Marc battled away on the fourth stage of the 2012 Dakar Rally to claw back a couple of precious minutes on Cyril Despres. Marc tells us about his riding style during the day and his trailer trash lifestyle at night.
© Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool \ Marc Coma gunning for glory
Everybody out on the stage was involved in a real battle today. Personally I wanted to push to make up some of the time I lost yesterday but in the end there was so much to deal with it was impossible to build up much speed.
I was happy with how things were going and I think I could have got more time back if I hadn’t got a leak in one of my forks, which then cut out my front break. Thankfully it was only a small problem and if that’s the biggest mechanical issue I have to deal with this year I will be happy.
I’m now in a position where I have to catch eight minutes on Cyril [Despres] so I’m focusing on finding a strong rhythm on each stage. Things were tough today and I don’t expect them to get any easier so it will be a challenge to ride as fast as I need to. Today I got back two minutes so that helps me do what I need to do but repeating that result on four or five more stages will be tough.
“Giving 100 per cent on the stage is not about just going out there and riding as fast as you can – nothing good will come from that tactic”
Giving 100 per cent on the stage is not about just going out there and riding as fast as you can – nothing good will come from that tactic. It’s about staying fully concentrated 100 per cent of the time so you know when the opportunity has come to make up some time.
One thing that is helping me out this year is my caravan. On all my other visits to the Dakar I have been in a tent. This extra bit of comfort is helping me to get a better night’s rest and feel fully prepared for each stage. I know some of the guys in the car race take hotels at night but for us bikers that is just not an option. We need to be onsite in the bivouac and this caravan is a good compromise. It’s a cool place, fully air conditioned!
Marc is currently second in the bike race and trails Cyril Despres by 8m 10s after four stages of the 2012 Dakar Rally.