Rally in Marocco vincitore Toby Price 2018

Il pilota australiano della KTM ha vinto la gara in Marocco davanti a Matthias Walkner e Ricky Brabec, aggiudicandosi il titolo iridato Rally davanti al campione in carica Pablo Quintanilla. Vincendo due delle 5 tappe Price si aggiudica il primo posto al rally, cosi scavalcando il cileno in classifica generale del mondiale Cross-Country Rallies 2018 con un margine di sei punti.

Il vincitore del Rally in Marocco del 2018, Toby Price parla:

Toby Price: “What an amazing season – I can’t believe it. It’s been a tough one and I didn’t expect to be at the top of the list at the end of it. I had some bad luck back in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the year, but after that every rally has gone well and I’ve finished on the podium at every round. To win the world championship with a win here in Morocco makes it all that little bit sweeter. If I am honest, I was nervous out there on the final stage today, there are no guarantees in rally racing, especially when I had to lead the stage out. This is my first world championship in any category and I am so, so happy. It’s all credit to my team and everyone at Red Bull KTM, without them behind me I wouldn’t be standing on the top step. I’m standing on the top of the world and it’s the best feeling ever.”

Jordi Viladoms (KTM Rally Sport Manager): “Winning the rally world championship is a great result for Toby and KTM. Last year was really tough with the injury to his leg. He wasn’t even fully fit when he arrived at the Dakar at the beginning of this year but he did an amazing job and took third position. This was already a great success considering what he had been through. As the 2018 season has progressed, Toby has shown more speed, more confidence and all his hard work has paid off by dominating this race and winning the championship here in Morocco. We are really happy for him and he deserves this title. We still have some time to improve even further and hope to arrive at Dakar even stronger.”

Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “I would like to congratulate Toby on winning the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. It has been a real journey for Toby, as he’s certainly endured the highs and lows associated with rally racing. To come back from injury to take a podium at the Dakar, and then to add the world championship to his long string of accolades is something we are very proud of. All of our riders have had promising results during the season, and we are confident that this puts us in a good position to defend the 17 consecutive Dakar victories that we have at KTM. We know it won’t be easy. Congratulations to everybody in the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team, it is a great achievement to win a world title, and it is especially positive as final preparations begin for one of the toughest races in the world.”

1 PRICE Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 16:08’37
2 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +7’32
3 BRABEC Ricky 11 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +16’35
4 QUINTANILLA Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +34’52
5 GONCALVES Paulo 4 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +49’14
6 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +57’03
7 SHORT Andrew 12 USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +1:24’17
8 CORNEJO José Ignacio 15 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +1:25’58
9 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +2:10’24
10 SVITKO Stefan SLO Slovnaft Team +2:14’00

Final Standings – 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship
1. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 91 points
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 85pts
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 75pts
4. Paulo Goncalves (POR), Honda, 70pts
5. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 56pts

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