Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally

12/31/2013 @ 1:55 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off

Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Coma 02 635x423

Cyril Despres might be the man to beat at the upcoming Dakar Rally, but the boys at KTM aren’t going to let Despres’ defection to Yamaha Racing stop them from keeping the Austrian brand’s winning streak alive. Gearing up for the 2014 Dakar Rally, which starts January 5th in Argentina,┬áKTM factory riders┬áMarc Coma, Ruben Faria and Francisco Lopez talk in a video about the upcoming race and their new KTM 450 Rally race bike.

Debuting the purpose-built 450cc machine, Coma et al will have a potent weapon this year, especially in the more technical stages. However, with two marathon stages (stages where the riders must perform all their own maintenance and mechanical work), as well as five separation stages (stages where motorcycles and quads will tackle a different and more technical routes of the course than the cars and trucks), the 2014 Dakar Rally is looking especially hard compared to previous years.

With Coma looking to tie Despres’ current tally of five wins, we can expect strong competition from the Spaniard. Missing last year’s event due to injury, Coma will be keen to regain his momentum, and equal his Dakar rival. Of course, the KTM Factory Red Bull Team enters this year’s rally with heavy hearts, mourning the loss of American Kurt Caselli, who died this year while competing in the SCORE Baja 1000. KTM is dedicating their race in this year’s Dakar to their fallen teammate.

Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Coma 01 635x423

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Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Faria 01 635x423

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Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Lopez 01 635x423

Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Lopez 02 635x423

Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Lopez 03 635x423

Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Lopez 04 635x423

Video: KTM Readies for the 2014 Dakar Rally 2014 KTM Dakar Rally Lopez 05 635x423

Source: KTM (YouTube)

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