Great Dakar for KTM, Marc Coma, Cyril Despres and the KTM 450 Rally bike

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KTM 450 Rally

Great Dakar for KTM, Coma, Cyril Despres and the KTM 450 bike

KTM 450 Rally

The Dakar which finished last in Buenos Aires, will be at KTM as one of the company’s greatest triumphs in sport. Not only the tenth win for the Austrian sports motorcycle but also a sensational ride by the two leading factory riders who 1-2 in a two-way battle that the fans on their toes the entire rally.

The victory for Marc Coma of the MRW KTM team was his career Dakar title. It was a well-earned ride but by Marc’s own was tough all the way because he and fellow KTM rider Cyril Despres Bull KTM) never each other any ground they got to the finish.

KTM riders in skill and determination

There has been a rally so competitively and one where the two KTM riders, competing on the developed KTM Rally bike so equal in skill, tactics and Despres and Coma were head and shoulders above the and long before the end of the journey it was that this was to be a two-man between equally skilled who now each have three of the Dakar trophies.

When the unfortunate 10 minute incurred by Cyril in the early of the rally is taken into then both he and Marc so closely matched throughout the that they frequently in minutes, sometimes even apart. The 33rd edition of great event was also a tribute to the Austrian brand seven of the top 10 riders were on

A triumph for KTM

The 2011 Dakar was short of a triumph for KTM and a very response to the surprise rule introduced without warning by the organizers in the middle of 2009, restricted professional riders competing on bikes exceeding 450 This was widely seen as an to break the KTM stranglehold on the title and as a Despres and Coma competed in the on the KTM 690 rally bike fitted restrictors to reduce the performance to the equivalent of a 450 ccm machine.

It didn’t any difference to the outcome and Cyril took his third title. response to the rule change was to their RD department go into top to design a Dakar competitive 450 ccm bike. The new KTM 450 Rally Replica was the result of intense work by the KTM RD with valuable input by Coma and Despres, including of hours of testing.

The bike made its first in the autumn of 2010 where rode it to victory in the desert of the Rally of Morocco.

New era in rally for KTM

The overwhelming success of the two KTM riders and the 450 bike also heralds a new era for KTM in sport. As soon as the final was announced, there was a strong from the company headquarters in Austria that the production of the new bike would begin and that KTM would use the Dakar as its major marketing platform as it into a much more era in the sport.

KTM CEO Stefan Pierer the company had not only developed the rally bike on the market but planned to introduce new and interesting for both rally teams and rally enthusiasts. He added KTM wanted to see riders from as countries as possible on the new KTM Rally

Best bike; best

The 2011 edition was a concrete of how competitive the bike could be in the of the two best exponents of rally so it is worthwhile reflecting on the highlights of turned out to be 14 days of thrilling that ended as a triumph for the brand.

How the Dakar 2011 unfolded

The competitive stage from started with 566 km on the road and a short special of 192 km. At the end of the day it was Despres Ruben Faria who was fastest the line but Despres was retroactively the stage win after Faria was a one minute time penalty. and Coma therefore finished 1-2 and were just 1 minute

The third rider was Coma’s Juan Pedrero of Spain.

opened the road for Stage Two as headed from Cordoba to San and although closely shadowed by succeeded in taking his second win. After 440km on the and a 300 km special where they into the forest, Cyril was 1:49 faster than and only 2 minutes 35 separated the The next day it was Coma who took the coming in 2:21 ahead of who stayed in front of the standings by 14 seconds after a mammoth 521 km through desert canyons and the forest.

Coma won Stage Four riders crossed the Andes Chile, again by the smallest He was 16 seconds faster than and two seconds ahead in the overalls. It was by now that this was going to be a rally, especially after received a retrospective 10 minute for failing to pass a marker in the haze of the early morning

Neither rider was to know this point what would mean for the final

Coma and Despres continued to each other during the rides in the Atacama Desert and at the day after Stage Six Despres had the 10-minute penalty to 8:48, after Stage Seven, he had down to 7:24 after had finished just over a apart. Deep in the sands of coastal desert, Coma Stage Eight with less than two minutes The Spaniard also won Stage 10 and had his overall lead to just 18 minutes.

Despres responded the way he knows. He won Stage 11 by 2:11 Coma and cut the deficit to 16 minutes. His chance to close the gap was in the penultimate 12 but this time Coma won by 37 seconds to hold onto the

He then closed off his third victory on arrival back in Aires.

Among the leaders at the end of the were Coma’s water Pedrero in sixth place and Cyril’s co-rider in eighth to round off a sensational ride for the MRW KTM team of Coma and Pedrero and the Red KTM team of Despres and Faria. The Dakar will go down in the books as one of the closest and hardest from the first to the last

The 2011 Dakar in numbers

consecutive title for KTM

Best in the Dakar 2011: the KTM 450 Rally

KTM 450 Rally

3rd Dakar title for Marc to equal the three titles of Despres

5 stage wins to Coma

3 stage wins to Despres

9,500 km through and Chile

4837 m the highest of altitude crossing the Andes

than 250 km driven over an of 4000 m

Hottest temperature: in the shade in the Chilecito region

Coldest temperature 2°C in the Calama

15,000 kg of spare parts by the three KTM trucks

11,700 of fuel used by the three trucks and three support

3,800 liters of fuel for the KTM

300 liters of oil in total

Total of kilometers in KTM vehicles (bikes, and cars) – 80,000 km in 14 days

60 wheels and 60 front wheels for the KTM

During the 14 days (336 of the rally no member of the KTM teams or staff had more than 60 sleep

Number of liters of water consumed by the team and staff: 1400 liters

KTM 450 Rally
KTM 450 Rally
KTM 450 Rally


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