The Rallye du Maroc, aka the Morocco Rally, is over, with Pablo Quintanilla winning the event for the Honda factory team.

It’s excellent news for Honda, which hasn’t earned a win at the Morocco Rally since Paulo Goncalves won it for Big Red back in 2013. With three stage wins at this year’s five-stage race, Honda showed it’s finally becoming a dominant rally raid team, after years of seemingly bumbling efforts. The years that Dakar ran in South America saw embarrassing failures, but now the team is solid.

It’s also excellent news for Quintanilla, who hasn’t won an FIM Cross-Country Rallies event since Altacama in 2019. The Chilean rider seems to have adapted quickly to his new bike (he signed with Honda earlier this year); expect some strong running at the 2022 Dakar as a result.

Honda might have done well, but KTM’s Matthias Walkner showed his organization is still the team to beat. With a second place finish in the race, Walkner clinched the title in the Cross-Country series. He finished second at Rally Kazakhstan and won the Silk Way Rally en route to the title this year.

And, KTM still has plenty of talent in the development pipeline. Third place at Morocco went to Daniel Sanders, riding for GasGas. Sanders finished ahead of a whole pack of talented racers, including fellow countryman Toby Price (on the KTM factory team). Sanders impressed many with his top-10 finish at Dakar in his 2021 rookie race; if Morocco is any indication, this young Australian appears ready to challenge for the podium this January, when the rally returns to Saudi Arabia.

What about Yamaha? Adrien Van Beveren continues to soldier away for the team, ending in fifth overall. No doubt he was happy that his bike held together for the race, as Yamaha’s factory riders were hit hard by mechanicals at the 2021 Dakar.

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