The Baja Spain-Aragon race was held this weekend from Friday through Sunday, and didn’t go to well for KTM’s Marc Coma.
The Spaniard did not finish the race due to mechanical problems on his KTM 530 EXC just 80 kilometers from the end of the race; when Coma experienced the mechanical issues, he was in the lead.
Marc Coma suffers DNF while leading 2011 Baja Aragon Rally
This gave the 28th Edition of the Baja Spain-Aragon race to KTM’s Gerard Farres.
Repsol says Coma finished second in the prologue held on Friday and yesterday took the lead of the overall classification, despite suffering a problem with his bike’s gearshift. In Sunday’s third leg, after leading the classification in the first stage and most of the second, Coma was forced to retire, finishing outside the podium after his successes of the last months in Abu Dhabi and Sardinia.
Marc Coma (KTM 530 EXC) says: “It was a pity. We seemed to have everything under control as we had a good progression during the two days, but a mechanical failure prevented us from begin on the podium in the end.
“The Rally had not many difficulties, but as it is not a round where we have a lot of experience due to its characteristics, we started without references and just to see how it went. The prologue, which only served to get a good starting position in the first leg, allowed us to start from the top positions and follow the pace of other riders with more experience in this kind of race.
“Yesterday, a problem with the bike’s gearshift forced us to be more cautious at the end of the leg, but what we did not expect was that today another mechanical failure would force us to retire, just when we had a very good pace and had been consistent during the day. All my team has a lot of experience in rallies raids, so this kind of races are very different from what we are used to.
“I would be more satisfied if I had finished on the podium, but you learn a lot with this experience. My next competition will probably be in Austria at the beginning of August in order to prepare for the Pharaos Rally.”
HUSQVARNA BEST MANUFACTURER AT BAJA ARAGON ESPANA
Husqvarna was starring the latest edition of the Baja Aragon in Spain, which took place from July 22 to 24. In fact 4 Husqvarnas (2 TE511 and TE449) managed to finish in the top 7 position.Paulo Goncalves (TE511) finished second behind the winner Gerard Farres, David Adria (also on TE511) completed the podium with his third place.
The TE449 pilots Alex Busquets and David Serra finished in sixth and seventh position. On the extremely fast and hard stages of the Baja Aragon the TE449 and TE511 have highlighted their good qualities of stability and power. The TE511 could have even won the race with Juan Barreda if there was not a technical problem at the fuelpump during the second day of competition. In fact Barreda won the first special stage of the day and was in the second position, when he had to slow down because of the mentioned problems.