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Argentine rider #kevinbenavides and American #rickybrabec look set to finish on the rostrum of the Morocco Rally, the final race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, with just the final stage left to dispute. In the second leg of the marathon stage in M’hamid, Benavides finished second.
With Paulo Gonçalves out after retiring yesterday with an injured right hand, Monster Energy #honda Team now focuses attention on improving the results of the two remaining riders in the race: #kevinbenavides and #rickybrabec. The second part of the marathon stage was held today over a shortened 170.86 kilometre course, after the second stretch had been cancelled, with race authorities citing safety concerns due to flooded rivers.
After clinching a first ever stage victory in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, American #rickybrabec had to start out from first position in the rally’s penultimate stage, which set off from Erg Lihoudi. The day started with fast track before arriving at the dunes with a 40 kilometre trek through the sand. The special wound up with a fast track section. Riders later arrived at the neutralization zone at the Erfoud bivouac.
Ricky Brabec dropped some time as a result of some minor confusion and was caught up by the other riders. By the end of the day the Californian had finished in seventeenth place, but holds fourth position overall. #kevinbenavides held a solid pace throughout and was indeed fast enough to have taken the stage victory outright, had it not been for a doubt about the roadbook, which cost the rider time and eventually robbed him of the chance of a first stage win in the Morocco Rally. Kevin lies third in the overall standings.
The Morocco Rally concludes tomorrow, Tuesday, in Erfoud after a 163 kilometre special.
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