Published on 21 Apr 2011 by Toni M.
After adding a fifth win in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to his already massive array of winning trophies, which include the Dakar Rally 3 times, the Rallye des Pharaons-Egypt, the Rally ORPI of Morocco, the Rally of las Pampas in Argentina, Marc Coma took to the Abu Dhabi desert for some fun and games with free-styler and X-Games winner Ronnie Renner.
Renner who also holds world record for a step-up on a motorcycle and one for the highest jump (Air) in a quarterpipe, was on hand to watch Coma jump his rally prepared KTM 450, a distance of 15-meters and 6-meters high and afterwards the two even switched bikes.
“Normally, for us the important thing is keeping the bike in contact with the ground. The speed is what matters. That’s why it’s not usual for Rally riders to be jumping these heights and distances. Compared to a Freestyle bike, my bike weighs about a dozen kilos more than this. The tank alone can hold 40 liters,” said Coma.
A suitable impressed Renner said, “That was really an eye-opener! I was able to take a spin on Marc’s bike and I’ve got to admit I must have looked pretty awful. The speed is incredible and the handling compared to a Freestyle bike is extremely hard. Taking this jump on a KTM Rally bike is phenomenal.”
Source | motoblog.it