- Oliveras ranked third after a long rally with faultless navigation.
- Rosa Romero takes the win in the women’s category, defending her title in this Rally.
- Marc Solà ends up in 6th and Iván Cervantes in 8th, completing the Murcian team’s great performance, with all their riders across the finish line.
HIMOINSA Team continues its progress towards 2018 Dakar with a steady pace. A little under 100 days to the start of the most important event of the season, the team has raced an excellent Panafrica Rally which has provided all the necessary ingredients to fine tune riders and machines. As expected, the Rally did not disappoint, with tons of sand and, above all, very complicated navigation which brought out the best from the red squad.
Very complete specials, with some very fast sections, some more technical parts, dunes, lots of sand and a demanding marathon stage after the second day. These have been the challenges along the 1300km of racing which the HIMOINSA Team riders have completed. A very productive race for all riders, who were not disappointed.
Already in the prologue Dani Oliveras showed his intentions, with a third place in the 60km special, keeping a conservative pace during the first stages until the fourth, where he attacked and finished second to slip into third place overall, a position which he would stay in until yesterday´s finish. A fast and very strategic rider, who has been able to demonstrate all his potential in this Rally.
Rosa Romero was spectacular, first in women and 21st in the overall, faced some rough days off the start due to physical discomfort which she was suffering from a crash previous to the race. She started with issues with the rear tank in the second day, the first of the marathon stage, but was able to persevere and continued improving day to day and climbing positions with impeccable navigation, the key to her success in this edition.
Ivan Cervantes, 8th across the line, readapting to his KTM Rally after his collarbone injury. With some suspension problems in the fourth stage which delayed him in the overall, he finished the rally with very good feelings after doing a great job in the navigation section. Riding with him almost the entire race, Marc Solà also stayed in the Top 10 throughout the rally, disputing a clean and uncomplicated race, racking up the kilometers on his KTM in the demanding Moroccan sand.
From here on, the HIMOINSA Team is at full power with just over three months left until Dakar Rally 2018 with great enthusiasm and committed to fight to improve on last year’s podium.
Dani Oliveras (@danioliveras_21): “I am delighted with this result. I tackled the race as a training session and this third place gives me a lot of confidence. I started slow and day by day I was catching up to my rivals and riding with more confidence and speed. Today I have been able to lead the pack for a while, which is very positive for me as it is my first time. The truth is that I have taken it safe and I am very satisfied. I know I can give more and keep improving because I have had a couple of days with issues, problems with the navigation instruments in stage one and a way point in a radar which was very confusing in the third stage, which cost me quite a bit. I think we have shown that all the training work we have done is paying off. I want to thank the team for everybody’s effort, it is a joint effort and I want to thank everyone.”
Rosa Romero (@RosaRomeroFont): “It was an awesome race, very beautiful. I rode at my own pace, away from the edge and taking care of navigation, with a very cold head. In my case I raced on the KTM Enduro, and in the fast areas it was a little short and unstable but it made up for that in the dunes, so it was a good compromise. The only mistake I made was in the last stage, not finding the refueling where Roadbook indicated due to slip of the Organization. I had to slow down the pace and in the end Txomin Arana and Hernan Samaniego gave me some fuel to finish, which I really appreciated. In spite of everything I have enjoyed myself a lot in the dunes, I have had a wonderful time. The truth is I really wanted to race here and I’m really happy, it’s been a great race. “
Marc Solà (@marcsola34): “I have been improving every day, I have felt very strong and this is very positive for me. The navigation has been especially complicated, I made some mistakes that I can learn a lot from, although I have also managed to gain speed day by day and that gives me a lot of security. I really liked the specials, some very fast ones too! The only negative point I had was in the marathon stage, with a brake problem that slowed me down that day, but I’m happy for all the work done. Now we are going to train a few more days to continue polishing the small flaws we detected. I am so grateful for the HIMOINSA Team for this opportunity, this is the first time I have worked with the complete team and I am very satisfied.”
Iván Cervantes (@IvanCervantes25): “I’m happy with this Panafrica, which for me has been a very positive test for Dakar. We came with the idea of finishing without mistakes, which meant not crashing and compromising the next months. We made other mistakes, with some navigation issues and some mechanical problems, but I am staying positive because after almost two months off the bike the pace was obviously not there, but I did recover that great feeling on the KTM. It has been a very demanding and varied race, and we have overcome it without excessive problems. I am delighted with the team, they are very competitive professionals and we complement each other very well, with Miguel at the front providing all his experience. “
2017 RALLY PANAFRICA OVERALL RANKING:
1st Joan Pedrero García
2nd Adrien Metge Bresil
3rd Daniel Oliveras Carreras 13:42:59
6th Marc Solà Terradellas 14:06:04
8 th Iván Cervantes Montero 14:16:56
21st Rosa Romero Font 17:53:15
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