2015 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship

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2015 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship
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The 2015 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship season was the 13th season of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.[1]

Austria's Matthias Walkner, riding a KTM, was the winner of the championship by 7 points ahead of Great Britain's Sam Sunderland, who also rode a KTM.[2] Walkner won the season's fourth event, the Sardegna Rally Race, while Sunderland was the winner of the final event, the Rallye OiLibya du Maroc. Third place in the championship, 11 points further behind Sunderland, went to the best-placed Honda rider, Paulo Gonçalves. Defending champion Marc Coma finished fourth, after announcing his retirement[3] midway through the season – he was the only rider to win more than one event, winning the first two events at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Sealine Cross-Country Rally. Two other riders won races in 2015; Pablo Quintanilla won his home event at the Atacama Rally, and Poland's Jakub Piątek won the Rallye des Pharaons.

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2015 season featured six rallies.[1] Some of the rallies were also part of FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. The Atacama Rally replaced Rallye dos Sertões for the 2015 season.

Round Dates Rally name
1 27 March – 2 April United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
2 20–24 April Qatar Sealine Cross-Country Rally
3 12–16 May Egypt Rallye des Pharaons
4 6–11 June Italy Sardegna Rally Race
5 30 August – 5 September Chile Atacama Rally
6 3–9 October Morocco Rallye OiLibya du Maroc

Results[edit]

Round Rally name Podium finishers
Rank Rider Bike Time
1 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge[4] 1 Spain Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally 14:49:05
2 United Kingdom Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally 15:01:00
3 Chile Pablo Quintanilla KTM 450 Rally 15:09:21
2 Qatar Sealine Cross-Country Rally[5] 1 Spain Marc Coma KTM 450 Rally 19:56:48
2 Spain Joan Barreda Honda CRF 450 Rally 20:01:28
3 Portugal Paulo Gonçalves Honda CRF 450 Rally 20:03:21
3 Egypt Rallye des Pharaons[6] 1 Poland Jakub Piątek KTM 450 Rally 17:44:59
2 Bolivia Juan Carlos Salvatierra KTM 450 Rally 17:48:18
3 United Arab Emirates Mohammed Balooshi KTM 450 Rally 19:21:03
4 Italy Sardegna Rally Race[7] 1 Austria Matthias Walkner KTM 450 Rally 16:30:26
2 Spain Armand Monleón KTM 450 Rally 16:32:59
3 Portugal Hélder Rodrigues Yamaha WR450F 16:35:32
5 Chile Atacama Rally[8] 1 Chile Pablo Quintanilla KTM 450 Rally 11:07:34
2 Austria Matthias Walkner KTM 450 Rally 11:10:23
3 United Kingdom Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally 11:10:48
6 Morocco Rallye OiLibya du Maroc[9] 1 United Kingdom Sam Sunderland KTM 450 Rally 15:38:00
2 Austria Matthias Walkner KTM 450 Rally 15:38:34
3 Portugal Paulo Gonçalves Honda CRF 450 Rally 16:07:08

Championship standings[edit]

Riders' championship[edit]

  • Points for final positions were awarded as follows:
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th+ 
Points 20 17 15 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Rider ABU
United Arab Emirates
QAT
Qatar
PHA
Egypt
SAR
Italy
CHL
Chile
MAR
Morocco
Points
1 Austria Matthias Walkner 314 712 128 223 223 90
2 United Kingdom Sam Sunderland 223 613 319 128 83
3 Portugal Paulo Gonçalves 304 319 416 514 319 72
4 Spain Marc Coma 128 128 514 70
5 Chile Pablo Quintanilla 319 514 174 128 Ret3 68
6 United Arab Emirates Mohammed Al Balooshi 613 109 319 811 Ret3 55
7 Poland Jakub Piątek 344 910 128 594 128 54
8 Spain Jordi Viladoms 416 712 416 Ret3 47
9 Portugal Rubén Faria 416 Ret3 811 514 44
10 Spain Armand Monleón 383 811 223 37
  • A total of 152 riders scored championship points.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIM Cross Country Rallies Commission: 2015 Provisional Calendars, 2 December" (PDF). OiLibya Rally. NPO Events. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ Sturtridge, Tim (9 October 2015). "Watch Al-Attiyah drive to World Cup win in Morocco". RedBull.com. Red Bull GmbH. Retrieved 27 October 2015. There was also another impressive ride for Austrian motocross star turned rally raid rider, Matthias Walkner, as he picked up second overall. The Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider was a Dakar rookie this time last year, but his astonishing rate of progress has seen him claim the title of 2015 FIM World Cross-Country Rallies Champion following a string of successful results this year.
  3. ^ "Marc Coma retires". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Final Official Classification Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015: Moto-Quad" (PDF). Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Final Official Classification Sealine Cross-Country Rally 2015: Moto-Quad" (PDF). Sealine Cross-Country Rally. Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation. 24 April 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Final Official Classification Rallye des Pharaons 2015: Moto-Quad". Rallye des Pharaons. Rallye des Pharaons. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Final Official Classification Sardegna Rally Race 2015: Moto-Quad" (PDF). Sardegna Rally Race. Federazione Italiana Cronometristi. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Final Official Classification Atacama Rally 2015: Moto-Quad". Atacama Rally. Asociación Cordobesa de Regularidad y Rally. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Final Official Classification Rallye OiLibya du Maroc 2015: Moto-Quad". Rallye OiLibya du Maroc. NPO Events. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Rankings – Riders". FIM. Retrieved 5 September 2015.

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