FINISHES STAGE IN TOP 5 ;- JOAQUIM RODRIGUES
The hardest two days of the Afriquia Merzouga Rally began today with the commencement of the Marathon Stage. JRod rode with great temperament and purpose to finish the stage at an impressive 5th position. With this result he has thumped his way back into the top 10 in the overall general rankings.
The Erg Rissani region known for its soft sands, which the competitors have not crossed since the 2014 edition, was the 1st test that the riders had to tackle before hitting the tracks again amidst the sandy mountains including a few steep stony uphill climbs. Due to yesterday’s stand storm, today’s special stage of 274 kilometres was shortened by 80 kms. During the Marathon Stage, today and tomorrow, the pilots will have to service and maintain their machines without any mechanical assistance. Continue Reading