|Dos Sertões: Yamaha´s Cyril Despres - "The bike has great potential"|
No last minute surprises over the final 163 kilometers of the 2013 "Rally dos Sertoes" with Paulo Goncalves taking the overall victory ahead of Cyril Despres (Yamaha Racing / Yamalube) with Marc Coma third. Cyril’s team mate Mickael Metge finished in 6th place overall.
“Considering this was our first race aboard the Yamaha YZF450 Rally the result wasn’t too bad and clearly the bike has great potential," said Cyril Despres. "With a few less problems the victory could have been ours here in Brazil and now we need to go home and sort out all those small details that make the difference between a podium and a win."
He continued: "Our next outing will be in Peru at the beginning of October, before confronting the ultimate test of man and machine next January, and there is still plenty of work to be done. A big thank you to the team, both here and back in Europe, for all their hard work, and a special thank you to Team Yamaha Brazil who looked after us so well during the two weeks we spent in their excellent company.”
Also team-mate Mickael Metge was happy: “I really learnt a lot these last couple of weeks alongside Cyril. This is only my second ever rally and while I had already realised it was a complicated sport I didn’t know you could turn it into a science! Not that I didn’t enjoy myself on the bike. Today in particular was a great special and over the last few kilometers of fantastic track I really enjoyed myself.”
Final overall results Rally Dos Sertões
01) Goncalves, Paulo (PT) I Speedbrain I 30:27:38
02) Despres, Cyril (F) I Yamaha I +00:25:00
03) Coma, Marc (ES) I KTM I +00:30:52
04) De Azevedo, Jean (BRA) I Honda I +01:20:00
05) Przygonski, Jakub (PL) I KTM I +01:31:36
2013/08/05 | 15:14 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/KTM