SALA RULES THE DAY- BLAIS HANGS TOUGH IN 4TH OA
Stage 13 – Labé to Tambacounda
‘Sala was on a mission today, that’s for sure!’ observed an elated Chris Blais #9 at the finish of Stage 13’s very technical slippery, rock and obstacle strewn ‘piste’. ‘I got a glimpse of his eyes at the fuel stop 210km in and he looked possessed. It was definitely his day.’
‘Gio is the nicest guy in the world but he gave me a look like he wasn’t gonna let some punk kid -like me- beat him. So I just said to myself, ‘let him go! He rides so fast. He was like no other enduro rider I’ve every seen. Incredible!’
Blais reported further that today was super technical and filled with opportunities for failure. One false move and its over with.
‘For sure, this was a stage that could easily have ended the rally for me or
As has been the case each day of the rally, adjustments to the roadbook and
‘I corrected over 8 pages of the [road] book last night. Focusing on dangers
Blais’ only other major concern has been his IRItrack which the rally organization require be installed on his KTM. It provides telemetry and GPS
‘Two guys are reinstalling my IRI-track right now,’ said Blais. ‘They’ve been working on it almost every day because of problems in tracking the race. It’s a lot of hardware and wires, just hope they get it fixed right.’
Red Bull KTM Team manager, Joe Barker, equated the day to an ISDE (International Six Days Enduro) stage – ‘It was rough out there and Chris just kept his head and rode safely, rather than trying to beat everyone. This was a marathon stage and any little situation could have been disastrous if he wasn’t cool and calm. He’s a very smart rider and each day he gives us another glimpse of how good he is.’
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