Dakar 3rd stage and 4th stage:

 
Coma and Viladoms crossing the final finishing line together on stage 3
The long stage from Puerto Madryn to Jacobacci smiled on the Repsol KTM team with Marc Coma and Jordi Viladoms crossing the final finishing line together ahead of their rivals.
Less fortunate was their KTM team mate Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) who again suffered tyre problems and had to wait for his support rider Alain Duclos to ‘lend’ him his rear wheel.
 
Marc Coma (Repsol KTM)
It was a good day for us. I started in 17th place but fortunately there was a lot of wind so dust wasn’t a problem. The biggest challenge was finding the right compromise between preserving the tyre and maintaining a good speed. Once again today we opted for a tube. It is a very difficult decision to make because nobody has much experience of riding here, but for this stage at least it seemed like the right choice. Tonight we will again have a good look at our road book before making any decisions for the fourth stage. Here we can only make tactics day by day.
 
Jordi Viladoms (Repsol KTM)
I started fourth this morning and took it easy to let Marc (Coma) catch me up. Then I was able to follow him and the time I lost waiting I made up for in his ‘slipstream’. It is a little scary riding with the tube you have to be always looking out for stones and over the first part there was a lot o them. Later on the piste became much smoother and we could open the throttle a bit more.
 
Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM)
Before CP1 everything was going well and I was thinking I had made the right choice running a mousse. But by the time I got to the first refuelling the tyre was starting to go soft so I thought I would take advantage of the 15 minute stop to put a tube in. The problem was that when I stopped the mousse swelled up and I couldn’t get the tyre off. In the process of trying I damaged the bead and so on leaving the refuelling I was convinced I would be on the rim in 20 kilometres. In fact, by taking it easy I managed to get to CP2. I found out there that Alain (Duclos) wasn’t too far behind so I decided to wait for him. In all I lost 50 minutes between CP1 and CP2 and another 10 minutes waiting at CP2 which explains why I am down 1.5 hours overall this evening. It is starting to be a lot…
 
Alain Duclos (Kaestle KTM)
When I got to CP1 I heard that Cyril was having trouble with his mousse so I rode hard from there not to keep him waiting. Unfortunately I was in too much of a rush and went over the bars at about 80 kph – and it hurt. When I got to CP2 Cyril was waiting and so I handed over my wheel. He told me not to go over 80 kph so I took it easy til the end. I almost made it to the bivouac but 35 kms from home the mousse came out of the tyre and I had to finish on the rim.
 
Provisional results after 3rd stage
1. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM 
2. Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM
3. Jordi Viladoms, Spain, KTM
4. David Casteu, France, KTM
5. Guell Farres, Spain, KTM
47. Cyril Despres, France, KTM
71. Alain Duclos, France, KTM
 
Provisional overall standings
1. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM
2. David Fretigne, France, Yamaha 
3. Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM
4. Jacek Czachor, Poland, KTM 
5. Jonah Street, USA, KTM
6. Jordi Viladoms, Spain, KTM
21. Cyril Despres, France, KTM
 
23rd place for KTM ATV rider Camelia Liparoti at 3rd stage, 23rd place overall.
 
Find the official results on www.dakar.com
 
 
Dakar 4th stage: Marc Coma nice and easy…
Victory on the fourth stage went once again to Marc Coma (Repsol KTM) 1’17 ahead of Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) with the American Jonah Street (KTM) third (at 1’21).
Overall Marc increases his lead to 42’57 ahead of new second place man Street with Fretigne third (at 43’42). Jordi Viladoms (Repsol KTM) is fourth (at 55’57) with Cyril moving up to 11th (at 1h37’07). After yesterday’s crash Alain Duclos went better today to finish 16th on the special 26’44 behind the winner.
 
Marc Coma (Repsol KTM) 1st and 1st overall
After three very fast days the race changed pace today with the terrain being more varied and technical. We still haven’t seen any dunes yet but the tracks were sandy and a pleasure to ride. My goal today was just to ride at a steady pace and maintain my lead. I opted to use a mousse but Jordi was right behind me with a tube so it wasn’t too much stress.
 
Cyril Despres (Red Bull KTM) 2nd (at 1’17) 11th overall (at 1h37’07)
I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to have a trouble free run. The tracks were really nice and I even managed to forget how far behind I am overall. I started in 47th place this morning and overtook about 40 bikes, and obviously that takes a little time, so to finish just behind Marc isn’t too bad. Now we have to work at getting some time back. I am perhaps the only person in the bivouac who believes I can still win – but it was pretty much like that in 2007 and that it didn’t work out too badly!
 
Jordi Viladoms (Repsol KTM) 6th (at 8’40) 4th overall (at 55’57)
I didn’t push too much today, just rode my own race. The terrain was fun and I enjoyed myself – all I had to do was make sure I stayed out of trouble, didn’t puncture my tube and be there for Marc if he needed me.
 
Alain Duclos (Kaestle KTM) 16th (at 26’44)
I slept last night in the medical tent and although I felt stiff this morning I decided to try and ride. In the end I was glad I did. I couldn’t sit down and wasn’t too strong in right hand corners but I could ride ok and didn’t finish too badly. It don’t think I will be 100% tomorrow but the good news is that I will start in the good group and won’t have to eat too much dust.
 
Provisional results after 4th stage
1. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM 
2. Cyril Despres, France, KTM
3. Jonah Street, USA, KTM
4. David Fretigne, France, Yamaha
5. Francisco Lopez, Chile, KTM
6. Jordi Viladoms, Spain, KTM
16. Alain Duclos, France, KTM
 
Provisional overall standings
1. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM
2. Jonah Street, USA, KTM
3. David Fretigne, France, Yamaha 
4. Jordi Viladoms, Spain, KTM
5. Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM
11. Cyril Despres, France, KTM
110. Alain Duclos, France, KTM
 
Find the official results on www.dakar.com

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