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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: Marc Coma takes the victory of the 2007 Tunisia Rally.

The 2007 Rally-Raid Championship started just as it ended last year. i.e. with Marc Coma winning with authority on the Tunisian tracks. The Repsol rider clinched the victory with an advantage of more than twenty-minutes over the second qualified, after finishing the last leg in third place, behind winner Casteu and second Vinters.

Coma reached the finish loosing less than two minutes, since there were no reasons to take too much risks on the last day. The Spanish rider had worked towards the victory from the first day of the race and today’s aim no other than reaching the finish line without making any mistakes.

His team-mate in the Repsol KTM Team, Gerard Farrés, qualified fourth today, five and a half minutes behind the winner. Farrés had some navigation problems at the start of the stage today but once he was back on the right track, he managed to ride with a fast pace that even took him to suffer a little crash without further consequences. Finally Gerard Farrés managed to finish fourth overall and was very satisfied after a race in which he has been able to learn a lot from the World Championship. Farrés has with no doubt been able to gather valuable experience on African grounds.

Today’s stage was featured by difficult navigation until the refuelling. Then it became a rather enduro-like route, covering demanding mountain tracks that required good riding techniques. The last kilometres were quite fast, through the El Garasa chott, and continued n a fast track that took participants to the finish line that was located in the middle of the scenarios used for "Star Wars".

Marc Coma: "We went fast in today’s stage; it wasn’t a mere formality, because it was 270 km long, although not taking too many risks and trying to avoid any incidences to reach the finish and achieve the victory of the Tunisia Rally. After the crash at the Dakar, I had set myself as an aim to be the same I was before and to get back home with a victory, with good feelings and I made it. So we’re very happy, because I’ve felt very well, everything worked out well in general and we managed to achieve the aims which we had set ourselves."

Gerard Farrés: "I had some trouble at the beginning of today’s stage because I made a small navigation mistake and I got lost for a while before getting back on the good track. I felt better after the refuelling, I took the chance to push a bit harder and I enjoyed a lot because I did well. The rally went well overall. I’m happy because I gathered a lot of experience. I still have a lot to learn but I’ve learned a lot about the road book in this rally. Moreover, I’ve learned a lot on the bike as well and I’ve been able to take care of the machine throughout the race. I only had a light crash today, without consequences. It was very important for us to keep the bike in good conditions and cover as many kilometres as possible. I’m also very happy with the work of the whole team because the relationship is very good with the mechanics, with Jordi Durán, and with Marc, who has helped a lot. Marc didn’t stop giving me advice at all times and I sometimes was eve sorry seeing how much time he was spending with me, so I’m really very happy."

2007/04/10 | 10:53 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Repsol

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