Joan ‘Bang Bang’ Barreda, once again, gave a note-worthy exhibition of his riding progress on the Honda CRF450 RALLY. The second stage of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco had the Spaniard’s mark of authority stamped all over it. The race also saw Jeremías Israel finish second. Helder Rodrigues and Paulo Goncalves, likewise, produced sound performances and continue to occupy the top four spots.
Joan Barreda extended his leadership of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco yet further after an impressive sand and navigation-filled second stage victory. The win was all the more remarkable for having set off at the head of the field. The Spaniard remained unreachable out front. In doing so, Barreda widens the deficit over second place Marc Coma by two minutes. The damage could have been much worse, were it not for a slight navigation slip-up which set the leader back several minutes.
Second place on the day went to fellow Team HRC rider Jeremías Israel. The Chilean had been penalized on Stage 1 for missing the final checkpoint, but performed well over the first part of the race, only to be slowed up later by dust created by the riders ahead.
The two Portuguese riders Helder Rodrigues and Paulo Goncalves had a good day at the office, finishing in fifth and sixth. Rodrigues went in pursuit of those up ahead and was able to maintain a rapid pace throughout. The reigning world champion at one point was forced to stop to fix a vibrating front fairing.
Last but not least, a great result for Laia Sanz, once again finishing amongst the world’s top riders in thirteenth place, in spite of a minor crash without consequences.
Stage 3 – Erfoud-Zagora
Liaison: 24km Special Stage: 313km Liaison: 26km
The third step will be the longest of the rally. Competitors leave Erfoud to head Zagora by traveling on fast tracks with passages of small dunes. The highlight of this special will be finding the pass that leads to a silted huge valley where navigation will be predominant. After passing the fort Zguilma, they will have to go north to find another valley which will lead to the finish. The last section very sandy, the crew will be under pressure!
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||2:26'14|
|2||Israel Jeremias||CHI||Team HRC||Honda||+2'00|
|3||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'01|
|4||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+2'20|
|5||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+5'42|
|6||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+6'10|
|7||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'23|
|8||Lopez Chaleco||CHI||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+6'40|
|9||Price Toby||AUS||KTM AUS Rally Factory||KTM||+7'05|
|10||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+8'12|
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
|1||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||5:30'25|
|2||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+3'22|
|3||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+7'29|
|4||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||+9'03|
|5||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+10'58|
|6||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+15'05|
|7||Lopez Chaleco||CHI||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+16'27|
|8||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+17'06|
|9||Przygonski Kuba||POL||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+27'32|
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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