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The Gas Gas Team does a great job in the Merzouga Rally with Jordi Viladoms in fourth place

26/10/2013
The Merzouga Rally has been, for the Gas Gas JVO Team, an excellent test before the biggest challenge for the team, the Dakar. Riders and bikes have finished this race with good feelings.
This last leg of the Merzouga Rally has been very short and very different from the other stages. The pilots have set-out in line, unlike other days, where the top ten departed every two minutes.

Gerard Farrés made an excellent start, wheeling-in behind the two riders who have led the rally from the second day and was able to finish in third place, all but erasing the misfortune of yesterday, when after running out of gas a few kilometers before the refueling point, he lost more than an hour over his peers.

In the fourth place in the 2013 Merzouga Rally has ended Jordi Viladoms, who has been very regular at all stages, while testing his Gas Gas EC 450 Raid, has had no problems reaching the finish in every stage in perfect condition. It was a good experience for the Igualada rider, who is already thinking about the Dakar rally.

The other Gas Gas JVO Team riders also finished in the top ten in the final standings. It was one of the objectives of Marc Guasch, since in the Merzouga Rally there were many riders with more experience and training throughout the year than the La Garriga rider. However, Guasch has drawn positive results from the work on the bike, and is much improved in regards to navigation preparation.

The next meet for the Gas Gas Rally riders will be the final round of the Spanish Rally Raids Championship of Spain, to be held in the town of Lorca (Murcia), on the 9th and 10th of November.

JORDI VILADOMS

"Yesterday we finished the marathon stage, we couldn't receive help from the mechanics, but I haven't had any mechanical problems, so we are taking steps forward, everything is very good. Physically I feel fine, I'm comfortable navigation, and this gives me a lot of confidence. Today we let the start in line, I was able to keep fourth place overall and I have it clear that the most important thing is that it was a good workout for the whole team. And we also took the opportunity to put the bike up front. Everything is very positive. It was important to have come here."

GERARD FARRÉS
"After the problems of yesterday, today I wanted to make a good stage. The stage was different as all of us riders went out together and ran like a bunch of motocrossers. I did well and in the first dunes I rode with the front group. I finished third in this stage, behind the bikes that have won the Rally. So I'm happy because of the rhythm and work with the entire team during the race, in which only yesterday's problems made us lose positions overall. The important thing for me is that my pace was good, my physical condition at the end of each stage also was among the best. This will give me strength to finish preparing these last two months before the Dakar."

CLASIFICACIONES
Etapa 6
1. Sam Sunderland, 58’00
2. Hélder Rodrigues, a 0’05
3. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), a 2’50
4. Arnold Brucy, a 3’38
5. Jordi Viladoms (Gas Gas), a 5’03
12. Marc Guasch (Gas Gas), a 12’53

FINAL MERZOUGA RALLY 2013
1. Sam Sunderland, 14:25’49
2. Hélder Rodrigues, a 15’42
3. Olivier Pain, a 37’21
4. Jordi Viladoms (Gas Gas), a 55’41
5. Henk Knuiman, a 2:03’48
8. Gerard Farrés (Gas Gas), a 2:52'01
9. Marc Guasch (Gas Gas), a 2:58'44

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