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Red Bull KTMâ€™s multi Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma seized the initiative in the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to lead the field at the end of the opening day. Coma was fastest over the 262.3 km timed special stage, one minute 21 ahead of KTM factory teammate Sam Sunderland. The rally is the first round of the 2015 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.
As reported earlier by Motonews.ru, the Dakar Rally 2011 finished... And even though 34-year old Spaniard Marc Coma was the winner in the bike section for the second consecutive year, Russian national Alexey Naumov managed to finish this complicated rally â€“a feat that only a proud few can boast.
KTM-supported rider French-born Cyril Despres on Saturday sealed victory in the 2010 Dakar Rally after 9000 km across Argentina and Chile. He rode in triumph into Buenos Aires to complete his third Dakar victory and the ninth consecutive victory for KTM, the Austrian-made sports motorcycles.
Norwegian rider Pal Ullevalseter stole the glory on the penultimate stage of the 2010 Dakar on Friday ahead of overall leader Cyril Despres and his fellow KTM supported rider Marc Coma.
KTM-supported rider Cyril Despres on Thursday finished the longest ride of the Dakar 2010 in eighth position at the close of Stage 12, trimming his substantial overall lead by just over 17 minutes on a day that favored the smaller 450 cc machines and demanded absolute concentration for nearly 800 km.
KTMâ€™s Cyril Despres put in a solid dayâ€™s ride across the Andes to San Juan on Wednesday to retain the overall lead by 1 hour 20â€™54â€ť as the Dakar â€ścaravanâ€ť 2010 returned to Argentina. Despres was seventh in the 11th stage but only 4â€™21â€ť behind the stage leader Frans Verhoeven.
KTM supported rider Marc Coma scored his third stage victory in the Dakar 2010 as riders went from La Serena to the Chilean capital of Santiago for Stage 10 as the Spaniard strengthened his determination make the best of the rest of the rally. KTMâ€™s Cyril Despres still leads overall.
The Rally London to TbilisiÂ is an annual charity sporting event established and co-chaired by Levan Vasadze and Lord Gillford, sponsoring the following charities Saphekhurebi, The Shooting Star Childrenâ€™s Hospice, and SOS Kazakhstan Childrenâ€™s Orphanage.Â Â Its central goal is to help the charities in their work and to provide rally riders with a unique travel experience.