Media bulletin No.17 1205hrs 7 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 234KM ABU DHABI AVIATION STAGE 5

 

  • 202. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel (QAT / FRA)

    I’m so happy to win the Desert Challenge again. I really enjoyed driving the Toyota. We never made a mistake, never got stuck. It was a great team effort to win this rally. Last year we got screwed a bit so it feels great coming back and taking the title.

  • 211. Bryce Menzies / Andreas Schulz (USA / DEU)

    It was a good stage today. I've been feeling it past few days and had no energy in the car but I pushed to the end and had lots of fun. It's different from the usual and I've learnt so much driving with the best.  I'm looking forward to Italy next and getting some more time in the car. I had high expectations when I came here and I've had an awesome time.

  • 205. Mikko Hirvonen / Michel Perin (FIN / FRA)

    It's been a good rally. I learned a lot and that was the aim. We got better and better during the rally. Still there a things to learn, like following Nasser’s speed through the dunes. Stage 4 yesterday was definitely the toughest. I was pushing the whole stage and I knew I was fast. I felt dehydrated a bit but wanted to bring it home. But those fi e days - that was proper rallying

  • 209. Jakub Przygonski / Tom Colsoul (POL / BEL)

    Today's drive was really fast. I had to stop a little but not much. We had good speed and it's really good to finish. Overall it's been a good experience the dunes mean you really have to concentrate to avoid mistakes, but we didn't make many. I have a great co-pilot. He's been really good in the challenge.

  • 203. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Khalid Al Kendi (ARE / ARE)

    At 80km the transmission started having problems. I only had 1st and 4th gear. So I was really struggling to get over dunes, had to find other ways. It was a challenge in itself but I am happy I finished under such circumstances.

  • 206. Mark Dabrowski / Jacek Czachor (POL / POL)

    I've enjoyed the rally and today but overall we lost maybe 1.5 hours due to mechanical problems. I think I placed but I would like it to be better. I hope my next race will be in Qatar

  • 210. Stephan Schott / Holm Schmidt (DEU / DEU)          

    It's a great event. Everyone is friendly, from the organisers, to the marshals and media. It's always good fun. I think it's my tenth Desert Challenge now and I wouldn't come back every time if I didn't really enjoy it. The stages were good, smooth driving, some small dunes at times but really fast otherwise. It was like coming home today.

  • 207. Jutta Kleinschmidt / Tina Thorner (MCO / SWE)

    We put the old gearbox back in after having troubles yesterday when we changed the gearbox before the stage. The car was running well again today after that change. We didn't have any problems today. But still, there's a lot left to do with this car, a lot of development work and fine tuning. This was good to get a feeling for the car but we need to get some proper testing done still. And we are simply too heavy still, well the car I mean!  (Laughing).

  • 227. Fernando Alvarez Catellano / Luciano Gennoni (ARG / ARG )

    Today was an easy stage, really fast. But generally, this was a really hard rally. We had some problems and two small crashes. But we finished now and we are happy

  • 10. Laia Sanz (ESP)

    Today I was riding well but about 20km from the end my friend Txomin (23. Txomin Arana Cobeaga ESP) had crashed and so I stopped to help him and to call assistance. That’s why I am so late back. It's (difficult) when these things happen especially when it is your friend. Riding a rally is like a family, we all push, and we compete but we look out for each other.

    He was moving and awake which is good but I think he has some really serious injuries, but he's awake. The result today doesn't matter. I was 7th before and maybe if they give me my time back I get 6th, 7th, 8th - it doesn't matter, I just want him to be fine, It's only a race and I just hope he will be ok. That was the first thing I thought about not the race, just making sure he'd be ok and I hope he gets well very soon.

  • 103. Ignacio Casale (CHL)

    Today I found it was very easy but very, very hot. I found the first two days difficult and had some problems with quads, but stages 3, 4, and 5 were easy. Overall, very good and happy with the challenge. (Translated from Spanish).
     

Media bulletin No.16 1125hrs 7 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 234KM ABU DHABI AVIATION STAGE 5

 

  • 8. Pierre Alexandre Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factory

    It was not easy with me opening this morning and Pablo caught me. He was good to follow and I tried to take back (the lead) I tried one for one fourth (one quarter of the stage).  I don't know the results and I'm not sure if I did catch Al Balooshi but I'm really happy with how it went today and finishing the challenge.

  • 2. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory 

    Toby caught up to me after some kms. I got stuck in the beginning for a bit. But after that it was smooth riding. We caught up to Pablo but couldn't shake him off

  • 4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factory

    Today was really tough but I pushed and pushed from the start to refuelling. Sam and Toby caught me and rode together but at one point I lost some time. I'm happy though with my position and performance and this was a good start to the season. These guys are fast and there will be a big fight in the summer.

  • 5. Toby Price (AUS) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    That was good riding. I had a couple of close calls today. I was pushing hard from the start. I was riding most of the time with Sam, which wasn't the plan at first. We tried shaking the guys behind us, but weren't really able to.

  • 7. Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replica

    I'm happy, I have to see the result as I think it is close for fourth and I don’t know if I made it. I’m happy to finish the challenge. It makes me very proud in my home country and I gave it 100%. Even if I come 5th it's one better than last year but I would really love 4th place.

  • 19. Jakub Piatek (POL)

    It was a difficult 5 days. I was pushing all the time. I was 6th overall before the stage and had to run fast to keep Laia (Sanz) behind. I had a problem with my rear break at refuelling and we had to change the rear tyre. I lost about 10 minutes there. But I'm happy to be  finish now fighting with lots of fast guys the whole rally

  • 28. Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHL)

    I tried pushing at first. I tried following Pierre (Renet) and when Pablo caught up to me following him, but they were too quick. So I did my own rhythm. I saw them in the distance and that was good reference. The aim was to win the junior class and hope I moved up a spot or two overall. It was a good stage, very fast.

  • 11. Helder Rodrigues (POR)

    Today the last stage it was very hot and tough. The whole thing has been tough on the bike and rider. I had problems in the second stage but I've come back and it's very positive to finish the race. It's not great to lose points in the world championships bit in Qatar I'll make up some points.

  • 34. Khalid Al Falasi (ARE)

    It was a good ride for the last day. I knew my time and could see others were very far behind me. I rode it safe and I'm happy with my results and how the challenge went.

  • 25. David Thomas (GBR)

    The stage was really fast and you had to be wide awake and pay attention the whole time.

  • 23. Txomin Arana Cobeaga (ESP)

    Crashed 20km from the end of the stage. 10. Laia Sanz (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Factory stopped at the scene to help and called in the accident to Rally Control. Cobea was evacuated by helicopter to Mafraq Hospital with back and chest injuries.
     

Media bulletin No.15 1710hrs 6 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 258KM ADNOC STAGE 4

 

  • 201. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / RUS)

    Back at the bivouac, driver and co-driver described the incident which ended their hopes of a third successive Desert Challenge cars victory shortly after passing PC2.

    With one of his mechanics translating, Vasilyev said it happened when he was driving “close to maximum” between two salt lakes and, temporarily blinded by the sun, went nose first into a bowl, breaking the transmission and wheel rim. They changed the wheel and were able to drive back to the bivouac by road.

    Zhiltsov said all the top drivers go “to the limit, and you can make mistakes when you are trying to find this limit. You will never win if you don’t.” They will return next year aiming for another win.

  • 262. Yasir Seaidan / Sebastien Delaunay (KSA / FRA) completed the stage leading the T2 category by 1:42:48 from 214. Emil Khneisser / Aleksei Kuzmich (ARE / RUS)

  • 229.      Joseph Rosso / Guy Leneveu (ARE / FRA)

    Car nose-dived into a bowl and after being treated by a medic the co-driver was evacuated by helicopter to Madinat Zayed Hospital with back injuries.

  • 26. Joikef Sveinbjornsson (ISL)

    Completed the stage and returned to the bivouac by helicopter with exhaustion and a muscular injury.
     

Media bulletin No.14 1340hrs 6 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 258KM ADNOC STAGE 4

 

  • 202. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel (QAT / FRA)

    It wasn't easy at all. We did some of this stage yesterday but most was completely new.  We didn't take risks – we don't want to make mistakes now.  I’m really happy to finish and looking forward to tomorrow.

  • 211. Bryce Menzies / Andreas Schulz (USA / DEU)

    I didn't feel so good this morning and it was so hot but we started well and pushed hard. We were just behind Nasser and had a great battle with Mikko but then 50km from the end I hit a ditch which is a bummer, losing 5 or 6 minutes after doing so well.

    It's different for me racing 6 days straight compared to usual, but I'm constantly learning and really enjoying it. Hopefully I’ll push some more tomorrow.

  • 204. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gotschalk (KSA / DEU)

    That was a hot stage with lots of soft sand. I saw Vasilyev stuck but other than that I was driving alone the whole stage. I’m looking forward to tomorrow's final stage, even though it's a shorter one.

  • 205. Mikko Hirvonen / Michel Perin (FIN / FRA)

    Stopped at first at the end of the stage but then left without describing his day. He looked very tired.

  • 209. Jakub Przygonski / Tom Colsoul (POL / BEL)

    Today's stage was nice - no problems. A lot of dunes so some fast and slow parts. I enjoyed it a lot. It gets really hot inside the cars and there's lots of impact constantly but I train a lot so maybe it doesn't affect me like some of the others. I'm really happy, it's great to be in the dunes.

  • 215. Mathieu Serradori / Didier Haquette (FRA / FRA)

    (Translated from French). A very difficult stage today. It’s my first time in the desert and it's really challenging but magnificent at the same time. I saw Vasilyev stuck in the beginning and was driving with Dabrowski until nearly the end. It was a great drive today.

  • 206. Mark Dabrowski / Jacek Czachor (POL / POL)

    It was a good stage, harder due to it being so bright so no visibility. We had a small electrical problem but nothing big. We made it here and are ready for tomorrow.

  • 224. Yuriy Sazonov / Dmytro Tsyro (KAZ / RUS)

    It was a very good stage, very challenging but beautiful scenery. We had little too low tyre pressure, but still got through pretty good.

  • 207. Jutta Kleinschmidt / Tina Thorner  (MCO / SWE)

    We had a good stage from the beginning but unfortunately had some problems. We tried to fix it when we called for assistance but the gear box is broken and it's too difficult to shift gears. It was changed yesterday due to time and for security but unfortunately it broke. We will get it repaired and be back tomorrow still feeling positive as this is all training for us in such a new car. We will be back with a lot to do tomorrow.

  • 221. Ahmad Al Maqoodi / Obaid Al Kitbe (ARE / ARE )   

    We started the day with a problem. After about 5km the power was gone so we had no speed. We had troubles even climbing small dunes. I had to try three or four times to get over them. So, we lost a lot of time but tomorrow is another day and we will attack again.

  • 100. Rafal Sonik (POL)

    Until refuelling it was great. Then the shock absorbers overheated and I just had springs. I had to take it slow in the sectors with drops. Then the steering dampers also overheated. So that made this already difficult stage even more challenging.

  • 40. Paul Middleton (GBR)

    That was a really tough stage, the toughest by far. It was really hot and very soft sand - you get exhausted out there in the dunes. Those drops are mental, but was good fun.

Media bulletin No.13 1235hrs 6 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 258KM ADNOC STAGE 4

 

  • 8. Pierre Alexandre Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factory

    It was a very good day. I tried pushing from the start. I had good start position and could follow the tracks. I knew I was leading after refuelling and just tried bringing it home. Looking forward to the final stage tomorrow.

  • 2. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory 

    Today was ok, but a bit too much of strategy. That’s a little annoying - I don't like too much strategy.

  • 4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factory

    It was really hot today. I tried closing the gap a bit. But again the same as yesterday, I didn't quite manage to. Today was fun though and I enjoyed the stage.

  • 5. Toby Price (AUS) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    It was a very hot day. We were lucky on the first few days of the rally when it was much cooler. But that’s another 250km in the bag. One more day to go, should be good. Today was smooth riding most of the time.

  • 7. Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replica

    I caught up with the top 3 and rode with them. I'm in 4th overall and to be 4th after the factory guys is very good. As a small private team I get a lot of support and am so proud. It was tougher today with people having some strategy, but I ride by my own plans and I'm happy to be here and for tomorrow.

  • 19. Jakub Piatek (POL)

    There was lots of sand and it was really hot. Until refuelling I only saw dunes and more dunes. I thought it would never end. After refuelling it got a little quicker but I was riding alone throughout the whole stage. So it was definitely the toughest stage so far.

  • 28. Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHL)

    I'm good - it was a good stage and I tried to push to recover some time. I caught Balooshi and we rode together but someone made a mistake and slowed us down a little. Maybe some had strategy for tomorrow.  I made a few mistakes trying to keep up with the top three but I'm really happy and always want to push for more.

  • 11. Helder Rodrigues (POR)

    It was tough today. I started by myself in front and there was a lot of sand and dunes which made it difficult to stay in front. I had a small crash at 20km but nothing too bad. I made it here and finished the stage.

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    10. Laia Sanz (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    It was a hard stage, very, very hot and lots of dunes. I could push a lot and lost time but it's better to be safe. I rode alone a lot, caught Balooshi once but was alone most of the stage.  Not the best day but I'm happy I made it here and finished. I could always do better though and always want to be better.

  • 34. Khalid Al Falasi (ARE)

    It was a good stage but lots of soft sand. I caught an old cars trail and followed it. I had some problems at the beginning but I made it.
     

Media bulletin No.12 1105hrs 6 April, 2016

NON-STARTERS ON 258KM ADNOC STAGE 4

  • 22. Tony Schattat (DEU)

  • 70. Ibrahim Bugla (ARE)

  • 72. Deniz Algun (TUR)

  • 212. Mansoor Al Helei / Suhail Al Ali (ARE / ARE)

  • 216. Yannick Commagnac / Herve Lavergne  (FRA / FRA )

  • 235. Valentina Casella / Giulia Maroni (ITA / ITA)

  • 247. Michael Ziegler / Behesitti Faramaz (ARE / ARE)

  • 251. Marco Piana / Steven Griener (OMN / OMN)
     

Media bulletin No.11 1850hrs 5 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 280KM AL AIN WATER STAGE 3

  • 72. Deniz Algun (TUR)


    Retired with a blown engine.



Media bulletin No.10 1500hrs 5 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 280KM AL AIN WATER STAGE 3

 

  • 207. Jutta Kleinschmidt / Tina Thorner (MCO / SWE)

    Today was very hard as it was very soft. We got stuck early on in the beginning and with 2 wheel drive we couldn't go up, no chance.  We were going fast until then but we lost 45 minutes, had to deflate to 0.4 to get out. We saw a lot of cars stuck today with the conditions but we are enjoying it, had some good surfing along the dunes.

  • 216. Yannick Commagnac / Herve Lavergne  (FRA / FRA)

    Rolled on the stage and co-driver evacuated by helicopter to Madinat Zayed Hospital with back and neck pains, but later discharged after X-rays showed no fractures.

  • 22. Tony Schattat (DEU)

    Treated by a sweep team medic for dizziness and dehydration and returned to the bivouac.

  • 71. Steve Blackney (GBR)

    Will require surgery after fracturing two vertebrae in his back in yesterday’s fall from his bike on Stage 2 and being evacuated by helicopter to Madinat Zayed hospital.



Media bulletin No.9 1240hrs 5 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 280KM AL AIN WATER STAGE 3

 

  • 202. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel (QAT / FRA)

    It was a good day. I got into good rhythm early on. There are some sharp dunes but the Toyota worked really well, and the navigation was perfect.

  • 204. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gotschalk (KSA / DEU)

    It was a good stage. I got stuck a bit once but it was fun.

  • 203. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Khalid Al Kendi (ARE / ARE)

    We had a few ups and downs and some sections were very rough and took a lot to get out of as it was soft. But we got out and we made it here so it's good.

  • 201. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / RUS)

    Today was a good day for an Abu Dhabi race. We had a good rhythm and not a bad result. We started four minutes after Nasser so couldn't catch him, but we made no mistakes, had no punctures, we didn't get stuck. No problems so we are very happy.

  • 205. Mikko Hirvonen / Michel Perin (FIN / FRA)

    I’m quite happy with how today went. There were some tricky places and we had to reverse out. I don't know the exact time but it felt good.

  • 209. Jakub Przygonski / Tom Colsoul (POL / BEL)

    It was a nice stage, good fun. I once hit the hard sand quite hard and slightly damaged my front left, but nothing serious. The car was good to drive today.

  • 211. Bryce Menzies / Andreas Schulz (USA / DEU)

    I feel good. It was a really quick stage today with some fast dune sections, and we made good time at the start, but then I made a mistake and got stuck. That cost us about 5 minutes then we took it easy from there.  I’m really enjoying the desert and the dunes and learning a lot from it. I just have to stop getting stuck and push tomorrow.

  • 100. Rafal Sonik (POL)

    It was a lot hotter than yesterday, but I liked it. Yesterday I was freezing. I’m really looking forward to a cold shower now.

  • 101. Camelia Liparoti (ITA)

    It's not the best day for an interview as I'm sick. Today after the first 20km I started to feel sick – dune-sick from the ups and downs. It's not ideal but I love the desert so much I just had to finish. I have such a passion for the desert and as a woman I don't think there is a separate track. I may be the only lady in the quads usually but there is lots of respect amongst the drivers. It doesn't matter if you are a man or woman.

 

Media bulletin No.8 1205hrs 5 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM 280KM AL AIN WATER STAGE 3

  • 2. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    After Toby caught us he led the way for most of the stage and we just had to follow him after that.

  • 4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factory

    I lost time because I opened the stage but there are two days still to go and there’s a lot of racing left.

  • 5. Toby Price (AUS) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    There’s more and more and more sand but it was a good trip on the bike and I caught the guys ahead. It was a long day but a great one, and I’m always having fun.

  • 7. Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replica

    I was running really well until 218km, then I had quite a big crash. It was bad call from my side. I hit a boulder and bent my front wheel. After that I took it slow but still managed a good time, I think.

  • 8. Pierre Alexandre Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factory

    A good stage. I started 4th but was riding most of the stage alone. The sun was very bright today, better conditions than yesterday.

  • 33. David McBride (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Replica

    Today was very good, really fast and flowing much better than yesterday. The stage was really enjoyable.

  • 10. Laia Sanz (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    Today was really good and I am happy. Al Balooshi caught me and we rode together so that was fine. I'm happy with the stage and feeling confident.

  • 19. Jakub Piatek (POL)

    It was hotter today but also windy, very enjoyable for me. It was one of the faster stages and I really liked it. We were riding in a group of three and it was big fun. The dunes were quite big today and sometimes felt like being on a roller coaster. It was great.

  • 28. Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHL)

    I feel good, today was really good, much better. I caught some guys and we rode together which keeps me motivated.  Yesterday, alone. I relaxed a little and slowed down, but with other people I don't slow down and keep going. I made top ten again so I am very happy.

     

     

Media bulletin No.7 1430hrs 4 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM END OF 279KM NISSAN PATROL STAGE 2

  • 202. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel (QAT / FRA)

    It was a very difficult stage, needing a lot of concentration on the dunes and some very sharp ones. Driving the new car in the sand dunes was a very good experience. The Toyota is working very well, despite having less torque than the Mini. Today I gave 100% and I’m very happy to finish with such a lead.

  • 204. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gotschalk (KSA / DEU)

    It was a good stage, and better result than yesterday. I’m still getting used to the new car but it was good fun going through the dunes, they are my playground after all. But it was a tiring stage. Coming in just after Nasser is a good indication though.

  • 206. Mark Dabrowski / Jacek Czachor (POL / POL)

    I had a lot of fun today on this long stage. Unfortunately, I didn't catch the train in the beginning, Vasilev was too quick so I had to drive alone. I didn't get into the best rhythm but I'm still happy with today's performance.

  • 203. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Khalid Al Kendi (ARE / ARE)

    A tough day with some sections having many dunes with blind drops. One caught us and we almost rolled. I hurt my neck so after that I backed off completely.

  • 201. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltsov (RUS / RUS)

    It was a good stage, very sandy but not too hot. The visibility was tough, we started well and overtook two cars then Yazeed was following us. Some very difficult dunes, I lost a little time maybe 5 minutes minimum, but we pushed a lot and found the steeper dunes more difficult 50km from the end.

  • 209. Jakub Przygonski / Tom Colsoul (POL / BEL)

    A tough stage, much tougher than yesterday, a longer drive. We pushed with Vasilyev and he showed us how to go. I learnt a lot from him. It was tougher than yesterday. We are very tired, yesterday was easier.

  • 211. Bryce Menzies / Andreas Schulz (USA / DEU)

    We were running good but I made a small mistake missed a gear coming down a dune and got stuck, lost about 15 minutes and couldn't get it back. I'm still trying to learn the car. I’m not used to the turbo. We don't have it back home but that's what this race is about, learning the dunes.  There's still a long way to go and I'm learning each day. I'm a little annoyed that I made the mistake but still feel good and really excited to be here.

  • 71. Steve Blackney (GBR)

    Evacuated by helicopter to Madinat Zayed hospital for treatment on back injuries after a fall 15km before PC3.

  • 101. Camelia Liparoti (ITA)

    Today was difficult with the tricky light which made it hard to read the terrain.  Two areas before PC3 were very technical and I needed 200% concentration, but I prefer technical to straight as my quad isn't as fast as the others. I really am enjoying it and having fun.

  • 27. Jacob Smith (AUS)

    Not too bad today and I had good fun, despite my shoulder injury which happened last week while racing in Australia.

  • 25. David Thomas (GBR)

    The stage was a lot faster than yesterday's. But still there were some pretty scary drops. You had to be on your toes at all times. But it was a beautiful course with high speeds, yet you had to really concentrate.

  • 28. Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHL)

    It was very tough again to start 15 mins behind the top 10 and so I was by myself and riding alone for most of the stage which is hard and slows me down. Today was a little easier as there was less heat than yesterday and the sand wasn't as soft at times. I had a couple of rain drops on my goggles it's a little harder to see. I'd like to be up ahead a little more but I'm enjoying the race

  • 100. Rafal Sonik (POL)

    An interesting stage. Some fast bits, others very difficult and technical. I tried to save energy and not make any mistakes as I knew some of my competitors were struggling a bit. I didn't want to lose any time. Still, I made a small mistake which could've ended badly approx 40km before the finish. I was a little too fast over a dip, didn't quite catch the turn and hit a bump with my right wheel. Somehow I managed to catch it. I think it might have been recorded, and must look impressive.

Media bulletin No.6 1255hrs 4 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM END OF 279KM NISSAN PATROL STAGE 2

  • 2. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    Today was good, very sandy. I rode out mostly with Toby and Pablo but it took me some time to catch Toby at the start, then we all rode together, I did bury my bike in a dune towards the end and lost about 10 seconds but overall good. I’m enjoying the temperature but being overcast affects the visibility, makes it harder to see. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

  • 4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factor

    It was quite a long stage and pretty though. I had a good start position and was catching up with Toby and Sam at refuelling. It was cooler today, but it was still tricky through the dunes as there were some lights making it difficult to see.

  • 5. Toby Price (AUS) KTM 450 Rally Factor

    A long but good day, some challenging dunes with one which got me off guard. It has been very much plain sailing, with a nice tussle between the three of us in the last 30km. The weather is nice and I’m pleased it’s not 40 degrees plus.

  • 7. Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replic

    I took it easy early on and then pushed in the last 40km with some good racing. However the top 3 got away and I could not stay with them. Said he was happy with the day, and joked about the cold weather, and not having the usual home advantage of racing in the heat.

  • 8. Pierre Alexandre Renet (FRA) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factor

    It was a good stage, really nice to ride. I started towards the back so I was able to follow the lines of the guys ahead. Had a good feeling with the bike but you always need to be careful. The terrain is quite hard here, making the landings rough after jumps, and I had two or three pretty big ones.

  • 33. David McBride (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Replica

    Overall a good day, some soft and some hard parts, no real problems, I fell off a couple of times but it was good. The weather is keeping us cool. It's better than usual.

  • 10. Laia Sanz (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    A really good stage - better than yesterday because I'm getting used to the sand. I caught Balooshi and we rode together in good rhythm. It makes it safer to follow because I could push. I caught the top three but got stuck maybe 20km from the end and they forced a gap again. It's nice riding like this. I'm really enjoying the sand and looking forward to the next day.

Media bulletin No.5 1055hrs 4 April, 2016

INCIDENTS FROM 279KM NISSAN PATROL STAGE 2

 

  • 29. Yevgeniya Nesterova (KAZ) Husqvarna FC 450

    Crashed on stage and evacuated by helicopter to Madinat Zayed Hospital for treatment on a non-serious leg injury.
     

  • 11. Helder Rodrigues (POR) Yamaha WR 450

    Halted by mechanical problems before PC2 and waiting to be collected by the sweep team.

     

Media bulletin No.4 1715hrs 3 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM END OF 278KM YAS MARINA CIRCUIT STAGE 1

  • 207. Jutta Kleinschmidt / Tina Thorner (MCO / SWE)

    Not good for us as we had two punctures and lost around 25 mins. The tyres, at 50kg each, are difficult for two ladies like us to change. The dunes were also bigger than we expected.

  • 22. Tony Schattat (DEU)

    Retired with fatigue at PC3

  • 72. Deniz Algun (TUR)

    Withdrawn from the stage after running out of time for the leg and returning to the bivouac by road.

  • 103. Ignacio Casale (CHL)

    Stopped with mechanical problems just before the finish and towed back to the bivouac by service crew.

     

Media bulletin No.3 1430hrs 3 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM END OF 278KM YAS MARINA CIRCUIT STAGE 1

 

  • 202. Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel (QAT / FRA)

    A very good day and I am pleased to show people that the performance of the Toyota is very good.
     
  • 219. Robert Szustkowski / Jarostaw Kazberuk (POL / POL)

    A good stage with the car performing very well. The last few kilometres were very fast and we came in as one big group (5 cars).
     
  • 203. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Khalid Al Kendi (ARE / ARE)

    I was stuck for about 10 minutes trying to avoid a bike and went into a ditch. I was then trying to catch up but missed a checkpoint and had to turn around.
     
  • 211. Bryce Menzies / Andreas Schulz (USA / DEU)

    Today went really well. It's my first ever rally like this, a new experience which is awesome, and only Nasser passed us. We fought a bit with him but we played it safe today. Tomorrow we'll push for time.

  • 201. Vladimir Vasilyev / Konstantin Zhiltov (RUS / RUS)

    The stage was good. A good fight, nothing special. We stayed close with Nasser. When he stopped it caused us to and we were stuck for 1-2 mins, but no real problems. A good day.

  • 215. Mathieu Serradori / Didier Haquette (FRA / FAR)
     

    First time for and we found it hard with the terrain. The car is new and running well, so all is good

  • 206. Mark Dabrowski / Jacek Czachor (POL / POL)

    It's been a good first stage, the sand was soft so our petrol engine has been good. It let us push into it more.

  • 204. Yazeed Al-Rajhi / Timo Gotschalk (KSA / DEU)

    A good first stage, nothing special. We were sick in the morning, but we are here now and we finished.

  • 34. Khalid Al Falasi (ARE)

    It was different from previous years, not really a fast route. And then I had to slow down a bit as my navigation device got loose.
     
  • 103. Ignacio Casale (CHL)

    A pretty good stage at first but then my engine started having problems at around 200km. I could only go on lower revs and had to slow down a bit.

 

Media bulletin No.2 1350hrs 3 April, 2016

REPORTS FROM END OF 278KM YAS MARINA CIRCUIT STAGE 1

 

  • 2. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM 450 Rally Factory  1

    Tough day with the strong wind creating a layer of sand making it difficult to read the terrain. Also problems with my shoulder which I injured in the prologue.

  • 4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) Husqvarna 450 Rally Factory 1

    Good first stage, started a bit in the back so was pushing at the beginning. Got into good rhythm then riding along with Toby. But soft sand makes it a tough ride and you sometimes get stuck a bit.

  • 5. Toby Price (AUS) KTM 450 Rally Factory 1

    Today was good. It got a little tricky to see when the sun got above us. We had one get off, nothing too crazy. It's a different challenge to Dakar. I like riding in the sand, across the dunes. It's a lot of fun and we got to the finish line that's the important thing.

  • 7. Mohammed Al Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 Rally Replica

    The first stage was all about getting rhythm again. I need some more time on the bike and should be getting quicker every stage. I just had one day on this bike before starting the Rally. I’m still very happy, even though visibility was bad at time because of the strong wind.

  • 28. Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo (CHL) KTM 450 Rally Replica

    The opening was good for me, boosting my confidence and increasing my experience. The wind was very strong, kicking up the dust so reading the route was difficult.

  • 10. Laia Sanz (ESP) KTM 450 Rally Factory

    It's my first time in the race so I wanted to take it easy. I need to learn to read the desert and sand dunes can be dangerous, but it was good, no crashes, no problems. I finished and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.

Media bulletin No.1 1220hrs 3 April, 2016

INCIDENTS FROM 278KM YAS MARINA CIRCUIT STAGE 1

  • 35. Jan Zatko (SVK) Retired from stage with mechanical problems after PC1.
  • 38. Carlo Seminara (ITA) Retired from stage with fatigue before PC1