With only three points behind the retired in July Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Marc Coma starts Matthias Walkner (29 years, Kuchl / Sbg.) Next week at the Rally OiLibya in Morocco as a kind of "World Championship leader" into extremely tight race to the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship title 2015th
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Matthias Walkner shortly before departure to Morocco: "Of course I have the world title in mind, but I'll go so easily as in the last races. It is extremely exciting in Morocco, there can happen a lot! We are all so together scarce, besides my two teammates Pablo Quintanilla and Sam Sunderland but you should still have Paulo Goncalves on the bill. With a win, the champion still can be. In Morocco, everything is what in the Rally scene has rank and name, 90% of Dakar riders compete there.
If it does not work out with the title, I'd be a bit disappointed. But I look at the whole season and that was really good, considering that I only started a year ago with the rally-driving. In this short time I've been extremely learned a lot, but I'm improving further. For Morocco, I have again prepared myself well, had to train a lot and am some roadbook down. Also, I am already started last year in Morocco, and since I have a little know the terrain, which could be an advantage for me. I go at least with a good feeling at the start, looking forward extremely and am curious what comes out at the end. "
After the triumph on the third day at the Dakar 2015 by winning the penultimate special stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge at the World Cup kick-off, the stage win at the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in Qatar, winning the Sardegna Rally Race and the last second in Atacama Rally, Walkner could fuel the already magnificent season in the OiLibya Rally with his second world title (MX3 World Champion 2012) crowned before the beginning of January with the Dakar 2016, the next highlight is pending.
Appreciation FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Cup after 5 of 6 races
Marc Coma (ESP), KTM, 70 points (not at the start, end of career)
MATTHIAS WALKNER (AUT), KTM, 67
Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), KTM, 65
Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM, 55
Pablo Goncalves (PRT), Honda, 53
Mohammed Al Balooshi (UAE), KTM, 52
Jakub Piątek (POL), KTM, 46
Jordi Viladoms (ESP), KTM, 44
OiLibya Rally 2015
Stage 1, Monday, 5.10. - Loop of Zagora: 133 km liaison stage, 330 km special stage
Stage 2, Tuesday, 6.10. - Loop of Draa: 141 km liaison stage, 224 km special stage
Stage 3, Wednesday, 7.10. - Loop of M'Hamid: 196 km liaison stage, 274 km special stage
Stage 4, Thursday, 8.10. - Zagora-Agadir: 348 km liaison stage, 293 km special stage
Stage 5, Friday, 9.10. - Loop of Agadir: 79 km liaison stage, 237 km special stage