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Africa Eco Race 2019

Morocco Rally Stage 4: Brabec remains in the fight for the podium

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."
     
Results Stage 4
1. Price Toby (AUS) - Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team, 3:43'41
2. Quintanilla Pablo (CHI) - Husqvarna Factory Rally Team, +7'00
3. Sunderland Sam (GBR) - Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team, +7'47
4. Van Beveren Adrien (FRA) - Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, +9'55
5. Brabec Ricky (USA) - Monster Energy Honda Team, +10'43
6. Walkner Matthias (AUT) - Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team, +13'21
7. Goncalves Paulo (POR) - Monster Energy Honda Team, +13'57
8. Santolino Lorenzo (SPA) - Sherco TVS Rally Factory, +18'49
9. Cornejo José Ignacio (CHI) - Monster Energy Honda Team, +24'01
10. Short Andrew (USA) - Husqvarna Factory Rally Team, +25'52...
     
Rider Standings
Provisional Standings after Stage 4
1. Price Toby (AUS) - Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team, 13:36'29
2. Walkner Matthias (AUT) - Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team, +7'27
3. Brabec Ricky (USA) - Monster Energy Honda Team, +16'47
4. Quintanilla Pablo (CHI) - Husqvarna Factory Rally Team, +27'51
5. Goncalves Paulo (POR) - Monster Energy Honda Team, +47'26
6. Van Beveren Adrien (FRA) - Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, +48'24
7. de Soultrait Xavier (FRA) - Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, +56'53
8. Cornejo José Ignacio (CHI) - Monster Energy Honda Team, +1:12'42
9. Short Andrew (USA) - Husqvarna Factory Rally Team, +1:16'11
10. Svitko Stefan (SLO) - Slovnaft Team, +2:07'23...

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Marie-France Estenave pour MFE-Live.com

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