Dakar 2013: The American Kurt Caselli replace Marc Coma on KTM
TAGS: DAKAR , DAKAR 2013 , JOAN PEDRERO , KTM , KTM USA , KURT CASELLI , MARC COMA , MRW KTM TEAM
December 23, 2012 by Philip Win - (0) comments
IVAN RAMIREZ AND KURT CASELLI (RIGHT) ENDED SECOND IN THE BAJA 1000 2012 IN CALIFORNIA. (PICTURE: RED BULL CONTENT POOL / MAURICIO RAMOS)
This is a criminal nonkicking Caselli it gets on the bike and is fast. The American rider Kurt Caselli take the motorcycle has vacated Marc Coma in the official team KTM for the Dakar 2013. Coma announced on Friday it would not run the Dakar, after failing to optimal recovery of a right shoulder injury suffered in an accident at the Rally of Morocco , two months ago. Caselli is an experienced enduro rider, who won the AMA National Hare and Hound in America and his latest success was a second place in the Baja 1000 this season, along with Ivan Ramirez . Caselli's official test driver KTM USA , division of the Dutch brand gringa and that earned him a promotion to one of the best bikes in the Dakar. Anyway, Caselli comes exclusively to experience and do not fight for the race, so if I had been a pilot as Marc Coma : The sub-team leader MRW KTM will Joan Pedrero , who in the last two years was the Coma backpacker in Dakar.
"Caselli will use the same bike as Marc, will gain experience and enjoy this adventure that is the Dakar, without pressure," said Alex Doringer , KTM team manager in Dakar, which also integrates the motorcycles that will drive the defending champion Cyril Despres and backpacking Ruben Faria .
Meanwhile, Caselli was thrilled with KTM's decision to include it in the best team in the world cross country rally: "It has always been a goal of my career racing in the Dakar. There would be no possible way for me to accomplish this without the support of KTM. Being able to run off-road competition in the world over the top of the best bike in the world is truly a blessing. Not only is a milestone in my career but in my life. " KTM has won the last 11 editions of the Dakar, which included an unbeaten in South America, where only Despres and Coma have achieved victories.
MARC COMA AND CYRIL DESPRES, THE ONLY TWO DRIVERS TO WIN THE DAKAR IN SOUTH AMERICA ON MOTORCYCLES. BOTH RUN FOR KTM, BUT ONLY YOU CAN DEFEND THE HEGEMONY DESPRES (PICTURE: RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE)
Besides the four official bikes, KTM has a very interesting candidate in the private motorcycle acquired by Francisco "Chaleco" Lopez and will be serviced by the Honda Racing XC Tamarugal .
What can she do Caselli? Probably fight for a place in the Top 10. Without Quinn Cody , still injured by several crashes including those suffered in the Dakar 2012 , Caselli will be the most important American pilot in the bike category. Definitely, the choice of pilot gringo collects much more in the world of marketing, as the curriculum Caselli not seem to be enough to get him on the bike Number 1 in Dakar. KTM has all the interest of a better position in the United States and its largest investment in motorsport, the Dakar. Let's see how it goes.