Toby Price has won the fourth stage of the 2018 Rally du Maroc with an impressive performance that saw him post a time seven minutes faster than second-placed Pablo Quintanilla and move back into the overall lead.
Sam Sunderland was third on the stage having opened the route from start-to-finish. Honda's Ricky Brabec was fourth while Matthias Walkner completed the stage in fifth..
Stage Four of the rally completed the tough marathon stages, where riders camped overnight in a desert bivouac with no outside assistance from team mechanics. With the two stages totalling close to 600 kilometres, conservation of bikes and tyres was imperative for riders looking to successfully finish the two days and secure a strong result.
Over the course of the marathon stage riders were presented with a mixture of terrain including the fast, rocky tracks often seen during the rally so far and the soft sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. With his bike performing perfectly, Toby Price pushed hard on the rough, Moroccan ground. Setting off sixth, the Australian was able to catch and pass every rider ahead of him except for teammate Sunderland.
‰ÛÏThe marathon stage went very well. It has been quite tricky ‰ÛÒ yesterday‰Ûªs stage was harder on our tyres than expected, so we had to ride intelligently today," Price said.
"I made a small mistake yesterday but was lucky enough to find my way quickly again, that gave me a perfect start position for today. I navigated through the stage really well and made up some good time. The bike was great and handled everything really well, the balance in all of the riding conditions is perfect ‰ÛÒ thanks to the WP Suspension guys for that. One more day to go now, so we‰Ûªll see where we end up and hopefully claim a good result for the rally.‰Û