|01-05-2014, 02:49 PM||#752|
team F5 ⌘R
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: silicon valley, ca
KTM update for today.
COMA FINISHES CLOSE SECOND IN STAGE ONE OF DAKAR 2014
01/05/2014 / Red Bull
KTM Factory rider Marc Coma launched his bid for a fourth Dakar Rally title when riders set out on Stage One of the world’s toughest rally on Sunday. At the end of a long day Coma finished second to Joan Barreda of Spain just 37 seconds behind the leader.
Coma said he took things relatively easy on Day One: "It was not easy with just a special of 180 km and on the first day of the Dakar you don't yet really have the right feeling. But I am happy for what we managed today. I took things fairly easy but the race is long and this is just the beginning."
All four of Marc Coma's Red Bull KTM factory teammates were within six minutes of the leader. Francisco 'Chaleco' Lopez of Chile was well placed at sixth fastest, trailing only by 3:24 minutes. Ruben Faria finished eleventh fastest at 5:11 minutes and Jordi Viladoms was thirteenth at just under six minutes. Riders are competing on the brand new KTM 450 RALLY bike.
Lopez was also satisfied with his ride on the opening day. "It was very technical. I'm very happy but it was a long first day with an early start. But I didn't have any crashes and I have a good feeling for the new motorcycle."
Faria too came away satisfied with Day One: "Today was just a small special but a long liaison. The special was not so easy. There were a lot of turns, left and right and up and down but the bike is great and everything went well."
At eleventh place KTM Australia’s Ben Grabham was the fastest of the three official KTM-supported riders, trailing the lead time by just 4:50 minutes. Jakub 'Kuba' Przygonski of Poland came in at twentieth at 8:23 and South African Riaan van Niekerk finished twenty-seventh at 11:14.
KTM Team Manager Alex Doringer was a contented man at the end of Day One. "I'm very happy with the performance of the riders and the bike. Marc and Chaleco were perfect today and Viladoms and Ruben took it easy and used the stage to settle in to get a good feeling. Grabham did a fantastic ride and Jakub and Riaan both finished the day smiling. They are sure then can improve as the rally goes on."
While riders had a total of 809 km starting at Rosario, Argentina and finishing at San Luis, it was just 180 km in the middle of the stretch was timed special. The timed special sent riders over narrow tracks with challenging stony sections and blind jumps that called upon good concentration and ended in a climb up to 2400 m.
The first 20 all finished within 10 minutes of the day’s fastest time, however they all face a bigger challenge in Monday’s Stage Two. They face another long ride of 724 km from San Luis to San Rafael, including 359 km of timed special.
Organizers promise that the first part of Monday’s special stage will be the fastest of the 2014 rally. Then for the last 100 km riders go straight into the grey dunes of Nihuil and will challenge even the most experienced rider and force them to draw on all their technical skills.
Results Dakar 2014, Stage One (Unofficial after first 40 riders)
Rosario to San Luis – 629 km liaison, 180 km special = 809 km
1. Joan Barreda (E), Honda, 2:25:31 h
2. Marc Coma (E), KTM, +37 sec
3. Cyril Despres (F), Yamaha, +1:40 min
4. Alain Duclos (F), Sherco, +1:56
5. Paolo Goncalves (P), Honda, +2:25
6. Chaleco Lopez (RCH), KTM, +3:24
11. Ben Grabham (AUS), KTM, +4:50
12. Ruben Faria (P), KTM, +5:11
13. David Casteu (F), KTM, +5:32
14. Jordi Villladoms (E), KTM, +5:51
17. Stefan Svitko (SK), KTM, +6:57
20. Kuba Przygonski (PL), KTM, +8:23
26. Ivan Jakes (SK), KTM, +10:42
27. Riaan van Niekerk (RSA), KTM, +11:14
Marc Coma a comfortable second on Day One
Chaleco Lopez starts Stage Two at sixth place
Australia's Ben Grabham the fastest of the KTM-spported riders
Ruben Faria trails by just over five minutes
Jordi Viladoms on a solid 14th place
|01-05-2014, 02:50 PM||#753|
get on with it
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: NW Italy, in the vineyard
My head is my only house unless it rains.
D. Van Vliet
|01-05-2014, 02:51 PM||#754|
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Deep East Texas
|01-05-2014, 02:54 PM||#755|
Joined: Jan 2010
Otherwise explain me what you miss, what you like to see and maybe I can make something. Best is to PM me, because I don't have a lot of time to read every post ;-)
|01-05-2014, 02:58 PM||#756|
Joined: May 2010
Leatt poster boy?
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2014 KTM 500 EXC
2012 Dacre Challenge -Team Explore the Bruce - 8th (i.e last) Place. 17:59
|01-05-2014, 02:59 PM||#757|
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: "Pearl of the sound" - f5ederation of scandwegia
Twice in this clip he is "off"... once off the bike... and once "off" the road (overshoot corner)... and THAT's just on the offchance they caught him on camera?!
How many close calls did he have (riding at that pace) that were not caught by the cameras I wonder?
CONTENTS MAY SETTLE DURING TRANSPORT...
|01-05-2014, 03:09 PM||#759|
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Del Mar CA
WIN THIS LS2 HELMET GAME FOR DAKAR STAGE 2
On Breauxman LIVE we're giving away at least 5 (out of 96 guesses today, nobody got that Carlos Sousa would win the stage in car category)
Simply Pic The Winner of Bike And Car Categories of DAKAR Stage 2 From San Luis to San Rafael and we will send you the size and color of your choice.
*One guess per person.
**Shipping to US addresses only
***No Entries after the start of the stage
Thanks to LS2 for Setting this up.
(First come first serve on choices)
no guessing here on F5 please
|01-05-2014, 03:23 PM||#763|
Fast and Far
Joined: Apr 2008
Location: Merrickville, Canada
I even noticed after the cattle gate where he seems to be confused on which way to go....
|01-05-2014, 03:24 PM||#764|
Joined: May 2008
I want him to do well, but he's luck pushed to the razor edge can't last for 15 days.
I'm putting my bookmark for the night.
Good night all.
|01-05-2014, 03:27 PM||#765|
team F5 ⌘R
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: silicon valley, ca
Laia Sanz checks in via twitter:
Laia Sanz @LaiaSanz_
A lot of dust today because my race number isn't good and there was a lot of riders who have started before me.
I've taken it easy but after a few km I've passed some riders. My 35th place is a good result #Dakar #Dakar2014
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