The Morocco Rally has concluded with a Honda CRF450 RALLY on the final rostrum. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider Ricky Brabec, who triumphed on the final day, takes third place overall for the second year running, in what proved to be as a gruelling rally.

American Ricky Brabec wrapped up the Morocco Rally with a big smile after prevailing in the final stage. The rider from the Monster Energy Honda Team also secured a final place on the rally’s podium as the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship season concludes. Brabec finishes the campaign in fifth overall position. This wasn’t the first time that Brabec has won a world championship stage – he did so last year with a partial victory in this same race with an identical third-place podium outcome.

Brabec’s Monster Energy Honda Team comrade, the Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves, finished the stage in fifth position, which earned him fifth place overall too. Paulo, who had been in the battle for the race leadership, suffered a fall in the third stage that forced him to ride a more prudent pace to ensure an injury-free finish. The rally is the final one before the season’s blue riband event: the Dakar 2019. Paulo ends the world championship season in fourth overall position.

José Ignacio Cornejo, who finished the stage in the fifteenth position and occupied eighth place overall, also rode cautiously. Cornejo, despite not participating in two world championship events, finishes runner up in the junior category.

The Morocco Rally was the final date for the Monster Energy Honda Team before the 2019 Dakar Rally, which begins in January in Peru.

Paulo Goncalves

Paulo Goncalves

We finish this last race of the world. I started with a good pace, but the third day, with a fall, made me lose the rhythm. I managed to finish after two editions without being able to reach the end. I am quite happy because I found the speed, and physically I’m there too. In addition, Monster Energy Honda Team has done a great job here. We will continue along this line which is proving to be the right track. Now we have three more months to continue with maximum motivation to reach the great race in the best possible conditions and help the team to do their best.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

The final stage of the rally was a good one. It was a great way to end the rally and get the final race of the year under control before the Dakar in a good and positive way. I’m very happy and looking forward to the Dakar. It was more or less my type of riding with a lot of rocks and trial areas which was really fun. Then we got up into the mountains where the tracks were a lot more visible and fast and sliding. It’s always good to drift the bike around. It feels good to be going home. We’ve been in Africa for way too long. I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks before the Dakar to get some nice recharge time.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo 68

We have finished the Morocco rally, a very tough rally, with very complicated and dangerous navigation. It was very physically demanding with dangerous routes: a very complete rally. I am happy to finish the rally well, in one piece and without injury, which was one of the main objectives. I think 2018 has been a complete year; I was able to finish all the rallies in which I participated without falls that caused injuries. I've learned a lot year after year, race after race. Now it’s time to rest a bit and prepare for the Dakar 2019 that I’m sure will be a really good one for the team

Monster Energy Honda Team
Rally du Maroc

Morocco, Morocco

Rally 2018, Round 5

Tuesday 9 Oct 2018, 19:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Ricky Brabec USA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 2:31'56
2 Toby Price 8 AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'12
3 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'17
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'59
5 Paulo Goncalves POR 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'00
6 Stefan Svitko SLK 10 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'49
7 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 9 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +7'13
8 Andrew Short USA 8 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +8'18
9 Adrien van Beveren 4 FRA 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +8'51
10 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 6 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +10'03
15 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 1 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'28
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
Final Rallye du Maroc Standings
Tuesday, 9 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 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
8 José Ignacio CORNEJO 68 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
9 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
10 Stefan SVITKO SLK Slovnaft Team KTM