The Dakar 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.
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.
|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|