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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 winner in the Bike-Category.

A complete success for the two Repsol teams, cars and bikes, in the tough Rally in Dubai, a victory for Stéphane Peterhansel in cars and for Marc Coma in bikes. The Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart has now set a record of 8 victories in the UAE Desert Challenge – this was the 6th consecutive victory - whilst Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret got their 4th victory in this event in the Montero Evolution since 2002.

In motorbikes the same happened as on the previous days, but this time in favour of the Repsol rider who got into the lead on the first day, as Coma was able to extend his lead to over 5 minutes by the end of the race. Coma started third today, 4 minutes behind Despres and 2 behind Ullevalseter. Just after the start of the first special he had caught the Norwegian rider and reached the end of the first special just 30 seconds behind Cyril Despres. On the second the Repsol rider reached the Frenchman and arrived at the finishing line 20 seconds behind, and in spite of being in charge of the race from the very first special had to fight right to the last moment.

Marc Coma: "Today we had the two specials returning from Moreeb to Dubai, the first with more sand and a few dunes, and the second wherte we did not really cross the desert. It was on fast tracks, with more navigation, and the truth is that it was fun and entertaining. I started out paying special attention to my rivals because my lead was very small and it was important not to make any mistakes. On the first special I went fast to catch Cyril and I almost did so. On the second I went slower keeping an eye on him. I am pleased because everything went well and the whole team has done a great job."

Jordi Viladoms: "I feel fine, my back hurts a bit and it is stiff but I am OK. I have to go to Barcelona now and meet Dr. Mir for some tests and see if I have anything damaged so I can finally relax. I will have to rest for a few days, and the worst case will be that I cannot return to normal training for 3 weeks, and then we will continue preparing the Dakar."

Jordi Arcarons: "Today was a very important day as Marc and Cyril had to fight for the race as Marc`s lead was very small and Cyril could have ruined the week`s work. But the truth is that we saw Marc on hgis bike today, how he was riding and how concentrated he was, and we knew that the race was his for the taking. This rally means that we now have a lot of confidence in Marc`s level, he is demonstrating that he is in great form, the bike is great too as it did not have the slightest problem, and so we can continue to work towards the Dakar. As for Viladoms, the important thing now is to know exactly what the damage is and see how much rest he needs, to see if he will be 100% for Lisbon. We hope that he will not be off the bike for long because he has had some good races, in Patagonia, Egypt and here. I though he was looking good in this racce, very competitive but he had some bad luck, but we are confident that he will be back on his bike quite quickly."

2007/11/03 | 13:57 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Repsol

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