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Marc Coma Makes It Five Wins At Dakar, Toby Price Secures an Amazing 3rd Overall

Coma's Win Marks KTM's 14th Straight Dakar Victory.

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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A shortened 13th and final stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally held overnight in Argentina has produced a new stage winner, handed Marc Coma his fifth Dakar win and secured Australia's Toby Price the final step on the podium after a brilliant two weeks of racing by the Dakar Rookie.

Red Bull KTM Factory racer Coma headed into Stage 13 with a 17-minute lead over HRC Honda's Paulo Goncalves however riders were unable to complete the 393km of the final stage into Buenos Aires after heavy rain made the track surface slippery and too dangerous.

The race was halted at CP2 handing Ivan Jakes the stage win, while Coma was declared the winner. The win for Coma equals that of his former KTM teammate Cyril Despres and represents the domination of these two riders on the event for a decade.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy and proud." Coma said. "As usual it was a grueling rally. We had to overcome a problem on the second day that slowed us down a bit in the rankings. So from then on we had to change the strategy a little and push to recover that time.

"We knew that the marathons would be key stages and they were. I am happy with the team and the people we have around us. This fifth win says a lot about all of us. The level was very high and this also makes the win very valuable."

Coma's win also marked KTM's 14th straight win in the gurgling event, with KTM also calming 7 of the top 10 positions in this years race.
Paulo Goncalves raced to an impressive second place finish
Goncalves who became Honda's lead rider after team leader Joan Barreda lost over three hours on the second half of the first marathon stage earlier this week, finished the final stage in fourth position to wrap up second place overall.

Things may well have been different for the Portuguese rider if was not for an engine swap for with his team mate during the closing stages that cost him a 15 minute penalty. In total Goncalves was handed 17 minutes of penalty time and finished the event 16 minutes and 53 second behind Coma.

"I'm happy to make it here in second place overall." Goncalves said. "I started the rally in second place, then I fell to third and, in the end, I climbed back up.

"There was a time when I was within striking distance of Marc Coma because there were hardly five minutes between us, but then I got a penalty for changing my engine. Joan Barreda also pulled off an amazing race and he held the lead until Uyuni.

"A bit later, I was helped by my teammate JeremÌ_as Israel, who gave me his engine and without whom I'd never made it here to take second place. So this one's for him. And we'll try again next year."
Toby Price celebrates finishing his first ever Dakar Rally on the final step of the podium - RallyZone Bauer/Barni
Finishing third on the stage and more importantly third overall at the conclusion of the race was Australian Toby Price aboard his KTM 450 Rally Replica. Price stunned the rally racing world by collecting a stage win to go along with his overall third place finish in just his first attempt at the Dakar Rally, finishing just 23 minutes and 14 second behind race winner Coma after bring as far back as 8th and over 40 minutes behind the race leader early in the race.

The result was a truly stunning effort for the rider who was competing in just his second navigation Rally race.

"It started pouring 70 kilometers into the stage. It was extremely tough to keep going. Then, they shortened the special." Price explained.

"Being here in third place is insane! I'm at a loss for words.

"When I decided to sign up three or four months ago, I was quite nervous, I didn't know what I was getting into. And now I'm on the finish line, happy." A delighted Price added.
Laia Sanz produced the best ever finish for a female rider, cracking the top ten overall for a 9th place finish
Spanish rider Laia Sanz became the first ever Female rider to finish inside the top ten overall at the Dakar Rally, racing to a fantastic 9th place finish overall 2 hours and 24 minutes behind Coma, and one position ahead of Yamaha's lead rider of Olivier Pain in 10th.

"I‰Ûªm very happy. Really! If they had offered me a top-ten finish before the race, I would have signed." Sanz commented. "Many said that it was plausible, but the Dakar is a highly-unpredictable, difficult and risky race. You‰Ûªve got to have your wits about you all the time.

"It‰Ûªs a great result that I want to share it with the whole team, who have put their trust in me from the first moment, giving me this great chance, and also with the fans and followers who been with me all the way through. Muchas gracias!"

The 2015 edition of the Dakar Rally once again showed just how brutal and tough of an event it is with only 79 of the original 158 bikes that started the event crossing the finish line over night.

Included in those 79 riders was Australian ex-pat Simon Pavey who battled his way through the race to finish in 63 position, exactly one position behind his son Llewellyn Sullivan-Pavey with the duo seperated by 21 minutes at the line some 31 hours behind the race leader. In total the two riders each logged more than 77 hours of competitive race time plus all the leasion riding between the special stages!
The 2015 Dakar Rally Podium (left) Toby Price 3rd, (Middle) Marc Coma 1st, (Right) Paulo Goncalves 2nd.
2015 Dakar Rally Final Overall Standings
1. MARC COMA(ESP) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 46h03m49s
2. PAULO GONCALVES(PRT) - HONDA CRF450RALLY +00:16:53
3. TOBY PRICE(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:23:14
4. PABLO QUINTANILLA(CHL) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:38:38
5. STEFAN SVITKO(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:44:17
6. RUBEN FARIA(PRT) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +01:57:50
7. DAVID CASTEU(FRA) - KTM 450 RALLY +02:00:14
8. IVAN JAKES(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +02:18:18
9. LAIA SANZ PLA-GIRIBERT(ESP) - HONDA CRF 450 RALLY +02:24:21
10. OLIVIER PAIN(FRA) - YAMAHA WR450F +03:09:09
62. LLEWELLYN SULLIVAN-PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLYE +31:21:27
63. SIMON PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +31:42:55


2015 Dakar Stage 13 Results
1. IVAN JAKES(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 0h52m06s
2. STEFAN SVITKO(SVK) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:00:45
3. TOBY PRICE(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:01:07
4. PAULO GONCALVES(PRT) - HONDA CRF450RALLY +00:01:15
5. MARC COMA(ESP) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:03:11
6. HANS VOGELS(NLD) - KTM 450 RR +00:03:36
7. FRANS VERHOEVEN(NLD) - YAMAHA YZ450 RALLY 2014 +00:04:35
8. PABLO QUINTANILLA(CHL) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +00:04:52
9. XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT(FRA) - YAMAHA YZF 450 RALLY +00:05:54
10. LAIA SANZ PLA-GIRIBERT(ESP) - HONDA CRF 450 RALLY +00:07:55
78. LLEWELLYN SULLIVAN-PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLYE +02:27:02
79. SIMON PAVEY(AUS) - KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA +02:27:32

Top Image: Marc Coma wins his 5th Dakar Rally

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