Coma and Pedrero, ready to start the 2012 Dakar
The MRW riders, Marc Coma and Joan Pedrero, passed the scrutineering before starting tomorrow a new edition of the rally in South America
One day before the start of the 2012 Dakar, the current champion of the race, Marc Coma, and his team mate Joan Pedrero passed this morning the administrative and technical verifications in Mar del Plata. At the naval base of the Argentinean city, the two KTM 450 Rally successfully passed the previous verifications and everything is ready to start tomorrow.
From 9 in the morning —local time— Coma and Pedrero completed the verifications required by the Rally's organizers and their backs are already in the parc fermé, where they will be until tomorrow. From that moment on, the MRW Red Bull AMV Team crew was able to focus on their personal preparations before the start of the first stage tomorrow. The Stage will be from Buenos Aires to Santa Rosa de la Pampa, with a link of 763 kilometres and the first 57 timed kilometres, that will be the first contact with competition for all participants.
Behind are the Cross-Country World Championship rounds, tests, trainings and sending the bikes to South America last November. Last Wednesday, Marc Coma and Joan Pedrero landed in Argentina, on Thursday they tested their KTMs in a motocross circuit, after the long trip by boat and a revision by their mechanics, today was the time for the last verifications before the start of yet another Dakar.
In front there are 3 countries —Argentina, Chile and Peru—, nearly 9.000 kilometres and 14 stages through South America. Marc Coma, helped by Joan Pedrero, will face tomorrow with full confidence the next fifteen days to try and be the first to get to Lima, where he wants to win his fourth bronze touareg.
"Finally we passed the scrutineering and everything is fine. We are looking forward to start after these days in Mar del Plata, with all the accumulated tension.
Truth is they are difficult moments, that we dedicated to distribute the luggage and the material we will need during the Rally. Now we can have our minds only set in the race".
"Truth is that it is a relief to pass the scrutineering, because it is a difficult part of the race, quite cumbersome.
Everything went perfectly and this is when you are grateful to be in a team like the MRW Red Bull AMV Team, because there never are problems, everything is under control and very professional.
I am very grateful to the team because everything is ready and we can start to prepare the last few details and focus in the start".