On Instagram, Marc Coma has seemingly confirmed his participation in the 2016 Dakar Rally with KTM, as Spaniard wrote the following on his official account:
“Today we have concluded the annual meeting at the headquarters of KTM in Mattighofen. Starting today, we set to work to defend the titles in the World Rally raid and the Dakar. I am thrilled with the decision and I feel energized to tackle our next challenge with KTM. #GasAlaBurra !!”
The news effectively puts the kibosh on rumors that Coma would follow rival Cyril Despres into the four-wheel category, as Stéphane Peterhansel had done before the both of them.
With KTM winning its 14th consecutive Dakar Rally win, and Coma claiming his fifth trophy, the duo is a strong pairing for continued success. Coma is only one Dakar Rally win away from besting Despres’s tally and matching Peterhansel’s record number of six Dakar race victories.
The two-wheeled field in the rally-raid racing world is certainly heating up though, with Honda claiming many of the 2015 race’s stage wins. Yamaha Racing also has a strong program, that could easily be vying for the front in 2016.
In that sense, there are no sure things for Coma and KTM, except that the pair will give it another go in 2016, with an eye on continuing their winning tradition.