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Gas Gas prepares for Dakar in the Merzouga Rally

21/10/2013
With 75 days before the start of the Dakar Rally in Rosario (Argentina), the Gas Gas JVO Team is preparing the final details for their participation in the world's toughest test. In preparation for Dakar, Jordi Viladoms, Gerard Farrés and Marc Guasch participated this week in the Rally Merzouga.
One phase of the training provided by the Gas Gas JVO Team before starting the 2014 Dakar Rally is participation in several Raids tests, one of them the Merzouga Rally, which begins this week in Erfoud (Morocco).
It is the fourth edition of the race, and one of the team riders, Jordi Viladoms, is a veteran, having participated in the past three of them. This rider of the Gas Gas JVO Team describes it as a rally where navigation is a very important factor.



New Gas Gas EC450 Raid

Gerard Farrés and Marc Guasch complete the Gas Gas JVO Team, the Rally team of Gas Gas, that has only one goal: accumulate kilometers before Dakar. The training is important for the riders and the machines. The EC450 Raid taking part in the Merzouga Rally has received many improvements over the previous unit that participated with great success in the past Dakar, in which the three bikes taking part, completed the test. The riders are responsible for checking the functions in this special and demanding terrain, the sand and dunes of the Sahara, as a test prior to the most important race of this specialty: the Dakar.

Viladoms, European Cross-Country Rally Champion
Jordi Viladoms begins this test as the new champion of European Cross-Country Rally. The catalán rider of the Gas Gas team who clearly won the Rally Serres (Greece), was proclaimed champion mathematically after the cancellation of another event on the calendar, the Rally of Romania.

A prologue and five stages in Merzouga

This Monday started with a night prologue race of just five kilometers that has served to decide the starting order for the second of the six days of the test. 1254 kilometers complete the Merzouga Rally, where 1104 of them are timed.
The results in this prologue have been positive for the team: Jordi Viladoms had the second fastest time in the prologue, while Marc Guasch is entered in seventh position, 12 seconds off the fastest time, and Farrés, with one second more, is ninth.



Jordi Viladoms

"The Merzouga is for us a very good opportunity to test the bike and to focus on the point of view for the 2014 Dakar. Here we will have time to do many tests. For us riders, it is also good to train as some days I have no opportunities for dunes and desert. this year I made navigation tests, but nothing out on the track, and that will go very well for gaining confidence. I expect to do a good job this week. Today I made a good prologue and I think tomorrow I'll go for miles opening the course. I'm very happy with second place today. "

Gerard Farrés

"Merzouga will do well for getting the bike ready. Now the only thing in the prologue that caused a delay was the dust that has not let me go. I wanted to be out front at the level to open the course. Tomorrow we will try to keep taking the lines with the bike and go about adding kilometers".

Marc Guasch

"Today we rode 120 kilometers of warm-up that have done very well for tuning the bike for tomorrow's stages, The road-book of Merzouga are well made and are not easy, which is great to keep learning navigation. I do not seek any classification, but the point is to make the bike ".

Joan Font, Team Manager

"At Gas Gas, we take this race as preparation for the Dakar. This will be the first race we do with the three riders and our goal is to develop the bike for the rally, far from seeking a result. The bike has improved a lot. We worked on it and it is an evolution of the one in which we participated in the last edition of the Dakar. We've improved link system (pull-rods and swing-arm) to get more traction, and also made some tweaks to the Reiger shock. We trust all is well, because in the race we have three experienced riders. "


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