The third stage of the Rallye du Maroc continued in the same tough vein as the previous days, with riders having to cope without receiving outside mechanical assistance.

Today saw the second part of the Super Marathon stage of the Rallye du Maroc, where riders were left to fend for themselves in the case of any mechanical issues arising.

Today’s stage featured three different timed specials: a breakneck, yet uncomplicated 80-kilometre opening section; the second, at 211 km, served up a clean, high-speed route which included some complicated navigation and decisive points. The final section, originally set to alternate between fast track, stony ground, oueds with sand and a final off-road section in camel grass, was, however, cancelled by the organisation for safety reasons.

Young Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo delivered a fine showing, who, after starting out from the rear and battling against the dust raised by the riders ahead, was able to hold a notable pace to finish fifth on the day and post the best finish among the riders of the Monster Energy Honda Team.

Ricky Brabec clocked up some respectable partial times with good sensations on the bike as he prepares to attack in the remaining stages of the rally. The American finished in seventh position and holds eight in general.

Yesterday’s winner Joan Barreda, likewise parked his bike in the parc fermé yesterday with a tyre looking worse for wear. In the morning, the Spaniard made make-shift repairs to be able to make it through the arduous 360-kilometre trek, but the severity of the stage punished the tyre and the rider Castellón had to slow down the pace to make it back to the Aoufous bivouac. Barreda is now sixth in the overall race standings.

Meanwhile, Kevin Benavides, second on the starting line, fell victim to a minor fall where he took a hard blow from the bike in the thigh. Moreover, the rear tyre was in poor condition after yesterday’s stage, forcing the Argentine rider to seek a more cautious race pace on the track.

The fourth and penultimate stage will be held tomorrow starting and finishing in Aoufous: 508.30 kilometres in total including 408.53 of timed special stage, the longest special of the Rallye du Maroc.

Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

Difficult second part of the marathon: we have done many kilometres with really battered tyres and very fast tracks. I started a little back, which I think was good for such a day, but I caught Paulo early, at kilometre 17, and I stayed behind in the dust until kilometre 283. With the fast tracks it is very difficult to try to get ahead in the dust and I didn't want to take those risks. There are two days left and hope to keep the fight alive.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Today was a complicated day: at the beginning of the first special I had a fall, not too hard, but the handlebar hit me in the leg, just where I had previously had been injured. It swelled up and hurt a lot. The rear tyre was worn out so I had to manage the speed to prevent the entire tyre from splitting, so I slowed down. It was complicated but we managed to finish even though the picture had looked very ugly.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

We have finish stage three, the second part of the marathon. I think it was a tough stage, maybe not as much as yesterday, but very complicated. I had some minor issue but I could sort it out. I was riding in the dust cloud of a several riders. I think I had a good day; I felt good and would say it was my best stage so far in the rally. Tomorrow they will also give us the roadbook in the morning, which will be a complicated day. We will try to stay focused and pull back in general standings.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

It was a difficult day again. A quick first special with some navigation that worked out quite well. From the second section I saw that the tyre was losing mousse and at by 20 kilometres it had started to disintegrate. I ran out of mousse and it was a bit complicated to finish the stage with the tyre practically flat. There were some complicated areas at the end where information was missing and a group of several riders gathered to reach the finish-line together.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Rally du Maroc

Morocco, Morocco

Rally 2019, Round 4

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
Monday, 7 Oct 2019
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
3 Franco CAIMI 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
4 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
5 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
6 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
7 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
8 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
9 Ross EVAN BRANCH BWA Team Ross KTM
10 Daniel NOSIGLIA BOL Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda
11 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
12 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
13 Adam TOMICZEK POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM
14 Johnny AUBERT FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco
15 Jacopo CERUTTI ITA Solarys Racing Husqvarna
18 Aaron MARE RSA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda