The HRC Rally Team put up a strong performance in the 2022 Rally Du Maroc as they ramp up preparations for the Dakar Rally in January.
The race provided the team with the perfect opportunity to get together in a competitive environment and build on their lead in the FIM Cross-Country World Championship, and that’s exactly what they did.
The four-mean team of Ricky Bracec, Pablo Quintanillla, Adrien Van Beveren and Jose Ignacio Cornejo all put up a great fight in the dunes of Morocco, with the team winning three out of five stages and Brabec ending the week on the podium.
A tough opening stage was quickly forgotten when Van Beveren charged to victory in stage two in what was the first win of his HRC career, but it was Brabec who took the overall lead after four stages with a consistently strong week putting him in first place with one stage to go.
Unfortunately he couldn’t hold on to the lead but he did finish up in the top three, which was a great result; “The rally was great, overall it was good for the team to get together, do some testing, read some road books.
“The team did a good job working together. Today it was a bit tricky for us, we had to open the stage and try not to loose a minute. It’s really tough in rally to do that, so it was difficult for us. In the end we’re happy that we are on the podium, we are happy that the team is working great together.
“We’re looking forward to go to Andalucia and try to improve our speed and navigation”.
Van Beveren was also happy with his rally, especially picking up two stage wins. He said, “The feeling was good, the terrain was nice – a lot more technical - and I went really fast. This was my first race with Honda and day after day I felt more comfortable in the bike. I know I am doing all the right steps to reach the next Dakar at the highest level.”
In the overall standings, Quintanilla lies in second place, with Brabec in third and Van Beveren up to P6, one place ahead of Cornejo. The last leg of the world championship is the Andalucia Rally later this month.