Sardegna Rally-Race : Finish
Cyril Despres won "even" the 2009 edition of the Sardinia Rally Race. The French had dominated the first edition of the Rally organized by Bike Village, last year, but this year he has really given lessons of "Sardinia" Racing. In order to interpret
correctly, and win, a so demanding and difficult rally it is necessary to use a very specific tactic, based on perfect management of technical and of concentration resources.
The length of the route and of course the difficulties of navigation, require a careful mix of physical and mental energies, and the winner of a rally like this can only be an exceptional Champion. Despres has gone ahead in the race in the first stage, having given way to David Casteu after the prologogue, lost his lead in the second, when the head of the race went to Marc Coma, and returned permanently to the leadership after the withdrawal of the Spanish, which at the time of the accident was about four minutes leading over the French.
It was easy to believe that the victory of Despres is triggered by the misfortune of his "historic" opponent. In fact, given the circumstances, Cyril Despres was the master in not making mistakes, and when he was wrong, the French outstanding has always managed to limit the damage. Winning strategy!
Marc Coma was really unlucky, falling during the penultimate stage of Rally, and unlucky was also his team mate Jordi Viladoms that, after winning the penultimate stage, lost his second position for a breakdown of fuel during the first special of last day.
In this way rose a place Andrea Mancini, the best of Italian riders, who have obtained an excellent result, and for admission of the same pilot, in part unexpected. Modesty over the talent.
No less surprised at the third place on the podium of the Sardinia Rally Race, was the French euphoric rider Olivier Pain, with an Yamaha, at his first season of commitment in the Cross Country Rally World Championship.
The last day of the the Sardinia Rally Race began with the departure from the camp on Mount Limbara, last fraction of the final stage of a two days Marathon. Less technical than the previous days, but in disrupted weather conditions. Low mileage, less than 250 kilometers in total, and two more Special Tests, won respectively by Cyril Despres and David Casteu.
Great enthusiasm on the stage at the final finish line in San Teodoro, that is the headquarter of the organizers Antonello Chiara and Gian Renzo Bazzu. It was a great rally, very attractive and purposeful, "turned" in the incomparable scenery of Sardinia, incredibly exciting, and acted by the best riders in the world.