With a shortened final stage at the Rallye Du Maroc, it was by no means a fast dash to the finish line. Featuring a 30-kilometre stretch of rolling sand dunes which called for error-free riding, it was a physical test for all competitors with Ross, Adrien, and Andrew all navigating their way to the finish line unscathed and happy to complete the five-day event.
Following his disappointing technical issue on the penultimate stage, it was a bittersweet end to the Rallye Du Maroc for Ross Branch. Demonstrating just what he’s capable of on the final special, the 35-year-old completed day five as the fifth-fastest rider and a mere 37 seconds from the win. With a challenging rally now behind him, Ross is now fully focused on the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge which takes place in just over three weeks’ time.
Rounding out a highly positive week in Morocco, Adrien Van Beveren finished ninth overall on the final stage to secure his well-deserved fifth-place finish in the final classification. Confident with his navigation, his ability to open stages, and feeling at one with his Yamaha WR450F Rally, the Frenchman is excited for the future, especially with the 2022 Dakar Rally now very much on the horizon.
The final Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team rider to reach the finish line at the Rallye Du Maroc was Andrew Short. As a previous winner of the event, the American was understandably disappointed to not find himself closer to the leading riders. Nevertheless, with his exceptional navigational skills and fitness, Andrew pieced together a strong and calculated performance on his way to securing his ninth-place finish in the final standings.
With the Rallye du Maroc now concluded, the team will now turn its attention to the final round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge which begins on November 6.