2012 Dakar RallyThree-time Dakar winner Marc Coma was unbeatable Wednesday, taking the Stage-Four win of the 2012 Dakar Rally.
The stage took the motorcycle riders from San Juan to Chilecito, and consisted of a 202-mile special, which the MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally rider Coma covered in 4 hours, 16 minutes and 43 seconds.Coma beat his rival and teammate Cyril Despres by 2:02, but still trails the Frenchman overall by 8:10 after four of 14 stages.On Thursday, Stage Five will take Coma and his water carrier Joan Pedrero, who finished sixth Wednesday and is eighth overall, from Chilecito to Fiambala. The route will include 258 miles, 164 of which will be timed. During the stage, there is almost 62 miles of sand dunes, which increases the difficulty of stage.Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally) says: “As the kilometres went by, we found a stage that was increasingly difficult. The first part was fast and nice to ride, and we could try to get a good speed, but then the difficulty started to increase. We found a river with a lot of water, which made us suffer a lot.“Afterwards with the mud, as I started to have problems with the front brake. In the last few kilometres of the race the brake failed and I had to lower the pace, but I’m happy with this win, because to finish today was already a victory.“We will keep working every day, fighting at each kilometre, and we will see, because today wasn’t easy for anyone. In such an extreme situation, any small problem can make a difference.”Joan Pedrero (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally) says: “My assessment of today’s stage is very positive, because I started very far behind because I stopped yesterday to help Cody and I had to start sixteenth. I was able to improve and I had a lot of fun, but it was a tough and complicated stage.“There was a lot of mud and places where the track was broken. Also, starting behind so many riders I had a lot of dust, but I finished sixth and I am very happy. The important thing is that I am setting a good pace and I ride more confidently reading the road book.”
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.