News from leg 3 -- Nissan stage
The third Nissan stage started as per the original time schedule, with 39 bikes and quads and 21 cars and one truck given an official start time.
Ramesh Pereira (231) -- His Nissan Patrol was destroyed by a fire early in the second selective section on Tuesday.
Antonio Manfrinato (217) - There was several minor collisions in the sand dunes on the second selective section on Tuesday. The Italian became stuck in a sand bowl and tried to reverse up an incline to gain speed for another attempt at scaling a sand ridge, but he was struck from behind by a Nissan Patrol and his Nissan Navara sustained superficial bodywork damage.
Oscar Polli (44) -- "I had a small problem with the engine and there was no power. Then, after about 25km, I had a small accident and decided it was not worth carrying on. The mechanic will fix the bike and I will start tomorrow, but it has not been a good rally for me so far."
Marc Coma (2) -- "Today was an important stage and the longest of the rally. I tried to push from the front early on, but it was not easy to stretch away from the others. It was not enough and I tried again near the end to try and get some time back. Like always, it was a sea of sand, 95% sand. I need to try again tomorrow, but I am not in the best position now."
Cyril Despres (2) -- "I thought that Marc (Coma) might have taken a little more time out of me than he did today. From the first 25km I really tried to ride hard and gain some time. Now I have to open the road tomorrow and he will catch me. But, then I have the chance to catch him again on the final day and that is important. This is typical for the Desert Challenge. It is never easy."
Alex Zanotti (37) - Suffering from a lack of water and severe dehydration and has received medical assistance at the scene, before being evacuated from the stage.
Khalid Al Falaisi (21) -- Fell off his bike between PC4 and the finish line. He complained of abdominal and back pains and has been airlifted to Madinat Zayed hospital for medical checks.
News from PC4
Yayha Al-Helai (202)--"We had a problem before the fourth PC and dropped a lot of time. We struggled through the last kilometres in two-wheel drive."
Nissan stage finish
Guerlain Chicherit (201) -- "It was a really tough job to reach the finish. I was driving so well until the CP2, at the assistance, and I was pushing hard. After that I started to feel a bit sick and I had a big mental fight to keep it going. I think it is a combination of the heat and the motion of being, like in a boat, in the dunes. The car was perfect, the mechanics did a great job and Tina (Thorner) was superb today. I was not in a good shape and she encouraged me to the finish."