|Africa Eco Race: Michael Pisano takes the lead.|
With his Honda 450 the eager Michael Pisano takes the lead in the motorbike category. 'I race to win', he says, 'the competition in the Africa Eco Race is strong ánd they use the 690 so they go faster. I love this challenge!'
Norbert Dubois has previously won the Africa Eco Race and after running out of fuel last year he want his podium back. Currently he is in place three, in a head-to-head battle with the Belgian rider Joris van Dyck who is ten secondes behind him. Last year Martin Fontyn and Guillaume Martens shared the podium but they both had trouble in the early days of the rally, with Guillaume crashing his bike on the way to Morocco. Martin Fontyn showed strenght in the first few stages but after a severe crash he had to leave the race.
In the next three stage we will follow not only the battle at the front but also a few fast teams who seem to race for the daily results. Robert Theuretzbacher from Austria is one of them: on the fast stages he is incredible, racing at high speeds ánd managing to navigate correctly. Winning stages is one, in the Africa Eco Race you have to give a steady performance to reach the podium. Robert broke one of the valves in his engine in the last days in Morroco, pushed his bike to a point where it could be collected and managed to get into the bivouac early enough to have the engine repaired for the next day. As he did not have an engine ready, the Elite Racing Team of Christian Horwath shared their spare with him – showing incredible spirit!
With three long days ahead the ranking can and will change: the teams are currently in Akjoujt in Mauritania, today they will drive a stage of 337 km through the sanddunes and the canyons near Atar, in beautifull Africa!
2014/01/08 | 01:33 CET | ARTICLE: MR/NH/AER