Marc Coma is leading the Dakar 2011
Marc Coma won the second consecutive stage following a liaison "marathon" of 554 kilometers.
Marc Coma has won today the fourth stage of the Dakar after stopping the clock in 2:04 '00 seconds. Now, the Catalan rider is leading the race with 12 11:43 seconds, followed by Frenchman Cyril Despres. Joan Pedrero crossed the finish line in sixth position after stopping the clock in 2:11 '15. Pedrero is sixth overall.
The stage is quite demanding and unusual, because the members of the race reached altitudes of 4,800 meters on the backs of their motorbikes, crossed the Andes by passing Jama. Today, Marc Coma is already in the country of Chile, where tomorrow has before it a comprehensive stage in which, again, the concentration will be a basic point to consider.
MARC COMA Pilot AMV: "Today's stage was very hard. The mechanics of the bike at that point, especially with regard to the carburetor, it doesn't work the same way you would in normal conditions and was one of the least we controlled and could create more problems. The special, 207 km, has been very intense and the end I am satisfied with how the day has been developed. We cut the difference and yes it's true, we lead the race but that should not blind us to the north as from tomorrow, the navigation will be vital. I want to congratulate Joan! He's doing a sensational job and is also in excellent physical shape. Tomorrow, we have a very wide stage, in which we find technical areas, salt, and sand dunes. We are at a turning point. I am very satisfied. "
-source: marc coma