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MEDIA BULLETIN NO.26 / 1615hrs / 2ND NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM FINAL LEG

 Car No.208 Nasser Al Attiyah (QA)

Halted by electrical failure 20kms from the end of Emarat Special Stage 6.

Car No.211 Yahya Alhelei (UAE)

Suffered a broken radiator 40kms into the Hertz Special Stage5

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.25 / 1450hrs / 2ND NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM EMARAT SPECIAL STAGE 6

 Car No.215 Jose Luis Monterde (E)

Car was wrecked by a high speed roll, front end over end, just before PC2. The driver, suffering from minor head and hand injuries, and the co-driver were evacuated by helicopter to Tawam Hospital in Al Ain as a precaution.

Bike No.19. Justin Carter (GB)

Fell off at the finish line and was concussed, but recovered and rode to the finish at DIMC.

Bike No.37 Giovanni Stefani (I)

Hurt his neck and was left with an impression of his GPS on his forehead after a fall at the finish and was evacuated by helicopter to Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

Bike No.56 Benjamin Daniels (AUS)

Evacuated to Rashid Hospital in Dubai in the same helicopter as Stefani with a suspected broken or discolated arm (humerus) after a fall at the finish.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.24 / 1355hrs / 2ND NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM EMARAT SPECIAL STAGE 6

 Car No.222 Mark Powell (GB)

"Today we overtook the Schlesser buggy which had rolled and promptly managed to roll our vehicle. But we have had a very good week and we are happy."

Car No.227 Balázs Szalai (H) 

"It was pretty good learning for us for the Dakar, but we ended up doing lots of digging. We could have gone quicker if only we weren't digging so much."

Car No.231 Jun Mitsuhashi (J)

"This year it was a very exciting race. We had some high points and some low points but it was a successful test for Dakar and we will compete in this car."

Car No.233 Nicolas Gibon (F)

"It was very good at the last two stages and we have learnt a lot before the Dakar."

MEDIA BULLETIN No.23 / 1325hrs / 2ND NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM EMARAT SPECIAL STAGE 5

 Car No.205: Stéphane Peterhansel (F)

"I always tried the steady approach and I think it was a good strategy. I wanted to try and win without taking any risks before the Dakar. I was not fast enough compared to Carlos and Luc in the first few days but it's paid off because both Carlos and Luc made mistakes."

Car No.201 Carlos Sainz (E)

"It's good to win the World Cup. It's important for me and this rally is good practice for the Dakar."

Car No.203 Paulo Nobre (BR)

"My first goal coming to the UAE of course is to win the race but the objective is also to learn to deal with dunes. In other rallies the desert day was always a bad for me but in the UAE every day is a desert day. For the last three days I didn't get stuck so I think I have learnt a lot."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.22 / 1305hrs / 2ND NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM EMARAT SPECIAL STAGE 5

 Bike No.1 Marc Coma (E)

"The race wasn't easy. It was good to have such a close fight between myself, Cyril and Pal. I just started out to try and catch Cyril and then when I was in front I had to concentrate hard because one mistake would spoil everything."

Bike No.3 Pal Ullevalseter (N)

"It didn?t feel so hot today. I'm very happy with the way the bike performed this race. So it was a successful test for me."

Bike No.4 Cyril Despres (F)

"I didn't come here looking for second place, but it was my first desert ride since the Dakar last year. Tonight I leave for the Baja in Mexico, so now I have to concentrate on that."

Bike No.5 Jacek Czachor KTM 450         

"Today was ok but on day two I had a big problem with the engine and we had to replace it. I'm not happy with my place but it is good training for Dakar."

Bike No.6 Francisco Lopez (CHI) 

"I'm happy and thankful to my team. For me this is great training for Dakar. Marc was very fast today and so was Cyril but for me this was about training."

Bike No.15 James West Honda (GB)       

"I'm feeling relieved and elated. I was just hanging on basically at the end. It was a very fast ride today and I came here with the aim of getting in the top ten."

Bike No.33 Ruben Faria KTM (P)

"It was not good for me. The last two days were especially not good. The bike is not very well because the suspension is not right, so I didn?t push it or take any risks."

Bike No.34 Michael Angerer (A)

"It was good. It was a really different type of ride today. I'm delighted with my race and my bike and my mechanics."

Bike No.74 Sebastian Husseini (NL)

"It was fingers crossed all the way today. I have had bad luck on the last day the last two years here. First I crashed then my engine blew up. It was third time lucky for me. Now Dakar would be a dream so I have to wait and see."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.21 / 1335hrs / 1st NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM ADNOC SPECIAL STAGE 4

 Car No.201 Carlos Sainz (E)

"We were going quite well and passed Stephane (Peterhansel) very early in the stage when he got stuck. At PC2 we were about level with Nasser but in the last of the dunes we found a big hole. Some times you need a bit of luck, and we didn't get it. We were stuck for about 20 minutes, and Giniel and Dirk helped us to get out."

Car No.204 Giniel de Villiers (ZA)

"It was much better than yesterday when I was really battling to read the big dunes. We had a bit of rhythm today but I can't match Luc and Nasser in the dunes. I don't know how they do it. When we came across the Mitsubishis I knew Luc had a problem because one of his wheels was not pointing in the right direction."

Car No.205 Stéphane Peterhansel (F)

"After about 20kms we got stuck in the dunes and Carlos and Luc passed. After that I followed Luc for about 200km. I stayed with him and he was very fast. At about 220km he crashed into a small hole and destroyed the front wheel and suspension. I stopped with him for about two minutes and Al Attiyah passed us."

"About 5km later I saw Carlos Sainz was stuck in a big bowl and De Villiers was there helping him."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.20 / 1255hrs / 1st NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM ADNOC SPECIAL STAGE 4

 Bike No.1 Marc Coma (E)

"The first part of the stage went into the dunes and it's difficult to find the right way through when you start first. I lost some time there, and lost my rhythm and after that I rode the last 280km with Cyril (Despres) and Pal (Ullevalseter)."

Bike No.3 Pal Ullevalseter (N)

"It was almost perfect. I started No.2 and Despres caught me and then we caught Coma and after that the three of us rode together. It was nice company. Some parts of the stage were in the dunes and others were much faster, a little bit of everything."

Bike No.4 Cyril Despres (F)

"For me that was the nicest stage of the rally so far. After yesterday I couldn't imagine that it could be so different. It was very pleasant riding. Anything is possible tomorrow. I will keep trying to the end and go as fast as possible."

Bike No.6 Francisco Lopez (CHI) 

"The first five or six kilometers was very fast and then we had a lot of sand, and I really liked the stage. It was a perfect day for me and good training for Dakar."

Bike No.15 James West (GB)

"I got my back wheel caught up in some wire at a farm and it took me a few minutes to get free. But apart from that it was a fantastic stage and I was flowing."

Bike No.21 David McBride (GB)

"I lost my back brake before the refueling with about 130km to go. It wasn't easy after that because in the small dunes you use your back brake a lot. I had to be careful, but I got to the end."

Bike No.22. Miran Stanovnik (SLO)

"It was an enjoyable stage, a bit tricky in places but the best stage of the rally so far."

Bike No.34. Michael Angerer (A) 

"It was faster than the other days and a good day for me. At the refueling Azevedo (No.14) was coming up from behind and after that we rode in together."

Bike No.71 Atif Al Zarouni (UAE)

"Everything was fine today. It was a nice stage, the best so far. Definitely a lot better than the second day when I was leaking oil and losing so much time."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.19 / 1110hrs / 1st NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM ADNOC SPECIAL STAGE 4

 Car No.202 Luc Alphand (F)

Retired with mechanical problems 220kms into the stage.

Car No.212 Guerlain Chicherit (F)

Stopped with mechanical problems before PC2 and was returning by road to the bivouac.

Car No.237 Wolfgang Wels (D)

Returning to the bivouac after stopping with mechanical problems at PC1.

Bike No.58 Torsten Skeen (GB)

Stopped with mechanical problems just after PC2 and collected by the sweep team.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.18 / 0955hrs / 1st NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM ADNOC SPECIAL STAGE 4

 Bike  No.49. Takeshi Kami (Japan)

Retired with mechanical problems at PC1 and was returning to the bivouac.

Bike No.62 Cameron Waugh (GB)

Stopped 700m before PC1 with a burnt out engine

Bike No.64 Allan Lally (GB)

Stopped before PC1 with engine failure

Quad bike No.78 Obaid Echtibi (UAE)

Stopped before PC1 with engine failure 

Car No.206 Riccardo Garosci (I)

Retired 6km into the stage with mechanical problems and was returning to the bivouac

Car No.221 Ali Alshawi (UAE)

Started the stage and was immediately returning to the bivouac

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.17 / 0605hrs / 1st NOVEMBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NISSAN SPECIAL STAGE 3

Following a stewards' meeting the stage times of Car No.201 Carlos Sainz (E) and Car No.208 Nasser Al Attiyah (QA) were adjusted down by 4 minutes and 30 seconds respectively.

The two competitors were adjudged to have been disadvantaged by the incorrect positioning of a PC where they became stuck in soft sand. The length of the delays was confirmed by the iritrack tracking system. The PC was later repositioned.

As a result Sainz was promoted from third to second position overall, 45 seconds behind the leader Car No.202 Luc Alphand (F). Al Attiyah remained in fourth position overall.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.16 / 1355hrs / 31st OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NISSAN SPECIAL STAGE 3

 Car No.211 Yahya Alhelei (UAE)

"We did very well today. We had a problem with the clutch slipping and the engine was getting very hot so we had to slow down until it cooled. But it can be fixed so we can go again tomorrow."

Car No.212 Guerlain Chicherit (F)

Co-driver Matthieu Baumel drove the car across the finish line. He said: "I had to finish the stage because the driver was sick. But we are here to race so hopefully we will not be penalised. We will find out tonight."

Car No.222 Mark Powell (GB)

"We were really cracking on and flying and then we got stuck for about 15 minuteswhich was a great shame."

Car No.233) Nicolas Gibon (F)

"It was very soft and we drove a perfect race. Our only problem was a puncture."

Car No.237) Wolfgang Wels (D)

"Today there was only one small mistake when we got stuck in the very soft sand for five minutes. But apart from that everything was very good."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.15 / 1255hrs / 31st OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NISSAN SPECIAL STAGE 3

 Bike No.1 Marc Coma (E)

"Today was a difficult day again. The first part of the stage was complicated. We had three of us at the front and that's hard because the one who is in the front goes slower than the ones who can follow his trail. But we got to the end with no problems"

Bike No.3 Pal Ullevalseter (N)

"It was hard and much the same as yesterday. Marc caught me and he started two minutes behind me. It was a good ride from him."

Bike No.4 Cyril Despres (F)

"On a day like you more or less know what is going to happen at the end because it is not easy to get ahead. This is training for Dakar and you need to take care of the bike and learn about the desert."

Bike No.15 James West (GB)

"It was ok but I made a few mistakes today. The sand was really soft in places and I lifted off on the throttle a few times and fell of slowly in the deep sand."

Bike No.22 Miran Stanovnik (SLO)         

"It was very good for me and I had a very good time. The bike was very heavy because the suspension was not set up for the weight of the bike, but that can be adjusted."

Bike No.33 Ruben Faria (P)

"I did ok. For me the first leg was more complicated, but now even though there was a lot of danger out there it's better for me. This is my training for the Dakar."

Bike No.62 Cameron Waugh (GB)

"I had a good ride until 10km from the end and then I lost the gears and had to stay in third. But we will have to see what magic we can work tonight."

Quad bike No.74 Sebastian Husseini (NL)

"The GPS stopped working which meant I had to follow everybody else's tracks. Hopefully it can be fixed and hopefully they won?t penalise me for it."

Car No.205 Stéphane Peterhansel (F)

"I had to go a steady speed but still tried to push. Just at the end of the stage I saw Luc and Carlos and I tried to push and catch up with them. I caught up just before the finish but it was not quite enough."

Car No.208 Nasser Al Attiyah (QA)

"It was very difficult. We lost our rear differential and had to drive the last 50kms in two wheel drive. We lost a lot of time in the dunes but we are still thankful to be here."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.14 / 1125hrs / 31st OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NISSAN SPECIAL STAGE 3

 Bike No.32 Vincent Fringeli (CH)

Stopped on the road section to the start of the stage with mechanical problems and collected by his service crew.

Bike No.64 Allan Lally (GB)

Stopped with mechanical problems after PC1 and collected by the sweep team.

Quad bike No.77. Joseph Tóth (SK)

Took a starting time and immediately returned to the bivouac with mechanical problems.

Quad bike No.79 Dane Novarlic (SLO)

Suffered engine failure before PC1 and collected by the sweep team.

Car No.206 Riccardo Garosci (I)

A short distance into the stage left the rally route and was driving to Medinat Zayed hospital to allow co-driver to have treatment for a minor hand injury.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.13 / 1050hrs / 31st OCTOBER, 2007

Bike No.7 Jordi Viladoms (E)

He has three suspected broken vertebrae in his back and was having another scan t Madinat Zayed hospital today.

Bike No.61 Paul Denby (GB)

Was in surgery at Medinat Zayed hospital today to repair two broken wrists and a broken ankle.

Bike No.54 John King (CDN)

Returned to the bivouac following hospital treatment after breaking the end of his collar bone, but is out of the rally.

Bike No.48 Kasai Kazuaki (J)

He is having treatment for an abdominal injury at Medinat Zayed hospital.

Car No.239 Alain Meyleu (F)

Crew were collected by the sweep team after electing to stay with their vehicle overnight following mechanical problems the previous day.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.12 / 1605hrs / 30th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NAKHEEL SPECIAL STAGE 2

Bike No.19 Justin Carter (GB)

"It was so difficult. The sand was like baby powder. As soon as you lift the throttle you just sink in. I lost my air filter and my fuel pipe and I was just praying that I would make it back."

Bike No.26 David Dubois (GB)        

"The sand was like powder but I have done this race times and this is the hardest.This is some of the most difficult riding I have ever seen."

Bike No.42 Wayne Boshier (ZA)

"I was doing very well but I stopped for a rider who fell off and was badly injured. But the stage itself was great. It?s bound to be hard because it's the Desert Challenge. But I had no problems at all."

Bike No.50 Jonathan Walley (GB)

It was really soft and really hard. I kept getting stuck and the constant effort of pushing the bike out is exhausting. I'm looking forward to lying down."

Bike No. 55 Vicky Northway  (GB)

"It has been brilliant, but it was exhausting. I told myself that if I could get to the last 100km I would be fine. But once I got there it still seemed like a long way to go."

(Car No.211) Yahya Alhelei (UAE)

"It was very hard and we got stuck twice. On one occasion there was a bike stuck on our left and a bike stuck on our right and we had no choice but to get stuck ourselves. We were stuck for about 20 minutes. But we're very happy with how we performed today."

(Car No.212) Guerlain Chicherit (F)

"I was sick. I managed to complete but I went to the doctor last night and I will go again tonight. I'll try my best to compete again tomorrow."

(Car No.215) Jose Luis Monterde (E)

"About 30km from the end we had a problem with our fuel pressure."

(Car No.219) Laurent Rosso (F)

"It was tough, so tough. It's very hard when you have to stop. You lose power. We were stuck after about 60km and we stayed there for about half an hour."

(Car No.231) Jun Mitsuhashi (J)

"My driving was very good and we managed not to get stuck. But my co-driver suffered very badly in the heat."

(Car No.245) Glen Reid (NZ)

"We broke our front steering so today didn't go well for us as we had to pull out. But the problem is repairable and we?ll be back tomorrow."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.11 / 1435hrs / 30th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NAKHEEL SPECIAL STAGE 2

(Car No.207) Joan "Nani" Roma (E)

Roma announced he was retiring from the rally because of severe stomach illness when he returned to the bivouac after completing just 70km of the stage.

Roma said: It's just like what happened to me here two years ago. I don't know exactly what the problem is. Maybe it was something I ate. I have only felt ill during the race. Maybe it's the dunes which upset my stomach, but I've never had a problem like this on any other rally."

Bike No.48 Kasai Kazuaki (J)

Stopped between PC3 and PC4 because of exhaustion and was due to be evacuated by helicopter.

(Truck No.254) Rob Wesselink (NL)

Rolled 8km before PC1. Crew were unhurt and were waiting to be picked up by the sweep team.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO. 10 / 1305hrs / 30th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NAKHEEL SPECIAL STAGE 2

Bike No.3 Pal Ullevalseter (N)

"Viladoms crashed and I waited with him for the helicopter to arrive and take him out of the stage. On this course the small drops in the terrain are the most dangerous. The big drops are no problem because they're easier to go down."

Bike No.8 Sean Linton  GB)          

"The last 70km was particularly tough. It got really hot. I pushed hard but in the end got stuck in the soft sand."

Bike No.21 David McBride (IRL)

"It was ok. The sand was very, very soft and about 30kms in I ran out of fuel, but I had some in my tanks."

Bike No.58 Torsten Skeen GB)

"It was alright. Yesterday was really fast but today was really soft in the sand. I did see a few guys who fell this morning but the main problem for the bikes was that we were getting stuck. I managed to fall off about four times."

(Car No.208) Nasser Al Attiyah (QA)

"It was very difficult and there were lots of sharp dunes and there was a lot of danger on the course. I am just thankful for my co-driver. I was following Luc (Alphand) for a long way. We saw an opportunity to overtake him and we took it."

(Car No.202) Luc Alphand (F)

"We were in front of Nasser and taking some risks and we were going really well. But we had a problem and lost a few gears. We will hopefully fix this and we will be pushing hard tomorrow."

(Car No.204) Giniel de Villiers (ZA)

"It was a frustrating day for us. We got stuck at one point and had to go back and try again, and a wheel fell off and we had to change it. This means that tomorrow we have to go out hard but without making any mistakes."

(Car No.205) Stéphane Peterhansel (F)

"It was not an easy day. It was the first long day and a lot of it was in the dunes. I was judging my position at the checkpoints and I knew that Luc was going faster. But this is not the race for me to take risks."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.9 / 1235hrs / 30th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NAKHEEL SPECIAL STAGE 2

Bike No.54 John King (CDN)

Injured his left arm and dislocated his shoulder in a fall on the stage. He was transferred by helicopter to the bivouac and stabilised by the medical team before being later transferred to hospital for the shoulder to be relocated.

Bike No.61 Paul Denby GB)

Went over a rock face and injured his neck, broke his left leg and both wrists. Transferred by helicopter to Medinat Zayed hospital.

Bike No.72 Mohammed Al Shamsi (UAE)

Stopped with engine failure and collected by the sweep team.

Bike No.35 Gaetan Taligot (F)

Was returning to the bivouac after suffering from dehydration and vomiting on the stage.

Quad bike No.77 Joseph Tóth (SK)

Stopped with engine failure and collected by the sweep team.

Quad bike No.79 Dane Novarlic (SLO)

Returned to the bivouac with mechanical problems

(Car No.206) Riccardo Garosci (I)

Stopped with mechanical problems 20km after the start of the stage.

(Car No.207) Joan "Nani" Roma (E)

Returned to the bivouac with mechanical problems after the start

(Car No.229) Rodolphe Lavoise (F)

Returned to the bivouac with mechanical problems after the start.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.8 / 1205hrs / 30th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NAKHEEL SPECIAL STAGE 2

Bike No.1. Marc Coma (E)

"The dunes were very big and the sand was very, very soft and it was a very hard day.

The first phase was really slow and it was not easy. At the end the desert was more open."

Bike No.4. Cyril Despres (F)

"My hands are covered in blisters. It was a good first 20km and I overtook Marc. But it was not easy to stay in front of him because I didn't know what tactics he was doing.  1.6km from the end my bike stopped with a fuel problem and I had to suck some fuel through the tubes."

Bike No.15. James West (GB)

"It was very, very hard. There were lots of fallers. I tried to do just enough to hang on to the leaders but I'm over the moon that I won the stage. I just hope I can continue."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.7 / 1120hrs / 30th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM NAKHEEL SPECIAL STAGE 2

Bike No.5. Jacek Czachor (PL)

Stopped with mechanical problems before PC1 and collected by the sweep team.

Bike No.7 Jordi Viladoms (E)

Injured his chest and back in an accident 12kms into the stage. Evacuated by helicopter  to Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Bike No.12 Khalid Khamis (UAE)

Did not start the stage because of mechanical problems and returned to the bivouac

Bike No.18 Peter Bergh (ZA)

Stopped with a seized engine 12km before PC1

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.6 / 0710hrs / 30th OCTOBER, 2007

Bike No. 24 - Paul Welling (NL)

Did not start SS2 after breaking his shoulder in a fall on SS1. Was transferred to the bivouac by helicopter for treatment and a sling was applied.

Bike No.36 Youcef Cummings (AUS)

Did not start SS2 after breaking his wrist in a fall on SS. Declined helicopter transfer to bivouac and continued on the stage.

Bike  No.43 Hylton Smith (ZA)

Did not start SS2 after receiving minor facial and shoulder injuries in a crash on SS1.

Following the accident he had been transferred to the bivouac by helicopter for observation. He will be allowed to start SS3 tomorrow if he produces a medical certificate.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.5 / 1525hrs / 29th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM ABU DHABI TOURISM  AUTHORITY SPECIAL STAGE 1

Bike No.5 Jacek Czachor (PL)

"It was my first time on this bike which belongs to my team-mate so it was very difficult because it wasn't set up for me. I expect to do better tomorrow."

Bike No.29 Jakub Przygoński (PL)

"It was my first day in the desert and I was only learning how to ride in these conditions. But I'm very happy with my time."

Quad bike No.71 Atif Al Zarouni (UAE)

 "It was a good day and I'm where I want to be at the moment."

Bike No.33 Ruben Faria (P)

"It was ok but the rear shock on my bike isn't good. It was very difficult for me today. I hope it's something we can work out. I think the mechanics will be working all evening."

Car No. 208 Nasser Al Attiyah (QA)

"It was very good. I really enjoyed the stage and am very happy with my time.?

He commended co-driver Tina Thoerner. ?It was our first rally together and she did very well.?

Car No.205 Stéphane Peterhansel (F)

"Normally the first day is not your strongest performance. It's a mix between dunes and fast tracks so it was really fast, and then we had to be careful not to make big mistakes in the dunes. The aim is not to take big risks but to train for the Dakar."

Car No.202 Luc Alphand (F)

"The first day it's hard to get acclimatised to the heat. I tried to drink as much as I could but I still think I'm dehydrated. There were some new parts on the stage this time and it was a harder stage than last year."

Carlos Sainz (E)

"It was very very hot. We had a puncture in the dunes and we had to stop."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.4 / 1505hrs / 29th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM ABU DHABI TOURISM 

AUTHORITY SPECIAL STAGE 1

Bike No.3 Pal Ullevalseter (N)

First to finish the stage. "It was really good. It was my first time on the new bike and I'm very pleased with it. I had some problems with the fuel going through at one stage but that?s all ok now."

Bike No.1 Marc Coma (E)

"It was very, very hot, but it felt good. The first few kms were not very difficult but by the end the sand seemed softer."

Bike No. 4 Cyril Despres (F)

"It was a good stage. The bike feels ok. It's my first time in the desert this year and it's still very hard in desert stages. It was good to ride the last part in the dunes."

Bike No.7 Jordi Viladoms (E)

"Navigation wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. It's only the first day but I'm happy. I can relax a little bit now but now much because I always want to give 100 per cent."

Bike No.15 James West (GB)

"It was fantastic in the desert. It went very well, but there are too many 660s around for me. The bike is absolutely brilliant and I'm aiming to be the first Gulf rider. A top ten place overall would be brilliant."

Bike No.34 Michael Angerer (A)

"From the beginning everything went very well but after refueling I made a big mistake when I fell off going down a steep slope. But I'm fine. I slowed down after that and took more care."

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.3 / 1420hrs / 29th OCTOBER, 2007

INCIDENTS AND INFORMATION FROM ABU DHABI TOURISM 

AUTHORITY SPECIAL STAGE 1

Bike No.12 Khalid Khamis (UAE)

Stopped with mechanical problems 75km into the stage and was collected by the sweep team.

Bike No.41 Barrie Richardson (GB)

Retired at PC1 with mechanical problems

Bike No. 43 Hylton Smith (ZA)

Fell from bike 44km into the stage. Transferred to bivouac by helicopter and treated for minor injuries. A decision on whether he would continue on Leg 2 will be made later.

Quad bike No. 75 Pieter Van Herpen (NL)

Stopped with mechanical problems 44km into the stage and was collected by the sweep team

Quad bike No.76 Jaroslav Vojna (CZ)

Stopped with a flat battery before PC1. The sweep team were trying to help him re-start and continue.

Quad bike No.77 Joseph Tóth (SK)

Stopped with mechanical problems after 45kms and collected by the sweep team.

Car No.3 Paulo Nobre (BR)

Car badly damaged in a crash after 62km but later continued.

Car No.210 Bruno Saby (F)

Stopped with mechanical problems after 8km but later continued after repairs.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.2 / 1130hrs / 29th OCTOBER, 2007

START DELAY

The start of the 272-km Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority Special Stage 1 was delayed by 45 minutes owing to temporary air traffic control restrictions which would have prevented safety cover by helicopters.

MEDIA BULLETIN NO.1 / 1600hrs / 28th OCTOBER, 2007

LIVE RESULTS ON NEW-LOOK DESERT CHALLENGE WEBSITE

You can now go live to follow progress in the UAE Desert Challenge by visiting the new-look official website at www.uaedesertchallenge.com

Go to RESULTS on the home page to see live results updated as each competitor completes the latest special stage, starting with today?s super special spectator stage in Dubai.

Or click on the following link to go directly to live results: http://tracking.iritrack.com/ppos/dubai

 

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Live Tracking Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2016

Programs

Thursday 06th April 2017 17:00
FINAL MEETING OF THE FIM INTERNATIONAL JURY AND FIA STEWARDS
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