Moving one step closer to securing the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship title, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Pablo Quintanilla has claimed a third place result in today’s marathon stage. Extending his lead in the provisional overall standings, the Chilean is one day away from securing victory at the 2017 OiLibya Rally.
The third rider to take to the start of today’s shortened timed special, Pablo followed a well-calculated plan of attack. Putting in a strong performance in the dunes of Morocco the FR 450 Rally mounted rider secured a second consecutive top three result.
Currently enjoying a six-minute lead in the provisional overall standings, Pablo is on track to secure victory at the 2017 Morocco Rally and along with it the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship title.
Featuring a circular route around the city of Erfoud, Tuesday’s stage five of the OiLibya Morocco Rally includes a 188km-long timed special.
Pablo Quintanilla: “I’m really happy with how everything is going. When I set off for the marathon stage I didn’t even know if I’d be able to continue my battle for the championship. Two days later I’m leading the overall standings and we have one more stage to secure the title. The marathon stage was good and I felt strong on my bike. Organisers made some modifications due to the rainfall and we had to race a shortened stage on both days. I finished third on both days and I’m happy about that. We’re in a very good position for the last stage. I need to stay focused until the last kilometre because anything could happen. As always, I will give 100% and hope for the best tomorrow.”
2017 OiLibya Morocco Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 4
1. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 8:05:35
2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 8:12:24
3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 8:19:33
4. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 8:26:02
5. Antoine Meo (KTM) 8:27:54
6. Joan Pedrero (Sherco) 8:29:47