|Pharaons Rally: What they sayed about the 5th stage Sahl Baraka - Tibniya.|
Jean-Schlesser (Buggy): "A beautiful and hard stage. I think that for some it was very hard. The day can be classed as an off road day - The problem to find way points in the dunes. Over the last 70 km, we had some bumps to enjoy - It was shaky!"
Boris Gadasin (G-Force Proto): "It was a very interesting stage. It was long and mostly difficult in the middle. It reminds me of a sandy stage of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for a while, but then, for the last 70 km after CP2 I had a gear problem and it was all rocky and bumpy so we shook a look!"
Vladymir Vasiliev (G-Force Proto): "There was a part of white stones and I had a suspension problem. Each day is a technical problem! Before this I participated in two bajas and this is my second cross country event, so I am discovering. It was fun, but very hard to drive in the sand!"
Marc Coma (KTM): "It was a hard day, especially for the 15 km of soft sand, very technical. Not to risk to run out of gas, I didn´t go so fast before the refueling area. Then, I restarted and attacked - full gas! Just small sand stuck in the first dunes, but I had the time to analyse the situation and find back a nice pace."
Jordi Viladoms (Yamaha): "It was a hard stage. We rolled all five together (Coma, Rodrigues, Przygonski, Lopez) after CP1, and found a nice rhythm. It was nice to ride together because it allows you to control your adversaries, and I took 6 minutes over Helder, which makes me take the second place overall. There is still one day to go so I have to keep it - but a place in the podium wouldn´t be bad!"
Helder Rodrígues (Yamaha 450) : "I opened the track for about 240 km. Marc Coma and Jakub Przygonski were behind, but we got all together (with Jordi Viladoms and Chaleco López) at CP1. After, Chaleco took me over and at that moment I preferred to take care of the bike because there is one more stage to go! And today´s stage wasn´t easy."
Marek Dabrowski (KTM) : "It was a typical African stage with specific difficulties during each part of the ground. There were lots of bumps like in endure to be handled carefully, and also lots of sand during the second part of the stage and sometimes very very soft. I completed the stage at my own pace and in my position."
Jakub Przygonski (KTM): "The special was beautiful but long. I rode well at the beginning and fast at the refueling area, I was second, after marc. In the dunes, Marc made a small mistake and I found myself opening - It didn´t last long because I got stuck too and my engine stopped. It took me sometime to restart - I got back to the peloton and we crossed the finish line almost together."
Francisco "Chaleco" López (Aprilia 450): "I had a good time today! It felt like the stage was short, and it was great for me because I was able to ride with Jordi (Viladoms), Helder (Rodriguez) and Marc (Coma). This makes me feel a lot better because until now I was always riding behind - and now I see how much effort it takes to run a long stage among top riders."
Lilian Lanceleeve (Quad): "It was such a nice stage, but so long too! We arrived in the dunes at 2 p.m. and the sand was soft. Schlesser took me over and he left deep trace as he drove so I avoided running into it. I am not sure that quads will arrive early because it was an extenuating stage."
2011/10/08 | 19:55 CET | PICTURES: MR/SY/BAUER/URTUBIA