PRZYGONSKI MOVES UP TO THIRD IN STAGE SIX RALLY DOS SERTÕES
KTM’s Jakub Przygonski moved up to third overall on Stage Six of the Rally dos Sertões on Wednesday. Factory teammate Marc Coma of Spain finished back at twenty fifth place after experiencing a rear wheel problem in the second part of the marathon stage where no mechanical assistance is allowed.
Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski finished third in the stage and made up some time in the process. He was around two minutes behind the stage winner Cyril Despres, the new overall leader and trails him by 22 minutes in the overall rankings.
Marc Coma’s misfortune cost him 42 minutes and dropped him from overall leader down to seventh place and he will have to work hard to try to make up time in the remaining stages of this rally that takes riders more than 4100 km through central Brazil. Coma is now seventh overall, 38:56 minutes behind his old teammate and rival Despres.
Coma had noticed some cracks in his rear wheel at the start of the stage and its condition deteriorated as the day wore on. He eventually had to stop to try to rectify the situation as far as was possible under the rules of the marathon stage. He then continued to battle all the way to the finish and will now have to work hard to try to make up some of the lost time during Thursday’s Stage Seven. Over 746 kilometers, 514 of them timed, it represents the longest stage of the 2013 edition. It starts and finishes in Palmas.
Like the consummate professional that he is, Coma said at the end of the day that he had had to go slow for the entire special. “It was amazing that we made it to the finish. Now I will try to make up some position between now and the end of the rally, but without taking any unnecessary risks. Besides, there is still a lot left in the race,” he added.
Ruben Faria, the third member of the KTM factory team had to retire after a crash on Tuesday.
Results Stage Six Rally dos Sertões (unofficial)
From Natividad to Palmas total 425 km, timed special 355 km
1. Cyril Despres (F), Yamaha 3:52:50 hours
2. Jean Azevedo (BR), Honda, 3:53:50
3. Kuba Przygonski (PL), KTM, 3:54:57
4. Dario Julio (BR), Honda, 3:56:44
5. Fausto Mota (P), Yamaha, 3:58:10
25. Marc Coma (E), KTM 4:35:58
StandingsRally dos Sertões after 6 of 10 stages (unofficial)
1. Despres, 15:35:05 hours
2. Paolo Goncalves (P), Speed Brain, +5:15.1 min
3. Przygonski, +22:08.2
4. Michael Metge (F), Yamaha, +27:45.0
5. Julio, +33.51.1
7, Coma at 38:56.6