The race has just begun
The Dakar Rally is five days underways, but the real begins tomorrow. That's what Marc Coma (KTM Repsol) believes.
Last years winner Coma took the lead in the standings and is satisfied with that. 'The stages in Morocco gave me confidence, but it was just the beginning. These days have been a matter of keeping everything in one piece, not make mistakes and don't take any risks.'
The start of todays special gave the riders a view of complete emptyness in the Atlas Mountains. And after that the piste was covered with stones ans rocks, in every thinkable size and type.
Fastest rider today was KTM Gauloises-ace Isidre Esteve, second in the overall standings at almost ten minutes behind countryman Coma. 'I really enjoyed myself over the first 50 kilometres -- the terrain reminded me of the countryside around where I live and where I grew up riding enduro bikes -- perhaps that is why I went well today. Then at about km 60 I came up into Marc Coma's dust and sat behind him until the finish line -- the track was too tricky and dusty to attempt an overtaking move.'