Trenker left door open for Qatar Baja title DOHA - Qatar - 25 November 2005: Sadafco DHL TT Racing UAE-based German rider Tim Trenker left the door open for a new winner in Motorbikes on 2005 Qatar Baja Last year's bikes' ...
Trenker left door open for Qatar Baja title
DOHA - Qatar - 25 November 2005: Sadafco DHL TT Racing UAE-based German rider Tim Trenker left the door open for a new winner in Motorbikes on 2005 Qatar Baja
Last year's bikes' champion Trenker fell off his KTM on the opening special stage and lost around 30 seconds on Thursday afternoon. "It was quite a big accident," said Tim. "But the main problem was a persistent carburetor problem we needed to fix before the start of the long stage today." He held third for much of the first stage on Friday, but slipped to fourth at the finish and fell out of contention in the afternoon after a crash.
Trenker lost more than 15 minutes searching for PC4, which is cancelled later on, but he shows his solid performance on the first loop climb the overall standing from 21st to second, drop to fourth before the crash.
Tim Trenker, TT Racing rider sponsored by Sadafco (Saudia Milk) & number one world logistics service company DHL, Mobil & MG Motorsports.
Spaniard Pau Soler Ferrero set a punishing time through the opening desert stage to take a 20-minute lead over Austrian Juen Beat and third-placed Khalid Khamis Ozair. But Beat was on Soler's pace through the shorter second loop and will start the final stage on Saturday 18m 22s behind his rival. Khamis Ozair slipped behind the Italian Fabio Benetti on the second stage, as Italy's Claudio Mana and Spain's Jordi Martin Trim completed the top six.
On Cars Qatar's Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah cruised effortlessly into a massive 2h 03m 28s lead after the second leg of this year's Qatar Baja, being held under the patronage of HH Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar. While the reigning FIA Middle East rally champion completely dominated the car category in his BMW X5.
But the performance of the day belonged to Nasser and his French co-driver Alain Guehennec. The pair were 30m 54s ahead of their nearest rival Jaralla Al-Meia Al-Marri on the shorter opening selective section and over 90 minutes ahead on the second. <pre> 2005 Qatar Baja - Positions after leg 2 (unofficial):
Cars 1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QA)/Alain Guehennec (F) BMW X5 RR 4h 22m 01s 2. Jaralla Al-Meia Al-Marri (QA)/Mohammed Al-Marri (QA) Land Rover 6h 25m 29s 3. Sergei Shmakov (RUS)/Sergei Miskin (RUS) Buggy 6h 41m 53s 4. Mark Blasquez (E)/Ignacio Salvador (E) Nissan Pathfinder 6h 49m 50s
Bikes 1. Pau Soler Ferrero (E) KTM 525 EXC 5h 09m 08s 2. Juen Beat (A) KTM 5h 27m 30s 3. Fabio Benetti (I) KTM 6h 06m 25s 4. Khalid Khamis Ozair (UAE) Honda CRF 450 6h 12m 19s 5. Claudio Mana (I) KTM 6h 15m 54s 6. Jordi Martin Prim (E) Yamaha 6h 18m 04s
Quads 1. Mohammed Al-Shamsi (UAE) Honda 7h 09m 40s 2. Nasser Abdullah (UAE) Yamaha 7h 10m 44s 3. Angelo Montico (I) Honda 7h 24m 04s 4. Rene Grossmann (Q) Polaris 7h 27m 37s 5. Suuaid Jassimal Q) Bombardier 7h 35m 59s 6. Federico Zamboni (I) Honda 7h 38m 44s