The FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship calendar concludes with the final day of the Morocco rally. The event serves to fine-tune the new Honda CRF450 RALLY and bond the new Team HRC line-up ahead of the Rally Dakar 2015.
The overall balance sheet of the OiLybia Rally of Morocco leaves the Honda CRF450 RALLY account well in credit, with five out of six stage wins, one podium, and three bikes in the top ten finishers.
Hélder Rodrigues ended up in third overall place and Joan Barreda fourth, in a rally that saw an extraordinary performance from Team HRC’s latest signing Laia Sanz, who posted a tenth overall place in her first world championship outing.
In addition, the riders had a successful end to their world championship campaign. Paulo Gonçalves, took the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship silver medal, in spite of suffering a broken rib in a fall which left him unable to finish the Morocco excursion. Joan Barreda, after leading the event when achieving top honours in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, finally settled for bronze. Hélder Rodrigues finishes in 4th place in the series. The competition displayed a tremendously high level – the adversaries likewise.
Now it’s time to pore over the data gathered during a race week where various technical innovations were on trial, before the optimal bike is finally handed to the riders who head off for the ultimate challenge – the Rally Dakar 2015.
Cross-Countries Rallies World Championship Standings
|1||Coma Marc||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||101 points|
|2||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Team HRC||Honda||71 points|
|3||Barreda Joan||SPA||Team HRC||Honda||68 points|
|4||Rodrigues Helder||POR||Team HRC||Honda||62 points|
|5||Viladoms Jordi||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||57 points|
|6||Faria Ruben||POR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||46 points|
|7||Piatek Jakub||POL||Team Hanesco||KTM||29 points|
|8||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||27 points|
|9||Chunchungguppe Santosh||IND||Team CS||KTM||25 points|
|10||Salvatierra Juan Carlos||BOL||Team Speedbrain||Speedbrain||21 points|
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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