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Jordi Viladoms sitting in fourth place in the Merzouga Rally

Jordi Viladoms stands as the best rier on the Gas Gas JVO Team in the Merzouga Rally after his fifth place finish at the end of the marathon stage. Farrés is sixth and Guasch is in the 'top 10'.
Today in Morocco, the final day of the marathon stage of the Merzouga Rally, which has brought the riders back to camp in Erfoud after spending the night in a bivouac at the foot of the dunes of Erg Chebbi and without the benefit of mechanical assistance. Today's stage, 259 kilometers, again takes riders over a large area of dunes and other tracks, with much more twisting, rocky and dusty trails. The best result of Gas Gas JVO Team was achieved by Jordi Viladoms, who has continued at a good pace that has allowed him to ride comfortably at a good speed and without the Gas Gas EC 450 Raid having given any problems.

His teammate Gerard Farrés, yesterday was ranked in third place overall after the penalty given to Hélder Rodrigues, has had a little problem with gasoline and has given-up one hour to his rivals. Yet, the Manlleu rider is in fifth place in the interim race results.
 For his part, Marc Guasch finished 12th in this stage despite riding all day without a roadbook. He could not solve the problem that occurred yesterday and today has decided to follow another rider to avoid navigation problems.

Tomorrow is the last stage of this Merzouga Rally with a special short-cut to the finish line. There will be just over 70 kilometers to be ridden by the riders and major changes in the overall standings are not expected.


"We have done well these two marathon stages, we could not get help from the mechanics, but I have not had any mechanical problems, so we are taking steps forward, which is very good. Physically I feel fine. I'm comfortable navigating, and this gives me a lot of confidence. It's good training for the whole team and I also took the opportunity to put the bike up front. Everything is very positive. It was important to have come here.
I'm in the fourth position generally and I think this will not change, you just have to be careful in the last stage, so nothing happens".


"We have said the other day that this rally serves to prove things. Well, today, 3 kilometers from the refueling stop I have ran out of gas. I was able to find a vehicle that has helped me and I could continue. The race itself is going very well as we train for the bike and also for ourselves. I'm happy with how we are going. Until today, we were training with Jordi [Viladoms] and this motivates me. Today I might not have done so well, but the important thing is to learn from everything. So that in the Dakar, this does not happen to any of us or to the bike. From here we get a lot of information. At home, we will improve ourselves and the bike too" 


"It was a stage, very long, because it is the Marathon. I have not been able to change the roadbook and I had to hang out with another rider to make the stage together. I've fallen on a dune and have damaged the 'spider' cage. It is good to know the strength of materials, all these tests are positive. I'm holding a pace that I'm comfortable with and not having to risk because we have challenges ahead. There are very high-level riders with more training than us, but the important thing is that we work as a team, and it's good".

1. Helder Rodrigues, 03:47:36
2. Sam Sunderland, a 02:06
3. Olivier Pain, a 04:02
4. Frans Verhoeven, a 04:26
5. Jordi Viladoms (Gas Gas), a 07:16
12. Marc Guasch (Gas Gas), a 52’22
22. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), a 1:10’12

Standings after Stage5

1. Sam Sunderland, 13:42:49
2. Helder Rodrigues, a 15’37
3. Olivier Pain, a 29’31
4. Jordi Viladoms (Gas Gas), a 50’38
5. Frans Verhoeven, a 54:13
6. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), a 01:49:11
10. Marc Guasch (Gas Gas), a 2:45’51


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