Enjoying the best possible end to his week-long adventure in the dunes of Morocco, Yamalube #yamaha Official Rally Team rider #xavierdesoultrait has won the final stage of the Afriquia #merzougarally to claim an emphatic overall victory at the 2017 edition of the event. Wrapping up the rally in third overall his teammate Franco Caimi became the second of three #yamaha mounted riders to earn a spot inside the event's top five.
With the sixth and final stage of the rally involving a massive motocross-styled start and 50km of dune riding, it didn't take long for #xavierdesoultrait to take the lead. Staying fast despite navigation becoming more difficult as the stage went on, the WR450F Rally mounted rider reached the finish first to ensure a winning end to his week in Morocco.
Claiming the overall victory at the #merzougarally 2017, Xavier becomes the third #yamaha rider to claim top honours in the eight-year-long history of the event. With it being Xavier's first major victory on African soil, it was also the perfect way for the Frenchman to end his debut event as part of the Yamalube #yamaha Official Rally Team.
Reaching the finish line of the stage less than a minute behind his Yamalube #yamaha Official Rally Team partner, Franco Caimi secured a strong third place in the rally's overall standings. The second WR450F Rally mounted rider to earn a podium result in this year's event, Franco demonstrated impressive speed during the six days of #racing in Morocco.
For former #merzougarally winner Alessandro Botturi, this year's event ended with the #yamaha Italy supported rider earning a fifth place result in the overall standings. Taking advantage of his rally #racing experience the Italian rode a solid race to become the third #yamaha mounted rider to claim a spot inside the event's top five.
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