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KTM and their drivers top five top positions on the Dakar

Posted On Tuesday 17th January 2017 12:41 PM


The French Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider Cyril Despres achieved his fifth Dakar victory this Saturday after winning the 2013 edition of the most famous rally in the world after more than 8,000 km. It is the 12th consecutive victory For KTM in an edition in which in addition the orange motorcycles have occupied the first five positions

 

The backpacker or rapid attendance of Despres, the Portuguese Ruben Faria has imposed in the last stage, finishing second of the general, to ten minutes and 43 seconds of the leader. The Chilean "Chaleco" López (KTM) was third, ahead of the Slovak Ivan Jakes and the Spanish Joan Pedrero fifth, both also on KTM.

 

The Dakar 2013 has also meant not so good times for the KTM Factory Team, including the abandonment of Marc Coma a few days before the race due to a shoulder injury suffered after a fall in the rally of Morocco and by which doctors Advised him not to participate in the Dakar.

 

Despres also suffered a major downturn in marathon stages 7 and 8, during which pilots can not receive outside mechanical assistance. The Frenchman was forced to change the engine of his motorcycle, offered by the semi official pilot Marek Dabrowski of Team Orlen and thanks to the help of his teammates, who worked all night in the bivouac of the camp to be able to replace the Engine of Despres by its own means.

 

Polish Jakub Przygonski and South African Riaan Van Niekerk of Team "B" KTM finished 11th and 13th. The American Kurt Caselli, substitute of the injured Coma and the South African Darryl Curtis recovered of fallen parts and diverse technical problems to finish in meritorious 31st and 32th places is by its own means.

 

Another notable performance is that of the Australian KTM Ben Grabham, who signed up for this tough test for men and machines after suffering a serious accident after impacting a kangaroo at high speed and suffering various fractures. KTM has completed this race with five drivers in the top ten positions and ten in the top twenty in this 2013 edition.

 

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