An excellent triumph for Monster Energy Honda Team in the Rallye du Maroc as Joan Barreda claims the victory in the first part of the marathon stage, while team-mate Kevin Benavides takes second place. Barreda grabs the overall leadership.

Joan Barreda got the second stage of the Rallye du Maroc off to a flying start, on a tricky day with tough navigation and managed to arrive at the finish-line with a hefty margin over his rivals, earning the Spaniard top spot on the overall leader board.

Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides, in spite of a couple of minor navigational lapses, handled the special with great pace to seal a very up-beat second place finish. In the overall rankings, Benavides lies in sixth place.

After yesterday’s stage, the Rallye du Maroc organisation communicated the race times to FIM officials, particularly those of the two neutralisation sections, leading to some modifications in the standings. This meant Ricky Brabec moved up a position to second place on the day. Today, the American rider thus got lumbered with having to open the track, dropping various minutes over the course of the day. Tomorrow Brabec will have the chance to make amends.

There were problems elsewhere for José Ignacio Cornejo today. A couple of navigational blunders saw the rider run out of water in the second part of the special, arriving back at bivouac at Aufous dehydrated. Tomorrow the Chilean will be seeking to make up the lost time.

The riders have now left the bikes locked away in the parc fermé Aufous, as part of the usual procedure for the opening leg of the marathon stage, where riders are not allowed outside mechanical assistance. Tomorrow the second part of the marathon will be the longest of the Rallye du Maroc. The third stage will feature three timed specials with a total of 363 kilometres, where competitors will clock up a total of 540.88 kilometres on the overall trip.

Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

Today was good. It was hot and long and it’s a marathon for the bikes, then: we tried to conserve our tyres all day. Tomorrow is a big day for all the riders. Now we rest and we will try and manage the motorcycle tomorrow as well.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

It was a very tough stage. Pretty technical and a lot of navigation. I made a couple of navigation errors and, with 80 kilometres still to run, an even bigger one: I overran by five kilometres. I was able to get back on the right track again and in the end I finished second, which is not so bad. I am happy because we can move on, which is what matters.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

This second stage was difficult, with complicated navigation. I felt good at first but before refuelling I made a couple of mistakes where I dropped several minutes. In the refuelling I was going to load my camelback, a person from the organisation helped me and two kilometres after getting back on track, I found all the water was gone. So I ran out of water in the second part of the stage and in the end I was dehydrated, it was hard for me to endure, think or concentrate… and I made a couple more navigation mistakes. The only positive thing is that we are on course for the goal and we will continue to focus on the three days left.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

It was a good stage. Yesterday was a calm one and today was a good day, more or less as we had expected. I was able to get out of some complicated navigation situations and as I started from further back I was able to ride a good stage. In the final part I dropped several minutes: I pushed Quintanilla who was taking it easy as his leg hurt. I slowed down and the group in front got away, but I could not get past because there was a lot of dust. I tried but I wasn’t able to. In the end, despite everything, it turned out to be a good stage.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Rally du Maroc

Morocco, Morocco

Rally 2019, Round 4

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
Sunday, 6 Oct 2019
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
2 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
3 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
4 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
5 Ross EVAN BRANCH BWA Team Ross KTM
6 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
7 Xavier DE SOULTRAIT FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
8 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
9 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
10 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
11 Franco CAIMI 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
12 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
13 Daniel NOSIGLIA BOL Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda
14 Paulo GONCALVES POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
15 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
23 Aaron MARE RSA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda