BACKFLIP ON MARC COMA’S KTM 450 RALLY BIKE THRILLS RED BULL X-FIGHTERS
Adrenalin rush guaranteed when thousands of fans at the Red Bull X-Fighters at the Bull Ring in Madrid, Spain last Friday saw Marc Coma’s Dakar winning, 140 kg KTM Rally bike do a backflip.
But while 3-times Dakar winner Coma of Spain who triumphed in 2006, 2009, 2011 had already met up with the FMX boys and tried his hand at Freestyle in the desert sands near Dubai, this time he lent his gear to Gilles De Jong of Belgium who pulled off the amazing stunt after two months of solid training jumping over a foam pit.
But Marc was the first one to congratulate Gilles after he pulled off the heart-stopping stunt on the 140 kg bike in from of thousands of awestruck spectators who packed the venue to the rafters. After all, it was in the bullrings of Spain that the Red Bull X-Fighters first thrilled the crowds, so it's the spiritual home of this thrilling sport. End result: rider and bike in 100% good shape.
Marc Coma: "I have to take my hat off to Gilles. Never in my wildest dreams would I have tried that. I’m glad my bike is still in good shape!"
Gilles De Jong: "You can’t really compare the handling with an FMX bike. You really need to work it hard. Marc was a lot of help during the preparations. He showed me in Dubai in April that it was possible to do tricks with a rally bike. I leaned out the window pretty far by betting that I could do a backflip on his bike!"