2012 Pharaons RallyHusqvarna took its inaugural desert rally victory last weekend when Joan Barreda won the Pharaons Rally 2012 in Egypt.
The Speedbrain Husqvarna pilot emphasized his exceptional talent by taking three of six stages during the race held this week from Monday to Saturday.Barreda finished the closing stage in fourth position, as his team mate Paulo Goncalves owned the final 425km from Tibniya to Gizeh.“Speedy” Goncalves tried whatever he could to make up for his navigation error from yesterday´s stage, but the Portuguese couldn´t re-gain enough ground on his rivals Jakub Przygonski and Jordi Viladoms, therefore missing the overall podium of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship.The mission for Barreda meanwhile was to control today´s action from the front. The 29- year-old was riding a tactical stage aboard his Husqvarna TE 449RR by Speedbrain. Barreda could rely on a lead of more than 17 minutes and didn´t need to take any risks, bringing home the historic win in a calculated manner.Joan Barreda says: “I’s been a fantastic performance and I´m overjoyed for Husqvarna and the Speedbrain team to take this legendary victory. My TE 449RR by Speedbrain is a dream in all situations. Amazingly fast, well-handling and totally reliable. A big thank you goes to my team and to the mechanics for their hard work and this superb bike.”Paulo Goncalves says: “I’m happy for Joan and the team. To win this traditional race is a major feat. Obviously I´m disappointed having made that mistake yesterday. I did what I could today, it just wasn´t quite enough. The team is great and I´m certain we will achieve further more down the road. My congrats to Jakub and Jordi for landing on the world championship podium.”Wolfgang Fischer (Speedbrain Husqvarna Team Principle) says: “Unbelievable, awesome – I´m extremely delighted for Joan and the team. This win is a milestone in our young team history. Paulo missed the world championship podium, but we took the vice world title in the constructors championship for Husqvarna. We worked very hard at this rally project and were able to form a winning package in little time. I´d like to thank the BMW Group and Husqvarna for their first-class cooperation. Ultimately it has also been Monster Energy, all our sponsoring partners and our super-fast technical suppliers who made this success possible. We´ll have a party tonight before we´re starting to look towards Morocco, where we will be lining up from next weekend.”2012 Pharaons Rally Final Motorcycle Results: 1. Barreda (Husqvarna) 2.Przygonsky (KTM) a 19’56” 3. Viladoms (Bordone Ferrari) a 1h04’59” 4. Goncalves (Husqvarna) a 1h1706″‘ 5. Salvatierra (Honda) 1h 50’ 6. Czachor (KTM)
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.