Marc Coma stage 12 report

Marc Coma finishes fourth in the longest stage The pilot AMV Marc Coma (KTM), winner of the 2006 and 2009 editions, was fourth in one of the most demanding stages of this year 2010. Today's stage consists of 796 kilometers, of whom 476 were...

Marc Coma finishes fourth in the longest stage

The pilot AMV Marc Coma (KTM), winner of the 2006 and 2009 editions, was fourth in one of the most demanding stages of this year 2010. Today's stage consists of 796 kilometers, of whom 476 were timed, requiring a great deal of physical effort by the pilot. A stretch of 130 km neutralized that pilots diverted the course to preserve a nature reserve, divided the timed in two stages.

In the first, the KTM engine had some problems of carburation, due in large part to the intense heat, it was 40 degrees, which lashed the area. The second part of the trail, very bumpy, not let the pilots could squeeze their mounts. Moreover, the large amount of miles that each participant carries on his shoulders, directly determines the pilot's reaction to these conditions.

In the end, a time of 3 hours 51 minutes 42 seconds put the AMV rider Marc Coma in fourth place with a difference of 3 minutes and 8 seconds before the first seed, the Chilean "Chaleco Lopez". French Fretigne (Yamaha) was second followed by Norwegian Ullevalseter. The team mate, the Dutchman Henk Kniuman was thirteenth with a time of 4 hours 19 minutes and 49 seconds. In the overall, Coma is placed in the sixteenth position to 6 hours and 30 minutes. Henk, took the seventeenth to 8 hours 3 minutes and 37 seconds.

Tomorrow, at this stage connecting the towns of San Rafael and Santa Rosa, participants are required to travel 368 km of special, including an initial stretch of 40 kilometers per Nihuil gray dunes, the last of the rally.

-source: marc coma

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Series Dakar
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