Dakar – Five-time winner Coma announces retirement


Five-time Dakar race winner Marc Coma has announced he is retiring from racing, but he is not turning his back on racing altogether – he will join the endurance race as its new sports director.

The Spanish rider, who the world’s toughest rally for a fifth time this January, is hanging up his helmet at the age of 38 after 12 appearances in the gruelling event.

He said: “I retire because I believe that it is the right time. After 12 Dakars, five victories and six world championships, I have to be honest with myself and with all the people, like you, that you have been supporting during all these years. Special mention to KTM, where I have felt always at home, and to all my sponsors. To all of them, thank you very much. As the new director of Sports Dakar Rally, I have got a chance to be able to repay it somehow everything that this rally has given me.”