2012 Oilybia Rally
Following a dominate win at the Pharaons Rally, the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain set off Friday for Morocco where the Oilybia Rally will be held from October 15-20. The Oilybia Rally will be yet another important test before Dakar 2013.
The team will be made up of three riders on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain – Pharaons Rally winner Spaniard Joan Barreda, Paulo Goncalves of Portugal, and 31-year-old Australian Matt Fish.
Fish has some 25 years off-road racing experience and his greatest achievement to date has been his victory in the Indee 500 in Australia this year, as well as finishing in the top ten of the Abu Dhabi Rally in Qatar.
The Husqvarna Rally Team by Speedbrain aims to use Morocco as a final test to fine tune the bike before the Dakar 2013, as well as getting the 11-man team of riders, technicians and mechanics up to scratch.
The Oilybia Rally of Morocco sets off from Erfoud and finishes in Zagora with a total of 6 stages, 1550 km (969 miles) of special test, making up 2000 km (1250 miles) in total.
Wolfgang Fischer (Speedbrain Husqvarna Team Manager) says: “The Morocco rally is a particularly important one in the build-up to the Dakar 2013. It’ll be the last chance to run on terrain similar to what we will find in January’s race, and to test out the latest technical modifications that we’ve made to our TE449RR.
It’ll also be an important test for the whole squad, which with the addition of Australian rider Matt Fish is now really well rounded out. Matt will act as a pacemaker for Barreda and Goncalves.”