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Basso dominated bikers’ daily race, while Romero leaded quads’ rank. Alberto Basso won both Selective Sections, but the young Oriol Escalé still kept the second position in the general rank, ahead on Alex Zanotti, who went on figh...

Basso dominated bikers’ daily race, while Romero leaded quads’ rank.



Alberto Basso won both Selective Sections, but the young Oriol Escalé still kept the second position in the general rank, ahead on Alex Zanotti, who went on fighting along the whole track against Jakub Przygonski, seizer of the forth position. Among quads, Oscar Romero still leaded the race, riding almost as fast as bikes.

Basso ristabilisce l’ordine dominando la giornata, Romero intoccabile tra i quad.


Alberto Basso vince entrambe le prove speciali, ma il giovane Oriol Escalé è ancora secondo assoluto davanti Alex Zanotti che duella l’intero stage con Jakub Przygonski, quarto. Tra i quad è ancora Oscar Romero a mantenere il comando con tempi che sfidano le moto.



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L’esperienza ed il talento di Alberto Basso (Honda Crf 450 – Team BRP), padrone di casa dell’Italian Baja nonché campione in carica dell’evento, non potevano che cambiare le carte in tavola: partito in quinta posizione dopo il prologo di ieri, Basso ha vinto entrambe le prove speciali del sabato percorrendole in 1:49’51.

Lo junior Oriol Escalè (HM Crf 450 – Scuderia Petromiralles), che ieri ha rubato a sorpresa la scena partendo oggi per primo, ha riconfermato tuttavia le sue potenzialità con un bis di secondi posti (SS1 ed SS2) ed un gap di soli 47 secondi: il navigato Basso dovrà pertanto tenere sott’occhio il giovane spagnolo nello stage decisivo di domani.


Eccitante il duello tra due big: il dakariano Alex Zanotti (TM EN 450 – Team Racing) ed il vicecampione Cross Country Rallies 2011 Jakub Przygonski (KTM 450 – Orlem Team). Scalato in terza posizione nella prima prova cronometrata di giornata, il polacco ha chiuso quarto lo stage dietro il sammarinese, il quale è stato rallentato ad inizio giornata dalla rottura del freno posteriore, ma ha viaggiato senza problemi nella seconda SS.





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In quinta posizione assoluta Oscar Romero (KTM 525 - Scuderia Knightfrank-Quadtro) ormai in fuga rispetto ai suoi rivali a quattro ruote e leader indiscusso di giornata: lo specialista spagnolo delle Baja ha preso un gap di 8’27 da Basso, viaggiando a ritmi così sostenuti da far esaltare il pubblico assiepato lungo i passaggi con spettacolari derapate. Sesto l’altro junior delle moto Manuel Lucchese (Husaberg Fe 570 –Team Husaberg Factory) con 12’16 di distacco; settimo in classifca assoluta Gilbert Escalè, il fratello di Oriol, seguito da Andrea Brunod e poi dai quad stranieri di Jose Luis Espinosa Garcia (Can Am Autlander 800 – Caballero Negro Team), dei due compagni di squadra russi Dmitry Pavlov e Vadim Kuvshinov (Honda Trx 700 – RRClub-Russia), dell’unica lady in gara Emmanuelle Clair (Yamaha Yfm 700 – Audemar, Yamaha France) la quale sta affrontando con lungimiranza la sua prima Italian Baja. A chiudere la clssifica moto e quad Sebastiano Demurtas (Honda Crf 450) ed Alberto Prieto (Yamaha Yfm 700 - Scuderia Knightfrank-Quadtro) con un’ora di penalità ed infine l’americano Luis Henderson (Yamaha 450 -Team Pedrega) che non ha potuto prendere parte alla seconda speciale di giornata, avendo rotto il motore nella prima.

Comunicato Stampa N° 17/2012
Alessandra Manieri
Responsabile Stampa Comitato Quad FMI


Basso dominated bikers’ daily race, while Romero leaded quads’ rank.


Alberto Basso won both Selective Sections, but the young Oriol Escalé still kept the second position in the general rank, ahead on Alex Zanotti, who went on fighting along the whole track against Jakub Przygonski, seizer of the forth position. Among quads, Oscar Romero still leaded the race, riding almost as fast as bikes.


Alberto Basso (Honda Crf 450 – Team BRP), local champion of the Italian Baja and champion in charge, got both experience and talent to keep the good results: after yestarday’s prologue, Basso left the starting line from the fifth position and won both Selective Sections on Saturday with a time of 1:49’51. The young biker Oriol Escalè (HM Crf 450 – Petromiralles Taem), who yesterday surprised everybody and was first at today’s starting order, confirmed his ability seizing twice the second position (SS1 and SS2) with a gap of just 47’’; the expert biker Basso should pay attention to the young Spanish challenger on tomorrow’s final race. Thrilling duel between the two “big”: Alex Zanotti (TM EN 450 – Racing Team), the biker fom San Marino used to the Dakar race, had to ride slowly in the morning because of a broken brake, but was able to easily ride and save time during the second Section, gaining the third position, ahead on the Cross Country Rallies Vice Champion in charge Jakub Przygonski (KTM 450 – Orlem Team); the Polish biker seized the third position during today’s first timekept Section, but reached at the end just the forth position. The fifth position of the general rank has been seized by the quad rider Oscar Romero (KTM 525 - Knightfrank-Quadtro Team) already far away from his challengers and leader of the daily race: the expert Spanish Baja rider got a 8’27 gap from Basso, so fast that public was excited by his high performance. Sixth position for the other young biker Manuel Lucchese (Husaberg Fe 570 – Husaberg Factory Team) who got a 12’16 gap. The seventh position of the general rank has been gained by Gilbert Escalé, Oriol’s brother, followed by Andrea Brunod and by the foreign quad riders Jose Luis Espinosa Garcia (Can Am Autlander 800 – Caballero Negro Team), two of the Russian Team’s companions Dmitry Pavlov and Vadim Kuvshinov (Honda Trx 700 – RRClub-Russia) and the only lady rider Emmanuelle Clair (Yamaha Yfm 700 – Audemar, Yamaha France), who is facing her first Italian Baja quite carefully. Last arrived biker, who got one hour penalty, were Sebastiano Demurtas (Honda Crf 450) and the quad rider Alberto Prieto (Yamaha Yfm 700 - Knightfrank-Quadtro Team), and the American Luis Henderson (Yamaha 450 - Pedrega Team) who broke the engine during the SS1 and wasn’t able to take part to the SS2.


Translated by Mariacristina Piccini