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UAE Desert Challenge 2007 Special-Newssection (FIA Cross Country Worldcup)

This is the single-news section of the special of the UAE Desert Challenge 2007, last round of the FIA Worldcup for Cross Country Rallys. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

UAE Desert Challenge: Marc Coma stays at the top of the leaderboard.

In the motorbike category Marc Coma stays at the top of the leaderboard with one day left although he only has a lead of minute and a half over the Frenchman Cyril Despres, who won the fourth stage. The day went just as foreseen by the Team Repsol KTM, Marc Coma who started first and had to open up the tracks, saw how his rivals who finished behind him yesterday caught him just after the start and they recovered the time they lost. Tomorrow`s stage, the return to Dubai, will be decisive. Despres will open up the way and Coma will start third.

The final stage, tomorrow Friday, is another tough day of competition, it includes two specials of 123.8km and 163.8km in an overall distance of 287.6 km. The riders will also have a liaison of 45.4km on roads that will take them to the final ceremony in the afternoon at the Dubai International Maritime Club.

Marc Coma: "Today`s stage went as was expected, because we were caught by Despres and Ullevalster at km70 and we went in a group to the finishing line. It was a very long and complicated special, above all the first part, with many dunes and difficult navigation. Towards the end it was faster with fewer dunes. Tomorrow is the last day; the first part on tracks and the end the navigation will become important. Things are going well but you have to work right to the end in ths type of race."

Jordi Arcarons: "Today Marc started first and came across a section with off track navigation that was quite complicated. It was a zone where it was difficult to get any advantage because those behind you just have to follow the route you open up, and then it is hard to shake them off. I did not want to force things and I arrived together with Cyril Despres and Ullevalseter, so they recovered the 2 and 4 minute gaps they had at the start. Tomorrow I will start third, which will help me, but a lead of a minute and a half is nothing and I will have to be very careful."

2007/11/01 | 19:26 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Repsol

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