COMA LEADS SARDEGNA RALLY RACE AFTER DAY ONE!
KTM’s Marc Coma opened his account in the Sardegna Rally Race on Sunday, the fourth round in the 2014 FIM World Cross-Country Rallies Championship by securing the overall lead in Day One of five days of competition.
Riders traveled 320 km between the towns of San Teodoro and Arbatax in the Italian island, contesting two timed specials, one of 65 km and the second of 78 km. After accrued times, including the Super Special on Saturday, Red Bull athlete Marc Coma registered a total time of 2:26:35 hours with a small margin over Italy’s Alessandro Botturi.
Factory teammates Jordi Viladoms of Spain is sixth overall after Day One, but a close encounter with a tree left him with and injured hand and he may not start on Monday. Red Bull athlete Ruben Faria of Portugal is thirteenth with a deficit of just under nine minutes.
Before the stage, Coma said the week would be complicated with tests that were more akin to enduro racing than rally. At the conclusion of Sunday’s race he commented that Sardegna was always ‘complicated and difficult’. “The coming days will be the same”, he said. “We must be vigilant and above all make no mistakes in navigation.” He said the terrain had been made more difficult because of heavy rain during the winter and riders would also have to be careful to conserve their tires.
The second stage on Monday, a loop course from and to the town of Arbatax, features a single 180-kilometer, very technical timed special where riders are unable to use GPS. This will be followed by a marathon stage on Day Three. The rally concludes on Thursday in San Teodoro.
Results Prologue Sardegna Rally Race
1. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 1:55:8 h
2. Mario Abrantes (POR), Suzuki, +1:09 min
3. Marc Coma (ESP), KTM, +3:00
4. Joan Pedrero (ESP), Sherco, +3:08
5. Jordi Viladoms (ESP), KTM, +4:02
7. Ruben Faria (POR), KTM, +4:07
10. Armand Monleón (ESP), KTM, +5:07
Results & Standings Sardegna Rally Race after 1 of 5 stages
1. Coma, 2:26:39 h
2. Alessandro Botturi (ITA), Husqvarna, +24 sec
3. Armand Monleón (ESP), KTM, +1:10 min
4. Gerard Farres (ESP), GasGas, +1:22
5. Paulo Goncalves (POR), Honda, +1:23
6. Viladoms, +2:20
13. Faria, +8:53
Results Sardegna Rally Race, Stage 2
1. Goncalves, 3:22:28 h
2. Botturi, +1:27 min
3. Barreda, +2:15
4. Coma, +3:11
5. Olivier Pain (FRA), Yamaha, +4:15
6. Monleón, +5:10
11. Faria, +11:22
Standings Sardegna Rally Race after 2 of 5 stages
1. Goncalves, 5:49:33 h
2. Botturi, +1:25 min
3. Coma, +2:45
4. Barreda, +4:52
5. Monleón, +5:54
11. Faria, +19:49
Sardegna Rally Race