|Pharaons Rally: What they said after stage 4 Sahl Baraka round course.|
Jean Louis Schlesser: "The biggest difficulty of the day was the first 90 km. We had the sun on our backs which erased totally the relief of the track, and we continued in a big sand sea among very nice landscapes that you can only register in your head. The stage was fast, but you must be careful because there were surprises too!"
Boris Gadasin (G Force Proto): "It was just like yesterday. I thought that if I run slowly it would have been better but today there were only 10 km of stony tracks,and - another puncture! After that I made a mistake, there was this hard step up of sand and I crashed 30 km before the finish line. Our main goal in this race is to understand what speed we should use in these conditions."
Vladimir Vasiliev(G-Force Proto) : "I was too fast in a cut end dune and the fall was about 6 meters high and landed in the right front tire so suspension broke."
Costel Casuneanu (Mitsubishi Pajero MPR13): "We didn´t take risks today. At a time I said to my co-driver that I was sorry that I went so slowly, but this is the first time I cross the dunes and I didn´t want to make mistakes. Let´s say this is a strategy to cross them - and I am quite happy I am third!"
Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha 450): "It was a nice stage, sandy, very fast and undulated. It was almost all off track, I would say there was 5% on tracks. Helder (Rodrigues) reached me at km 60, then we started the three of us (with Marc Coma and Helder Rodrigues) at CP1 and we rolled together until the finish line. It was another stage to test suspensions!"
Helder Rodrigues (Yamaha 450): "It was an easy stage, "very technical" (he jokes). It was a stage to go full gas, ups and downs in the sand; I reached Jordi (Viladoms) and then Marc (Coma). What it was fine is that sometimes I was able to open the track, which is a great exercise."
Marc Coma (KTM): "It was a day without any complications; I was in front first, quiet, not at full speed because now it is time to manage the race until the end. It was a stage in what we call open spaces, completely empty, the real desert."
Jes Munk (KTM): "I think there was a step up and I was too fast so I crush on it. I went too fast, I got to my limits and so, I fell. I guess this is my lack of experience and as I was feeling good, I pushed too far. I am ok, a little light headed but I will be ready for tomorrow."
Francisco López (Aprilia): "It was a fast stage. I am glad yesterday the technical crew installed the same engine that last year so I was able to finish the stay comfortably. I picked up Jes Munk that was on the floor 30 km before the finish line. I check if he was fine and I put the bike back on the wheels and told him to wait for a few minutes to continue. He managed to finish!"
Oscar Polli (KTM): "Finally a good day! It was a nice stage and the only stage without problems for me. I rolled great today!"
2011/10/06 | 17:38 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/BAUER/URTUBIA