The motorcycle rider and member of Berga Resort, Marc Coma, Dakar Rally champion five times and six World Championship Rally-Cross-Country, announced Thursday his retirement from competition at age 38. As, however, will continue linked to the world of motor sports as the new director of the Dakar.
"It was not an easy decision for me, but I think it was time to take this step, and when I got the offer from the organizers [Dakar] I decided to accept it," he told Efe.
So, from next year deal with sports management test stages toughest in the world and is the number two of the organization under its director, Frenchman Etienne Lavigne. This, he noted that "the priority for the position was Coma" because "it has the necessary experience and freshness calling the rally".
Born in 1976 Avia Coma in Dakar debut in 2002 and since then has participated 12 times between editions of Africa and South America. In this period reached five victories (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2015) seven podiums, 25 wins stage, 81 639 kilometers driven and more than 497 hours on the motorcycle.
In addition, Coma is still the current leader of the World Cup in 2015, but the Rally of Sardinia last June was his last race, according to its press department.
So leave the World Cross-Country Rallies after adding six titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014), 31 victories and 43 podiums in 49 races since 2003. In fact, from 2009 until this year have won 27 consecutive podium finishes. In total, Avia has added 967 hours on the bike and travel 124 459 km at the World Cup.