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Husqvarna Riders Lead Pharaons Rally
Barreda Leads Gonclaves In Egypt
Barreda leads after stage 1
Teammates Barreda and Gonclaves
Husky team pit
The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain got off to the best possible start in the Pharaons Rally, the final phase of the FIM Rally World Championship. The team’s riders came in first and second in the first stage of the rally that begins today in Egypt and continues until 6th October, after a 330 km (205 miles) race from Giza to Tibniya.
Joan Barreda dominated in a high-speed stage where he was able to get the maximum out the fantastic engine that the TE449RR by Speedbrain is equipped with. Barreda imposed himself on the race finishing more than five minutes ahead of his team mate Paulo Goncalves who marked up a fine second place. Goncalves has proved himself to be both fit as well as fast, finishing more than a minute and a half in front of Jordi Villadoms. Tomorrow’s stage looks forward to 347 km of desert and dunes.
Joan Barreda: “I’m really pleased with the way it turned out today. The stage was really fast and the bike really helped me, especially in the last 50 km where I was able to get an advantage thanks to the great engine. Tomorrow I start in first place and I’ll have to make the most of it. ”
Paulo Goncalves: “I got away well at a great pace. I took care not to make any mistakes and tried to increase the advantage that I had over Villadoms which I managed to do. I’d love to always race like that to be able to achieve my goal which is a podium place and a finish in the world rally championship in second place. Tomorrow’s stage will be really fast with a lot of dunes, ideally suited to our Husqvarna TE449RR.”
From Pharaons Rally Organizers – Following the traditional start in front of the Giza Pyramids, with the Egyptian Minister of Tourism looking on, the competitors of the 2012 Pharaons Rally completed a transfer of 124 kilometers before starting their race adventure in earnest. The first special stage, 330 kilometers of mostly unknown terrain, was the first test awaiting the racers, containing a mix of difficult navigation, fast off-road areas, sand and the first dunes. It was more than enough to open the proceedings and familiarize everyone with the Egyptian terrain. Many of the competitors described it as a difficult day, with several of the front runners quickly bunching up and running together, keeping a close eye on one another. As a part of this “game,” Joan Barreda, who started 8 minutes after the trailblazer Ullevalseter, broke away from his rivals in the final part of the stage with an unstoppable sprint. “He was really on the gas,” confirmed Jordi Viladoms, “and we were surprised by the speed of his Husqvarna on the straights. Personally I navigated very well, and I’m happy with my day.” Viladoms, the winner of the Sardegna Rally Race, was third fastest on the opening day.
It turned out to be a one-two finish for Husqvarna, with Paulo Goncalves coming in 5 minutes behind his teammate. Jakub Przygonski, in fourth place, was the fastest from Team Orlen, who also saw Jacek Czacho and Marek Dabrowski in sixth and seventh places, respectively. Joining the top 10 was the quad of Polish rider Rafal Sonik, aboard a Yamaha Raptor. He was 27 seconds ahead of his compatriot and rival Lukasz Laskawiec. Camelia Liparoti, happy with her day, was fourth of the quads, behind Frenchman Sébastien Souday. Diocleziano Toia (Beta) and Paolo Bellini (Alfer), eleventh and twelfth respectively, were the top Italian finishers.