Dakar legend Marc Coma has announced in a press conference today that he will not race the 2013 Dakar.
The three time winner is still suffering the effects of a high speed crash during Rally Maroc in October where he sustained a badly dislocated left shoulder.
Despite extensive rehabilitation the 36 year old Spaniard has been unable to get back to the fitness levels required to not only race the Dakar, but fulfil his goal of winning the arduous event.
He said: “I am sorry to everybody, but I will come back again, but for this race if I can't fight for the win, I don't race"
Coma’s absence is a massive blow for the event which has already seen two of Honda’s factory team withdraw from the race after Brit Sam Sunderland and Brazilian Felipe Zanol sustained injuries in testing last month.
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