14 Jan 2012

Marc Coma regains lead in Dakar rally

11:08 am on 14 January 2012

Spanish motorcyclist Marc Coma has reclaimed the overall lead in the Dakar Rally after he stormed to victory on the 12th stage from Arequipa to Nasca, replacing France's Cyril Despres.

The KTM rider, who had been more than two minutes off the lead overnight, led home fellow Spaniards Joan Barreda Bort, on a Husqvarana, by nearly three minutes with KTM teammate Jordi Viladoms just over three minutes off the pace.

French rider Despres, who had snatched the lead back from Coma on Thursday, was fourth on the day and now stands in second place overall, one minute and 35seconds behind.