|Pharaons Rally: Perfect start for the Bikers Lopez, Rodrigues and Zanotti.|
The first to start this morning was Marc Coma (KTM), followed by his direct rival in the World Championship in open class, Polish rider Jacub Przygonski. But none of the two obtained the best time of the 366 km of the special section. Like last year, Francisco Lopez (Aprilia Giofil) has started "full gas" and has quickly imposed his rhythm on the race. At the arrival of El Rammak, he signed the time of 03:18:32, preceding Helder Rodrigues for five minutes.
"It was a fast and beautiful stage" Lopez said. "I profit that I started behind and I went full gas, always keeping things under control. The road book has many changes of direction. I started 37th and I got out the special stage 4th. I must say it was a wonderful way of starting."
The great day of Aprilia continues with the third place of Alex Zanotti, riding with the newest version "light" of the two cylinders Tuareg. Detached of 13 minutes from Lopez, San Marino´s rider has preceded Jakub Przygonski for one minute. The Polish rider arrived with Coma after joining the Spanish at the refuelling. Coma took the fifth place, right before Gerard Farres (Aprilia Giofil), and 16 minutes separates the Catalonian from "Chaleco".
The classification is completed by Team Orlen riders´, Dabrowski and Czachor in 7th and 8th place, in front of the German Tim Trenker. The 10th place of the day is for Matteo Graziani in his return to "Africa" after two years of absence.
Argentinean Marcos Patronelli, winner of the last Dakar, dominated the quad race, preceding another talented rider from the Emirates, Alzaroune Atif Ahmad and Russian, Dmitri Pavlov.
Tomorrow, the second stage will take riders to Bir Karawein after 353 km of special section.
2010/10/04 | 21:20 CET | EDITOR: MR/HS/BAUER