COMA MAINTAINS OVERALL LEAD AFTER STAGE FOUR OF DOS SERTOES RALLY
Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma wrapped up the fourth stage of the Rally Dos Sertoes on Wednesday just a fraction over one minute behind second placed Paolo Goncalves of Portugal to hang onto the overall lead by a margin of two minutes and four seconds.
In provisional third overall after Stage Three is local Brazilian rider Joan Azevedo while Marc Coma’s three KTM factory teammates Jordi Viladoms (Spain), Ruben Faria (Portugal) and UK rider Sam Sunderland finished 5-7 in the stage. The KTM riders hold the same positions in the overall standings. Viladoms is currently 14:20 minutes off the lead pace of Coma, Faria trails by 16:22 and Sunderland by 19:32. The KTM factory riders compete on the KTM 450 RALLY machine.
As the stage winner on Tuesday it was again Coma who had to open the track on Wednesday and he said he was quite satisfied even though the race continued to be tight.
“This was not an easy stage,” Coma said. “It was the longest timed special of the rally but again we had a good rhythm. We had to sacrifice a bit of time while opening the track but that was to be expected. All indications are that this will be a race that will be decided on the last day so we must continue to concentrate hard because here it is very difficult to get an advantage.”
On Wednesday, riders were at the half way mark of the marathon stage and were not permitted any support from the teams before they reach Diamantina on Thursday.
Coma is also a candidate for the title of world champion as the Rally Dos Sertoes represents the fifth round of the six-round FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship. He went into Round 5 with a narrow six-point lead and is looking to extend that when the rally concludes on Saturday in Belo Horizonte.
Results Rally Dos Sertoes, Stage Four
Paracatu - São Francisco: 585 kilometers, 364 km of timed special
1. Paolo Goncalves (POR), Honda, 4:24:02 h
2. Marc Coma (ESP), KTM, 4:25:17
3. Helder Rodrigues (POR), Honda, 4:30:51
4. Joan Azevedo (BRA, Honda, 4:31:20
5. Jordi Viladoms (ESP), KTM, 4:31:34
6. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM 4:31:58
7. Ruben Faria, POR, KTM, 4:32:20
8. David Casteu, FRA, KTM, 4:36:09
Standings Rally Dos Sertoes after 4 of 7 stages
1. Coma, 9:43:56 h
2. Goncalves, +2:04 min
3. Azevedo, +9:37
4. Rodrigues, +11:33
5. Viladoms, +14:20
6. Faria, 16:22
7. Sunderland, 19:32
8. Casteu, 22:59
Note: KTM Racing News will file the next report after the rally concludes on Saturday. KTM Results Service will be send out every day of the rally.