Kevin Benavides places among the front-runners in the Rallye du Maroc prologue

Kevin Benavides places among the front-runners in the Rallye du Maroc prologue

04.10.2019: Rally du Maroc 2019 2019 Cross-Country Rallies Round WORLD4 , Prologue The Monster Energy Honda Team rider finished runner-up in the Rallye du Maroc curtain-raiser, securing a notable starting position for tomorrow. Barreda and Brabec, poste

Rally du Maroc 2019
2019 Cross-Country Rallies   Round WORLD4 , Prologue




The Monster Energy Honda Team rider finished runner-up in the Rallye du Maroc curtain-raiser, securing a notable starting position for tomorrow. Barreda and Brabec, posted sixth and ninth.


The Rallye du Maroc kicked off today with the prologue stage. The route of just over seven kilometres offered mountain tracks full of loose rock and slippery ground in the surroundings of the city of Fez.



Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides, claiming second spot, proved to be the best of the Monster Energy Honda bunch, will now be able to choose an advantageous starting position to tackle tomorrow’s first full stage between Fez and Erfoud. Joan Barreda, 5 seconds from the fastest, and Ricky Brabec, eight, registered respectable times, finishing sixth and ninth and will start in the top ten positions in tomorrow’s first stage.



Meanwhile, Ignacio Cornejo, not used to riding this type of terrain, sought to play it prudently, to eventually finish in 25nd place. South African rider Aaron Mare, accompanying the team in the rally, finished in nineteenth position.



The first stage, to be held tomorrow, will feature two timed-sections: the first, a 103-kilometre special and the other, some 225 kilometres long. The total distance of stage one of the Rallye du Maroc including liaison sections will be 494 kilometres.   
   
   


   
Ricky Brabec
PROLOGUE: 9TH 



We have finished with the prologue. I’m looking forward to the next few days because today the track it was slippery and I didn’t feel like I was going so fast. It was hard to maintain the focus and the speed. It’s tough out here in Africa, but we are hoping for a good result. We will try and do the best we can in these hard conditions.         

   
       
Kevin Benavides
PROLOGUE: 2ND 


It was a beautiful stage in the middle of the mountains. The terrain was very slippery and it was easy to make mistakes, so I tried to have a little fun without taking too many risks. I think it went well and I finished second. Now we will see the starting positions for tomorrow and prepare the stage. The race really gets going tomorrow.         

   


       
José Ignacio Cornejo
PROLOGUE: 25TH 


We have finished the prologue and the starting position is from quite far back so I hope that there isn’t too much dust, but we managed not to finish in 15th place as it would have meant opening the track tomorrow. The differences are minimal among all the riders and as things have just started, it is important to focus in what lies ahead. We will try to have a good day.         

   


       
   
Joan Barreda
PROLOGUE: 6TH 



It was the first prologue and it went pretty well. It was a fast, narrow track and I only had an opening on a descent where there was a lot of gravel... I was hardly able to control the bike. I dropped a bit of time there, but I am satisfied because I will be in the first group of seven riders and that’s a good position to start.         

   
       



   
    Prologue results




1    WALKNER Matthias         AUT    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    6'27

2    BENAVIDES Kevin         ARG    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +0'02

3    SUNDERLAND Sam         GBR    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +0'04

4    PRICE Toby         AUS    Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team    KTM    +0'05

5    VAN BEVEREN Adrien         FRA    Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team    Yamaha    +0'05

6    BARREDA Joan         SPA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +0'05

7    BENAVIDES Luciano         ARG    KTM Factory Racing Team    KTM    +0'05

8    SHORT Andrew         USA    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    +0'07

9    BRABEC Ricky         USA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +0'08

10    DE SOULTRAIT Xavier         FRA    Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team    Yamaha    +0'09

11    AUBERT Johnny         FRA    Sherco TVS Rally Factory    Sherco    +0'12

12    NOSIGLIA Daniel         BOL    Team Nosiglia    Honda    +0'16

13    CAIMI Franco         ARG    Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team    Yamaha    +0'17

14    GONCALVES Paulo         POR    Hero Motorsports Team Rally    Hero    +0'18

15    EVAN BRANCH Ross         BWA    Team Ross    KTM    +0'19

19    MARE Aaron         RSA    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +0'22

25    CORNEJO José Ignacio         CHI    Monster Energy Honda Team    Honda    +0'32
   
   
       
 
 
Monster Energy Honda Team, also photos
   

 

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