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After the Morocco Rally marathon stage, Ricky Brabec remains in the fight for the podium

STAGE REPORT Monday, Oct 8th 2018

  Rally Morocco 2018

2018 Cross-Country Rallies   Round FIM-5 , Stage 4

After the Morocco Rally marathon stage, Ricky Brabec remains in the fight for the podium.

A fifth place in the fourth stage of the Morocco Rally places Ricky Brabec just a step away from finishing on the rally’s final podium. Paulo Gonçalves and José Ignacio Cornejo improve their positions in the general standings.

Today’s 294-kilometre special timed continued the tough tradition of this gruelling Morocco Rally, where the navigation is highly demanding and the course physically exhausting. The route took in sections of dunes plus broken and stony track before the competitors made it home to the bivouac in Erfoud.

Ricky Brabec was able to continue his excellent form in this race without surrendering much time to adversaries in spite of starting out from third position this morning from the Merzouga bivouac. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American component posted fifth and maintains third spot in the overall rankings with just one day to go.

Today’s mission for Paulo Gonçalves today was to complete the stage without complications after yesterday’s fall. The Portuguese rider rode a cautious ride to finish in seventh place and is fifth overall in the rally.

Elsewhere Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo was able to finish the day without major setbacks, to post a top ten place, ninth on the day and climbs to eighth place on the leader board.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, sees the fifth and final stage of this Morocco Rally. The day will be divided into two timed sections, one of 128 kilometres and another of 70 kilometres to be played out in the mountain tracks of the Moroccan Atlas. After a total link of 259 kilometres, riders will find themselves back in Fez, the starting point of this edition.

Paulo Goncalves  4

STAGE: 7TH  OVERALL: 5TH

Today was the second day of the marathon. After the fall yesterday I just tried to make it back safely to the bivouac without problems. I took the special very easy. They continue to be days with many dangers with a lot of rocks. We’ve had four days of racing now. Tomorrow we have the final stretch back to Fez. Everything has gone fine except for the fall yesterday. This is the final test before the Dakar. Now we just have to keep riding and make it to Fez

Paulo Goncalves

Ricky Brabec  11

STAGE: 5TH  OVERALL: 3RD

Today was stage four – the final stretch of the marathon stage and the start of the last special of the Morocco Rally. The day was good. The marathon went well with nice beds, good showers, great food and all the rider’s bikes were okay. The stage was 300 km with very fast pistes but the tyres were smoked. We really had to take care of the tyres and bikes to make it to the finish. I’m looking forward to the final kilometres to get back to Fez

Ricky Brabec

José Ignacio Cornejo  15

STAGE: 9TH  OVERALL: 8TH

We have finished the fourth day and the second part of the marathon. They have been really tough days with a lot of dangers. I tried to keep the errors down as much as possible after the ones that I made yesterday. I went a lot more calmly today concentrating on the navigation. The objective has been to put in the kilometres before the Dakar, like a training session. We are trying to get back in one piece. We are preparing everything for the final day tomorrow.

José Ignacio Cornejo

Results Stage 4

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 PRICE Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 3:43’41
2 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +7’00
3 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +7’47
4 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +9’55
5 BRABEC Ricky 11 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +10’43
6 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +13’21
7 GONCALVES Paulo 4 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +13’57
8 SANTOLINO Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +18’49
9 CORNEJO José Ignacio 15 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +24’01
10 SHORT Andrew 12 USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +25’52

Rider Standings

PROVISIONAL STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 4

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 PRICE Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 13:36’29
2 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +7’27
3 BRABEC Ricky 11 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +16’47
4 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +27’51
5 GONCALVES Paulo 4 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +47’26
6 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +48’24
7 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +56’53
8 CORNEJO José Ignacio 15 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +1:12’42
9 SHORT Andrew 12 USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +1:16’11
10 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team +2:07’23
 

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Rallye du Maroc 2018 Stage 4

Location Information

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 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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