Video - Dakar Rally 2015 Stage 5 - Marc Coma takes his KTM to Win!!!
Snapshot: The Game of Chess between Honda and KTM Continues as KTM wins Stage 5!
The king and the pretender to his throne have continued their battle for supremacy on the Dakar Rally, with veteran Marc Coma taking his first stage victory on the fifth day of the event. The two-time winner of the motorcycle category took out the 458-kilometre fifth stage from Copiapo to Antofagasta by over two minutes from overall leader Joan Barreda. But Barreda rode the perfect stage on board his factory HRC slotting in behind Coma to the finish meaning that he still leads overall with a 10m 33s advantage.
Yesterday Joan Barreda won in the Stage 4 to exend his lead. Coma is ultimately still paying the price for his acute tyre problems endured in the closing stages of stage 2. The Spaniard was forced to slow his pace dramatically on Mondays monster stage, handing Barreda a 12m advantage, an advantage that he accepts will be very hard to negate. Coma said: “It was a very tough stage. There was fesh-fesh all the time and in the fesh-fesh you cannot see the stones and it is not comfortable to ride. You are always having to pay attention. After 30 km I was at the front and opening the stage again. I tried to lead at a good pace and not take to many risks, because today was very tricky. At the end, I'm happy how the day was. It's going to be very difficult to take time from Joan, but, you know, we have a lot of racing in front of us. There's the second part of the rally and we'll have two marathon stages. We will try like hell until the last day. We know that Joan is very fast and that he has a very high level, but we will try, for sure”
The chess game between Barreda and Coma continued at the front of the field on day five. This time it was Barreda who eased up to let his Spanish compatriot catch up, the pair competing the remainder of the stage in tandem. Although the move conceded two minutes of his lead, Barreda, who has endured repeated heartbreaks on Dakar in the last two years, has his eyes firmly fixed on the big picture. “It’s good, we had another great result,” Barreda said. “Overall, I’m happy. I’ll try to keep focused with the navigation and with the riding also. “I suppose that now, with more experience, I know that when Marc is pushing he’s pushing all day. He goes really fast so it’s impossible to get in front, so it’s easier just to try and keep up with Marc.”
The pair were briefly upstaged by local rider Pablo Quintanilla, who was fastest of all to the first checkpoint. The Chilean rider eventually notched up a third-place finish on the stage, his second in as many days, to vault up the leaderboard. Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla made the most of his local knowledge and support with a stunning ride that saw him set the third fastest time of the stage. The KTM rider has now stormed up to sixth in the overall standings with five stages complete.
Sherco rider and Dakar veteran Alan Duclos is one of the elite riders at Dakar, but his comments after the stage gave an indication of the level of punishment each and every rider has to go through in a bid to race Dakar. He said: “Frankly, this stage was like a punishment: I hated it. I was expecting it to be like that. My arms are hurting, I've no strength left in my hands and I'm right at the limit. There was no respite. You had to keep your wits about you from the start to the finish. Because the tracks were wide you could ride very fast, but riding over the bumps was like stepping on landmines! Even if the suspensions did worked as well as they could, my arms, thighs and back are done in. I'm just happy to finish this special in one piece. I set off thinking this stage would cause plenty of damage and on the face of it, I wasn't wrong. There were navigation errors and in any case, I haven't seen many people at the finish yet…”
Dakar Rally Stage 5 Results 2015
1. Marc Coma, ESP (KTM) 4:38:16
2. Joan Barreda, ESP (Honda) 4:40:32
3. Pablo Quintanilla, CHL (KTM) 4:40:56
4. Stefan Svitko, SVK (KTM) 4:42:10
5. Paulo Goncalves, PRT (Honda) 4:42:53
6. Helder Rodrigues, PRT (Honda) 4:44:51
7. Jeremias Israel, CHL (Honda) 4:45:26
8. Matthias Walkner, AUT (KTM) 4:45:40
9. Alain Duclos, FRA (Sherco) 4:48:13
10. Toby Price, AUS (KTM) 4:48:21
Dakar Rally 2015 Overall Rankings after Stage 5
1. Joan Barreda, ESP (Honda) 17:51:05
2. Marc Coma, ESP (KTM) 18:01:38
3. Paulo Goncalves, PRT (Honda) 18:13:55
4. Pablo Quintanilla, CHL (KTM) 18:22:11
5. Jordi Viladoms, ESP (KTM) 18:27:28
6. Ruben Faria, PRT (KTM) 18:29:18
7. Matthias Walkner, AUT (KTM) 18:29:41
8. Toby Price, AUS (KTM) 18:30:59
9. Stefan Svitko, SVK (KTM) 18:33:10
10. Helder Rodrigues, PRT (Honda) 18:34:29
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