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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 still leader in the motos category.

In the motorbike category Marc Coma finished third and so stays leader of the general with a 1 minute 18 second lead over the second placed rider, Cyril Despres, second today. The other side of the coin was the heavy fall suffered by Jordi Viladoms who had to retire. The Repsol rider was going around a dune, did not realise that it was broken and fell badly and unable to continue. He was immediately taken by helicopter to the Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi, where tests ruled out any serious injury. The Repsol rider is fine although badly bruised and will stay under observation before returning to Spain.

Marc Coma: "This was quite a difficult and complicated day. It seemed very long, above all the first few kilometres of dunes, which were quite tough. They were very soft sandy zones and that makes it difficult to ride a bike because the engine suffers a lot, and it is very tiring. The kilometres pass slowly. The final part let us ride a little faster, but it was a really tough stage. In any case I did it at a relaxed pace because I knew that the easiest thing was that they would catch me today."

Jordi Arcarons, Team Manager of the Repsol KTM Team: "In principle all the tests on Jordi have been negative, and so it seems that he has no fractures or important injuries. However, he will stay under observation and the medical services will continue to carry out more tests to make sure he has no internal damage. Apparently he fell taking a broken dune, here there is a type of dune that deceives you a lot because they are very round and when you think you have passed them they suddenly fall and that is where I think Jordi fell. I think that when he fell from the dune Jordi hit his chest agaist the navigation instruments and then he fell off the bike."

2007/10/30 | 20:27 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Repsol

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