Coma parks bike af­ter 13 years

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ON the oc­ca­sion of the re­tire­ment of one of the world’s most distin­guished rally riders, KTM Fac­tory Rac­ing wishes to ex­tend very sin­cere thanks to Marc Coma for years of sport­ing ded­i­ca­tion.

Coma ends his ca­reer af­ter 13 years of com­pet­i­tive rac­ing on KTM, five Dakar vic­to­ries and six Cross Coun­try Ral­lies world ti­tles!

Pit Beirer, head of KTM Mo­tor­sports, said: “We thank Marc for many won­der­ful years with KTM. We are happy and proud that he fin­ishes his ac­tive ca­reer at the very pin­na­cle of rac­ing and we wish him on­go­ing suc­cess in the next stage of his ca­reer.

“We are nat­u­rally very pleased that he will stay with rally sport and that we will con­tinue to have con­tact with him. Marc will al­ways be a friend of KTM and he will al­ways be­long to the KTM fam­ily.”

Coma is leav­ing ac­tive rac­ing im­me­di­ately to take up his new po­si­tion, an ap­pro­pri­ate oc­ca­sion also, Beirer con­firmed, to an­nounce the new struc­ture of the KTM Rally Fac­tory Rac­ing Team.

“We have al­ready been plan­ning for three years for the change of gen­er­a­tion in our riders. We’re con­fi­dent that we have a fine bal­ance of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth, who are ready to race in the true KTM tra­di­tion. Our new team will cer­tainly de­liver the top re­sults that will en­sure KTM re­mains the driv­ing force in rally sport,” Beirer added.

Alex Doringer, man­ager of the KTM Rally Fac­tory Rac­ing Team com­mented: “We all ap­pre­ci­ate the time and vic­to­ries we had with our rider and friend Marc. We look for­ward to our new gen­er­a­tion of riders tak­ing up the chal­lenge and de­liv­er­ing more vic­to­ries. We in­tend to con­tinue to com­pete at the high­est level and to play a dom­i­nant role in the world of rally sport …”

Doringer also con­firmed the ad­di­tional pres­ence of the of­fi­cial satel­lite team of KTM War­saw Mo­tor­rally un­der the ex­pe­ri­enced man­age­ment of Marek and Filip Dabrowski.

“I am happy that we are also able to count on the con­tin­ued pres­ence of the satel­lite team. They are our val­ued and longterm part­ners,” Doringer said.

PHOTO: KTM

Has it re­ally been that long?! Marc Coma re­tires with full hon­ours to make space for a gen­er­a­tion of new young guns.

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