Monster Energy Honda Team on the starting line for the Merzouga Rally. Kevin Benavides, fastest in the prologue

PROLOGUE REPORT Sunday, Apr 15th 2018

 

  Merzouga Rally 2018

2018 Season

Monster Energy Honda Team on the starting line for the Merzouga Rally. Kevin Benavides, fastest in the prologue

Morocco gave the starting signal today as the Merzouga Rally – the second race of the season – got underway for Monster Energy Honda Team. With the mandatory administrative and technical scrutineering behind them, riders this afternoon moved on to the curtain-raising event, a brief five-kilometre prologue that kicked off the action.

Kevin Benavides, behind the bars of the Honda CRF450 RALLY, proved to be the fastest rider of the eighty entrants in the motorcycle category. Paulo Gonçalves posted third place while team-mates Ricky Brabec and José Ignacio Cornejo finished the day 10th and 11th respectively. Joan Barreda, back in his first competition since a wrist operation, rode a prudent race to finish in sixteenth position.

The top fifteen finishers get to choose their starting positions for tomorrow’s first full stage. Over the course of the day competitors will have to tackle some 206.71 kilometres of special stage.

Kevin Benavides

PROLOG: 1ST 

I felt good and confident on the bike and I was quick in this short five-kilometre prologue. I think it is important, as it’s always good to start any race well. Let’s see how tomorrow’s first stage plays out.

Kevin Benavides

Paulo Goncalves

PROLOG: 3RD 

We have started quite well. I took the prologue a quite a fast pace, which allows me to get a good starting position for tomorrow. The race is expected to be difficult, and I will be hoping to reach the end without any problems – that is my aim in this race.

Paulo Goncalves

Joan Barreda

PROLOG: 16TH 

Today we had the first contact with the race with this short, but technical stage in the dunes of Merzouga. I took these first kilometres calmly so that I will be at my best for the forthcoming stages which will have a lot of navigation.

Joan Barreda

Ricky Brabec

PROLOG: 10TH 

Here we are in Morocco for the Merzouga Rally. Today we had a short five-kilometre prologue that got us started and gave us our first feel of the dunes. I’m looking forward to the first full stage tomorrow. I hope the race goes well, both for me and the team and that everyone has a safe race.

Ricky Brabec

José Ignacio Cornejo

PROLOG: 11TH 

This short prologue has given us a good warm up and loosen up a little on board the bike. I felt good and I did not make mistakes, which is the most important thing here if you want to have a good race. Let’s see how things go and good luck to the team.

José Ignacio Cornejo

 

Prologue results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 BENAVIDES Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team 5’25
2 PRICE Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +0’03
3 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team +0’17
4 PEDRERO Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +0’20
5 SANTOLINO Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +0’21
6 SANZ Laia SPA KTM Factory Racing Team +0’24
7 CAIMI Franco ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +0’26
8 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +0’30
9 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team +0’30
10 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team +0’31
11 CORNEJO José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +0’33
12 CERUTTI Jacopo ITA Moto Racing Group – MRG +0’37
13 MENA Oriol SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally +0’39
14 SHORT Andrew USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +0’42
15 DUPLESSIS Martín ARG Sherco TVS Rally Factory +0’50
16 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team +0’53

 

 

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Location Information

Merzouga, Mequinez-Tafilalet, Marruecos –  View in Google Maps

 

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