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Dakar 2007: KTM Press Release 10Jan

  Posted at 07:34:12 PM
  File under  Dakar Race KTM
  Author: KTM Press Release
  Location: Normandy, France

The race has just begun

The Dakar Rally is five days underways, but the real begins tomorrow. That’s what Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) believes.

Dakar KTM Marc Coma
Avoiding the rocks, Marc Coma on KTM Repsol      (c) van Oers J.

Last years winner Coma took the lead in the standings and is satisfied with that. ‘The stages in Morocco gave me confidence, but it was just the beginning. These days have been a matter of keeping everything in one piece, not make mistakes and don’t take any risks.’

The start of todays special gave the riders a view of complete emptyness in the Atlas Mountains. And after that the piste was covered with stones ans rocks, in every thinkable size and type.

Dakar KTM David Casteu
Nr 8 David Casteu jumping over the rocks      (c) van Oers J.

Fastest rider today was KTM Gauloises-ace Isidre Esteve, second in the overall standings at almost ten minutes behind countryman Coma. ‘I really enjoyed myself over the first 50 kilometres – the terrain reminded me of the countryside around where I live and where I grew up riding enduro bikes – perhaps that is why I went well today. Then at about km 60 I came up into Marc Coma’s dust and sat behind him until the finish line – the track was too tricky and dusty to attempt an overtaking move.’

Dakar KTM Freinademetz
Privateer Freinademetz also making his way to Tan Tan      (c) van Oers J.

Results of today's special from Quarzazate to Tan Tan:

Rank Rider Nation Bike Time
1 Esteve Pujol SPA KTM 3.56.22
2 Marc Coma SPA KTM 3.58.16
3 Cyril Despres FRA KTM 4.01.24
4 Jordi Viladoms SPA KTM 4.07.12
5 Chris Blais USA KTM 4.10.48
8 David Casteu FRA KTM 4.11.38
9 Giovanni Sala ITA KTM 4.14.58
11 Frans Verhoeven NED KTM 4.15.53

Overall results:

Rank Rider Nation Bike Time
1 Marc Coma SPA KTM 14.08.48
2 Esteve Pujol SPA KTM 14.18.44
3 David Casteu FRA KTM 14.46.29
4 Cyril Despres FRA KTM 14.56.21
5 Chris Blais USA KTM 14.56.24
6 Jordi Viladoms SPA KTM 15.15.58
7 Frans Verhoeven NED KTM 15.18.01
13 Giovanni Sala ITA KTM 15.36.54

Via: KTM

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