Spain’s Marc Coma overcame technical problems to claim the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally between Chilecito and Tucuman in Argentina on Thursday.
The Red Bull KTM Factory rider, bidding for a fourth title here, was forced to do repair work on his bike’s leaking gas tank in the second section of the race before stepping it up a gear to outclass team-mate Jordi Viladoms by almost 13 minutes.
This result sees Coma regain top spot ahead of Honda’s Joan Barreda, who lost valuable time as he crossed the finish line 44 minutes and 20 seconds behind.
In the car category, Nani Roma produced yet another flawless run to reclaim the overall lead.
The 41-year-old completed the course in an impressive time of four hours and 27 minutes, enough to edge out Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel.
The 2014 Dakar Rally ends in Valparaiso on the 18th of January.