News Coma Trains on KTM for 2011 Dakar | Video

Coma Trains on KTM for 2011 Dakar | Video

2011 Dakar Prep

The 2011 Dakar to be staged in Argentina and Chile is only days away now, and all the biggest teams are getting in much training for one of the most famed off-road races

One motorcycle racing team that’s preparing heavily is the Red Bull Team of Marc Coma on the KTM 450 Rally. This YouTube video shows Coma in a training session with his fellow Red Bill teammate from the automobile discipline, Carlos Sainz.

After receiving a six-hour penalty and being knocked out of contention in the 2010 Dakar, Spain’s Marc Coma spent a portion of his year searching for an ideal solution for a victorious return.

Getting back to basics was on level par with the deception experienced at the end of the 2010 Dakar, which concluded with a 15th place result aboard the KTM, the worst finish in his career, excluding retirements.

KTM rider Marc Coma will line up for the start in Buenos Aires with one objective, victory. But the system he will use has been re-thought.

While the rules have been changed with all the elite riders, now riding 450cc bikes, the more important change for the Catalan concerns his entourage. Gone is Jordi Arcarons, who had been alongside Coma since the debut of his career.

This year, former teammate, Giovanni Sala, still quite active behind the scenes at KTM, will determine race strategy. The Italian, winner of nine stages and third overall on the 2006 Dakar was enthralled by Coma’s proposition.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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