Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma of Spain finished second in Stage Seven of the Dakar rally on Sunday to continue to lead in the overall standings by a substantial 38 minutes 14 seconds from Joan Barreda of Spain. Red Bull KTM’s Jordi Viladoms moved up to third overall as the Rally moves into its second week.
The 2014 edition of the Dakar Rally was billed at the outset as longer, harder and tougher. The first half of this annual motorsports test of strength for both man and machine have lived up to its reputation in every way.
As riders and teams settled into Salta in Argentina’s Andean foothills for the one day of respite in this 9,000 km epic, it was time to gather strength and assess what has been a very tough and eventful first half.
For the Red Bull KTM Factory team, bidding for its thirteenth Dakar title this year, it has been mixed fortunes so far. Three-time Dakar winner Marc Coma has performed to his usual high standard and leads at the half way mark by an impressive 42.17 minutes.
Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma rode another competent stage in the 2014 edition of the Dakar Rally on Friday to complete the first half of this grueling race with a 42.17-minute lead in the overall standings. Coma was second in Stage Six, just one minute 15 behind leader Alain Duclos of France.
Coma, a three times Dakar winner, said later he was content with the stage, which had not been easy. “It is true that we did not have the same extreme conditions of the previous days. This allowed us to tackle the stage in a less demanding way. But in any case, it was still a special 400 km with some navigation and 15 km of extreme enduro, which complicated things quite a lot.”
Red Bull KTM factory rider and three-times Dakar winner Marc Coma rose to the occasion on Thursday during yet another very difficult day to claim his first stage victory in the 2014 Dakar Rally. Coma led in teammate Jordi Viladoms and KTM supported rider Kuba Przygonski allowing KTM to scoop the top three places.
Coma said it had been another difficult day: “I opened ninety percent of the stage today. Everything was running well but it was soft sand and very technical and when you’re on the camel grass it is tough. At the end of the last part it was very difficult to find the finish line. I got to another river and had to cut back to find the correct one. But in the end it was good.”
Coma, who moved into second behind the leader Barreda on Wednesday by just three minutes has now taken control of the overall lead after winning the stage more than 12 minutes in front of Viladoms. He leads the overall standings by 41 minutes 10 from Barreda.
Red Bull KTM Factory riders Chaleco Lopez of Chile and Spain’s Marc Coma had a good day out in Stage 4 of the Dakar 2014, finishing 2-3 in the stage. Coma has moved up to second overall and trails by only 3 minutes 10 and Lopez is in third overall, 5.12 behind the leader.
As predicted, the second half of the first marathon stage was a matter of survival as riders nursed their bikes home after no mechanical assistance and no fresh tires overnight.
Lopez had a great day, finishing only 29 seconds behind the stage winner, Joan Pedrero. Coma, who is bidding for his fourth Dakar title, trimmed the gap to overall leader, Barreda of Spain, to just 3 minutes 10 seconds.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders faced a physically and tactically tough day on Tuesday for Stage 3 of the 2014 Dakar Rally, which saw the team’s most experienced rider, Marc Coma home in third and maintaining third place in the overall standings.
Coma came in behind Stage winner Joan Barreda and old rival Cyril Despres and registered 6 minutes 56 behind the leader. He is currently 13 minutes 04 off Barreda overall lead time.
Next fastest KTM rider on Tuesday was Frenchman David Casteu at number five, followed by Coma’s teammate Chaleco Lopez at sixth. Stefan Svitko of Slovakia and KTM supported rider Kuba Przygonski of Poland finished eighth and ninth to give KTM five of the top 10 places.
KTM goes to the Dakar 2014 with a new team structure, a brand new KTM 450 Rally bike and the determination to fight for a thirteenth title in the world’s toughest rally. Marc Coma of Spain leads the Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s title chase and is going for his fourth victory. Also in the factory team are Portugal’s Ruben Faria, Jordi Villadoms of Spain and Chaleco Lopez of Chile.
While the team was dealt a blow in November with the death of long-time KTM rider Kurt Caselli, they all go to the 2014 edition determined to honor his memory. Caselli was drafted into the factory lineup for 2013 after Coma was ruled out because of a shoulder injury and had a brilliant debut ride.
The Red Bull KTM rider sustained a torn ACL in what at first seemed to be a minor injury when he put his foot down in a turn. However, after consulting his doctor scans showed he had actually torn his ACL and he will undergo surgery in France later this week to have it repaired. The surgery will keep him from racing the start of the east coast Supercross 250 SX Series as he originally intended.
“This is an unfortunate injury, but we know Marvin will do the all steps necessary to recover as quickly as possible and come back when he is 100%,” commented Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster.
The popular intermission show of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, has expanded its line-up to include ten total Supercross venues. The schedule and application deadlines are below:
Event Date: Application Deadline:
1. Phoenix Supercross – January 11, 2014 December 13, 2013
2. Anaheim II Supercross – January 18, 2014 December 20, 2013
3. Anaheim III Supercross – February 1, 2014 January 3, 2014
4. Arlington Supercross – February 15, 2014 January 17, 2014
5. Atlanta Supercross – February 22, 2014 January 24, 2014
6. Indianapolis Supercross – March 1, 2014 January 31, 2014
7. Toronto Supercross – March 22, 2014 February 21, 2014
8. St. Louis Supercross – March 29, 2014 February 28, 2014
9. Houston Supercross – April 5, 2014 March 7, 2014
10. Las Vegas Supercross- May 3, 2014 April 4, 2014
KTM Racing has announced that Spanish rider Jordi Villadoms will join the Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team for the Dakar 2014. Villadoms, a late entry to the KTM lineup, will be the support rider for three-times Dakar winner Marc Coma.
Villadoms is an experienced Dakar competitor who rode for KTM from 2006 to 2010, although his best individual result came in 2012 when he finished fourth overall.
The 33-year-old rally racer joins the team followed by the tragic death of Kurt Caselli last month, who was a career KTM rider. While the team tries to come to terms with the loss of a valued and talented colleague and friend, Team Manager Alex Doringer said he was now seeking to consolidate and provide stability during the Dakar.