Aprilia rider still in the lead after 6th leg of Africa Eco Race

After a well-deserved day of rest, the Africa Eco Race resumed yesterday with the 6th  leg, from Dakhla, Morocco, to Chami, Mauritania. Both the Aprilia Tuaregs, entrusted to Jacopo Cerutti and Francesco Montanari, were once again great protagonists, with Cerutti finishing 2nd and still maintaining leadership in overall standings, and rookie Montanari putting in an outstanding performance, finishing 5th and is so far his best result since the start of the rally.

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“It was a strange leg. A large part of the route was straight but it was hard to identify the track and that made navigation complicated. In these conditions, I preferred managing the race without taking too many risks, so second place is fine; I didn’t lose much ground on my adversaries. We are already looking forward to today’s leg,” said Cerutti.

In the 204 km of today’s special trials, Cerutti once again battled with his direct rivals in the standings, Alessandro Botturi and Pol Tarres. The rider from Como reached the destination in second place, just 1 minute and 7 seconds behind the Spaniard and 45 minutes ahead of Botturi. In the overall standings, the three-way battle gets more thrilling by the moment, with Cerutti’s Tuareg maintaining the lead at a close 1 minute and 58 seconds over Tarres and 3 minutes ahead of Botturi, both on Yamahas.

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For Aprilia, it was another picture-perfect day, with both Tuaregs at the top thanks to Francesco Montanari’s fifth place, just 3 minutes 58 seconds behind the winner. The rider from Como, in his very first raid of such an extraordinarily demanding caliber, thereby took his best result since the start of the race, also moving up to sixth place in the overall standings.

The seventh leg is scheduled for today, where the route will follow a ring-shaped path that starts and ends in Chami, for a total of 475 km, including 454 special trials.