AFTER HIS FIRST STAGE VICTORY IN CROSS COUNTRY RALLY, GERARD FARRES CRASHED TODAY AT KM 288. THE APRILIA RIDER DID NOT LOST CONSCIOUSNESS BUT BROKE HIS NAVIGATION AND SECURITY DEVICES. CHALECO IS 5TH OF THE DAY AND REMAINS THE OVERALL LEADER. ZANOTTI IS 6TH AND GRAZIANI 10TH.
Sitra -- The fourth stage of Pharaons Rally 2010 was a hard day for Team Aprilia Giofil. After signing his first stage victory in rally, Gerard Farres was victim of a crash at km 288 of the special stage. The Spanish was evacuated to Cairo for medical care.
Farres opened the road for the first time this morning after the start in Abu Mingar. The Spanish was overtaken by Marc Coma, Chaleco Lopez and Helder Rodrigues and it was this group who leaded the longest stage (436 km) of Pharaons Rally 2010. The dust increased the difficulties of visibilities in a technical portion, so Farres could not avoid the crash.
Many riders tried to help him but his team mate Matteo Graziani stood with him to support and to communicate with the race direction because all security devices were broken after the incident. The Spanish was finally evacuated in helicopter and the medical diagnostic was a fracture of the right shoulder. Farres is now on his way to Cairo, before leaving to his home country.
Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez finished 5th of the stage, 8'24'' of stage winner Marc Coma. After this result, L0x00f3pez keeps his first overall position, 3'56'' from Coma and 7'02'' from Helder Rodrigues.
Alex Zanotti was 6th today and is keeps his 6th position overall. Matteo Graziani is placed 10th of the day. As the Italian stood with his team mate after the accident, team manager Filippo Assirelli will place a request to the FIM jury to study the possibility to give him back his time.
Francisco Lopez: "Gerard was opening the road today. I joined him with Helder Rodriguez and then I opened the road for a while. Then, at km 200, the 690 cc arrived (Coma and Przygonski). I kept my rhythm. It was a very long stage, very technical and hard."
Matteo Graziani: "I stopped with Tim Trenker at the place of the accident and we called the race direction to inform about the accident. After that I rode at my pace without forcing because it was hard and I was worried about Gerard."