It didn’t take long for Marc Coma and the KTM team to get back in front of the pack at Dakar.
Last year’s champion finished second behind Francisco “Chaleco” Lopez during Stage One on Sunday, but he didn’t stay there; Coma raced to first place during yesterday’s Stage Two, and also grabbed the overall lead.
Lopez, who finished fourth yesterday, is hanging on to second place, while Coma’s teammate Cyril Despres finished 1:18 behind the leader yesterday in second place, leaving him third overall so far.
Spain’s Barreda Bort rode his Husqvarna into third yesterday, 2:33 behind Coma and fifth overall so far. That’s got to be encouraging for Husky, who teamed up with rally team Speedbrain to try to end KTM’s dominance at this year’s Dakar.
American Jonah Street, who gained a lot of publicity after racing a Yamaha for Touratech to 14th place in last year’s Dakar and seventh the year before, hasn’t had a very hot start this year, with mechanical problems catching up to him that he couldn’t repair himself – he’s supposedly been forced out of the race already.
Check out the video of Day Two’s highlights below.