Bikes: Coma grabs some time back

Bikes: Coma grabs some time back
By Eurosport

05/01/2012 at 02:10Updated 05/01/2012 at 17:22

Marc Coma made back some time in the Dakar Rally after winning the fourth stage from San Juan to Chilecito.

The Spanish KTM rider had lost his lead in stage three after a navigational error but covered the 326km stage in 4.16:43 to pull back 2:02 on French team-mate Cyril Despres, who was second in the stage.

Dutchman Frans Verhoeven (Sherco) came in third, 8:26 behind Coma.

Despres still remains in charge of the race though as he holds an 8:10 lead over Coma.

Yamaha's Helder Rodrigues of Portugal is a distant third, a full 26:48 back already.

"It was a very tough special, in particular at the beginning with the fast start," said Coma after the stage.

"Then, we had to focus on the navigation and tackle water, a lot of it, in the ríos. I tried to drive at a very high pace from the beginning, but it was difficult. I was able to overtake a few pilots and gain some time on Cyril.

"Fiambala and many other stages still lie ahead. That is the way things are right now. And I keep on fighting every day."