Quintanilla is World Rally Champion 2016

Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla has won the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship at the final round of the series in Morocco.

Ending the final round of the championship at the OiLibya Rally of Morocco third overall, the Chilean did just enough to secure the title.

Remaining within contention of closest rival Sam Sunderland throughout the rally, Quintanilla clinched the championship by seven points.

“I’m really happy about the season and for the team,” told Quintanilla. “We put in a lot of effort and hard work during the year. I just want to thank the team for the amazing job they did at every race. For me this is a dream come true. 

“It is something I have been dreaming about for many years, and with so much passion. Now I am the new world champion.”

While Quintanilla grabbed the majority of the headlines on the fifth and final day of racing in Morocco, it was Toby Price who claimed the final stage win of the rally to take the overall race win.

Having led the rally into the final day, Sunderland got lost midway through the stage losing valuable time. Eighth on the day was still enough for the runner-up result in both the rally and the final championship standings. 

Results Stage Five

1. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 2:29.48 h

2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, +2.21 m

3. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha, +2.25 

4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, +3:48

5. Juan Pedrero (ESP), Sherco, +6.19

Overall after Stage Five

1. Price, 13:06.35 h

2. Sunderland, +7.44

3. Quintanilla, +17.02

4. Rodrigues, +19.05

5. Xavier De Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, +33.04

FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship

1. Quintanilla, 93 points

2. Sunderland 86

3. Price 82