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Pharaons Rally 2007 Special-Newssection (FIM Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the Pharaons Rally 2007, 5th 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.

Pharaons Rally: Marc Coma is the new Marathonrally Worldcup Champion

Marc Coma fulfilled all his objectives and was proclaimed winner of the Pharaohs Rally and World Raid Champion for the third consecutive time. The successful final day of the Egyptian race was rounded off with second position for his teammate Jordi Viladoms, and so the Repsol KTM Team got an excellent one-two in Egypt.

In spite of the fact that many thought today`s stage was just a formality on the way to the Repsol KTM Team rider Marc Coma`s third consecutive victory and at the same time his third consecutive world title, the truth is that the final special in this rally was not at all easy. After a start that was complicated because the route went around the oasis of Baharija, as the participants discovered yesterday, Coma set his course for Cairo passing several different controls.

The Repsol rider did not want to take any unnecessary risks today, so he decided to keep a steady pace and maintain a strict control of the navigation, with a high level of difficulty today as can be seen from the fact that most riders got lost at different points of the special. Coma rode alone for most of the stage, and he reached the finishing line in second place after losing 31 seconds to the Norwegian Ullevalseter, winner of today`s special and third in the overall classification.

Jordi Viladoms also had an emotional day. After almost finishing second in last year`s Pharaohs Rally, he lost out because he was forced to retire with mechanical problems, the Repsol KTM Team rider finished third today behind his teammate Marc Coma, so the two got a brilliant result for the Repsol KTM Team in the Pharaohs Rally. After his serious accident in the last Lisbon Dakar 2007, today Viladoms completed a perfect rally where he has demonstrated that he is recovered, both physically as well as psychologically, and he is a great team rider working throughout the rally with and for his teammate Marc Coma.

To continue with their preparation for the Dakar 2008 the Repsol KTM Team riders, Coma and Viladoms, will participate in the Dubai Rally in a few weeks, the final date in the World Raid Championship 2007.

Marc Coma: "Today many things happened at the same time. My third consecutive victory, third consecutive world title, and what is more I am very pleased with Jordi Viladoms` result, because he has recovered from the injuries he got in the Dakar 2007. Above all I want to thank the work done by the team because I consider myself fortunate to be working with all these people. But this does not end here, there is still work to be done so that we can try to win the second victory in the Dakar and we will carry on working. People often think that the final stage is just a formality, but today that was not the case. The first part was very complicated, the navigation was difficult. The second part was a faster track which was a bit more enjoyable. The 330 kilometres on the final stage seemed very long, and the finish was an incredible moment, arriving here with the pyramids of Giza in the background."

Jordi Viladoms: "I am very pleased with how everything has gone. Actually finishing a rally like this is very important for me after the injuries I had and with everything that has happened this year. For me it is a big reward having got second position. The beginning of today`s stage, towards the oasis of Baharija, was complicated and we were a little puzzled at times. But later we went on faster tracks that were easy to see, and the day went well. It seemed long to me because last year I was on the way to finish second and then I lost everything I had worked for with a mechanical problem, so the last few kilometres seemed to go on forever. I was thinking about last year, about the accident in the Dakar, and in the end I was a bit emotional crossing the line. Marc is unstoppable and the truth is that I don`t know what the limit is to what he can achieve because he is clearly superior to all the other riders. Marc will be around for some time; in fact you could see that he was going to win from early on and right now nobody can beat him."

Jordi Arcarons: "For the Team KTM Repsol this is a great result, for the victory and for having got second place in the rally, as well as the World Championship before the last date in Dubai. We are very pleased and proud of all the work we have done, and for having achieved our objective. Our two riders deserve ten out of ten. Marc because he has ridden very well in all the rallies in the calendar, and Jordi because here he has ridden a very intelligent rally, speeding up when necessary, knowing how to navigate, and when he was aked to wait for Marc he did so, and that never is easy. After this I will always tell them that they can count on me for anything they want. Today`s stage had its difficulties, above all with the navigation. Returning towards Cairo there are many tracks in all directons, and that made the roadbook very imortant, the navigation too. A lot of riders lost time but this did not really change the result because the differences were very big. Through experience I know that the final stage, here in Egypt, you can lose the race quite easily, and in fact Viladoms lost second place last year and has bad memories. This year we saw that he was very satisfied at the finish, but with all the tension that he has had to suffer during the whole race."

2007/10/10 | 12:36 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Repsol

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