This morning, Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) set out for this last stage of this last round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship in 3rd position but found himself in 9th position overall, as the Jury’s decision concerning Stage 2 had been overruled.
To be in with a chance of being crowned FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion, Kevin Benavides (Honda) had to win the race with Quintanilla finishing lower than 6th place. Unfortunately for him, the young man from Argentina, who set out in second this morning, got lost and the win went to Matthias Walkner, leaving Quintanilla, who finished 6th in the rally, to take the Championship title!
Quintanilla commented ““Despite all the problems I had during this race”, he said with a smile, “I hung in there and it just goes to show that nothing is won in Cross Country Rallies until the chequered flag has gone down. I tried to stay focused and not think about the penalties. I just focused on my goal that we had been working for all year: the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship title! Today, I emerged stronger from all these ordeals and I would like to thank my team for all their efforts and their support.”