For the first seven of 14 stages in the 2012 Dakar Rally, MRW Red Bull AMV KTM’s Marc Coma completed nearly 2800 miles, with around 930 of those timed.
And as expected, the Spaniard is running up front, second behind his KTM teammate and rival, Cyril Despres. Following Sunday’s rest day, Coma will began Stage Eight, which takes riders from Copiapo to Antofagasta a route of 448 miles, with 277 timed.
Coma will start the second half of the 2012 Dakar Rally 7:48 behind the Frenchman Despres, and will be looking to grab his third Dakar title.
But it’s been tough racing so far, with Coma winning three out of seven stages (six was canceled due to snow in the Andes). Throughout these 2800 miles, Coma and his “water carrier” Joan Pedrero used 105 gallons of fuel, 2.6 gallons of oil each, and a new brake and tire set every day.
Ahead, Coma and Pedrero have nearly double the amount of timed specials (around 1550 miles), and routes through the Atacama desert, the driest region in the world.
Attached above is a graph displaying the numbers of Marc Coma so far in the first seven stages of the 2012 Dakar Rally.