BEST OF DAKAR RALLY 2015
Walking away with his fifth Dakar Rally title after a display of consistent speed combined with immense race management know-how is Marc Coma.
The biggest threat came from Joan Barreda who led the race by over 12m from Marc in the first week. The Red Bull KTM Factory Team captain successfully chased down Joan to score this extra special win as it’s the first time he’s been able to string together back-to-back victories. The Spaniard is now without doubt among the pantheon of Dakar greats, alongside his “best of enemies” Cyril Despres who also collected five bike wins.
With Barreda knocked out of the title fight when the second week began, it was his teammate Paulo Goncalves who battled to uphold Honda’s honour. Constantly piling on the pressure, the pint-sized Portuguese rider kept Coma in check. But a necessary engine change in the closing stages of the race allowed the KTM rider to escape and force Goncalves and HRC Honda to settle for second.
Delivering the standout performance of the race, rally rookie Toby Price surprised all to put himself on the third step of the podium. Despite having only contested one rally prior to Dakar, Price immediately put himself in a strong position. Fighting his way inside the top ten, Price steadily worked his way up the leader board as his confidence in navigation grew. Winning the penultimate stage of the rally, he went on to claim third overall.
Final results (Bikes):
1. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM 46h 03m 06s
2. Paulo Gonçalves (PRT) Honda +00:16:53
3. Toby Price (AUS) KTM +00:23:14