Sainz is the best of all

The Rally of Morocco already has a winner and although the time table says it was Carlos Sainz the pilot who completed the route fastest (14:45:43), in the data and reference books the name of Chicherit as the winner of this edition. The Audis came to this test with the 2023 specifications and that relegated them directly to the Open category, so their participation simply served to draw conclusions for the Dakar. And the clearest is that are more than ready to go out and fight for the Touareg. It is true that they have been spared misfortunes, that other favorites such as Al-Attiyah or Loeb, but all of those factors are also part of desert racing.

However, as has been shown Carlos, mixing talent and reliability It is almost a guarantee of victory that fills them with optimism for the next visit to the desert. Then the Audi will be one more and finally, those two minutes of advantage that have made it the best car in this rally (despite the fact that today’s victory in the category of the Madrilenian went to Peterhansel), they will also be able to do it in Saudi Arabia to make him the best of the entire Dakar. But before reaching that moment, it will first be necessary to define the first winner of the W2RC World Championship, which will be decided in Andalusia after an arduous battle between Nasser and Loeb, winner of the last stage in Moroccoin which the Qatari has taken advantage.

The Toyota driver came in behind the French driver, but the breakdowns have ended up giving him Al-Attiyah a 22-point lead over Loeb in the fight for the crown. That does not mean that Nasser has been without problems, because on the second day the punctures took their toll, but in the end he has come out with flying colors for the final assault. And that during the last 290 kilometers of special that took the pilots back to Agadir, could not improve a fifth position that left him 1:51 of the BRX pilot’s mark.

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Much tighter was the difference between Loeb and the winner of this edition of the Morocco Rally. Chicherit He was about to crown his participation with victory, but 1:08 minutes were to blame for the outcome being different. Although equally important for a pilot who He takes the test with a margin of 10:55 minutes over the second classified, Orlando Terranova. The BRX driver snuck onto a podium which he completed Al-Attiyah 29 minutes behind, that will try to neutralize it in some way by the time the litmus test comes in Arabia. because then there will be one more rival, who has proven not to be just any one.

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Howes is titled in the dunes

At the closing of the motorcycle race, Van Beveren signed his second stage victory to become the only rider to repeat victory in this edition. He did it with a six-second margin over a Howes who finished second on day five, but won the overall title. That second position served the Californian to sign his first great success in the discipline and at the same time, present your credentials for the next Dakar. Well, the current champion has not had his best performance among the dunes.

Sunderland finishes with a fifth position that helps him to establish himself as the leader in the race for the W2RC title, although that does not exempt him from all the work he has ahead of him to recover ground against his rivals. Especially considering the level that Honda and Huqsvarna have demonstrated in Morocco. Who also hopes to take a step forward in Arabia is a Santolino finishing as ninth of the general classification after focusing all the work on avoiding mistakes for the Dakar, while Schareina took a creditable seventh position.

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