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Success for Women in the Rally of Morocco!

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Laia Sanz and Camelia Liparoti have made history once again - this time at the OiLibya Rally in Morocco!

The Spanish “wonderwoman” Laia Sanz will go down in the annals by finishing tenth overall in the bike category, while quad rider Italian Camelia Liparoti gave it her all to take her sixth FIM Women’s Cross-Country Rallies World title, becoming the first woman ever to achieve that tally.

The battle in the extremely hot and demanding conditions of southern Morocco was difficult for everyone, but Sanz looked anything but tired when she crossed the finish line after almost 2 000 kilometres including the liaisons.

“I am really happy! I didn´t expect this kind of result because my goal was to get experience and to do a lot of kilometres, but I finished tenth and that´s an incredible result!”, she says joyfully.

Sanz has dominated in women´s trial and enduro and now she is having success in rallies as well! And her recipe for her success is quite simple:

“I just love it so much! When you love something it´s much easier. I like to work and when I want something I work hard to do it.”

The girl from Spain is now concentrating on the Dakar that will take place in South America in January.

“Now there is a lot of work to do and I am just thinking of the Dakar!”

Liparoti too had good reason to be happy at the prize giving ceremony in Marrakech. Despite two bad crashes during the Rally of Morocco, she had gritted her teeth to win her sixth title.

“I had a tough week”, she observed. - Not only did I crash but I had to pass on the dunes that I love so much! Physically and mentally that hurt but I am happy to have come through it all to take my sixth Championship victory. I would point out that I am in quad but that I also race for a title where I am in competition with the women who ride on motorcycles.”

In the women´s overall category, Liparoti took the first place, Sanz the second and Russian Anastasiya Nifontova third.

The FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission is pleased to see women succeeding in such demanding conditions.

“The OiLibya Rally in Morocco was an incredible adventure as always”, says the Director of the Commission Nita Korhonen. “I am so proud to see these amazing women do such an incredible job in such harsh conditions. During the rally we also had a really successful meeting with the Cross Country commission and we now aim to invest more in women´s Cross Country. For example, quads would be great way to get more women into all our disciplines and I am happy that both Laia and Camelia have announced their willingness to help us with this project.”


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