Baja Oeste 2023: Megre and Giroud take bike and quad wins at Baja Oeste in Portugal

Baja Oeste 2023: Megre and Giroud take bike and quad wins at Baja Oeste in Portugal

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A six-kilometre Prologue and two stages of 200km and 145km on winding tracks, often sandy and always dusty, made up the competitive itinerary for this Baja de Oeste in Portugal, the last European round of the 2023 FIM Bajas World Cup.
Over this type of terrain, David Megre (Kawasaki) and Kevin Giroud (Yamaha) dominated their respective motorcycle and quad categories to take comfortable victories.

Megre was largely unchallenged and takes the lead in the FIM Bajas World Cup with two races to go before the end of the season.

Mohammed Al-Balooshi (KTM) was the leader before Portugal and registered for the Baja de Oeste at the last minute on a KTM rented from Mario Patrao. Unfortunately, Al-Balooshi is more accustomed to the deserts of Dubai and didn’t really feel comfortable on the playing field in Portugal. Sixth at the finish, Al-Balooshi relinquished his leading position to Megre but there are still two Bajas to run in his region - one at home in Dubai and the other in Jordan.

Second in the motorcycles, Pedro Bianchi Prata (Honda) can be proud of his performance because he finished 21 minutes 52 seconds behind Megre and, at 50-years-old, he was the first Veteran!

Paulo Cardoso (Kawasaki) rounded off the podium, followed by Rafael Marques (Fantic) and Abdullah Al-Shatti (KTM). Following two minutes 35 seconds behind sixth-placed Al-Balooshi was the incredible Sara Garcia (Yamaha), who also had a little difficulty adapting to the Portuguese terrain on her heavy motorcycle.
Canadian Jonathan Finn (Honda) came home in eighth overall, despite getting lost several times in SS2.

In the quad category, Kevin Giroud (Yamaha) earned his second victory, ahead of the Saudi Arabian duo of Haitham Al-Tuwaijri (Yamaha) and Hani Al-Noumesi (Yamaha). The Frenchman also finished first in the Junior category ahead of Finn, while Garcia claimed her third consecutive victory in the Women's category, ahead of Esther Merino Garcia (Husqvarna), Alona Ben Natan (KTM) and Sarah Khuraibet (KTM Duust).

In the Veteran section, Pedro Bianchi Prata claimed the laurels from Paulo Cardoso (Kawasaki) and Rafael Marques (Fantic).

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Source: FIM
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