KTM factory-supported riders and former Dakar Rally winners Cyril Despres and Marc Coma rode a confident first stage in the grueling Dakar Rally which took contestants from Colon to Cordoba in Argentina, the first timed section in the 9000 km rally.
Finishing second and third in a tightly grouped trio behind David Casteu, Despres and Coma were just three and 12 seconds behind the leader and now have the advantage that Casteu must now navigate out in the lead in tomorrow’s stage.
Marc Coma Readies for 2010
This year the Dakar 2010 returns to Argentina & Chile for the second time and Marc Coma, last year’s winner, is one of the favorites to carry off the victory again this year. With the number 1 on the fairing of his KTM 690 Rally, the Repsol rider is facing this edition with the ambition and caution that has always marked this 33 year old rider, although he is convinced that he can be in the fight to get his third win in the toughest rally in the world.