Runner-up spot today, in the fourth and penultimate stage of the Rallye du Maroc, went to Monster Energy Honda Team’s Ricky Brabec. The American rider leaps the overall leader board from eighth to third position, entering the tussle for the final overall podium.

After issuing the new roadbooks to the riders this morning, 25 minutes before race-start, the fourth stage got underway in the Ramlia and Sidi Ali area to the southwest of Erfoud, on the border with Algeria. Due to be the longest special stage of the rally, at 408.53 kilometres and, with just a day to go, the one most likely to see an attack staged, in the end was reduced to 311 kilometres. The day served up a mix of fast track, dunes, sections of camel grass and other stony stretches. Navigation, once again, proved to be a key factor in arriving at the finish-line.

Most of the kilometres disputed proved to be to the liking to Ricky Brabec, who, setting a lightning pace, finished just a minute shy of taking the victory on this fourth stage. Chilean rider José Ignacio Cornejo, becoming increasingly comfortable on this type of terrain, today posted a respectable result in seventh place.

Joan Barreda too, was setting a cracking pace, until a navigational error a few kilometres from the finish saw him drop the advantage that he had previously accumulated. At the end, the Spaniard had to settle for ninth place, one place ahead of Monster Energy Honda team-mate, Kevin Benavides. The day’s mission for the Argentine involved overcoming the pain caused by yesterday’s fall, to make it back to end of the stage in one piece.

Good work also from South African rider Aaron Mare, assisted by Monster Energy Honda Team, who posted sixth on the day.

Tomorrow, sees the conclusion of the Rallye du Maroc in Fez, where the entire entourage will amass to witness the prize-giving for the 2019 edition. En route, competitors will battle out 168.47 kilometres against the clock.

Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

The day started off really well. More or less my style of riding - really fast. A couple of stones here and there and some trial areas. I felt really well today. Unfortunately there were a couple of navigational errors from the riders up front. I copped the group. I just rode in the dust for the rest of the day. Losing a bit of time, but it’s all good. I’m happy with the way I rode. I finished second today, so tomorrow I’m starting second. I think the navigation might be easy. Hopefully not lose too much time tomorrow. I’m on the podium right now. It would be nice to stay on the final podium. It’s rally and anything can happen. We are going to keep the fight alive. The bike’s working really well. We are going back to the old specs suspension for me. I prefer this and tomorrow the traction for me will be really nice.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Today was a complicated day for me. A very hard stage. Yesterday I hit my leg hard and today my muscle was very swollen; it didn’t allow me to get on or off the bike and resist the impact of all the bumps. I tried to take it easy to just get there, without anything else. The season is over and I think we have, by now, paid all the dues to be able to start well next year.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

We finished the fourth stage, which despite having been cut it for safety reasons, was equally tough. Complicated navigation areas where you had to have a cool head. I made no navigation errors, I notched up good times and we arrived in a good position, which allows me to continue making up positions in the general standings. There is one more day but we must remain focused until the very end.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

It was a stage where you had to push hard. The pace was higher than on other days. Today they gave us more information in the roadbook and we had to race had. We had to make up time. Seven kilometres from the line in a point in the roadbook that had to be correctly interpreted, I got it wrong and dropped time while going into a mountainous area. We still have options and we will try to fight to finish the rally well tomorrow.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Rally du Maroc

Morocco, Morocco

Rally 2019, Round 4

Tuesday 8 Oct 2019, 20:17 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Paulo Goncalves POR 25 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero 3:37'11
2 Ricky Brabec USA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'58
3 Andrew Short USA 16 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +1'23
4 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 13 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'22
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +4'28
6 Aaron Mare RSA 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'22
7 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'11
8 Ross Evan Branch BWA 8 Team Ross KTM +7'42
9 Joan Barreda SPA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'45
10 Kevin Benavides ARG 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'44
11 Joaquim Rodrigues POR 5 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +9'08
12 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 4 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +9'12
13 Luciano Benavides ARG 3 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'59
14 Matthias Walkner AUT 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'50
15 Toby Price AUT 1 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +18'40
20 Daniel Nosiglia BOL 0 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +28'06
Monday 7 Oct 2019, 21:10 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 3:00'33
2 Matthias Walkner AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'55
3 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 16 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'21
4 Johnny Aubert FRA 13 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +4'01
5 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'16
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'33
7 Ricky Brabec USA 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'45
8 Adam Tomiczek POL 8 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +11'35
9 Michael Metge FRA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +11'46
10 Daniel Nosiglia BOL 6 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +12'10
11 Luciano Benavides ARG 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'22
12 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 4 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +15'21
13 Andrew Short USA 3 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +15'37
14 Ross Evan Branch BWA 2 Team Ross KTM +16'43
15 Jacopo Cerutti ITA 1 Solarys Racing Husqvarna +16'59
17 Aaron Mare RSA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +19'51
18 Joan Barreda SPA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +20'51
19 Kevin Benavides ARG 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +23'05
Sunday 6 Oct 2019, 17:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 4:56'27
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'36
3 Andrew Short USA 16 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'58
4 Ross Evan Branch BWA 13 Team Ross KTM +9'10
5 Luciano Benavides ARG 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'31
6 Adrien van Beveren FRA 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +9'41
7 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +11'05
8 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 8 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +15'13
9 Toby Price AUT 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'39
10 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +16'55
11 Matthias Walkner AUT 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +18'13
12 Paulo Goncalves POR 4 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +21'23
13 Ricky Brabec USA 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +21'44
14 Adam Tomiczek POL 2 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +22'25
15 Daniel Nosiglia BOL 1 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +22'31
16 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +29'57
23 Aaron Mare RSA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +53'23
Saturday 5 Oct 2019, 19:31 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 25 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 3:16'16
2 Sam Sunderland GBR 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'40
3 Ricky Brabec USA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'31
4 Daniel Nosiglia BOL 13 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +2'37
5 Toby Price AUT 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'46
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'32
7 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 9 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +4'24
8 Luciano Benavides ARG 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'29
9 Adrien van Beveren FRA 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'13
10 Joan Barreda SPA 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'20
11 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 5 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'26
12 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 4 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'37
13 Andrew Short USA 3 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'53
14 Kevin Benavides ARG 2 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'32
15 Ross Evan Branch BWA 1 Team Ross KTM +6'39
17 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'01
24 Aaron Mare RSA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +18'56
Friday 4 Oct 2019, 18:38 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 6'27
2 Kevin Benavides ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'02
3 Sam Sunderland GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'04
4 Toby Price AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'05
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'05
6 Joan Barreda SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'05
7 Luciano Benavides ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'05
8 Andrew Short USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +0'07
9 Ricky Brabec USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'08
10 Xavier de Soultrait FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'09
11 Johnny Aubert FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +0'12
12 Daniel Nosiglia BOL Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +0'16
13 Franco Caimi 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'17
14 Paulo Goncalves POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'18
15 Ross Evan Branch BWA Team Ross KTM +0'19
19 Aaron Mare RSA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'22
25 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'32
Provisional Standings
Tuesday, 8 Oct 2019
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
2 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
3 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
4 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
5 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
6 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
7 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
8 Ross EVAN BRANCH BWA Team Ross KTM
9 Franco CAIMI 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
10 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
11 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
12 Daniel NOSIGLIA BOL Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda
19 Aaron MARE RSA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda