Monster Energy Honda driver Pablo Quintanilla wins Morocco Rally, Hero MotorSports team in top-10
The Hero MotoSports team also concluded their campaign on a high with a top-10 finish in the overall rankings.
The occasion also marked Quintanilla's maiden win in Morocco as he got back to winning ways after the 2019 Atacama Rally. The team tally now lies at three stage wins in Morocco.
''The forecast in Misano is looking hot so we know that we will have to work to improve to be closer to our Silverstone performance than our performance in Aragon,'' Quintanilla was quoted as saying in a media release. ''We have been making improvements in this area, but we need to keep on working to show our potential and the potential of the bike.'' Quintanilla started in a fine position from which he attacked Mathias Walkner's lead. He held a sufficiently strong pace to allow him to fulfill this main mission and capture the final stage.
The other Monster Energy Honda driver, Ricky Brabec was unable to whittle down the gap separating him from his rivals in the general standings and despite finishing runner-up on the final day, narrowly missed out on a podium place.
Joan Barreda was also able to battle his way to finishing sixth on the day and 11th in the general standings while Chilean rider José Ignacio Cornejo was 10th overall.
Franco Caimi achieved two top-5 stage finishes during the rally. However, the technical troubles that he faced in the earlier stages cost him a good overall finish. He rode a measured stage 5, finishing in the 13th position.
Sebastian Buhler finished in the top-10 in this final stage of the rally. However, he too lost positions in the overall rankings due to his technical issues earlier. The highlight of the rally for him was his resurgent run to achieve a second-place finish in Stage 3.
Stage 5 of the rally, initially set to run for 290km, was cut short to 166km. Overall, during the rally, competitors covered over 1500km of the race distance.
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