COMA LEADS RALLY DOS SERTÕES AFTER STAGE FIVE
KTM’s multi-Dakar winner Marc Coma of Spain continue to lead the Rally dos Sertões in Brazil after Stage Five of this more than 4100 km loop through central Brazil. As usual Coma is riding his KTM 450 Rally bike.
Marc Coma finished just under four minutes behind Paolo Goncalves of Portugal in the day’s 295 km stage, holding off rival Cyril Despres by just under a minute. He is now 2:24 minutes ahead in a close battle for the top spot now between these three riders.
KTM teammate Jakub Przygonski of Poland is in fourth place but now trails the leader by 23:16 minutes. Ruben Faria of Portugal, the third member of the factory team crashed and was not able to finish the stage. A KTM team official confirmed that he was being transported to the bivouac and doctors said he had a wrist fracture.
Stage Five was the marathon stage where riders were not permitted any mechanical assistance, so it was important to be cautious on a ride that continues to be technically and physically challenging.
Stage Six takes the riders in a loop starting and finishing in Palmas on a long day out of a total of 746 km, including relatively short 109 km of timed section. The rally continues until Saturday.
Results Stage Five Rally dos Sertões (unofficial)
From Porangatu to Natividade total 487 km, timed special 265 km
1. Paolo Goncalves (P), Speed Brain, 3:58:05 hours
2. Marc Coma (E), KTM, 3:59:07
3. Cyril Despres (F), Yamaha, 4:00:42
4. Michael Metge (F), Yamaha, 4:02:52
5. Kuba Przygonski (PL), KTM, 4:02:59
DNF Ruben Faria (P), KTM
Standings Rally dos Sertões after 5 of 10 stages (unofficial)
1. Coma, 11:38:59 hours
2. Goncalves, +2:24.0 min
3. Despres, +3:14.1
4. Przygonski, +23:16.7
5. Metge, +23:39.9