Kiwi Rider January 2022 Vol.1 - Page 99


KTM is pulling out all the stops when it comes to reclaiming Dakar Rally glory , with the Austrian brand announcing they have secured the services of Dakar legend Marc Coma as an advisor to the team for the 2022 Rally . Coma is no stranger to the KTM Dakar effort , he won the event five times on orange machinery before he retired from the saddle and took over as Race Director of the event from 2016-2018 . In 2020 , still needing to scratch that Dakar itch , Coma competed in the car category at the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia as co-driver alongside world-renowned driver Fernando Alonso . At the end of that year , he was then appointed General Manager of KTM Spain , a position he continues to hold . After the KTM Rally Team ’ s incredible 18 consecutive wins at the Dakar was finally

broken by Honda in 2020 and 2021 , the team ’ s top brass are hungry to regain the top step on the podium once again . “ With five Dakar wins to his name and as a legend in the sport , it is of course exciting to welcome Marc back to the world of rally competition within the KTM family ”, says KTM Rally Team Manager , Norbert Stadlbauer . “ Marc not only has the experience as a racer , but also as a manager in his role with KTM Spain . All of this combined and his approach to the work means we are really pleased to have him back with us to support our teams in the quest for another Dakar victory . Marc will play a supportive role in all aspects of the rally in this Dakar focused role , and he will be a great asset to our team .” Coma won ’ t just be looking after the KTM tent of riders , however , with the official press release