Italian rider Alessandro Botturi emerged winner of the enduro-style Sardegna Rally Race on Thursday after five days of excellent all-terrain riding on the beautiful Italian island.
Botturi, an experienced enduro competitor raced for the CF Racing team on a standard FE 450 and with the support of the Italian subsidiary Husqvarna Motorcycles Italia. He had a great all-round result, finishing in the top two on all five days to have an overall time of 15 hours 11.05, some seven minutes 44 ahead of Marc Coma and Gerrard Farres, both of Spain.
Botturi is currently competing in the Motorally Italian championship where riders compete on enduro bikes and navigate with road books, clearly the perfect training ground for the specialist Sardegna Rally Race.
Botturi said he has learned to navigate well and this paid off for him in the tricky conditions this week on the Italian island. “Here in Sardinia the navigation is rather amazing because of the special terrain and the incredible number of entries in the road book – for example 560 entries just for the fourth stage.”
“I think the secret to success is to maintain a very high level of concentration and to do this you have to forget about high speed and focus on the pace. The rhythm is the secret,” he added. “My best day was day four where I managed to gain some time. The opponents were very strong but they were also a bit unlucky. Marc (Coma) for example had some problems with his navigation device, and here in Sardinia you cannot give this advantage to your opponents.”
Botturi was overall second on Day One and Day Two and overall first on the last three days.
From KTM – COMA SECOND OVERALL AND SATISFIED AT SARDEGNA RALLY RACE
KTM factory rider Marc Coma came away with a solid second overall in the Sardegna Rally Race when the five-day rally concluded on Thursday to take over the points lead in the FIM World Cross Countries Rally Championship.
Coma of Spain, sponsored byRed Bull who sacrificed some time in the marathon stage Tuesday due to difficulties with his navigation device, said he was very satisfied with his result. The rally was won by local Italian rider Alessandro Botturi, a very experienced enduro rider.
“It was not a perfect rally,” he said. “But we are concentrating on the World Championship title and I am happy to now be in the points lead before going to the next round in Brazil at the end of August. I had a good feeling this week and the bike was fantastic.” In keeping with the enduro style nature of the Sardegna Rally, Coma rode a KTM 450 EXC machine.
The multi Dakar Rally winner for the KTM factory team, was the leader after Day One then conceded two places in the overall standings after Day 2 the first part of the marathon, during which he had problems with his navigation equipment. He rounded up his week with two overall second places.
KTM factory teammate Ruben Faria of Portugal, also sponsored by Red Bull finished overall eighth. The third member of the factory team, Jordi Viladoms had to retire after the first day after bruising his hand after a close encounter with a tree during one of the timed specials.
The next round of the World Cross Countries Rally Championship is the Rallye do Sertoes in Brazil August 21-30, 2014.