2015 Dakar Rally Stage 12 Results | KTM 6, Honda 6

KTM's Marc Coma, stage 12, 2015 Dakar Rally
KTM's Marc Coma

2015 Dakar Rally Stage 12 Results

With one stage remaining in the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America, KTM and Honda are tied with six wins each. The 37th edition so far has been a battle for off-road supremacy between the KTM 450 Rally and the Honda CRF 450 Rally. But due to a certain pilot, the Austrian brand has a slight advantage.

The rider? Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma, a four-time Dakar Rally winner who has patience and skill. And though he didn’t take the overall lead until stage 8 when his biggest rival, Team HRC Honda’s Joan Barreda Bort, had some electronic issues, Coma would continue to extend his lead little by little each day.

This was evident following Friday’s stage 12, which took riders 636 miles from Termas Rio Honda to Rosario in Argentina, with 185 of those miles timed. Coma sacrificed some time to preserve his tires for Saturday’s final stage. Regardless, Coma finished the penultimate stage in sixth. As he chases his fifth Dakar title, Coma was able to extend his lead to 17:49 minutes over second-placed Paolo Gonclaves on the Team HRC Honda.

“There was a lot to lose so it was important not to make any mistakes or crash. It is not easy to find the balance to ride like that but I am happy we are here. Today the tires were wearing a lot so I took care about that at the beginning of the special,” Coma says.

“I felt a bit fresher on the last part and made a good pace to the end. There are still some kilometers left, but the end is getting closer now. The conditions are always very tough all the time. The young riders are pushing a lot, so I have to use my energy. We spend all year preparing to arrive here in a good shape, so it’s time to spend that energy.”

As for Goncalves, he finished stage 12 in third, and though only one stage remains, he knows the 2015 Dakar Rally is far from over.

“The Dakar is not finished. There’s still one day of racing left. I’m in 2nd place, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll remain there. Anything can happen, either positively or negatively,” Gonclaves says.

“But, effectively, I’m happy for myself and the entire Honda HRC team for the work we have done. Joan Barreda had a strong lead before the stage at the salt lake in Uyuni. He lost his place due to a problem caused by water in the engine. But we’ll finish the Dakar on the podium, and that’s a very good thing.”

Third in the general standings, 25:18 minutes behind Coma, is the man who won stage 12 – KTM-supported Toby Price. The Australian had only ridden the Morocco Rally before 2015 Dakar, and says he was finally learning the navigation techniques needed to complete the “world’s toughest race.”

Price was able to continually lengthen his lead in stage 12, eventually finishing 1:55 minutes ahead of Barreda.

“At this stage everything is just feeling good. We’re enjoying it, so it’s been a good experience. There have been a lot of highs and lows and good learning curves as well as a few mistakes, but we’re trying to fix them as best as we can and get to the finishing line,” Price says.

“Hopefully, that will happen tomorrow. I always knew it was going to be difficult, but you don’t know until you actually come here and have a go. Then you find out how hard it really is.”

As for Barreda, he led the rally from stage two through stage seven, but his technical issues in stage eight put him way behind in the general rankings. With one stage remaining, Barreda is 17th, over five hours behind his rival Coma.

The final stage on Saturday will take riders 244 miles from Rosario to Buenos Aires, and includes a short, 108-mile timed special. Upon completion of 2015 Dakar Rally, riders will have covered 5,775 miles in 13 days, with nearly 3,000 of those timed specials. And we will find out tomorrow who will claim to top spot in this grueling race.

2015 Dakar Rally Stage 12 Results, Motorcycles:

Pos.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty

1

26

KTM03:19:04

2

2

HONDA03:20:5900:01:55

3

7

HONDA03:22:0600:03:02

4

21

KTM03:22:1200:03:08

5

18

KTM03:24:0500:05:01

6

1

KTM03:25:2900:06:25

7

5

HONDA03:27:4400:08:40

8

31

KTM03:29:1100:10:07

9

15

YAMAHA03:29:5500:10:51

10

29

HONDA03:31:4600:12:42

11

22

HONDA03:32:0000:12:56

12

37

KTM03:32:0600:13:02

13

44

YAMAHA03:32:1700:13:13

14

24

HONDA03:33:4400:14:40

15

9

KTM03:33:4700:14:43

16

60

KAWASAKI03:34:2300:15:19

17

3

YAMAHA03:34:3300:15:29

18

79

YAMAHA03:34:5400:15:50

19

32

KTM03:35:0800:16:04

20

11

KTM03:35:2500:16:21

21

49

KTM03:36:4400:17:40

22

8

KTM03:37:0400:18:00

23

34

KTM03:37:4100:18:37

24

65

KTM03:38:3100:19:27

25

161

KAWASAKI03:38:5400:19:50

26

160

KTM03:39:4800:20:44

27

38

KTM03:39:5200:20:48

28

25

SHERCO TVS03:47:4500:28:41

29

35

KTM03:48:1800:29:14

30

59

KTM03:49:2800:30:24

31

103

KTM03:49:3800:30:34

32

45

YAMAHA03:52:3300:33:2900:15:00

33

14

SHERCO TVS03:53:2000:34:16

34

63

KTM03:54:5300:35:49

35

68

KTM03:55:5400:36:50

36

78

KTM03:56:1300:37:09

37

46

YAMAHA03:57:0400:38:00

38

57

KTM04:00:0700:41:03

39

54

KTM04:00:1200:41:08

40

144

KTM04:00:3100:41:27

41

83

KTM04:02:0700:43:03

42

51

HONDA04:02:3000:43:26

43

61

BETA04:04:1100:45:07

44

98

KAWASAKI04:05:2500:46:21

45

73

HUQSVARNA04:06:2900:47:25

46

126

KTM04:06:4900:47:45

47

72

KTM04:10:1600:51:12

48

81

KTM04:13:3200:54:28

49

138

KTM04:13:4100:54:37

50

152

YAMAHA04:14:2600:55:22

51

150

GASGAS04:14:5800:55:54

52

165

KTM04:15:5000:56:46

53

156

KTM04:15:5100:56:47

54

95

KTM04:16:0200:56:58

55

167

KTM04:16:4400:57:40

56

125

KTM04:21:0601:02:02

57

113

KTM04:21:1201:02:08

58

97

KTM04:21:2701:02:23

59

96

KTM04:21:5701:02:53

60

107

KTM04:22:2201:03:18

61

149

HUSABERG04:24:2201:05:18

62

132

KTM04:26:4101:07:37

63

64

KTM04:27:0501:08:01

64

118

YAMAHA04:31:2801:12:24

65

133

KTM04:31:5001:12:46

66

135

HONDA04:33:0001:13:56

67

128

KTM04:33:1201:14:08

68

127

KTM04:33:4001:14:36

69

92

KAWASAKI04:33:5101:14:47

70

148

KTM04:35:3101:16:27

71

108

KTM04:37:4001:18:36

72

91

HUQSVARNA04:37:4301:18:39

73

76

KTM04:42:2501:23:21

74

75

KTM04:42:5501:23:51

75

124

HONDA04:43:1001:24:06

76

153

YAMAHA05:02:0801:43:04

77

151

KTM05:35:3002:16:26

78

117

KTM06:02:4802:43:44

79

141

HONDA06:03:0602:44:02

2015 Dakar Rally General Standings after 12 of 13 stages:

Pos.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty

1

1

KTM45:08:32

2

7

HONDA45:26:2100:17:4900:16:00

3

26

KTM45:33:5000:25:18

4

31

KTM45:45:2900:36:57

5

18

KTM45:55:1500:46:43

6

11

KTM46:59:1101:50:3900:40:00

7

9

KTM47:03:4101:55:09

8

29

HONDA47:28:0902:19:37

9

21

KTM47:30:0102:21:29

10

3

YAMAHA48:12:5303:04:21

11

5

HONDA48:36:2603:27:54

12

37

KTM48:39:5703:31:25

13

44

YAMAHA49:26:0704:17:35

14

32

KTM50:00:3804:52:06

15

15

YAMAHA50:20:4805:12:1600:05:00

16

79

YAMAHA50:22:2205:13:5000:15:00

17

2

HONDA50:23:3405:15:0202:20:00

18

8

KTM50:32:2905:23:5700:55:00

19

22

HONDA51:23:1106:14:3900:05:00

20

160

KTM51:37:1206:28:4000:40:00

21

24

HONDA51:39:3506:31:03

22

49

KTM51:42:1706:33:45

23

38

KTM51:55:2306:46:5100:01:00

24

34

KTM52:13:4307:05:11

25

14

SHERCO TVS52:14:0707:05:3501:00:00

26

161

KAWASAKI52:43:1707:34:4500:15:00

27

35

KTM52:46:3607:38:04

28

45

YAMAHA52:48:3007:39:5800:15:00

29

25

SHERCO TVS53:01:4907:53:1700:15:00

30

151

KTM54:44:0309:35:31

31

65

KTM55:40:0710:31:35

32

103

KTM55:43:0010:34:28

33

60

KAWASAKI56:40:2411:31:5201:55:00

34

63

KTM57:25:0912:16:37

35

46

YAMAHA58:28:3913:20:0700:40:00

36

59

KTM59:13:2714:04:5500:40:00

37

51

HONDA60:24:3515:16:0300:11:00

38

73

HUQSVARNA60:37:5615:29:2400:16:00

39

68

KTM61:21:1816:12:4600:02:00

40

78

KTM61:24:3016:15:5801:40:00

41

54

KTM61:28:4416:20:12

42

61

BETA62:35:5317:27:2100:40:00

43

125

KTM63:18:3918:10:0700:41:00

44

113

KTM64:17:3019:08:5803:40:00

45

83

KTM64:22:0119:13:2900:06:00

46

57

KTM64:25:1019:16:3800:15:00

47

152

YAMAHA65:31:3820:23:0600:40:00

48

126

KTM66:03:0720:54:3500:06:00

49

72

KTM66:15:3021:06:58

50

156

KTM69:13:4624:05:1400:47:00

51

98

KAWASAKI69:25:2724:16:5501:45:30

52

96

KTM69:48:1624:39:44

53

97

KTM69:54:0624:45:3400:05:00

54

167

KTM70:11:3025:02:5800:01:00

55

128

KTM70:16:4325:08:11

56

127

KTM70:22:1225:13:4000:07:00

57

107

KTM70:22:1325:13:4101:21:00

58

144

KTM70:34:3625:26:0403:05:00

59

150

GASGAS71:05:5725:57:2500:14:00

60

81

KTM71:07:4625:59:1404:47:00

61

95

KTM71:31:4326:23:1102:41:00

62

75

KTM74:06:0828:57:3601:06:00

63

76

KTM74:27:0629:18:3401:03:00

64

135

HONDA77:16:4332:08:1101:35:00

65

118

YAMAHA78:57:3333:49:0101:24:39

66

132

KTM78:59:5433:51:2201:31:03

67

148

KTM79:39:2734:30:5501:01:00

68

64

KTM79:59:4734:51:1501:41:00

69

108

KTM80:49:5435:41:2201:42:00

70

133

KTM82:12:0437:03:3206:05:00

71

138

KTM84:14:1939:05:4704:53:19

72

165

KTM84:45:3339:37:0103:00:00

73

92

KAWASAKI85:26:2240:17:5002:15:00

74

141

HONDA86:25:0841:16:3603:10:00

75

149

HUSABERG86:26:4241:18:1005:00:30

76

91

HUQSVARNA96:21:2551:12:5304:42:28

77

153

YAMAHA118:28:0673:19:3416:03:00

78

117

KTM147:48:11102:39:3920:40:00

79

124

HONDA155:09:34110:01:0219:07:00