Marc Coma has won the gruelling 2015 Dakar Rally on board his Red Bull Factory KTM taking his fifth title, and KTM’s 14th straight win.
The win means the 38-year-old Catalan is now tied with Frenchman Cyril Despres for the all-time lead in the bike category and just one behind Stephane Peterhansel.
Coma took his first Dakar title in Africa in 2006, then won again in 2009 in South America and added more titles in 2011, and 2014.
Coma said: “I’m happy and proud. As usual it was a gruelling rally. We had to overcome a problem on the second day that slowed us down a bit in the rankings. So from then on, we had to change the strategy a little and push to recover that time.
“We knew that the marathons would be key stages and they were. I am happy with the team and the people we have around us. This fifth win says a lot about all of us.”
The Dakar 2015 proved to be a proper battle of attrition. Of the 168 starters in the bikes division only 78 were on the starting line for the final run into Buenos Aires.