MARC COMA WINS DAKAR RALLY 2015
Marc Coma continued to etch his name further into the record books by winning the 2015 Dakar Rally.
Entering the 13th and final stage of the rally with a comfortable lead over his nearest rival, Coma simply needed to just ‘bring it home’ to secure the title.
Doing exactly that, the KTM rider eered on the side of caution in what was a shortened special stage, to capture his fifth Dakar Rally victory.
“I’m over the moon, that’s for sure. It’s been a life’s work with the entire team, the ideal bike,” told Coma. “But even on the last day we weren’t able to take it easy. There was a storm, the ground got muddy and with desert tyres it wasn’t too easy. Fortunately, we finished a bit more normally after the organisers shortened the special.
“Our arrival in Bolivia heralded a decisive moment. We knew that. I survived and made it through Salar de Uyuni. That was the key moment. So I’m very happy. Delighted to be here…”
Securing victory by almost 17 minutes, Coma successfully ensured KTM captured their 14th consecutive Dakar win.
Although losing his shot at winning due to an engine change during the final marathon stage, Paulo Gonclaves hung strong until the very end to give HRC Honda the runner-up result.
In what’s been a remarkable and impressive debut Dakar Rally appearnance, Australia’s Toby Price placed third on today’s final stage to complete the 2015 Dakar Rally podium with third overall.
“Being here in third place is insane! I’m at a loss for words,” told Price. “When I decided to sign up three or four months ago, I was quite nervous, I didn’t know what I was getting into. And now I’m on the finish line… happy.”
Easily second to Price in one of this year’s standout performances, Laia Sanz kept everything in check to bring her Honda home inside the top ten with ninth overall.
Creating their own little piece of history by becoming the first father and son duo to finish Dakar, Llel and Si pavey crossed the finish line in Buenos Aires 62nd and 63rd overall.