KTM has triumphed for the tenth consecutive year in the 2011 Dakar Rally.
Factory rider and Spanish rally veteran Marc Coma beat teammate, Frenchman Cyril DesprĂs by just 15 minutes at the end of the gruelling 6,000 mile (9,500km) event, which was run this year in South America.
After a succession of political and security problems in Africa the Dakar switched continents, but it was no less tough as a result. After crossing from Buenos Aires to the Chilean Pacific coast and back, including crossing the Andes, Coma said: “Staying focused was essential so I did focus on my riding. It was the only way to win. What was really tough was that I could not let my guard down, not even for a second. When a tough stage was ending, the next one was even tougher. We all know that a Dakar is a difficult race but this year it was particularly difficult.”
DesprĂs was disappointed but philosophical about losing: “"I made some mistakes, they were two small mistakes but they held some heavy consequences," he said. “But anyway, the feeling of finishing a Dakar is always nice, especially here with all the people welcoming you. I am sad I could not do better. I have raced 11 Dakar, won three and been on the podium eight times. One more would have been great."
All of which is a great excuse to show some of the fabulous images from the event, courtesy of KTM.
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