Matthias Walkner of Austria took victory in the Sardegna Rally Race, Round Four of the FIM World Cross Countries Rally Championship on the Italian island of Sardinia. Walkner is in his first full season with the KTM Factory Team and is a former MX3 World Champion.
Matthias Walkner, speaking in the finish area of the rally said that despite the win he had not been completely satisfied with his riding over the first three days. ”I was very motivated after winning the Super Special on the first day, but I crashed twice the next day. From a riding perspective the Sardegna Rally can’t be compared with desert riding. It has more the characteristic of an Enduro race.” He added that the navigation was rather complicated and it was very easy to make a mistake. “After I got more used to this situation, I was able to win the stage yesterday and I had to today I again had to start first. I rode alone at the front for over 100 km and I really felt good. I had not reckoned with the overall victory and for this reason I am even more pleased that it all worked out.”
The next round in the FIM World Championship is the Atacama Rally in Chile, August 30-September 9, 2015.
Sardegna Rally Race – Final Overall Results
1. Matthias Walkner, AUT, KTM, 16 hours 30 minutes, 26 seconds
2. Armand Monleon, ESP, KTM at 2.33
3. Helder Rodrigues, POR, Yamaha, at 5.05
4. Paolo Goncalves, POR, Honda at 9.10
5. Marc Coma, ESP, KTM, at 10.25
Text-Photo: PR KTM Racing-RallyZone Bauer/Barni