Red Bull KTM factory riders launched their bid for the final round of the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship on Monday tackling a relatively short and fast stage in the desert of Morocco that saw Toby Price take line honors.
Second was Kevin Benavides of Argentina and third place went to Price‰Ûªs teammate Sam Sunderland. With only one minute separating the top three, and the first 15 riders all within a five-minute span, it is very much open after the first of five stages.
Toby Price was also the winner in Sunday‰Ûªs 7-km super special on his KTM 450 RALLY and Sam Sunderland was third. The top 10 riders were able to choose their preferred starting positions for the first stage on Monday. Price and Sunderland opted to go out at 11-12, leaving the responsibility of opening the track and the first navigation challenges to the riders in front.
Faced with 240 km on the bikes, which included two timed specials of 70 and 50 km, Price said the opener, the so-called Seaside Stage, was more of a sprint.
"Stage one was good and there was a couple of tricky bits and the dust made it a bit difficult when we caught some riders in front," Price explained. "But we got through well and I only made a couple of small errors with the navigation. But I think it was more to do with the dust and trying to keep my eyes on the road instead of looking at the road book.‰Û