TUNISIAN RALLY : Meet the pilots !

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Marc COMA – KTM – 1ST 
A nice first special. Tomorrow I think it will start to get a little tougher. We are only at the start of the race.

David CASTEU – KTM – 2nd
Nice to be back on a track, ‘cos since Dakar I haven’t raced at all. As always it takes a little time to get back into the road book, but everything went fine.

Luca MANCA – 1st 450 cc – 4th
A good first day on the piste. I am very happy because the bike worked perfectly. My goal on this rally is to win the 450 class and why not get on to the overall podium.

Cyril DESPRES – KTM 
Not a great day. During the special a policeman sent me the wrong way and I lost a lot of time – something which doesn’t make me exactly happy.

Alessandro DE PETRI – KTM
What a pleasure to be back on an African piste. My old bones are arching a little, but apart from that I feel great.

Orlando TERRANOVA – BMW X3
I started off slowly but I finished fast. I still remember last year and know I had to be careful. The BMW is an excellent car and will be the car to beat this year. We aren’t in a team race. We are 3 individual drivers and we run our own race.

Leonid NOVITSKIY – BMW X3
I am not sure if my goal today was to win the special. Last year it didn’t bring us luck as we had to retire the next day. Second isn’t such a bad place sometimes.

Nicolas MISSLIN – MITSUBISHI MPR13
I am really delighted. I am getting used to the car and gaining in confidence. Apart from the deviation I am happy with my third place. I didn’t take any excessive risks, just a lot of pleasure.

Christian LAVIEILLE – Proto DESSOUDE
The start of the special was very slippery and you had to be careful of the cactus, but overall these 60 kilometres were a pleasure. There was a little confusion at the diversion, but I think it was the same for everyone. We didn’t have any rain, but there were some big puddles.

Guerlain CHICHERIT – BMW X3 
The day didn’t go too well for us. The diversion caused us to stop twice and we lost a bit of time. Still, the rally has only just started and we have a lot of kilometres ahead of us.

Jean-Louis SCHLESSER – Buggy SCHLESSER
»It wasn’t a special for us, too twisty and with too many changes of direction. It was difficult to get the right track. Even if the buggy lacks a little horsepower, she handled very well. No problem with the co-driver – he just got a smack!!

Eric VIGOUROUX – CHEVROLET Protruck
We had a problem with the trip and the notes that Alex called were completely out – either too late or too early… Later on, without a windscreen, we had to slow right down for the big puddles.

Pascal LARROQUE (Co-pilot of Pascal THOMASSE) – Buggy MD
A nice warm up even, if the diversion could have caused us problems. Without comparing it to Argentina, there were quite a few spectators out on the course which was a pleasure to see.

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