The Morocco Rally, the fifth and final race of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, will be held in the African country from 4th to 9th October and will feature the participation of the Monster Energy Honda Team.
The riders from the Monster Energy Honda Team will, once again, be back in the fray for the final calendar date of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies season, as the campaign crosses the Atlantic to Morocco. Kevin Benavides (Argentina), Paulo GonÌ¤alves (Portugal), Ricky Brabec (U.S.A.) and JosÌ© Ignacio Cornejo (Chile) are set to line up together for the concluding event.
Joan Barreda, meanwhile, will sit out the rally while he goes through the final recovery phase after the wrist operation that he underwent six weeks ago.
In the overall world championship standings, Paulo GonÌ¤alves currently lies in third position on 57 points, after the string of recent positive results in South America which included a win in Argentina‰Ûªs Ruta 40.
Paulo is just twelve points adrift of the championship leader and will be hoping to improve on his present position with a good result in Morocco. Kevin Benavides, with 53 points, holds fourth place behind his Portuguese stablemate. The other two Monster Energy Honda Team competitors, Ricky Brabec and JosÌ© Ignacio Cornejo, hold seventh and ninth overall places respectively.