Marc Coma Takes His Fourth Career Dakar Rally Victory

01/19/2014 @ 12:03 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

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The 2014 Dakar Rally is finally done, after two weeks of hard racing across Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Despite a slow start to this year’s Dakar, KTM’s Marc Coma took his fourth career win of the iconic rally raid race, aboard KTM’s all new KTM 450 Rally race bike.

Finishing almost two hours clear of his nearest competitor, teammate Jordi Viladoms, Coma took the lead on Stage Five and never looked back. The Spaniard’s fourth Dakar win came primarily from consistent riding, which saw Coma slowly rise in the rankings as Despres and Barreda made mistakes and encountered technical difficulties with their machinery.

“Without the right people behind me it would have been impossible to win,” said Coma. “We have worked very well throughout the race and also before. Last year I went through a very difficult situation not being able to compete because of injury and I came back to win the race. I think this says a lot about the people I have around me. I am very proud of this victory. What was key to winning the Dakar was not to make any mistakes.”

Marc Coma dedicated his win to his late teammate Kurt Caselli, who tragically died during the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. Caselli filled in for Coma in the 2013 rally, earning himself great praise for his assention in the ranks, and two stage wins. Coma’s victory is a fitting tribute to the American rider.

For Cyril Despres, the Frenchman has to be wondering about the mistakes he made on Stage Four and Stage Five, which saw the factory Yamaha rider first encounter an electrical short, and cost him 40 minutes in time.

The very next day, Despres wasted 45 minutes look for a waypoint, and upon realizing he was low on fuel, had to abandon his pursuit, and take a one-hour penalty. Without those mistakes Despres surely would have been on the podium, and could very well have found himself his sixth Dakar Rally victory.

Also a victim to the grueling race that is The Dakar, HRC’s Joan Barreda found himself out of podium contention when his Honda CRF450 Rally suffered an electrical issue on Stage Twelve. Barreda won five of the stages in the 2014 Dakar Rally, and right away was a favorite to win the rally.

Both riders can take solace in the fact that their efforts proved that Yamaha and Honda can compete against KTM in the Dakar Rally. The Austrian company took its 13th consecutive win in this year’s Dakar, though with the defection of Despres, the rise of Barreda, and the increased competitiveness amongst the other OEMs has made predicting next year’s rally very difficult.

With the car class mired in a horrible affair of team orders, it is great to see the motorcycle class providing great racing for Dakar fans.

A&R would also like to give a special shout-outs to Laia Sanz, for being the fastest girl in the 2014 Dakar Rally, as she finished 16th overall on her KTM, and to Mike Johnson, the sole American competitor in the 2014 Dakar Rally, who finished 74th on his Honda.

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Final Results of the Motorcycle Class for the 2014 Dakar Rally:

Pos. Rider Country Brand Time Diff. Penalty
1 COMA ESP KTM 54:50:53 00:15:00
2 VILADOMS ESP KTM 56:43:20 01:52:27 00:15:00
3 PAIN FRA YAMAHA 56:50:56 02:00:03 00:15:00
4 DESPRES FRA YAMAHA 56:56:31 02:05:38 01:05:30
5 RODRIGUES PRT HONDA 57:02:02 02:11:09
6 PRZYGONSKI POL KTM 57:22:39 02:31:46
7 BARREDA BORT ESP HONDA 57:44:54 02:54:01 00:15:30
8 GOUET CHL HONDA 58:01:27 03:10:34 00:01:30
9 SVITKO SVK KTM 58:41:03 03:50:10 01:00:00
10 CASTEU FRA KTM 58:49:02 03:58:09 00:00:30
11 JAKES SVK KTM 59:10:28 04:19:35 01:00:00
12 VAN NIEKERK ZAF KTM 60:24:31 05:33:38
13 METGE FRA YAMAHA 60:47:27 05:56:34 00:13:00
14 SALVATIERRA BOL SPEEDBRAIN 61:04:35 06:13:42 00:15:00
15 KNUIMAN NLD KTM 62:35:31 07:44:38
16 SANZ ESP HONDA 62:53:55 08:03:02 01:20:00
17 RODRIGUEZ CHL HONDA 62:59:44 08:08:51
18 PABISKA CZE KTM 63:07:34 08:16:41
19 CECI ITA SPEEDBRAIN 63:14:59 08:24:06 00:15:00
20 CARDONA VAGNONI VEN YAMAHA 63:37:43 08:46:50 00:09:00
21 PEDRERO GARCIA ESP SHERCO 64:10:12 09:19:19 01:55:00
22 VOGELS NLD KTM 64:19:22 09:28:29
23 PIZZOLITO ARG HONDA 64:25:25 09:34:32 02:00:00
24 OLIVEIRA PRT SPEEDBRAIN 65:29:22 10:38:29
25 GUASCH ESP GAS – GAS 65:37:12 10:46:19 00:01:00
26 STANOVNIK SVN KTM 66:00:36 11:09:43
27 VAN PELT NLD HONDA 66:10:52 11:19:59
28 CUMMINGS ZAF KTM 66:26:07 11:35:14 00:00:30
29 BIANCHI PRATA PRT HUSQVARNA 66:33:10 11:42:17 00:05:00
30 PATRAO PRT SUZUKI 66:40:24 11:49:31 02:01:00
31 PAYEN FRA YAMAHA 67:44:22 12:53:29 02:00:00
32 RODRIGUEZ ARG HONDA 67:47:57 12:57:04 01:15:00
33 NASER COLOMBO CHL KTM 68:08:43 13:17:50 01:00:00
34 DE SOULTRAIT FRA YAMAHA 68:19:40 13:28:47 01:00:00
35 DA COSTA FRA YAMAHA 69:08:47 14:17:54 02:00:00
36 OLIVERAS CARRERAS ESP GAS – GAS 69:35:14 14:44:21 01:00:00
37 O’CONNOR AUS KTM 69:38:51 14:47:58 01:00:00
38 DIENER AUS YAMAHA 70:24:11 15:33:18 03:00:00
39 ROBERTS AUS KTM 70:31:42 15:40:49 01:01:00
40 MEERU EST HONDA 71:05:34 16:14:41 01:18:00
41 GOUNON FRA KTM 71:25:56 16:35:03 00:05:00
42 DEMELCHORI ARG KAWASAKI 71:32:47 16:41:54
43 PROHENS CHL YAMAHA 71:35:38 16:44:45 00:00:30
44 ARREDONDO GTM KTM 71:41:20 16:50:27 01:00:00
45 HEINRICH PER HONDA 72:12:19 17:21:26 00:15:00
46 PROHENS CHL YAMAHA 73:00:31 18:09:38 01:00:00
47 LAZARD URY KTM 73:44:21 18:53:28
48 CABRERA CHL KAWASAKI 73:58:39 19:07:46 03:21:00
49 ONTIVEROS ARG YAMAHA 74:45:29 19:54:36 01:06:00
50 NIJEN TWILHAAR NLD KTM 75:03:10 20:12:17
51 CROQUELOIS FRA YAMAHA 75:53:24 21:02:31 01:05:30
52 TRIISA EST HONDA 76:20:16 21:29:23 02:16:00
53 SAGHMEISTER SRB KTM 77:03:49 22:12:56 00:01:00
54 DESI HUN KTM 77:36:22 22:45:29 02:12:30
55 ERRAZURIZ CHL SHERCO 78:00:33 23:09:40 01:35:00
56 ARANA COBEAGA ESP YAMAHA 79:26:08 24:35:15 03:57:00
57 TRACCAN FRA HONDA 80:31:26 25:40:33 02:35:00
58 SARMIENTO CERON COL YAMAHA 80:49:19 25:58:26 01:01:30
59 DEL ZOTTO ARG GAS – GAS 80:57:11 26:06:18 02:15:00
60 DAMDINKHORLOO MNG KTM 81:16:00 26:25:07 03:00:00
61 GRACIDA GARZA MEX HONDA 81:19:20 26:28:27 04:15:00
62 REINIKE CHL KTM 81:43:27 26:52:34 03:00:00
63 GUZMAN BLANCO CHL KTM 81:54:19 27:03:26 03:02:00
64 VALLE MEX KTM 82:04:34 27:13:41 04:41:00
65 PENATE MUNOZ ESP KTM 82:10:10 27:19:17 02:40:00
66 DE GROOT NLD HONDA 85:18:06 30:27:13 03:00:00
67 VELLUTINO PER KTM 85:52:04 31:01:11 03:15:00
68 HAMARD FRA KTM 86:04:45 31:13:52 01:00:00
69 URQUIA ARG YAMAHA 87:29:26 32:38:33 03:00:00
70 PUERTAS HERRERA ESP GAS – GAS 91:26:57 36:36:04 03:00:00
71 ESPINASSE FRA KTM 91:27:42 36:36:49 05:20:00
72 BATALLA ESP GAS – GAS 91:44:32 36:53:39 03:00:00
73 CID DE LA PAZ ARG YAMAHA 91:51:46 37:00:53 03:55:00
74 JOHNSON USA HONDA 95:20:05 40:29:12 04:20:00
75 HOYOS LLACH COL HONDA 102:03:26 47:12:33 02:40:00
76 VIGLIO ITA BETA 104:30:48 49:39:55 08:00:00
77 CHIVITE RUIZ ESP YAMAHA 108:43:40 53:52:47 05:56:00
78 GUYOMARC’H FRA YAMAHA 144:08:10 89:17:17 13:55:00

Source: Dakar; Photos: © 2014 Maragni M. / KTM Images — All Rights Reserved

  • paulus

    Well done Coma/KTM!

    A classy touch dedicating the win to Kurt Caselli

  • It’s been really hard to get decent coverage of the Dakar in the UK.

    By all accounts though Coma rode brilliantly.

    It’s a shame Despres ran short of fuel, missing the way point and earning a 1hr penalty. He seemed to be a far too conservative in the early rounds though.