Who Forewarned is forearmed. We already said before the Rally of Morocco started that there was a clear favorite to victory, and Al-Attiyah fulfilled the predictions. With the Audi of Sainz and Peterhansel tuning up to do new tests and with the BRX of Loeb and Roma just shown after carrying out theirs, there was no rival at the level of the tandem that the Qatari and his Toyota form. This was demonstrated day by day until reaching the fifth and final stage, from which he came out with another triumph and with one more competition won on his record.
Al-Attiyah’s record in Morocco has been practically flawless: he only needed to win in one day, the fourth that he lost by a minute and a half, to sign a plenary session. At the final on Wednesday, cut to 166 kilometers from the 291 planned for logistical reasons, Nasser left with more than 11 minutes on Al-Rajhi, enough distance to go to ensure, but that does not go with him … Instead, he went for the stage and took it by more than three minutes over Przygonski, clinching the final victory by almost 16 minutes over the Saudi.
“In the Dakar there are now 40 drivers who are going fast and in Morocco there will be about 15. The better we are at the end of the rally, the happier I will be.” Analyzed Isidre Esteve before the rally, and after the last day, It can be said that he fulfilled his objective because he touched the Top 10 with his Overdrive: he finished 11th and will arrive at the Dakar with a good feeling. Like Cristina Gutierrez, To which the failure in the gearbox of your OT3 does not have to discourage you after an excellent job. In addition, he re-engaged in the test (with 40 hours lost) to leave with a 16th in the final stage, the best of T3 once again.
Honda wins again with Quintanilla
If in previous tests this season like Andalusia and Aragon it was Barreda who gave Honda the glory, this time he did Pablo Quintanilla. 37 seconds separated the Chilean from the leadership of Walkner and in the end they had left over … Because he took the victory in Morocco also taking the stage victory, while Walkner was eighth at two and a half minutes. Although the KTM has the consolation of being the new world champion of the specialty. Barreda said goodbye with a sixth and Santolino, 17th. The next important step will be the Dakar, and they will all be there …