After the Morocco Rally marathon stage, Ricky Brabec remains in the fight for the podium.2018-10-10 10:26
A fifth place in the fourth stage of the Morocco Rally places Ricky Brabec just a step away from finishing on the rally’s final podium. Paulo Gonçalves and José Ignacio Cornejo improve their positions in the general standings.
Today’s 294-kilometre special timed continued the tough tradition of this gruelling Morocco Rally, where the navigation is highly demanding and the course physically exhausting. The route took in sections of dunes plus broken and stony track before the competitors made it home to the bivouac in Erfoud.
Ricky Brabec was able to continue his excellent form in this race without surrendering much time to adversaries in spite of starting out from third position this morning from the Merzouga bivouac. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American component posted fifth and maintains third spot in the overall rankings with just one day to go.
Today’s mission for Paulo Gonçalves today was to complete the stage without complications after yesterday’s fall. The Portuguese rider rode a cautious ride to finish in seventh place and is fifth overall in the rally.
Elsewhere Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo was able to finish the day without major setbacks, to post a top ten place, ninth on the day and climbs to eighth place on the leader board.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, sees the fifth and final stage of this Morocco Rally. The day will be divided into two timed sections, one of 128 kilometres and another of 70 kilometres to be played out in the mountain tracks of the Moroccan Atlas. After a total link of 259 kilometres, riders will find themselves back in Fez, the starting point of this edition.
Paulo Goncalves 4
STAGE: 7TH OVERALL: 5TH
Today was the second day of the marathon. After the fall yesterday I just tried to make it back safely to the bivouac without problems. I took the special very easy. They continue to be days with many dangers with a lot of rocks. We’ve had four days of racing now. Tomorrow we have the final stretch back to Fez. Everything has gone fine except for the fall yesterday. This is the final test before the Dakar. Now we just have to keep riding and make it to Fez
Ricky Brabec 11
STAGE: 5TH OVERALL: 3RD
Today was stage four – the final stretch of the marathon stage and the start of the last special of the Morocco Rally. The day was good. The marathon went well with nice beds, good showers, great food and all the rider’s bikes were okay. The stage was 300 km with very fast pistes but the tyres were smoked. We really had to take care of the tyres and bikes to make it to the finish. I’m looking forward to the final kilometres to get back to Fez
José Ignacio Cornejo 15
STAGE: 9TH OVERALL: 8TH
We have finished the fourth day and the second part of the marathon. They have been really tough days with a lot of dangers. I tried to keep the errors down as much as possible after the ones that I made yesterday. I went a lot more calmly today concentrating on the navigation. The objective has been to put in the kilometres before the Dakar, like a training session. We are trying to get back in one piece. We are preparing everything for the final day tomorrow.
José Ignacio Cornejo
Results Stage 4
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 3:43'41
Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +7'00
Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +7'47
Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +9'55
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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