The Rallye du Maroc concluded today in Fez with a notable result for the Monster Energy Honda Team, with Joan Barreda grabbing a spot on the overall podium after finishing runner-up in the final stage and Kevin Benavides, third place in the World Championship.

After a final 168.47-kilometre timed stage with plenty of complications en route, the final Rallye du Maroc podium featured the presence of one of the Monster Energy Honda Team squad: Joan Barreda. This edition of the Rallye du Maroc included some of the sport’s highest-level elite riders, with every day decided by the narrowest of margins. Today, the top positions in the general standings received one final shake-up. This proved to be the case for Joan Barreda, with the Spaniard capitalising on his possibilities, riding a fine special to post a finish just three seconds short of the stage winner and concluding the rally on the third step of the rostrum, with a seven-second advantage over the fourth place finisher.

American rider Ricky Brabec set off this morning with his sights likewise set on a podium place. However, his starting position for the final special was far less favourable in his bid for third overall place. In spite of this, Ricky clocked up some fine partial times, although not enough to hold on to his third overall position. A ninth place on the stage means the American claims fifth final place in the general rankings of the rally.

Kevin Benavides was happy to have made it through to the end of the rally after a fall in the third stage had turned the race into an uphill struggle. The rider battled on despite a right leg injury which had taken a blow in the very same point as a previous injury picked up in Morocco. Ruling out a retirement, the Argentine Monster Energy Honda Team rider managed to make it to the end to wrap up the Rallye du Maroc with a top ten overall finish, which gives him to finish third in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

José Ignacio Cornejo also made it safely back to Fez trouble-free as the eleventh place overall rider, as did Aaron Mare, the rider assisted by Monster Energy Honda Team, who delivered a consistent performance in the rally without major issues.

The Rallye du Maroc is the final competition featuring the Monster Energy Honda Team this season. The next event will be the Salón Internacional de la Moto de Milán, EICMA, in Milan, Italy, this coming November, where the official factory team to take part in the great challenge – the 2020 Rally Dakar – will get their official presentation.

Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

The day was quite complicated for me as I had to open track for the final 100 kilometres on very fast tracks. I was hoping to finish stronger, but throughout the rally the differences between the riders was very little and every day we were changing positions. Anyway, I am happy to have finished the whole race and to have prepared for the Dakar, where I will arrive with more confidence.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Today I finished seventh on the day and my leg was feeling much better. I’m tenth in the general standings, but third in the world championship, which is better. Taking stock of everything, it has been a very complicated year. In Abu Dhabi I arrived just after an injury and in Abu Dhabi a brake problem affected my race and it didn't go too well here either. It has been a year to learn a lot without giving up and I will keep looking ahead as soon we have the Dakar 2020.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

Today was an entertaining stage, quite technical and with some navigation. I made a mistake that made me drop several minutes. I had better sensations on the hard, stony tracks. It has been a good race where I have been able to improve my skills. I think the speed has been good too, something that we have worked on all year long. It has been tough, with so many races, but I’m glad to finish in one piece and I am looking forward to the next one: the Dakar.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

Fighting for the podium was something possible, so today I went out to try for it and things went well. It has been a difficult race, very full, with many different types of terrain, some complicated navigation. It has not been bad as preparation for the Dakar, which is the big objective that we have and which we have been preparing for all season. The team has worked hard this season and now there is only the final stretch of preparation before the 2020 Dakar.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Rally du Maroc

Morocco, Morocco

Rally 2019, Round 4

Wednesday 9 Oct 2019, 21:32 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:13'15
2 Joan Barreda SPA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'54
3 Luciano Benavides ARG 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'10
4 Matthias Walkner AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'31
5 Andrew Short USA 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'14
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +6'07
7 Kevin Benavides ARG 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'17
8 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'51
9 Ricky Brabec USA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'15
10 Ross Evan Branch BWA 6 Team Ross KTM +7'32
11 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 5 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +7'39
12 Daniel Nosiglia BOL 4 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +7'57
13 Michael Metge FRA 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'02
14 Johnny Aubert FRA 2 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +11'10
15 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 1 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +11'27
21 Aaron Mare RSA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +16'02
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
Final Standings
Wednesday, 9 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 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
4 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
5 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
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
19 Aaron MARE RSA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda