To win the Dakar applies not only be the best, you also have to have the best team"
It has been over a thousand days since Marc Coma crowned champion for the first time at Lac Rose Dakar, Sunday January 15, 2006. Three years later, after a painful withdrawal in 2007 and the equally sad cancellation in 2008, the Repsol KTM Team rider has dominated with a strong hand in the first edition of South America, where the Dakar has left its natural continent, Africa, to go into an equally inhospitable land where they speak Spanish. The Dakar agreement between Argentina and Chile will be remembered for its extreme hardness, similar to the participants have been found in Africa every year.
With this victory, Marc Coma joins the small, select group of competitors who have won more than one occasion, the Dakar, and also becomes the first Spanish man to win two times the world's toughest test of the raids. Coma, which won the Dakar in 2006 and nearly repeat victory in 2007, has a full gig in this edition, noted for his consistency and superiority over all the evidence, and the almost absence of errors to During the two weeks of racing.
Looking back, seven years ago, an intruder broke into the elite of Dakar. He was a rookie. An unfamiliar name to the "Africans", although the national enduro knew the talent of Marc Coma. With an experimental motorcycle called CSV, sponsored by Carlos Sotelo, Coma came out of the muddy prologues of Europe in the sixth. In Africa moved into the top twenty, and the day I broke the bike was doing the tenth fastest time of the stage.
The following year, in 2003, integrated into a structure with KTM Nani Roma and Isidre Esteve, and with the support of Repsol YPF, Coma had his first opportunity for a media Dakar and not squandered. At the controls of his single-cylinder and in the middle of a firing fast and powerful twin cylinder, Eat more than fulfilled its objectives to reach Dakar and eleventh in his locker to add third places in four stages. It was the beginning of the legend ...