October 9, 2010
Stage 6: Siwa – El Alamein
Road connection: 160 km - Special Stage: 240 km – Road connection: 106 km
Total: 506 km
This morning at 5a.m. under the protection of Orion that shined still high in Siwa´s sky, riders left the bivouac for a long road connection of 160 km. The 240 km of the last special of the 13th edition of FIM Pharaons Rally was release for Marc Coma (KTM 690), who won the special stage, the overall classification and the Cross Country Rally World Champion Title.
“Today was quite easy and fast – said the Catalonian- I attacked full gas, but I felt confident. The title was very important for me and maybe the first day I thought too much about it, but then I took my marks,” explains Coma.
Chaleco Lopez (Aprilia 450) wins the 450 class and also the second place of the Cross Country Rally World Championship 450 class. “This morning, after 10 km I understood that there was no way to get Marc. I rode well but without taking any risks. It was too fast and the difference between 450 cc and 690cc was too big on this terrain. I´m very glad of my second place, it was an excellent test for the Dakar.”
The third overall was Helder Rodrigues on his Yamaha 450. “I was calmed. I had nothing to win today, and it is a great satisfaction to finish third of the Cross Country Rally World Championship 450 cc.”
This last special section was a nightmare for other riders. One of them Jakub Prygonski, who was 4th overall yesterday and is now 15th, with three hours of fixed penalty for not crossing the finish with the engine on. “I had an electric problem after the beginning of the special section. It was my team mate Dabrowski who took me here to the podium.”
Guatemala´s Francisco Arredondo did not have enough fuel, just like Jaime Prohens, who lost time blowing into his tank… The lack of chance makes the happiness of others, like the Danish rookie Jes Munk, who finishes his first rally in the 8th position.
In quads, the Argentinean gentleman Marcos Patronelli wins the rally with 2h28´27´´ in front of Rafal Sonik and more than 9 hours on Rampolla.
Camelia Liparoti, the only woman on the race and fourth in quads found that this year´s race was faster than other editions. “It was a fast race in general, except for yesterday, which was a technical stage, but Pharaons Rally remains the most beautiful race of the Cross Country Rally Word Championship!”