Zanotti takes back one position

ALEX ZANOTTI IS NOW IN THE 9TH POSITION OVERALL AND 6TH OF THE 450CC CLASS AFTER THE THIRD STAGE OF SARDINIA RALLY RACE THAT HAS JOINED MURAVERA IN THE WEST COAST OF THE ISLAND. TOMORROW, RIDERS ATTACK A LONG SPECIAL OF 200 KM.

Muravera - The third stage of the Sardinia Rally Race started directly from the bivouac of Capo Teulada. This new special of 113 km had its first section in the Military Polygon with a very intricate navigation for riders.

The second special was of 60 km alternating fast and enduro tracks. It was once more a long day for riders, with 332 km total in the South West of Sardinia, heading to the west coast of the island.

The journey had a positive balance for Zanotti. San Marino's rider started 11th this morning and had some navigation problems in the first part like almost every other rider in the trace inside the military area, and he could not go faster because of the tire mounted yesterday that did not allow him to control as he wanted in the bike in fast turns. This first timed section was the longest of the day, and the Italian only achieved the 14th position.

Once he arrived to the service, he changed the rear tire for a Michelin Enduro that let him take back the pace and the feeling with his Aprilia, and reached the 8th time, 2'48" away from the winner of the day, Marc Coma.

After today's result, Alex has climbed one position in the overall ranking and is now in the 9th position, 25' behind the leader of the race, Marc Coma.

Tomorrow will be the fourth and penultimate stage of the Sardinia Rally Race 2010 that will take riders from Muravera to Gavoi/Fonni, in the Barbagia's heart. There will be a special of 201 kilometers, the longest in the history of the Sardinian leg of the World Championship, with an assistance park in the Military Area of Perdasdefogu.

Alex Zanotti: "Unfortunately yesterday's choice of the tire. It had not enough grip and I could not force it much. Viladoms overtook me, and then I overtook him, but when the track became faster and steering more demanding, I let him pass me. Then, after the assistance service it was much better, I felt sure of riding and I enjoyed it. Tomorrow there will be a very long stage; I hope to get a good result."

-source: Team Giofil Aprilia Racing