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Dakar 2007: Marc Coma still leading in the Bikes-Category.

In the motorbike class, yesterday´s stage was a transition day for the Repsol KTM rider Marc Coma. He controlled his main rival, Frenchman Despres, who started right behind him at all times. Coma started second and was soon caught by Despres and a further group of riders. The difficult navigation of the stage caused the creation of a large group of riders, a situation that Coma managed to take with ease while watching over the movements of his main rival. Thus he managed to arrive at the finish of the stage that was won by Spaniard Esteve. Coma was finally sixteenth.

Marc Coma: Yesterday has been a typical Black Africa stage, with several parallel tracks. There was one point at kilometre 81 which was difficult to interpret in the road book, and where a whole bunch of riders gathered and continued riding together until the finish. It's been fun, it seemed a motocross race, but it made riding more difficult due to the dust. In the end we stretched and each of us set his own pace. We have been over very sandy ground, with a lot of dust and lots of parallel tracks. We have finished the special without loosing hardly any time to our main rivals and that's the most important."

Jordi Arcarons, Repsol KTM Team Manager: "It is the last rally week, we are getting closer to Dakar and everything is working well son far, as we wanted, but the days ahead are also important and they also count. The stages are still important and it is essential not to loose the concentration needed for this race. IT is true that Marc has a good advantage but anything can happen any time and we’ll have to be very watchful and ready for anything. We try to deal with everything as good as we can, following the set line and without loosing concentration or the interest in every stage. Marc is doing really well, compared to the others I think that he’s in good shape. That means that he’s arrived well prepared for this race."

2007/01/19 | 14:22 CET | Editor: MR/Repsol KTM

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