GERARD FARRES SIGNS HIS FIRST VICTORY IN A CROSS COUNTRY RALLY RACE WITH HIS APRILIA TUAREG 4.5. THE SPANISH RIDER WINS THE STAGE OF THE DAY WHILE CHALECO LoPEZ REMAINS THE OVERALL LEADER. GOOD DAY FOR ZANOTTI AND GRAZIANI, THE ITALIANS ARE 8TH AND 9TH OF THIS THIRD STAGE.
ABU MINGAR -- An amazing third stage for Aprilia in Pharaons Rally 2010. Today's stage was divided in two special sections, the first of 169 km and a second one of 202 km that have taken all riders to the bivouac of Abu Mingar with the first stage win for Gerard Farres in his Aprilia.
It was Marc Coma's turn to open the road this morning, but Aprilia showed off its best potential during the stage and proved with the two first places in the stage: Farres 1st followed by Lopez by a minute away. The Catalonian was 6th, on his KTM 690cc, 5'43'' from Gerard Farres who shows his great skills, and the potential of the Aprilia Tuareg 4.5 signing his first stage victory.
On his side, Chaleco knows now that he has to manage the race so he decided not to attack hard in order to keep the bike as it is, but not giving everything up because he aims to take Aprilia to the podium the same way he did in last Rally of Tunisia.
Italian riders Alex Zanotti and Matteo Graziani profited of this day of dunes to test the bikes and obtained the 8th and 11th in this special. After this result San Marino's rider takes the 6th position while Matteo remains 10th in the overall ranking.
After the third stage, Chaleco "Lopez" keeps the leadership overall and after his first stage win, Gerard Farres will open the road for the first time tomorrow in a stage that will lead the race from Abu Mingar to Sitra, with a 412 km special section.
Gerard Farres: After the problems I had yesterday, this stage victory shows that the team can control our problems. I'm very glad to obtain my first victory in an African race and tomorrow I will open the road for the first time too. It will be a great experience.
Chaleco Lopez: It was a great stage. It was fast and there were amazing landscapes, like the Black Stone Labyrinth. The bike is performing very well on the sand and we can see the how it has evolved from last year. I'm still on top of the classification, so I have to manage my own race now.