2012 Dakar RallyThree-time Dakar Rally winner (2006, 2009, 2011) wrapped up another impressive run in race considered the “toughest” in the world.
The 35-year-old Spaniard finished second behind his KTM teammate Cyril Despres, winning five stages along the way.The MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally rider dueled with Despres for the first 12 of 14 stages, but had some transmission problems during Stage 13. These issues caused a penalty due to Coma having to change motors on the KTM, costing him an hour.Marc Coma (MRW Red Bull AMV KTM 450 Rally Dakar) says: “I finished second in what was a difficult rally. I gave it my all every single day. I wish to congratulate Cyril. He’s the champion. But I’m going to work hard to try and win again next year. If we keep alternating… it should be my turn! But first I have to work.”Throughout the 2012 Dakar Rally, Coma completed almost 5,600 miles, traveling from Mar Del Plata, Argentina, through Chile, to end in Lima, Peru. Following the race through three South American countries, Coma finished second, 1 hour and 8 minutes behind Despres. Coma also finished second in 2005 Dakar.Attached above is wallpaper highlighting Coma in the 2012 Dakar Rally.Click motorcycle thumbnail to expand. Right click motorcycle wallpaper to download.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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