Husqvarna riders move up the order at the Morocco Rally
Husqvarna factory riders Ruben Faria and Pela Renet had their best day out so far in Stage Three of the Morocco Rally, the final round of the 2015 FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship. Faria, a veteran of the rally raid and the Dakar Rally, bettered his previous day’s ride to finish seventh in the stage, and is now also seventh overall.
Wednesday was also a very good day for Renet, who is making his debut in rally sport, as is the Husqvarna Factory team. The French rider, here to gain experience and to learn the navigation techniques, had his first top ten finish. He was eighth fastest in the stage, up nine positions on the previous day and despite a 20-minute penalty incurred in the first stage for missing a waypoint, is now fifteenth in the overall list.
Renet was particularly pleased with his top ten finish, saying: “Eighth place today and now 18.56 minutes off the lead. There was still a lot of dust at the beginning of the day – also at the end, but I managed to pass some riders in the sand tracks. It’s really positive because it allows me to have a better starting position tomorrow in the top 10. It looks better to take the start with just one minute between each rider.”
Faria, who took a small fall in the opening stage, which resulted in some bruising of his left side and a little discomfort, also managed to advance six places in Wednesday’s stage compared to Stage Two. He is now is sixth place in the standings.
The two Husqvarna factory riders are essentially in Morocco to train, and to test materials. The rally is an important part of the team’s pre-Dakar Rally preparation and for Renet, who comes straight from enduro sport, where he has been a leading rider in recent seasons, a valuable opportunity to acquaint himself with a new motorsport. Renet missed the second half of the WEC Enduro World Championship through injury but is quickly finding his way in his new discipline. Husqvarna-supported Jacopo Cerutti of Italy is also delivering a strong rally and after Stage Three was in tenth overall.
On Thursday the Husqvarna riders competing on the FR 450 Rally face a long day with a stage of 641 km on the programme, which includes a timed special of 293 km. The rally concludes on Friday.