Off-day for Chaleco

A BANAL DAMAGE TO THE STARTER MOTOR RELAIS FORCE LOPEZ TO STOP IN THE DESERT FOR TWO HOUR AND A HALF, WHEN FRANCO PICCO ATTAIN TO RESTART IT. ZANOTTI IS FIFTH ON STAGE TODAY, FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY PAOLO CECI. PAOLO CECI, FROM SAN MARINO, IS HARD-AND-FAST THIRTH AND FIRST OF THE OVERALL 450, WHILE CECI IS FIFTH. LOPEZ SKIDS IN FOURTEENTH POSITION.

Abu Mingar -- The Pharaons Rally 2009 thirth day stage was begin in a perfect way for Francisco Lopez. The Chilean gained more than one minutes in the CP3 on Cyril Despres, who was starting in front of him. Than, after jumping a dune, he had a bad landing and his motorbike turned off. In spite of the checks and of Zanotti and Ceci's help that in the while reached him, he couldn't restart it. Lopez was almost resigned, when Franco Picco came and, making bridge among his battery and Chaleco Aprilia's starter motor, managed to made Chaleco take the round again.

In reality was the relais of the starter motor that didn't work, at that point Chaleco loosed more than two hours and the only thing he could make was ending the stop. Now he slides on fourteenth position, with two hours and a half of delay from Despres, but for sure he will not save oneself during the next stops, having a perfect feeling with Aprilia Africa.

Surely has gone better to the other two bishop of Aprilia crew Giofil, Alex Zanotti and Paolo Ceci. The first one, in spite he loose time driving for 60 Kilometres with one hand due to the break of the stirrup used to bring the instrumentation, ended anyway hard-and-fast fourth and first in the 450. In Overall is thirth behind Despres and Manca and also first in the 450.

Excellent trial for Paolo Ceci too: although a few minute lost tryng to help Lopez, he classify immediately behind Zanotti and in occupies the fifth position in the Overall league and the second in the 450. Tomorrow the fourth Pharaons stage will bring the Rally again in Baharija. From Abu Mingar Bivoac there will be a spectacular start of all the motorbikes, the Pharaons Rally Grand Prix.

Lopez second of the stage and still leader

FRANCISCO LOPEZ IS THE SECOND OF TODAY0x00b4S STAGE AND KEEPS THE LEADERSHIP ON THE OVERALL RANKING, EVEN IF THE TIME DIFFERENCE ON DESPRES WAS REDUCED TO 10th. ZANOTTI IS FIFTH OF THE DAY AND CECI GOT THE SEVENTH PLACE.

Dahkla -- Route southwards for the second stage of the Pharaons Rally 2009, the longest leg of the Egyptian race, with 433 kilometers. Starting first this morning, Francisco Lopez has opened the way for a long part of the journey. After the refueling, the road became a fast track, so the French rider, Cyril Despres, who started seventh this morning, joined Lopez at the kilometer 280, showing the power of his 690cc bike, with which he has marked a distance from the 450cc from Aprilia.

This result allows Lopez to maintain the leadership on the overall ranking, even if the distance between him and Despres has been reduced to only 10th. Tomorrow, Despres will start first, which gives Lopez a good chance to reach him along the stage.

Good day also for Alessandro Zanotti, fifth of the day, and second in the 450cc class, 25 minutes away from the winner. The man from San Marino is the third overall, and should be aware of the possible attacks from Luca Manca, that follows him only 10 seconds away.

On his side, Paolo Ceci, after yesterday's fall, has watch over his stage, getting the seventh position of the day, and fourth on the 450cc. The man from Modena is now sixth overall.

The two other pilots of Aprilia Africa, Daniele Carmigniani and Gaetano De Filippo, concluded on the 23rd and 25th place.

Tomorrow, the third stage of the Pharaons 2009 will head back North to Abu Mingar, with 356 km to go.

The Three Musketeers

FRANCISCO "CHALECO" LoPEZ ACHIEVED AN AMAZING VICTORY ON THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PHARAONS RALLY. THE CHILEAN RIDER JUST ARRIVED TO APRILIA AFRICA AND HE DOES IT ON THE BEST WAY: WINNING A STAGE. BUT THAT IS NOT ALL, THE SUCCESS OF TEAM APRILIA GIOFIL CONTINUES WITH THE SECOND PLACE OF ALEX ZANOTTI AND THE FOURTH FOR PAOLO CECI.

Bahariya -- A great and unexpected start, especially because of the presence of the French rider, Cyril Despres, actual leader of the Cross Country Rally World Cup Classification. Instead, Francisco Lopez made a strong start on the 12th edition of the Pharaons Rally, this morning at eight o'clock, on the foot of the Giza Pyramids, by winning the first special stage.

"Chaleco" has taken confidence with his new bike immediately, and except for a small navigation mistake, he carried out a perfect performance, followed by his team mate Alex Zanotti. The Sammarinese, absolute third last year, and winner of the 450cc class, has lost a bit of time in the complex way in to the oasis of Bahariya, but still got an excellent result, only four minutes after Lopez.

Noale's bike were perfect today, so Paolo Ceci finished on the fourth place, just preceded by Luca Manca, despite of a fall that broke his helmet. Therefore, the three Aprilia bikes monopolized the podium of the 450cc, specially the twin cylinder of the Team Aprilia Giofil, which gave a great show for the top of the ranking. Despres, on his side, finished only seventh, and 14th from Lopez.

Tomorrow is the second stage of the rally, 433 km from Bahariya to Dakhla, from which 386 km will make the special stage of the day. Lopez will start first, with the difficult task of opening the race track.

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