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Baja Spain Aragon 2009 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Bajas)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Baja Spain Aragon 2009, third round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Bajas. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Baja Spain: Roma, Farrés & Viladoms ready for the Baja Spain.

Tomorrow sees the start of another edition of the Baja España Aragón, based around the city of Zaragoza with a distance of over 600km against the clock, that is divided into two stages in the Los Monegros desert. Today saw the prologue in the Motor City in the town of Alcañiz; Nani Roma was 4th at the wheel of his BMW X3CC. Gerard Farrés set the 2nd fastest time and Jordi Viladoms the 3rd on their motorbikes.

The short special today, 5.5km, started on a track outside the Motor City in the town of Alcañiz and finished at the new kartcross installations there. The terrain they had to tackle was tough, fast and especially slippery.

This was Nani Roma`s second official start with his new team and the Repsol rider set the 4th fastest time on the special which decided the starting order for tomorrow`s stage. The fastest, and the driver who will open the stage, was his ex teammate Stéphane Peterhansel, who got an advantage of just a second and a half over him.

In the motorbike category Gerard Farrés and Jordi Viladoms will begin the rally in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Marc Coma, who is still recovering from the injuries he got when he fell in the Rally Sardinia, will be alongside his Repsol KTM teammates the three days of the rally to help them and give them the benefit of his knowledge and experience.

Farrés finished the prologue with a time of 4 minutes 46 seconds, 8 seconds behind the winner, and his Repsol KTM teammate Jordi Viladoms was 3rd at eleven seconds. Both are riding KTM 530 EXC and have the clear objective of fighting to win the race.

Tomorrow, Saturday, the participants will tackle two specials, the first one 131 km long, and the second 180 km.

“It was a very short and technical special, very slippery. I drove very fast but not taking too many risks and the result was very positive, starting 4th strategically is very good. The advantage being that we do not have to open the tracks, so we will find them already marked; and as we begin every two minutes we will not come across any dust because there is enough time for the dust the cars in front lift up to settle. I want to win this race again, and I am in a good position to get off to a great start,” said Nani Roma.

“The objective today was to get in the leading group, that is the first five, and this is what we did. We have started much better than last year, and tomorrow I start 3rd, behind Barreda & Farrés. This is a good result because opening the trcks is always risky, and starting well down the field means you can find a lot of dust on the track.

This was a very fast prologue; it started with a track outside the Ciudad del Motor, then we rode to the kartcross circuit. The whole special was very slippery so we had to go carefully and not take too many risks because a fall could have meant starting at the back of the field,” said Jordi Viladoms.

“The prologue went well because it is important to get a start near the front tomorrow. I was able to go fast but without taking too many risks, tomorrow I will start behind Barreda. He is the rider that has come from enduro and has not ridden in this type of race so his performance will be a bit of a mystery.

I hope to overtake him early on so I do not have to face too much dust meaning that the stage can go smoothly. This is a race with quite a high level, where the strongest, apart from my teammate Jordi Viladoms, will be David Casteu, Rubén Faria, Marc Guasch and Barreda himself,” said Gerard Farres.

2009/07/24 | 22:49 CET | Editor: MR/Repsol/Rita Konya

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