2014 Dakar Rally Stage 11 VideoStage 11 of the 2014 Dakar Rally featured the longest-timed special – 376 miles of battling through the deep dunes of the Atacama desert in Chile.
And for the third time in Dakar 2014, Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma came out on top. The Spaniard finished the stage almost 3 minutes ahead of his former teammate, Red Bull Yamaha’s Cyril Despres. Finishing third was Red Bull KTM’s Jordi Viladoms.With two stages remaining, Coma controls the overall rankings by over 52 minutes ahead of Team HRC Honda’s Joan Barreda Bort, who won four stages so far.Attached above is a video recap of stage 11; for a review, including full motorcycle results, click here.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!