Stage 1
RallyGP 2022
Round 3

A Hard Stage On The Way To The Desert

ma Rally of Morocco

After the warm-up from yesterday, Rallye Du Maroc went south for a 316 kilometres special stage (SS1B) connecting Agadir to the desert landscapes of Tan Tan. Monster Energy Honda Team 2020 Dakar winner Ricky Brabec was the best of the squad ending in seventh place.

A Hard Stage On The Way To The Desert

Second day of Rallye Du Maroc 2022 was a early bird call for the riders from Monster Energy Honda Team. Ricky Brabec was the fourth to leave from Agadir and finished the day in 6th. Until reaching the next bivouac placed at the camel’s market in Tan Tan riders had to cover a total of 562 kilometres heading south – 240 Km of laiason and 316 Km of special stage (SS1B).  José Ignacio Cornejo was 8th, Adrien Van Beveren ended the day in 10th place and Pablo Quintanilla – who had a crash but remains on competition – was 14th.

With the desert on the horizon, the road book delivered a great variety of pistes, starting with hard and rocky mountain and passing a beach section where all power could be released. Sand and navigation were some of the strong ingredients of this exotic menu.

Tomorrow it’s time to go to the extreme south of this year’s Rallye Du Maroc itinerary, having the capital of the south Moroccan desert as the next destination: Laayoune. There will be a total 437 kilometres  to cover, 122 km in liaison followed by 315 kilometres of special stage. The hard and rocky tracks from the desert will continue to test the limits of our riders and bikes, not forgetting the magical sand dunes.


Ricky Brabec
Ricky Brabec 2
Monster Energy Honda Team
The day was quite long, we had to wake-up at 3 am, so I am pretty sure this was certainly one of the hardest days of the rally. I mean this for the body, mind and bike…but I am happy to be here at Tan Tan. I have done a good job along the way and we are in a good position for tomorrow. So let’s have some fun!

Pablo Quintanilla
Pablo Quintanilla 7
Monster Energy Honda Team
There was a difficult navigation in the morning with many rocks, then we went close to the ocean in the beach and could speed up. Then we moved to off piste in a mix between rocks and sand in the dunes. Suddenly I saw a clean line in the bush and next when I realize I was flying over the handlebar. I hurt my shoulder and it was really painful to reach the end. I will be seen by the doctor and hope to be able to start tomorrow.

José Ignacio Cornejo
José Ignacio Cornejo 11
Monster Energy Honda Team
This was not a bad day. Did not worked out as I wanted, but I knew I was loosing some time by riding a little bit more careful. I am sure we will be able to recover in the next four days, knowing that the hard tracks with rocks and sand will be a great preparation for the Dakar 2023.

Adrien Van Beveren
Adrien Van Beveren 42
Monster Energy Honda Team
This is my first race with Honda and things are going well, this is an intense learning process and I am having all the support from the team. The kind of terrain we got today was not the one I most enjoy, so in a way I was riding a little bit defensive. The exception was the section along the ocean, with hard sand allowing us to ride full gas and this was a great change to relax.

Rider Standings

RESULT OF SELECTIVE SECTION 1 (1A+1B) AGADIR - TAN TAN

Pos.

Rider

Num

Nation

Team

Time/Gap 

1

EVAN BRANCH Ross

16

BWA

Hero Motorsports Team Rally

04h46m24s

2

BENAVIDES Luciano

77

ARG

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

04h48m29s

3

PRICE Toby

18

AUS

Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team

04h49m35s

4

HOWES Skyler

5

USA

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

04h50m48s

5

KLEIN Mason

43

USA

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM

04h53m59s

6

SUNDERLAND Sam

3

GBR

Gas Gas Factory Team

04h55m05s

7

BRABEC Ricky

2

USA

Monster Energy Honda Team

04h55m21s

8

VAN BEVEREN Adrien

FRA

Monster Energy Honda Team

04h57m59s

9

CAIMI Franco

6

ARG

Hero Motorsports Team Rally

04h59m16s

10

CORNEJO José Ignacio

11

CHI

Monster Energy Honda Team

05h00m29s

13

QUINTANILLA Pablo

7

CHI

Monster Energy Honda Team

05h07m46s



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