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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 start the Tunisia Rally with caution.

The reigning Rally-Raid World Champion, Marc Coma, is second after the inaugural day of the Tunisia Rally held on the French island of Corsica. The Repsol rider finished the two short specials of today’s leg 52 seconds behind Frenchman David Casteu, while Gerard Farrés, who is replacing the injured Jordi Viladoms, was fourth and is 1 minute and 29 seconds behind the current leader of the overall standings.

The Repsol riders started the day with caution and ease, and the differences among the participants were minimal, given the fact that the roads of the small island of Corsica did not offer major navigation or riding problems to the participants.

The leg consisted of only 52 timed kilometres, distributed into two short specials of 22 and 30 kilometres each, through the forests of the Porto Vecchio Gulf and additional 124 kilometres of liaison. Two specials with hardly any navigation work that made the day a mere formality, offering much more to loose than to win to all those who wanted to push harder than necessary. Tomorrow participants will already be racing on Tunisian grounds, although it will only be a first contact with the African tracks, since the real hard part will begin on the third leg, starting on Tuesday from Douf.

Marc Coma: "Today we had a first stage surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The specials have been very short, two of some 20 kilometres each. We’ve found sandy tracks, fast and broken due to the rain. We took it easy and calm, without taking any risks, because today was only a starting day. We will reach Africa tomorrow, but it will also be a short leg; the real trial will start on Tuesday."

Gerard Farrés: "Today’s special went well; it’s been a short prologue leg and I’ve achieved my aims on this first day of competition, which are no other than learning and take things easy without acting too hastily. And that’s what I did. I tried not to make any mistakes and learn everything I can observe on my team-mate Marc Coma, who is a rider with a lot of experience."

Results of Leg 1 Motobikes Top 5

01) Casteu, David I 00:35:50
02) Coma, Marc I + 00:00:52
03) Pellicer, José Manuel I + 00:01:23
04) Farrés, Gerard I 00:01:29
05) Machini, Michel I 00:02:03

2007/04/01 | 20:41 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Repsol

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