The Monster Energy Honda Team duo of Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabec, who had been in the running for overall victory, settled for second and third spots.
"This Moroccan Rally has been a good rally for me," Benavides said. "I did the best I could, thinking that I might reach fourth position in the World Championship and in the end I finished runner-up, after a bad start to the season, as I was still carrying the hand injury. That's why I'm happy because I‰Ûªve had a great end to the season.
"Today I gave it the maximum, but I made a small roadbook error when I was going at a fast speed, but I‰Ûªm happy nevertheless. Of the last four races, I was always on the podium: a win, two seconds and a third, and the most important thing is the consistency that we‰Ûªve been having lately. We will continue working because there are three months left before the Dakar, and although the bike has not given any type of problem, we will continue with some testing the next few days.
"I also want to thank the whole team for their great work in these races and especially my team-mates Paulo GonÌ¤alves, who I hope will recover soon, and also Ricky Brabec, for his first podium in a word championship race," Benavides concluded.