2012 Abu Dhabi Desert ChallengeThe 2012 Cross Country Rally World Championship began last week with the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a race that took riders over 1240 miles over five days, with 944 of those miles timed.
Heading into the race, the immediate favorite was MRW Repsol KTM’s Marc Coma. And there was much merit to this, considering the Spaniard won his sixth Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with the event concluded last Friday.Coma won the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge by almost ten minutes ahead of Joan Barreda, and 20 ahead of Paulo Goncalves.Marc Coma (MRW Repsol KTM 450 Rally) says: “I am very happy with how things went, right from the first day. Despite today’s stage being the last, it was a special stage of 280km and it was difficult maintaining concentration. You have to focus on getting to the end without any problems. I tried to keep my pace up but without taking any unnecessary risks. Thankfully it was a rally in which everything went our way.“We were able to avoid any issues and things went exactly as we had planned. When things follow your strategy you are grateful when in the end it goes your way, because it was certainly a tough rally for everyone. The heat and the difficulty of the dunes made it a challenge, as did the high level of our rivals. In as short a rally as this one, small errors are magnified -that’s why I am so happy that everything went perfectly.”This was also Coma’s fourth consecutive Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge victory; he has now won the race six out of the eight times it was held – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. During the 2005 edition, Coma finished second, and in 2008 he finished 17th following a breakdown.Coma will now prep for the second round of the 2012 Cross Country Rally Raid World Championship, the Sealine Cross-Country Rally at Qatar April 15-21.Attached above is wallpaper highlighting Coma’s performance at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.Click motorcycle thumbnail to expand. Right click motorcycle wallpaper to download.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.