Zanotti finishes ninth at Sardegna Rally Race

THE APRILIA RIDER DID NOT TAKE RISKS IN THE LAST STAGE OF THE SARDINIA RALLY RACE, AND KEEPS HIS 9TH OVERALL POSITION AND THE 6TH OF THE 450CC. CLASS. THE DAY WAS MARKED BY THE DEAD OF THE FRENCH QUAD RIDER JEAN-CLAUDE AUERT.

SAN TEODORO - The last stage of the Sardinia Rally Race, Gavoi/Fonni - San Teodoro, wasn't only a formality. Two timed section of 73 and 61 km in a stage of 261 km total was the last one, but not an easy one for the 61 riders that took the start this morning. The day was crowned with the victory of the French Cyril Despres in both timed section, and he joined the winner Marc Coma and Andrea Mancini in the stands.

Results did not change much in the stage, but it consolidates the results of the fourth stages before.

Unfortunately, the closing day of the Sardinia Rally Race was marked by the dead of the quad rider, Jean-Claude Auert, who was a victim of a heart attack a little after the beginning of the first special section. Nevertheless, the action of the medical bike followed by the helicopter was not able to keep him alive.

Alex Zanotti's journey was focused in carefulness: his 9th position wasn't really in danger, and San Marino's rider managed the end of the race to get to the finish. Not even the problem with the road-book in the second stage let Przygonski get closer to him.

In the two timed section of the day, Zanotti achieved the 12th and 13th position, finishing the stage in the 12th place.

Alex Zanotti: "I felt good in today's stage, both timed section were beautiful but I preferred not to risk anything: I couldn't get back positions and the gap with the riders behind was enough. The 9th position satisfies me, this race means a lot to me, but things didn't went well from the beginning, continuing with yesterday's fall. Now, we have to think of the race of the Italian Motorally Championship."

-source: Team Giofil Aprilia Racing