Rally Bike takes great leap – Role exchange in the desert.
Two-wheeled summit meeting in endless desert – KTM rider Marc Coma (Spain) – Freestyle Motocross star Ronnie Renner (USA) – Freestyle spirit on original Dakar-Rally bike – three-time Dakar winner Coma takes off in dunes – Arab Gulf.
Just days after his fifth triumph at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Marc Coma demonstrated that he has brilliant control of his KTM 450 not only while racing at speeds of up to 170 km/h (105.6 mph). Under the watchful eye of Freestyle Motocross athlete Ronnie Renner (USA), Coma made a daring 15-meter long and 6-meter (49 ft) high jump on his 140-kg (308 lb) Rally bike in the eternal desert between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The three-time Dakar winner (2006, 2009, 2011) said: “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 (10.5 gal).”
X-Games gold medal winner Ronnie Renner paid his respects to Coma: “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.”
Marc Coma (ESP): Marc Coma won the Rally Dakar three times in 2006, 2009 and 2011 on his KTM motorcycle and was the World Champion in the Rallies Cross Country Motorcycles Tournament in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He has won nearly every important Rally in the world, including the UAE Desert Challenge five times as well as the Rallye des Pharaons (Egypt), Rally ORPI of Morocco or the Rally of las Pampas in Argentina.
Ronnie Renner (USA): Ronnie Renner is a U.S. freestyle motocross athlete. The king of the air’s career highlights include winning a gold medal at the X-Games, setting a world record for a step-up on a motorcycle and setting the world record for the highest jump (Air) in a quarterpipe.