• Baja TT do Pinhal


    16 e 17 de Março de 2018

terça-feira, 16 de outubro de 2018

Georgino Pedroso na ISUZU

• Rui Sousa ausente

Georgino Pedroso foi o piloto escolhido para integrar a Equipa oficial ISUZU na Baja de Portalegre, substituindo o Campeão Nacional Rui Sousa, que estará ausente na prova portuguesa da Taça do Mundo. É a primeira vez que o piloto da Prolama vai falhar esta mítica prova, mas motivos profissionais impedem Rui Sousa de defender a vitória de 2017.

 Georgino Pedroso, estreia-se desta forma aos comandos da Isuzu D-Max campeã nacional e terá no banco direito o habitual navegador de Rui Sousa, Carlos Silva que assegurará a estreia deste piloto na categoria T2, num projecto que poderá evoluir para 2019, conforme o piloto explicou; “…é uma honra poder defender a marca Isuzu na Baja de Portalegre. A responsabilidade é enorme, mas conto com a ajuda do Carlos Silva para uma rápida adaptação a toda esta nova realidade. A passagem para a categoria T2 já estava programada há algum tempo, mas vai ser antecipada através deste convite, mas é nossa intensão desenvolver esta parceria em 2019. Vamos a Portalegre com o objectivo de cumprir quilómetros e entrar no ritmo dos primeiros desta nova categoria, sabendo que tudo é novo para mim; carro, navegador e a forma de encarar uma prova FIA, não esquecendo que o mais importante é colocar a D-Max no pódio de chegada…” concluiu Georgino Pedroso, que confessou estar a viver um sonho. O piloto está com a Equipa Prolama há três anos e tem militado na categoria T8, onde já venceu algumas provas. Com esta novidade o piloto vê o seu esforço coroado com uma participação inédita, na mais carismática prova portuguesa, incluída na Taça do Mundo de todo-o-terreno.

 Também para Rui Sousa esta edição de Portalegre é revestida de um sentimento diferente, se considerarmos que é a primeira vez que o piloto falha a prova rainha do TT nacional, desde a sua estreia em 1990. “…ainda é cedo para perceber o que se vai passar, mas sei que durante o fim-de-semana vou sentir a falta desta corrida. Estou naturalmente satisfeito com a escolha do Georgino para me substituir e acredito que com a ajuda do Carlos tudo vai correr bem e a Isuzu irá ser representada em grande nível. O Georgino tem feito um bom trabalho na Prolama, e merece esta oportunidade. Desejo uma boa corrida aos dois, sabendo que vão pilotar o melhor carro da categoria, a Isuzu D-Max…” concluiu Rui Sousa Campeão Nacional T2 em 2107, e com a renovação do título de 2018 já assegurada.

 A Baja de Portalegre decorre nos trilhos do alto Alentejo, entre os dias 25 e 28 de outubro, e terá uma lista de participantes de enorme qualidade, e onde a formação do ISUZU Pro Racing vai apresentar três equipas.

terça-feira, 9 de outubro de 2018

Ricky Brabec wins the final stage and secures a podium spot in the Morocco Rally

The Morocco Rally has concluded with a Honda CRF450 RALLY on the final rostrum. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider Ricky Brabec, who triumphed on the final day, takes third place overall for the second year running, in what proved to be as a gruelling rally.

 American Ricky Brabec wrapped up the Morocco Rally with a big smile after prevailing in the final stage. The rider from the Monster Energy Honda Team also secured a final place on the rally’s podium as the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship season concludes. Brabec finishes the campaign in fifth overall position. This wasn’t the first time that Brabec has won a world championship stage – he did so last year with a partial victory in this same race with an identical third-place podium outcome.

Brabec’s Monster Energy Honda Team comrade, the Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves, finished the stage in fifth position, which earned him fifth place overall too. Paulo, who had been in the battle for the race leadership, suffered a fall in the third stage that forced him to ride a more prudent pace to ensure an injury-free finish. The rally is the final one before the season’s blue riband event: the Dakar 2019. Paulo ends the world championship season in fourth overall position.

José Ignacio Cornejo, who finished the stage in the fifteenth position and occupied eighth place overall, also rode cautiously. Cornejo, despite not participating in two world championship events, finishes runner up in the junior category.

 The Morocco Rally was the final date for the Monster Energy Honda Team before the 2019 Dakar Rally, which begins in January in Peru.

Benimoto termina no pódio do Rallye du Maroc


Mário Ferreira/Nuno Matias Guilherme terminam etapa em 2º 

 Luís Portela Morais/David Megre conquistam 3º lugar absoluto 

A dupla Mário Ferreira/Nuno Matias Guilherme esteve hoje em plano de grande evidência no Rallye du Maroc, repetindo o segundo lugar já anteriormente alcançado noutra das etapas da prova.

 Um excelente resultado para o Benimoto Racing Team que colocou a dupla Luís Portela Morais/David Megre no pódio final de uma prova destinada aos SSV e onde estiveram presentes pilotos consagradíssimos como são Stephane Peterhansel e Gerrad Farres.

 De salientar que a equipa Benimoto triunfa na fiabilidade com 3 CanAm Maverick à partida e os mesmos três à chegada com Filipe Cameirinha, navegado por Francisco Esperto, a terminar o Rallye du Maroc na 7ª posição.

Rallye du Maroc: Przygonski secures 2018 World Cup victory

Podium for Przygonski 

Despres takes third place

Two cars built by X-raid finished on the podium at the Rallye du Maroc. Kuba Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) ended the penultimate event of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies in second place in their MINI John Cooper Works Rally. Cyril Despres and Jean-Paul Cottret (both FRA) took third place on their debut in the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (both ESP) had no luck at the Rallye du Maroc and came home in 24th place.

 For Przygonski, the rally in Morocco proved to be the pivotal point in the battle for the World Cup title. With his closest rival, Vladimir Vasilyev, retiring early from the rally, Przygonski now holds an unassailable lead in the FIA standings. The 33-year-old took a very deliberate approach to the rally. He avoided taking any unnecessary risks and kept his head throughout, even after Vasilyev’s retirement. He also took a stage win on the third stage around the town of Erfoud.

 The two MINI JCW Buggies were also able to take one stage victory each and three of the five possible stage victories went to X-raid. After finishing second on stage two, Despres and his co-driver Cottret took their maiden stage win in their first race in a buggy of the X-raid MINI JCW Team. It was to prove a difficult rally for Sainz and Cruz. The buggy is still currently in development, and technical issues resulted in the Spaniard losing time. He did show what could have been with a stage win on the final day.

 Sven Quandt: “Congratulations to Kuba and Tom on winning the World Cup. Both have improved steadily over the course of the year and have had some superb results. I am excited to see how they get on at the Dakar. I think an upset may be on the cards. 

 We have a year of development behind us with the MINI JCW Buggy, and we can see that we have the speed to compete at the very front of the field. We have learned a bit about the durability of some of the components and still have a bit of homework to do. However, we are very happy with the performance of both MINI JCW Buggies. Cyril can also be pleased with his result.”

 Kuba Przygonski “We had hoped for second place in this rally, with this starting field, but we did not expect it. It is really great. We have improved consistently this year, as proven again by our performance here. I am very happy that we were able to wrap up the World Cup title. It has been a great year for us, but also a difficult one – we have spent almost 100 hours in the car over the course of all the rallies. The MINI was superb, and we had no problems. Our car has had the same stickers on all season, which proves that we never had a crash.”

 Cyril Despres: “It was a good race for us, but not an easy one, and was a good opportunity to continue to test the buggy. Unfortunately, we were no longer in contention for the win after day three. ‘Polo’ Cottret and I are getting on very well, but we still have to improve the way we work together. It takes time for the driver and co-driver to really bond. The MINI JCW Buggy is very good and fast – much faster than we expected.”

Carlos Sainz: “It was a good rally, at which to test the MINI JCW Buggy. We now know the areas we must improve. It was a good event for us – the feeling and speed are very good. I am happy with the performance, now we must work on the reliability.”

 Rallye du Maroc 2018

1. N. Al-Attiyah (QAT) / M. Baumel (FRA) Toyota – 16h 38m 28s
2. J. Przygonski (POL) / T. Colsoul (BEL) MINI JCW Rally – 16h 55m 09s
3. C. Despres (FRA) / J.-P. Cottret (FRA) MINI JCW Buggy – 17h 12m 25s
4. M. Prokop (CZE) / J. Tomanek (CZE) Ford – 17h 17m 20s 5. R. Chabot (FRA) / G. Pilles (FRA) Peugeot – 19h 36m 50s
… 24. C. Sainz (ESP) / L. Cruz (ESP) MINI JCW Buggy – 130h 13h 15s

Mário Patrão em bom plano no Rali de Marrocos

Piloto KTM terminou na 11ª posição final 

Mário Patrão, piloto apoiado pelo CRÉDITO AGRICOLA, completou hoje a sua participação no Rali de Marrocos, derradeira etapa do Campeonato do Mundo de Todo-o-Terreno. Nesta última jornada da dura e difícil prova africana, composta por um total de 475 quilómetros que terminou em Fès, o piloto da KTM realizou o 12º tempo tendo gasto 2h43m53s a cumprir os dois setores seletivos, um com 128 km e outro com 70 km.

 Com este resultado o piloto de Seia patrocinado pela GRAB&GO, que em Marrocos fez a primeira corrida com a nova KTM450RALLY que vai utilizar no Dakar 2019, concluiu o Rali de Marrocos na 11ª posição da classificação geral a escassos 6m34s do Top 10 final.

 Mário Patrão, que é apoiado pela BAHCO, mostrou-se satisfeito com a sua prestação nesta prova: “finalizámos o Rali de Marrocos. É um resultado que nos enche de orgulho pois competimos entre os melhores do mundo. Esta prova foi mais uma fase da nossa preparação para o DAKAR2019, onde conseguimos realizar cinco jornadas com a moto que iremos usar já em janeiro. Não podia estar mais feliz por ver o resultado da minha dedicação contando sempre com o impulso fulcral dos meus patrocinadores. Temos cerca de 90 dias para trabalhar arduamente até ao início da grande maratona”, salientou.

 Mário Patrão, piloto patrocinado pela A&MCOSMETICA, regressa às competições nos dias 25 a 27 de outubro altura em que vai cumprir mais uma edição da Baja Portalegre 500.

 Até lá o piloto apoiado pela GARCIA&GOUVEIA irá voltar a treinar com a moto mais pequena que utiliza nas provas portuguesas!

TOYOTA’S AL-ATTIYAH CLINCHES FIFTH SUCCESSIVE RALLY OF MOROCCO WIN

· Frenchman Chabot and Dutchman Ten Brinke finish fifth and sixth 

 · Action-packed week for Toyota’s De Villiers, Van Loon and Seaidan 

 · Chinese crew of Liang and Hongtao impress; disappointment for Vasilyev

 Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah stayed clear of problems through the final stage to claim his fifth successive victory in the gruelling Rally of Morocco and give Overdrive Racing and the Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Team a major boost as preparations continue for the 2019 Dakar Rally.

A demanding six-day event that ran with a new organising team under the leadership of former Dakar organiser and navigator David Castera featured 1,362 kilometres of tricky navigation, dunes, rocky terrain, river bed crossings and everything that the team needed to shake down its fleet of Toyota Hiluxes before January’s Peruvian challenge. The success marked a hat-trick of wins for Al-Attiyah with the Toyota.

Al-Attiyah and his French navigator Matthieu Baumel dominated the race from the start and overcame their fair share of minor problems and delays to earn a winning margin of 16min 41sec over the newly-crowned FIA World Cup champion Jakub Przygonski and his Belgian navigator Tom Colsoul.

Al-Attiyah said: “It’s unbelievable that we’ve been able to win our fifth consecutive Rally of Morocco. I’m so happy with our performance here and our new car has been really strong all week. The stages here in Morocco have been really hard, just like they always are. We had days with over 300 kilometres of racing and we were the first car on the road a couple of times because of our stage wins.” 

The French crew of Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot produced one of their best ever performances to seal an impressive fifth overall in the second of the Overdrive Racing Toyotas.

It was an action-packed event for South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and Dutchman Bernhard Ten Brinke in the second and third Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa cars. De Villiers broke a wishbone and suffered exhaust issues that ultimately cost him additional time penalties and pushed him and French navigator Alexandre Winocq down the order.

Ten Brinke teamed up with Frenchman Xavier Panseri for the first time and started strongly. Small navigational errors and a light roll hampered their progress and the Dutchman reached the finish in Fes in sixth place after passing Jean-Pascal Besson on the last stage.

Morocco proved to be a happy hunting ground for the all-Chinese crew of Yuxiang Liang and Kou Hongtao. They continued to make improvements and climb the leader board as the event progressed and reached the finish in an excellent 15th overall.

The Dutch crew of Erik van Loon and new co-driver Harmen Scholtabers were running strongly inside the top 10 until they suffered a heavy impact on the fourth stage that damaged the car’s differential and the resultant time penalties incurred for reaching the bivouac by road dropped Van Loon down to the tail end of the leader board at the finish.

Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Seaidan and Russian navigator Alexei Kuzmich started their Moroccan challenge in dramatic style with a roll on the Prologue stage. But the Saudi set some impressive pace in the desert and managed to reach the finish with the sixth quickest time on the last stage.

Russian G-Energy driver Vladimir Vasilyev and navigator Konstantin Zhiltsov lost their slim chance of overhauling Przygonski to snatch a second FIA World Cup title when transmission issues sidelined their Toyota.

Al-Attiyah clocked the quickest time of 8min 27sec through the opening 10km Prologue stage at Fes. The Qatari beat Martin Prokop by nine seconds and Jakub Przygonski by 23. Overdrive Racing colleagues De Villiers, Vasilyev, Ten Brinke, Van Loon and Chabot were fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth and 14th. Seaidan lost 13 minutes on the Prologue and stopped the clocks in 21min 04sec after rolling his Toyota and Domzala also suffered a minor technical issue.

After a liaison of 322km from Fes, the first of the desert sections was split into two timed parts of 103km and 91km before crews arrived in Erfoud – an oasis town situated in the Drâa-Tafilalet region of eastern Morocco.

Ten Brinke clocked a time of 1hr 20min 26sec for the opening section to set a time 48 seconds than two-time Dakar winner Carlos Sainz. De Villiers, Vasilyev and Al-Attiyah were sixth, seventh and ninth.

Despite damaging a suspension arm on the first section, Al-Attiyah actually won the combined stage after Ten Brinke missed a route waypoint and the Qatari moved into a 24-second lead. De Villiers suffered a puncture in an area of camel grass and suffered a small time loss with a navigational mistake that put him third overall

Ten Brinke, who incurred a 20-minute time penalty and slipped to 10th, said: “We missed a waypoint but we decided not to go back because we didn’t want to meet the other cars head on. It is the first time for Xavier and me.” Al-Attiyah added: “It was not a bad day. We broke the front arm in stage one and decided to continue. We lost a lot of time over the last 30km but we fixed it with a spare and then we needed to be really careful because it was only an emergency one. The car is new and we needed to find the weak points.”

Van Loon, Chabot and Lliang were classified in eighth, 14th and 28th positions heading to the first of the Erfoud loop stages that ran for 328km. Seaidan and Vasilyev hit trouble on the stage and gearbox issues wrecked the Russian’s chance of preventing Jakub Przygonski from securing the world title.

Al-Attiyah extended his advantage to 15min 05sec with the fastest time on the second stage after leading from the front throughout. De Villiers got stuck in thick mud for over an hour and slipped to seventh overall, despite assistance from sixth-placed team-mate Van Loon. Seaidan bounced back strongly from a poor start to the rally to card the fourth quickest time, but he remained at the foot of the leader board after previous time penalties. Vasilyev didn’t start the stage but Ten Brinke, Chabot and Liang completed the day in eighth, 11th and 21st.

Al-Attiyah said: “After around 120km there was a lot of mud and we got stuck but managed to only lose around four minutes.”

Crews tackled a second loop stage of 289km for day three while the motorcycles were sent on a different track and the first part of a Marathon section without service assistance. Przygonski claimed the stage win but Al-Attiyah maintained a lead of 13min 05sec with the second quickest time.

Despite two punctures and several minor navigational delays, Seaidan finished third on the stage to continue his remarkable return to form after the miserable start, but a broken wishbone was expensive for De Villiers and Ten Brinke was 15th fastest after stopping to support the South African and losing his way on a couple of occasions.

The fourth and penultimate stage of 342km looped through the Erg Chebbi but the arduous route and difficult navigation had caused changes in the overall classification. De Villiers slipped to sixth, Van Loon, Chabot and Ten Brinke held ninth, 10th and 11th and Lliang was 18th.

Al-Attiyah was second quickest and extended his advantage over Przygonski to 18min 12sec and headed the stage-winning Cyril Despres by 25min 57sec after the penultimate stage. Seaidan, Chabot and Ten Brinke were fifth, seventh and ninth on the stage – the latter rolling his Toyota on to its side 20 kilometres from the finish after striking some camel grass.

Van Loon and De Villiers were not so fortunate and stopped early in the special, Van Loon after taking a large impact and damaging the front differential and De Villiers with exhaust header pipe issues. Both drivers collected substantial time penalties as a result.

“It was a really hard stage,” said Al-Attiyah. “We didn’t push crazy because we catch Przygonski and then we passed him in the last part of the dunes to avoid the dust. We have a good lead and I want to make it five in a row.”

It meant the Overdrive Racing cars of Al-Attiyah, Chabot, Ten Brinke, Liang, De Villiers, Van Loon and Seaidan headed to the final two short parts of the last stage between Erfoud and Fes in first, fifth, seventh, 14th, 21st, 23rd and 25th overall.

Ten Brinke and Seaidan were the pace-setters through the opening section of 128km. Al-Attiyah erred on the side of caution to conserve his lead and a fifth victory in Morocco, as Carlos Sainz won the last part of the stage and De Villiers recovered strongly to pip Ten Brinke to the second quickest time.

2018 Rally of Morocco – results after SS5 (unofficial @17.30hrs):

1. Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Toyota Hilux 16hrs 38min 28sec
2. Jakub Przygonski (POL)/Tom Colsoul (BEL) MINI John Cooper Works Rally 16hrs 55min 09sec
3. Cyril Despres (FRA)/Jean-Paul Cottret (FRA) MINI John Cooper Works Buggy 17hrs 12min 25sec
4. Martin Prokop (CZE)/Jan Tománek (CZE) Ford Raptor RS Cross-Country 17hrs 17min 20sec
5. Ronan Chabot (FRA)/Gilles Pillot (FRA) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 19hrs 36min 50sec
6. Bernhard Ten Brinke (NLD)/Xavier Panseri (FRA) Toyota Hilux 19hrs 38min 29sec
15. Yuxiang Liang (CHN)/Kou Hongtao (CHN) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 25hrs 54min 40sec
20. Giniel de Villiers (ZAF)/Alexandre Winocq (FRA) Toyota Hilux 83hrs 43min 05sec
21. Erik van Loon (NLD)/Harmen Scholtalbers (NLD) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 84hrs 46min 41sec
23. Yasir Seaidan (SAU)/Alexey Kuzmich (RUS) Toyota Hilux Overdrive 120hrs 56min 03sec

Mário Patrão sobe 3 posições no Rali de Marrocos

Piloto KTM a 12s de Sam Sunderland e a 1m26s de entrar para o Top 10 

Mário Patrão, piloto apoiado pelo CRÉDITO AGRICOLA, disputou hoje a segunda parte da etapa maratona ontem iniciada o que implicou ter sido ele próprio a fazer a habitual assistência à sua moto para além de ter pernoitado num acampamento montado para o efeito fora da cidade de Erfoud onde tem estado instalado o Bivouac.

 O piloto de Seia apoiado pela GRAB&GO, que tem nesta participação no Rali de Marrocos mais uma importante etapa na sua preparação para o DAKAR 2019 que se irá disputar integralmente no Perú está também a fazer a primeira corrida com a KTM450RALLY que vai pilotar na mítica maratona sul-americana.

 Foi com ela que Mário Patrão piloto apoiado pela BAHCO hoje subiu três posições na classificação geral, estando agora na 12º posição a escassos 12 segundos de Sam Sunderland, o vencedor do Dakar 2017 e a 1m26s de entrar para o Top 10 que é encerrado por Stefan Svitko o 2º classificado da edição de 2016 do Dakar.

  “Ontem tivemos a etapa maratona, ou seja, sem assistência mecânica. Foram 2 dias muito intensos e confesso que hoje tive alguma dificuldade em chegar ao final da etapa dado o estado dos pneus, mas ainda assim não baixámos os braços e conseguimos alcançar o 14º lugar na etapa e por via disso subir três posições na classificação geral onde estamos agora na 12ª posição. Amanhã será outro dia de luta, agora é hora de preparar o próximo road book e preparar a moto para amanhã! Agradeço o apoio dos meus patrocinadores por estarem sempre ao meu lado”, salientou à chegada a Erfoud o piloto patrocinado pela BAU SOLUTIONS.

 O Rallye du Maroc prossegue amanhã com a derradeira etapa. Pela frente estará uma jornada com 475 quilómetros na qual serão disputados dois troços cronometrados. Um com 128 km e outro com 70 km.

After the Morocco Rally marathon stage, Ricky Brabec remains in the fight for the podium.

A fifth place in the fourth stage of the Morocco Rally places Ricky Brabec just a step away from finishing on the rally’s final podium. Paulo Gonçalves and José Ignacio Cornejo improve their positions in the general standings.

 Today’s 294-kilometre special timed continued the tough tradition of this gruelling Morocco Rally, where the navigation is highly demanding and the course physically exhausting. The route took in sections of dunes plus broken and stony track before the competitors made it home to the bivouac in Erfoud.

 Ricky Brabec was able to continue his excellent form in this race without surrendering much time to adversaries in spite of starting out from third position this morning from the Merzouga bivouac. Monster Energy Honda Team’s American component posted fifth and maintains third spot in the overall rankings with just one day to go.

Today’s mission for Paulo Gonçalves today was to complete the stage without complications after yesterday’s fall. The Portuguese rider rode a cautious ride to finish in seventh place and is fifth overall in the rally.

Elsewhere Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo was able to finish the day without major setbacks, to post a top ten place, ninth on the day and climbs to eighth place on the leader board.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, sees the fifth and final stage of this Morocco Rally. The day will be divided into two timed sections, one of 128 kilometres and another of 70 kilometres to be played out in the mountain tracks of the Moroccan Atlas. After a total link of 259 kilometres, riders will find themselves back in Fez, the starting point of this edition.