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Optic 2000 Tunisia 2007 Special-Newssection (FIM Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Optic 2000 Tunisia Rally 2007, 1st round of the FIM Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Optic Tunisia: Coma and Farrés get past another leg without problems.

Marc Coma continues managing his leadership in the Tunisia Rally and finished today's leg in second position, 2 minutes behind Frenchman Casteu. The Repsol rider had to open the track this morning and made a mistake, misinterpreting one of the drawings of the road book.

Casteu caught him and both riders continued together until the finish. However, the Spanish rider of the Repsol KTM Team is still comfortably leading the overall standings with an advantage of more than seventeen minutes over the French rider. Gerard Farrés was fifth again today, nine minutes behind the fastest time and is still fifth in the overall standings.

The highlight of today’s stage were the first 50 kilometres in which navigation played an essential role. The countless tracks and changes of direction forced participants to be especially aware of the road book indications, while riding along an area with incredible landscapes, where thirty years ago a young George Lucas filmed the first part of the "Star Wars" saga. After the refuelling the tracks became faster and sandy until reaching the mountainous area of the Anti-Atlas. The last part was technical, typical enduro, until the finish in Techine.

Marc Coma: "The ground has changed again. We left the desert sand and the dunes behind and we’re back into the rocky grounds of the mountains. Today was a quite difficult stage, with a lot of navigation during the first 50 kilometres. Then we entered the mountains and it was a section in which we had to focus on our riding style. But fortunately everything worked out fine, we had no problems and we’re still controlling the race with only two days to go."

Gerard Farrés: "There were countless changes of direction during the first fifty kilometres of today’s special and it made things really difficult. I’ve been constantly checking the road book and riding calmly to avoid any navigation mistake and find the way. Then we found a fast track section but towards the end we entered a mountainous section with very broken tracks and you had to be really careful. But everything went well and we got through another incident-free day."

2007/04/03 | 11:12 CET | Editor: MR/HS/NPO

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