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Merzouga Rally

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October 21, 2013

TEAM HRC begin the Merzouga Rally

Stage 1: Erfoud
Total stage: 5 km / Special stage: 5 km

The Merzouga Rally got underway today with the warm-up and prologue. TEAM HRC riders Helder Rodrigues and Sam Sunderland got off at a good pace, although they will be waiting until tomorrow before really beginning to attack.

Helder Rodrigueszoom
Helder Rodrigues
Helder Rodrigueszoom
Helder Rodrigues

The morning saw the riders carrying out a preparatory dune-filled route of some 120 kilometers, which served to help get used to the road-book and GPS. As the sun went down on Erfoud, the riders took part in a short five kilometre special, as a kind of lead-in to the main event. Nobody was prepared to take any risks, knowing too that a start in tomorrow’s stage from too far up the field could have negative consequences.

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Sam Sunderland
Sam Sunderlandzoom
Sam Sunderland
#7 Helder Rodrigues:
"We’re expecting a lot of sand and navigation in tomorrow’s stage. That’s why I didn’t want to take any chances, and I prefered to start from a bit behind."
#9 Sam Sunderland:
"It was a bit of a shame. I had a minor problem with the grip of the throttle in the special and I wasn’t able to race exactly as I’d have liked. But it’s OK, I’ll start from behind tomorrow but I’ll try and make up some time"

Merzouga Rally Special stage 1 results 

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jordi Viladoms (GAS GAS) 02'38
2 Alessandro Botturi (Husqvarna) + 00'00
3 Antonio Gimeno (Husaberg ) + 00'01
4 Henk Knuiman (KTM) + 00'06
5 March Guasch (GAS GAS) + 00'07
12 Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) + 00'14
22 Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) + 00'32

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