Bad news for KTM rally fans, as Marc Coma’s ability to race in the upcoming 2013 Dakar Rally is being questioned this week. According to Spanish sport news authority AS, Coma has not fully recovered from a crash he had at the Rally of Morocco.
Injuring his left shoulder in the fall, Coma is reportedly sitting out events leading up to the Dakar Rally’s start on January 5th in order to give his shoulder the maximum amount of time to recover. Coma is expected at a press conference in Barcelona this Friday, where an update on his condition is expected, as well as his final commitment to racing The Dakar.
Rehabilitating at maximum effort, we imagine Coma’s first instinct will be to race in Lima, Peru in a few weeks’ time. However, reports from Spain question whether the Spanish rally racer is even capable of handling his KTM 450 Rally race bike in the brutal conditions of South America.
A favorite to win the Dakar Rally, Coma has three Dakar wins to the four of rival and factory teammate Cyril Despres. If Coma happens to sit out The Dakar, it will be a huge blow to the race, to KTM, and to fans who have been eager for another closely contested rally. More new as we get it.