AFTER A VERY FAST STAGE, CHALECO LOPEZ AND HIS APRILIA WERE NOT ABLE TO SURPASS MARC COMA'S 690 CC BIKE. THE CHILEAN IS SECOND AT THE END OF THE FIFTH STAGE AND DESCENDS TO THE SECOND PLACE OVERALL. ALEX ZANOTTI ABANDONS AFTER A CRASH THAT BROKE THE OIL RADIATOR. MATTEO GRAZIANI IS 8TH OF THE DAY AND 7TH OVERALL.
Sitra -- The fifth stage of Pharaons Rally 2010 was not a day made for Aprilia. Riders were measured in a very fast special section of 412 km between Sitra and Siwa. Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez put all his skills on it but the stage winner was Marc Coma on his KTM 690cc.
Chaleco started 5th this morning, behind Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues. They both rolled to catch the three 690 cc in front: Marc Coma, Joan Barreda and Jakub Przygonski. In an endless battle, the Chilean rider was only able to get the second best time of the day, 4'23'' from the stage winner. After the victory, Coma was able to get some time back on his favor so the Chaleco's Aprilia Tuareg 4.5 descends to the second position overall as well, 27'' away from the new leader.
In his comeback to the African desert after two years of absence, Matteo Graziani had a nice riding day on a sandy stage. Not even the high temperatures stopped the Italian who keeps his regularity and is 8th today and 7th overall.
The day wasn't so bright for Alex Zanotti. San Marino's rider fell and broke the oil radiator with the crash. Fortunately, Zanotti wasn't hurt in the accident but he is obligated to withdraw.
Tomorrow. Pharaons Rally 2010 will hold its last stage. 560 km between Siwa and El Alamein with a total of 240 km of timed section.
Francisco Lopez: "Today's stage was made for the big bikes. I did my best but we had no advantage at all during the special and Marc (Coma) won the stage. Tomorrow the stage is as fast as today so. I have to stay focused to take the first place for 450cc bikes with Aprilia."
Matteo Graziani: "I had fun today. There were over 400 km of sand... I rode at my rhythm. I'm glad with the bike. It works great and I feel good on it. A pity for Zanotti, he was doing a good race."