TRANSANATOLIA RALLY 2019 – 5th Stage
A SUGGESTIVE END OF THE DAY IN FRONT OF THE COLOSSUS ON THE TOMB OF ANTIOCO ON
NEMRUT MOUNTAIN. TOMORROW PENULTIMATE STAGE
Nemrut – The sunset in the middle of the monuments that watched the tomb of Antioco
leaves breathless riders who have already arrived very tired at the finish line of the fifth
stage. The 1,900-metre-high Nemrut mountain dominates the valley, offering panoramas
and emotions that really bring back the mind to the past: 62 years B.C. to be precise. So
far go the figures erected on top of the mountain to watch Antiocos' etenal sleep. And
despite the tiredness the riders find the strength to cover a steep climb of over 700
meters to the top to see a sunset that will remain forever printed in their memory.
This historical aspect is typical for Transanatolia Rally 2019 a race that, in this five days,
gets a total crono time of 14 hours – this is the time of the leader in motorbike category
– that's means the half of the hours to the finish line, for example, of Dakar 2019.
Today stage, of 348 kms, was of 2h.58'45”: this time belongs to Maurizio Gerini
(Husqvarna) who won again, all the 3 special stages. He maintains the first position on
Marco Borsi, second in the overall - with a gap of 54'55” - and second today in the first
and third SS.
Said Yusuf Cakir (Ktm) – sixth in the overall and first Turkish rider – start this morning
with a eight position in the first stage, but then he got better and better, finishing sixth
in the remaining two special stages.
Tsanko Tsankov and Zornitsa Todorova (Can Am) are still leader in the SSV category but
the French team of Yves Tartarin and Cedric Duplé today have suffered for a series of
problems to their Steenbok and they arrived very late to Nemrut.
Mert Becce e Sertaç Tatar on Suzuki Vitara increase their lead today in the overall
standing for car category, even if Batuhan Korkut and Ilayda Hanci Korkut on Mitsubishi
L200 won the first and third special stages. The gap, however, gave at the crew of the
Suzuki Vitara, was always very little and Mert Becce had only to win the second SS with
an incredible time of 44'48” to detach even more opponents in the overall. Now the
Turkish crew leads with 14'09” on Korkut and is the most important gap since the start of
the race. Third place for Tank Gokbay and Osman Metin on Land Rover who see their
stubbornness rewarded since these days have never stopped attacking.
Very difficult day for the two Mercedes Unimog, still fighting : The three special stages
were exhausting for them and the last two with the ravines on the side of the road have
impressed the Italian crews in more than one corner. Antonio Cabini takes the lead on
Giulio Verzeletti but the battle between the two Unimog continues.
Tomorrow sixth and penultimate stage: From Nemrut the rally move towards south-east,
destination Mardin located in the south-eastern region of Anatolia and dominates the
lowland of Mesopotamia. The finish line of stage is located between the historical rivers
Tigris and Euphrates and Mardin is a city with a deep history that embraces different
civilizations. The Transanatolia Rally will follow the traces of the Silk Road with these
last stages: tomorrow the total kilometres will be 280 and the specials stages are
reduced at two. The first will measure 29.5 kilometres and the second 85.