Monday 7th October, 2019 – Aoufous, Morocco
Andrew Houlihan started Stage 3 of the 2019 Rally of Morocco today in 12th place overall in the Enduro Cup category.
A consistent 14th place today has moved him (by our calculations and based on provisional results) to 10th place in the category.
Andrew says he “had a reasonable day with navigation, only losing maybe 30-40 minutes. Bike problems were minimal as well which was good.”
“I spent a lot of time today making sure I verified waypoints.”
There were no liaison stages today for the Enduro Category, just 2 special stages.
“Straight away we were into small dunes full of camel grass. It was only 10km or so of dunes at the start but they were very chopped up.”
The rest of the day was stony river beds and rock littered plains, with deep sandy small dune sections everywhere.
Andrew is still feeling the effects of his previous rally and the endless dune sections of yesterday’s stage.
“There was nowhere to take a rest today and although it was only 360km it was tough going.”
Sherco factory rider Xavier Flick continues to lead the Enduro class, and Andrew’s Nomadas Adventure teammate Juan Pablo Guillen Rivera is powering on in the FIM category. Pablo finished 45th today just 01h49m30s behind stage winner and new rally leader Toby Price (Red Bull KTM).
Andrew is listed 13th in the starting order for Stage 4, beginning at 7.23am local time ( 4.23am AEST/5.23am AEDT). Stage 4 consists of 2 liaison stages totalling 157km and a special stage of 311km.