KTM Rally RacingWhen Marc Coma signed with KTM in 2003, Barcelona native finished third overall in the Dakar Rally, proving he had what it takes to be competitive in the world’s most challenging motorcycle race.
And this was true; while riding a KTM, Coma went on to win three Dakar Rally events: 2006, 2009 and 2011. But the Coma/KTM wins didn’t stop there; Coma was also World Rally Champion in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010, and was victorious in the 2011 UAE Desert Challenge and the Sardinia Rally.The Coma/KTM relationship has been a strong one, and will continue. The Austrian-based KTM reported Monday that Marc Coma has extended his contract to compete in international rallies with KTM, expressing his “desire to stay loyal to the brand where he started his career as a factory rider.”Marc Coma (KTM Factory) says: “I am glad to have been part of the KTM family for 10 years now and I want to finish my career with the brand where I first started as a factory rider I am looking forward at the next challenges and I’ll be racing in the Pharaons Rally and the Morocco Rally in preparation for the 2012 Dakar Rally.”Senior KTM officials also expressed great satisfaction that Coma will stay with the brand.Pit Beirer (Head of KTM Motorsports) says: “We are proud to have had Marc with us for such a long time. Together we have achieved fantastic results in Rally sport over the past years and we want to achieve even more in the coming years. Marc is a great example of professionalism and of commitment to the sport and to KTM. Without a doubt he also represents pure motorcycle passion. Rally is extremely important for KTM and with Marc we have a true great and a superb rider on our 450 rally bike. ”Heinz Kinigadner (senior company official, former Motocross World Champion and motorsports consultant to KTM) says: “Rally needs strong characters and lots of extra motivation and Marc has proved that when things are tough he is even stronger. Today he is not only a fixed part of the KTM family but also part of our company history.”
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.