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Noooooooo - Marc Coma retires!

Noooooooo..... Marc Coma is retiring! He's an incredibly likable guy and consistently dominant competitor with a track record to prove it.

5 x Dakar and 6 x FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champion for 13 years with KTM.

Translated from him Facebook page - here's his message:



I retire because I believe that it is the right time. After 12 dakares, 5 victories and 6 World Championships, I have to be honest with myself and with all the people, like you, that you have been supporting during all these years. Special mention to ktm, where I have felt always at home, and to all my sponsors. To all of them, thank you very much. As the new director of Sports Dakar Rally, I have got a chance to be able to repay it somehow everything that this rally has given me. Thank you very much to all. Always ‪#‎Gasalaburra‬!!

 

I retreat because I think it's the right time. After 12 Dakars, 5 WINS and 6 World Championships, I have to be honest with myself and with all the people, like you, I have been giving support during all these years. Special mention to KTM, where I've always felt at home, and all my sponsors. To all of them, thank you very much. As the new sporting director of the Dakar, I've got an opportunity to return somehow everything that this rally has given me. MANY thanks to all. Always ‪#‎GasAlaBurra‬!!

I quit. I believe that it’s the right time to do it. After 12 Dakar’s, 5 wins and 6 world championships, I have to be honest with myself and with all the people who have been supported me along those years. To my sponsors and specially KTM, where I’ve always felt at home, thank you. As a new sportive director of Dakar I will have the chance to give back all the energy that somehow the rally has given me. THANK YOU all for your support. Always ‪#‎ThrottleToTheDonkey‬!!

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Coma seizes early initiative in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Red Bull KTM’s multi Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma seized the initiative in the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to lead the field at the end of the opening day. Coma was fastest over the 262.3 km timed special stage, one minute 21 ahead of KTM factory teammate Sam Sunderland. The rally is the first round of the 2015 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.

Other members of the KTM factory team were also well in contention after the first day in the desert with Ruben Faria in fourth and the team’s latest signing, Matthias Walkner of Austria in sixth. Moh Al Balooshi of KTM UAE was a solid seventh, Pablo Quintanilla of Chile eighth, Armand Monleon of Poland ninth and Juan Salvatierra of Bolivia tenth to give KTM eight of the top ten after Day One.

Following a largely ceremonial Super Special on Saturday, riders got down to business on Sunday with their first foray into the Liwa Desert. Coma completed the stage of 404 km of which 262 km was timed special in three hours 12 minutes and 54 seconds to finish with a narrow 1minute 21 margin to Sunderland, the team’s British rider who is based in the UAE and very familiar with the local terrain.

Marc Coma: “Today everything went well. We managed to set a good pace and we won ahead of Sam Sunderland, who we know is fast. I didn’t want to risk anything in the first part but then I was able to attack more, especially in the second part of the special.”

Speaking before the rally Coma said Abu Dhabi is a race where any advantage is good. “It is a rally with little navigation and where every small detail can be decisive. We have to be very attentive and apply the maximum concentration. The conditions in Abu Dhabi are always very hard and the temperatures are very high,” he added.

Sunderland, who has narrowly missed victory the two last years is looking to take the maximum advantage out of riding in the familiar terrain while Austria’s Matthias Walkner, who was impressive in his first Dakar Rally said before the start that he was hoping for a top 10 finish and wanted to keep working on his navigation. The Red Bull KTM Factory riders are competing on the KTM 450 RALLY.

Coma has won this event seven times, the highest number of KTM victories for a single rider. KTM riders have won every year except three since 1995 when motorcycles were first including on the program. Some 108 riders are contesting the motorcycle category this year, which is also the 25th edition of the Desert Challenge.
Monday’s Stage Two is 511 km of which 279 km is timed special.
Please Note: KTM Results Service after each stage; Race Report after final round.

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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship Round 1
Results First Stage – 404 km, of which 262.3 km Timed Special

1, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM 3 hours 12.54
2, Sam Sunderland, GBR, KTM at 1.21

3, Paolo Goncalves, POR, Honda at 5.33
4, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM, at 11.07
5, Ricky Brabec, USA, Honda at 11.54
6, Matthias Walkner, AUT, KTM at 13.59
7, Mohammed Al Balooshi, UAE, KTM at 14.10
8, Pablo Quintanila, CHO, KTM at 16.50
9, Armand Monleon, POL, KTM at 22:06
10, Juan Salvatierra, BOL, KTM at 289:28
More at www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com

The 2015 FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship Calendar:

Round One – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge UAE – 27.3 to 2.4.2015
Round Two – Sealine Rally Qatar 19-24.4.2015
Round Three – Pharaoh’s Rally Egypt 10-17.5.2015
Round Four – Sardegna Rally, Italy, 6-11.6.2015
Round Five – Atacama Rally, Chile, 30.8-5.9.2015
Round Six - OiLibya Rally, Morocco 3-9.10. 2015

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