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

Paulo Goncalves

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

Monster Energy Honda Team
Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

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

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo 68

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.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Rally du Maroc

Morocco, Morocco

Rally 2018, Round 5

Monday 8 Oct 2018, 21:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price 8 AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 3:43'41
2 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +7'00
3 Sam Sunderland GBR 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'47
4 Adrien van Beveren 4 FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +9'55
5 Ricky Brabec USA 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +10'43
6 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'21
7 Paulo Goncalves POR 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'57
8 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 8 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +18'49
9 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +24'01
10 Andrew Short USA 6 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +25'52
Sunday 7 Oct 2018, 20:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 03:53'25
2 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'38
3 Ricky Brabec USA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'55
4 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 13 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'04
5 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'36
6 Toby Price 8 AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'44
7 Xavier de Soultrait 23 FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +8'43
8 Stefan Svitko SLK 8 Slovnaft Team KTM +10'18
9 Adrien van Beveren 4 FRA 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +13'42
10 Adrien Metge FRA 6 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +14'14
12 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +20'13
14 Paulo Goncalves POR 2 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +27'48
Saturday 6 Oct 2018, 19:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 3:26'48
2 Toby Price 8 AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'46
3 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 16 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'11
4 Ricky Brabec USA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'20
5 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +4'26
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'03
7 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 9 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +10'27
8 Xavier de Soultrait 23 FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +12'07
9 Adrien van Beveren 4 FRA 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +18'44
10 Andrew Short USA 6 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +21'13
11 Adrien Metge FRA 5 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +21'56
12 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +23'14
Friday 5 Oct 2018, 20:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price 8 AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:13'18
2 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'48
3 Sam Sunderland GBR 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'13
4 Paulo Goncalves POR 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'47
5 Ricky Brabec USA 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'19
6 Xavier de Soultrait 23 FRA 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +13'45
7 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'23
8 Adrien van Beveren 4 FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +16'14
9 Stefan Svitko SLK 7 Slovnaft Team KTM +18'11
10 Stefano Caimi ARG 6 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +19'04
Thursday 4 Oct 2018, 22:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price 8 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 8'47
2 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'10
3 Sam Sunderland GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'13
4 Ricky Brabec USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'15
5 Kevin Benavides ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'15
6 Adrien van Beveren 4 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'19
7 Paulo Goncalves POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'21
8 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +0'24
9 Lorenzo Santolino SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +0'25
10 Luciano Benavides ARG KTM Rally Team KTM +0'26
11 Xavier de Soultrait 23 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'28
12 Stefan Svitko SLK Slovnaft Team KTM +0'34
13 Mario Patrao POR KTM Rally Team KTM +0'34
14 Franco Caimi 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'36
15 Adrien Metge FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +0'40
20 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'21
Provisional Standings
Monday, 8 Oct 2018
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toby PRICE 8 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Matthias WALKNER 2 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
3 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
4 Pablo QUINTANILLA 10 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
5 Paulo GONCALVES POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
6 Adrien VAN BEVEREN 4 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
7 Xavier DE SOULTRAIT 23 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
8 José Ignacio CORNEJO 68 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
9 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
10 Stefan SVITKO SLK Slovnaft Team KTM