News 11 Oct 2010

Rally: Coma wins Pharaons Rally to clinch 2010 world title

KTM factory rider Marc Coma wound up the six stage Pharaons Rally in Egypt’s desert sands with a victory that also secured the 2010 World Rally Championship title for the Spanish rider on Saturday.

The rally was also important for KTM’s Tim Trenker, competing for KTM-UAE who finished sixth overall but won the 2010 World Championship Open Production title, the first ever to go to the Emirates.

Coma won four of the six stages in this race that took riders from Cairo to El Alamein on the coast of the Mediterranean through exquisite but always challenging classic desert terrain.

The ‘four’ turned out to be a magic number for Spain’s Coma who said after reaching the finish.

“Four, four, four! Four for the stages I won, four times the Pharaons Rally, and four world championships,” Coma said. “With this fourth victory I have reached the same number of victories of Fabrizio Meoni at the Pharaons so this is a special time to remember him.”

Coma won the rally by eight minutes and 23 seconds ahead of Aprilia rider Francisco Lopez and Yamaha’s Helder Rodriguez.