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Marc Coma Takes Early Lead In Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

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Red Bull KTM‰Ûªs 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 kilometer timed special stage, 1:21 minutes ahead of KTM factory teammate Sam Sunderland. The rally is the first round of the 2015 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.

Following a largely ceremonial Super Special on Saturday, riders got down to business on Sunday with their first foray into the Liwa Desert. Marc Coma completed the stage of 404 kilometers of which 262km was timed special in 3:12:54 hours to finish with a narrow 1:21 minutes to Sam Sunderland, the team‰Ûªs British rider who is based in the UAE and very familiar with the local terrain.

‰ÛÏToday everything went well. We managed to set a good pace and we won ahead of Sam Sunderland, who we know is fast." Coma said. "I didn‰Ûªt want to risk anything in the first part but then I was able to attack more, especially in the second part of the special.‰Û

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