Dakar – Dakar 2013: Coma withdraws! –

Dakar 2013: Coma withdraws !

Dakar - Dakar 2013: Coma withdraws! -

Marc Coma has just announced that he will ultimately not participate in the next Dakar … The KTM rider, who will be replaced, will therefore not be able to match the mark of his teammate Cyril Despres, four times winner of the event..

Marc Coma has just announced that he will ultimately not participate in the next Dakar

The KTM rider, who will be replaced, will therefore not be able to match the mark of his teammate Cyril Despres, four times winner of the event..

From the third day of the Rally of Morocco in October, Coma had fallen heavily and had to give up, leaving the field – almost – open to his French teammate (read). Optimistic and motivated, the three-time Dakar winner (2006, 2009 and 2011) hoped to be able to recover in time from his dislocated shoulder … In vain !

"With my current physical condition, I cannot face the Dakar being 100%" said Marc today before warning his fans, opponents and sponsors that "it is only a parenthesis. Marc Coma is still there. there for a while "…

"Marc is one of our key riders and with his teammate Cyril Despres he gave KTM the last seven motorcycle victories in the Dakar", recalls the factory KTM team manager, Alex Doringer, both disappointed with this forfeit and aware that the health of his men takes precedence over anything else.

The Catalan pilot will therefore not be able to take over from Cyril – the two accomplices have won one out of two events since 2005, that of 2008 was canceled – and thus offer the Mattighofen firm an eighth success. Despres will be there, however, accompanied by Faria, Pedrero and a certain Caselli.

KTM had indeed taken care to register a replacement driver: "Caselli is at the forefront of the American Off Road", underline the Oranges. On the American’s CV are several national titles, participations in ISDE and other Baja.

"Taking part in the Dakar has always been one of the goals of my career", explains the main person concerned. “To be able to compete in the biggest Off Road event in the world on the best bike in the world is truly a blessing. It’s not only a step in my career, but also in my life.” The baptism of little Kurt is scheduled for January 5 in Lima: stay tuned !

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