Coma, a KTM factory rider and multiple winner of the notorious Dakar Rally took his first Sertões title with an overall winning margin of 17 minutes 25:50.Coma coasted home in comfort in the final of the 10 stages to finish eighth and seal the overall win after traveling from Sobral to Fortaleza on his KTM motorcycle.He won three stages and apart from the final day was always among the top three in the daily reckoning. Brazilian Felipe Zanol came second and Poland’s KTM rider Kuba Przygonski was overall third.
Marc Coma says: “The rally was quite long. Now is the time to enjoy the victory. Sertões has very particular characteristics not found anywhere else in the world. The first stages were very difficult for me because I use a slightly larger bike for the demands of this type of rally.” Coma said it was a shame that his close rival Ze Helio (5-times winner of Sertões Rally) had problems that took him out of contention for the final title when he failed to finish Stage Three after he hit a rock and punctured an oil intercooler.”“I had to ride very concentrated, not making mistakes and always with the goal of finishing the special among the top three. It was particularly important for me to win here because it is the title that was missing from my collection.”Coma competed on the KTM 690 EXC, the farewell rally for him on this bike.Third placed Polish rider Kuba Przygonski also rode the KTM 690 who said that he was happy with his results after what was a very hard race.
Sertões International Rally Results:
1, Marc Coma, France, KTM (overall winning margin 17 minutes 25:50
2, Felipe Zanol, Brazil, Honda
3, Kuba Przygonski, Poland, KTM
4, David Casteu, France, Sherco
5, Dario Lopez de Souza, Brazil, Honda
6, Jacek Czachor, Poland, KTM