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Dakar 2014: Day 4 -KTM- Coma Closes On Leader After Stage 4

  Posted at 06:00:00 AM
  File under  Dakar Race KTM
  Author: KTM
  Location: Normandy, France

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Red Bull KTM Open link in a new window Factory riders Chaleco Lopez Open link in a new window of Chile and Spain’s Marc Coma Open link in a new window had a good day out in Stage 4 of the Dakar Open link in a new window 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. 
Dakar 2014 Marc Coma
Marc Coma       © Maragni M. KTM Images

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. 

Dakar 2014 Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez
Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Lopez commented briefly at the end of his stage: ‘Stone, river, stone – a very technical route but my tires were good enough”. Coma also said it was “a long and tough day”.

Dakar 2014 Jordi Viladoms
Jordi Viladoms       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Factory teammate Jordi Viladoms Open link in a new window was eleventh on Wednesday and is ninth in the overall standings some 40 minutes 14 behind the leader. The fourth team member, Ruben Faria Open link in a new window of Portugal crashed in Tuesday’s stage and is out of the race.

KTM Factory Team Manager Alex Doringer
was a happy man after Stage Four: “The bike and our riders did a fantastic job. Both days of the marathon were very intense. Marc and Chaleco did a fantastic marathon,” he commented. The factory riders are competing on the brand new KTM 450 RALLY bike.

KTM-supported rider Kuba Przygonski of Poland is currently overall tenth and Riaan van Niekerk of South Africa is twenty-second after a long day. He lost two hours in the stage through navigational issues. Australia’s Ben Grabham crashed and is also out. 

The marathon stage proved to be an early shakeout and while anything is possible in the Dakar, a handful of riders now seem to be in command of the overall standings. Only the top five are within half an hour of the leader and Coma and Lopez are well placed in this group. 

Dakar 2014 Henk Knuiman
Henk Knuiman       © Maragni M. KTM Images

Riders still have to face a second marathon stage after they enter Bolivia for the first time after Saturday’s rest day, and there are still the many kilometers of desert riding in Chile before they reach the finish in Valparaiso. 

The stage took riders from San Juan to Chilecito over 210 km liaison and a timed special of 353 km for a total of 563 km. Navigation played an important part in the first part and above all, riders had to nurse their tires, already badly worn from the previous day, through the entire day.

Dakar 2014 David Casteu
David Casteuz       © Maragni M. KTM Images

They now have to tackle another very long timed special on Thursday. They face 527 km under the clock and the longest stage in terms of distance – 911 km - as they make their way from Chilecito to Tucuman. The timed special is in two parts and much of it is in the sand. Riders will also have to deal with high temperatures.

Results Stage 4 (unofficial)

San Juan to Chilecito – 210 km liaison, 353 km special = 563 km

1, Joan Pedrero, ESP, Sherco 5 hours 29.13
2, Chaleco Lopez, CHL, KTM at 00.29
3, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 2.41

4, Israel Esquerre, CHL, Speedbrain
5, Olivier Pain, FRA, Yamaha
6, Joan Barreda, ESP, Honda at 13.56

Other KTM

8, Ivan Jakes, SVK, KTM at 19.30
11, Jordi Viladoms, ESP, KTM at 28.37 
12, Stefan Svitko, SVK, KTM at 30.32 
13, Jakub Przygonski, POL, KTM at 30.54 
14, David Casteu, FRA, KTM at 33.57
54, Riaan van Niekerk, ZAF, KTM at 2 hours 01.40 

Overall after Stage 4

1, Barreda 15 hours 39.53 
2, Coma at 3.10  
3, Lopez at 5.12

4, Duclos at 22.55 

5, Pain at 29.55

Other KTM

7, Casteu at 42.17 
9, Viladoms at 40.14
10, Przygonski at 54.52
11, Svitko at 56.45
14, Jakes at 1 hour 32.43
22, Van Niekerk 2:42.03 

Via: KTM

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