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2015-07-20 11:25

NEW FRONTIERS: Spanish motorcycle rider Marc Coma has quit endurance racing after winning the Dakar Rally five times. Image: KTM

Legendary endurance rider Marc Coma has retired after 13 years of competitive racing for KTM.

The Spanish rider's illustrious career brought five Dakar victories and six cross-country World titles.


The 38-year-old is now sports director of the Dakar Rally - an event he won in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015. He is also the only rider to win the motorcycling World cross-country championship more than twice.

Pit Beirer of KTM Motorsport 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 wish him ongoing success in the next stage of his career.

"Marc will always be a friend of KTM and he will always belong to the KTM family."

Alex Doringer, KTM's rally manager, said: "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. We would like to send a big thank you to Marc Coma and to wish him all the best in his new direction!"

DAKAR LEGEND: In this file picture Marc Coma celebrates his 2015 Dakar triumph with KTM team mates. The 38-year-old has retired from endurance racing to become sport director of the annual Dakar Rally. Image: KTM

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