Road rallies – Tragic opening of the French road rally championship in the Cevennes –

Tragic opening of the French road rally championship in the Cevennes

Road rallies - Tragic opening of the French road rally championship in the Cevennes -

The Porte des Cevennes Rally in Anduze (30), the opening round of the 2019 French road rally championship, was bereaved on Saturday by a tragic accident in the first special…

Victim of a heavy fall on the handlebars of his Kawasaki ER-6 n ° 451 a few meters from the finish of the first special on Saturday, Julien Rey unfortunately lost his life in this accident. He was 31.

The whole MNC team joins in the pain of his family and loved ones…

Although shortened, the rally continued and the new headliner Luc Breban (ex-enduro rider already noticed in 2018) won this first round of the 2019 championship on his KTM 790 Duke ahead of Bruno Schiltz, runner-up of the 2018 French championship. (Aprilia 1100 Tuono). Three small tenths separate the two pilots in the general cumulative time: Luc snatched the victory from Bruno by obtaining the best time in the last of the three passages at the Col du Mercou, the only special preserved after the fatal fall of Julien Rey.

Bruno Schiltz however won the first two timed passages and the third step of the podium is awarded to the CTM 83 driver Romain Cauquil (KTM 790 Duke).

In the classifications by category, let us note the remarkable victory in "Duo" of the entirely female crew of the team Les Morues: Sonia Barbot and her passenger Laureen Maunier, embarked on a Triumph 675 Daytona, won the pompom by being classified first of the "Women" "and premieres in Duo !

This very sad start to the championship promises to be eventful: places will be expensive this year on the scratch podium. !

Finally, the n ° 1 was absent on this rally and may well be on the next ones: Julien Toniutti, reigning French champion, is slowly recovering from his fall on the last Dakar and will probably no longer go hunting for the title. in road rally. Record holder after his fifth title, .

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