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Dakar Central Europe Rally Day 1 - KTM

21
April
2008
  Posted at 08:58:00 AM
  File under  Racing
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling

Perfect start for KTM on a beautiful Sunday
The competitors woke up this morning with a clear sky and a very comfortable temperature. After the start from the Heroes'Square a liaison of 58 kilometer was scheduled. Cyril Despres was the first bike to ride of the podium.

Marc Coma was flying today. He set the fastest time with an average speed of 94 km/h, and finished 1minute .15 seconds in front of second placed Cyril Despres. With 5 factory riders in the lead and 9 KTM's within the first 10 KTM scored a maximum result today and it also showed the potential of the Rally Light.

Marc Coma finds his rhythm
"It was sandy, bumpy and very fast at the same time this morning. On a first day it's always important to find your rhythm and to get the feeling. I'm quite happy with the bike, we're in the right direction. We expected to battle with the 450's,but they were no threat today."

Cyril Despres happy with his result
"A lot of sun and sand today. In the corners it was a little bit like Le Touquet, really nice to drive. You could call it a big prologue today, as it was short, but I'm happy with the result. We made a good first impression, which is good for us. "

Tomorrow two stages both 76 kilometers each in the surroundings of Baie Mare, Romania.

It was only two weeks ago that parts of this area were covered in snow, which forced the organization to cancel several stages. The weather forecast for tomorrow is not very promising, which can make a big difference in the conditions for the riders.

Results Day1
Rank Rider Nation Bike Time
1 Marc Coma SPA KTM 0.40.00
2 Cyril Despres FRA KTM 0.41.15
3 Jordi Viladoms SPA KTM 0.41.17
4 David Casteu FRA KTM 0. 41.33
5 Fransico Lopez CHL KTM 0.41.33



Overall Standings
Rank Rider Nation Bike Time
1 Marc Coma SPA KTM 0.40.00
2 Cyril Despres FRA KTM 0.41.15
3 Jordi Viladoms SPA KTM 0.41.17
4 David Casteu FRA KTM 0.41.33
5 Fransico Lopez CHL KTM 0.41.33






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