factory Rally Team||Husqvarna||+23'31|
|7||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+24'34|
|8||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+32'31|
|9||Santolino Lorenzo||SPA||Sherco TVS Rally Factory||Sherco||+33'53|
|10||Cornejo José Ignacio||15||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+36'12|
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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