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Michael Metge wins Baja Aragón in motorcycles

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Baja Aragón Teruel
FIM Cross-Country Bajas World Cup, round 2
Teruel, July 22, 2018
Super Special (SS1): 12.81km
SS2 215.62km
SS3: 147,30km
SS4: 127.45km
Total: 503.18km


Baja Aragón, the second round of the  FIM Cross-Country Bajas World Cup,ended with  Michael Metge (Sherco) winning a very close race by a narrow margin from  Joan Pedrosa (KTM) and  Adrien Metge (Sherco).


From the opening super special stage,  Michael Metge and Joan Pedrero were closely matched and shared stage wins to finish with a margin of just  21 seconds.


After leading the  quad class on Saturday night, Mario Cajon (KTM) was forced to retire and that paved the way for  Dani Vilà (Yamaha)  to claim the win.


After a meeting of the FIM jury, chaired by Jean-Luc Maindron, the times for the leading four riders from the third stage on  Saturday were rectified. An arrow indicating the direction of arrival had fallen to the ground and rally organisers had placed a vehicle across the track in order to avoid the remainder of the field from getting lost after the four riders had passed.


On his debut with  Team Sherco TVS, Michael Metge  won in style. “Just like  Joan Pedrero (KTM), I had a light Baja bike, but that forced us to refuel often,” said the young Frenchman. “Team Sherco has been professional and I owe the fact that I have been able to win to the speed and ability of the mechanics. For me, this is a new and beautiful adventure to share races in the same team as my brother and to be on the podium with him for this first Baja!”


A smiling  David Casteu, sporting director of Sherco TVS Rally, said: “Michael’s coming to the team brought a lot of motivation to Adrien but also to the whole team. He had a professional race. We needed this victory, it feels good. As for Adrien, he rode all weekend with his rally bike and this is an extraordinary performance!”

Not only did  Adrien Metge  reach the third step of the podium racing with a much heavier motorbike but he also used a desert tyre and, unfortunately, during the night, it rained…
Sola finished fourth followed by  Oliveras, Patrao and Brabec.Adam Tomiczek (KTM Orlen) was eighth and his team-mate  Maciej Giemza was 10th.


In the  quad category, last year’s winner Arnaldo Martins (Suzuki) had to leave victory to the  Junior rider Dani Vilà (Yamaha) and settle for the second step on the podium after being penalised 16 minutes for arriving late at PC6.
Junior rider  Miguel Antonio Esteban (KTM) finished in third place, despite being penalised 13 minutes for speeding.
Rosa Romero (KTM) won the  Women’s category ahead of  Sara Garcia (Yamaha) and Rita Vieira (Yamaha).
Follow us for the next adventure in Chile’s  Atacama Desert  for the third round of the  FIM Cross-Country Rally Championship  from August 11 to 18!



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