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Sardinia Rally: First victory for Helder Rodriguez in Sardinia.

The Sardegna rally Race it started! 60 of the most famous drivers of the world did the first short special test, on a dirt track just out side the door of the turistic city of San Teodoro, east coast of Sardinia. Almost 3 kilometer of dunes, jumps and short fast strechtes and of dirt land.

The winner of the first day race is the portoguese Helder Rodriguez, just ahead of Ruben Faria, also from Portugal.The two riders are very expert enduro racers, but the today race is far from the caractheristics of the cross country rally. Thirth place for another "Iberic", the Spanish Ruben Faria, forth for Matteo Graziani. The Italian is the one of the favorites of this race, because of his almost 50 successes in the italian Motorally and Raid TT scene. Graziani has also 4 victories in in different rallies held in the country of Sardinia.

Today's race was an introduction, a sort of welcome to the Racers, useful only to establish the starting order of the tomorrow real race. The tomorrow 250 kilometers "ring", that will have his start at Olbia and the finish in San Teodoro, will include two special test of 50 kilometer each. Tomorrow we will know the riders of this rally superstars that feel confortable in this kind of landscape and "navigating" the hard routes of this magnificent Rally race.

Other great Sardinia Rally super stars, like the french David Casteu and Cyril Despres, Francisco Lopez from Chile and the spaniards Pellicer and Villadoms, just to mention some of them, they choose the tactic of going with cautions and taking confidence with the land before laid on the field all theyr esperience.

The Sardegna Rally Race 2008, organized by Bike Village, is the first "step" of the 2008 World Championship Cross Country Rally, and will end may 9 after 5 days of racing against time in the most beautiful areas of Sardinia Island. Almost 1500 kilometers, with 10 legs and over 500 KM of special tests where the racers will be forced to give the best of themself.

Prologue Results

01) Rodriguez Helder, Honda, POR
02) Faria Ruben, Honda, POR
03) Farres Gerard, KTM, SPA
04) Graziani Matteo, KTM ITA
05) Casteu David, KTM FRA
06) Pellicer, Jose, KTM SPA
07) Manca Luca, TM, ITA
08) Lopez Francisco, KTM, CHI
09) Despres Cyril, KTM, FRA
10) Viladoms Jordi, KTM, SPA

2008/05/06 | 12:33 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Sardinia Rally

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