In previous years the Rally du Maroc has proven to be the perfect testing ground for both the Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team and their WR450F Rally bikes. With a number of upgrades and improvements to test, the three-man team is looking forward to measuring themselves and the performance of their machines against their competitors at the Moroccan event.
Following his win at the Merzouga Rally and third-place finish at the ultra-tough Silk Way Rally, Adrien Van Beveren comes into the 2019 Rally du Maroc at full fitness and eager to maintain his strong run of form. The Frenchman has spent the majority of September testing and developing the Yamaha WR450F Rally and believes the latest edition to be the most competitive yet. Excited for the race in Morocco, AVB still has his eyes set firmly on the ultimate goal of victory at the Dakar Rally in January.
Xavier de Soultrait endured a tough Silk Way Rally - his final result did not reflect his excellent pace at the 10-day event where a crash early on cost the Frenchman a considerable amount of time. Never one to give up, he battled through to the finish making use of his saddle-time to further develop his machine. Also putting in a lot of testing and training on the run up to the Rally du Maroc, Xavier is confident of a strong result in the sands of the Sahara.A crash at the 2018 edition of the Rally du Maroc unfortunately resulted in a significant leg injury for Franco Caimi. Making his return to competition at this year's Silk Way Rally in July, the 31-year-old Argentinian used the event to reacquaint himself with the team and to build confidence in both the speed and navigation required in cross-country rallying. Keen to make amends for last year, and with several months of productive training under his belt, Caimi will undoubtedly be aiming for a strong result in Morocco.
Celebrating its 20th edition, the Rally du Maroc marks the final competitive test for all teams in 2019. Starting in the city of Fes, the event comprises a short Prologue stage on Friday October 4, before five demanding days of racing in the area close to the Saharan town of Erfoud. The fifth and final stage will see riders return to the finish at Fes on October 9. Including the 1,868 kilometres of timed specials raced against the clock, the distance covered including liaisons totals an exhausting 2,596 kilometres. With riders also facing a challenging marathon stage, the event looks to truly test all competitors in terms of both endurance and speed.