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Toby Price wins Morocco Rally

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The Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team closed out their season on Friday with Dakar Rally winner Toby Price taking victory in the final round of the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship. Teammate Sam Sunderland was second and Pablo Quintanilla took third place.

The Morocco Rally also decided the world championship title that finally went to Pablo Quintanilla after he and Sam Sunderland battled it out throughout the week. Sunderland, who last year at this rally picked up a leg injury that put him out of the Dakar Rally in January, put up a spirited fight for the title but was still pleased to wrap up his season with confidence ahead of the 2017 edition of the Dakar.

Toby Price, who finished third in the world championship after an injury problem in the early rounds, was consistent throughout the five-stage desert race and is in good shape heading into the 2017 Dakar Rally. He had some memorable battles with Sunderland as the Morocco Rally unfolded.
Winner Toby Price and runner-up Sam Sunderland celebrate a Red Bull 1-2 with their team. Credit: Marcin Kini
"We always try to push for the wins in the stages and I had a big fight with Sam all week, so it was tough," Price recounted.

"Today he got lost around the 140 km mark and lost some time there, but everything is good. Sam put up a good flight and he showed he‰Ûªs ready for the Dakar. Also a big congrats to Pablo (Quintanilla) for the championship. Now its time to move on and get ready for the big one in January.‰Û
Runner-up Sam Sunderland in action.
Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla turned up the gas and finished second in the final stage, just 2.21 minutes behind stage and overall winner Toby Price, to finish third overall in the rally, but more importantly for him and his team, to secure the world title.

Quintanilla acknowledged that it had been a tough, hard fought battle with rivals Price and Sunderland throughout the season and added: ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy about the season and for the team. We put in a lot of effort and hard work during the year. I just want to thank the team for the amazing job they did at every race. For me this is a dream come true. It is something I have been dreaming about for many years, and with so much passion. Now I am the new world champion," he said.

Husqvarna's Pablo Quintanilla finished third overall but too the World Championship win.
In his debut with the Factory backed Yamaha Racing Team, Australian Rod Faggotter finished in tenth overall.

"It's been a long day for me but I'm happy I earned a place inside the top 10," Faggotter said, "I wasn't feeling that well since yesterday. I must have caught a kind of virus that made me feel sick. I had trouble sleeping at night and got seriously dehydrated today. I struggled to reach the finish line today but finally I made it.

"I'm really happy with the result. the Australian continued, "It's just been my first rally as part of the team and I've learned so much. The plan is to return home to Australia now and keep working hard for the upcoming Dakar. This rally has been a great taster of what's to come and I can't wait to get at it again on January," he concluded.
Aussie Rod Faggotter made a strong debut with the Factory Yamaha Team with a top ten result
The Morocco Rally over five stages covered a total distance of 1885 km, of with 1317 km was timed specials.

Main Photo: Toby Price
Credit: Marcin Kin


Provisional Results Stage 5 - OiLibya Morocco
1 Price Toby AUS KTM Factory Racing Team KTM 2:29'48
2 Quintanilla Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +2'21
3 Rodrigues Helder POR Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +2'55
4 Walkner Matthias AUT KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +3'48
5 Pedrero Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +6'19
6 Van Beveren Adrien FRA Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +6'43
7 Botturi Alessandro ITA Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +8'05
8 Sunderland Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'51
9 Metge Adrien FRA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +9'10
10 Brabec Ricky USA Team HRC Honda +10'28
11 de Soultrait Xavier FRA Yamaha Racing Yamaha +11'21
12 Renet Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +11'30
13 RamÌ_rez IvÌÁn MEX KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +13'29
14 Faggotter Rodney AUS Yamaha Racing Yamaha +14'41
15 Rodrigues Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +18'47

Final Results OiLibya Morocco 2016
1 Price Toby AUS KTM Factory Racing Team KTM 13:06'35
2 Sunderland Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'44
3 Quintanilla Pablo CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +17'02
4 Rodrigues Helder POR Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +19'05
5 de Soultrait Xavier FRA Yamaha Racing Yamaha +33'04
6 Van Beveren Adrien FRA Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +33'59
7 Walkner Matthias AUT KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +34'01
8 Pedrero Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +37'40
9 Renet Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +49'06
10 Faggotter Rodney AUS Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:13'17

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