Factory KTM man Marc Coma was able to claw back 2m 16s on race leader Joan Barreda after winning stage five of the 2015 Dakar. The four time Dakar champion Spaniard who started two minutes behind Barreda reeled in his fellow Spaniard and passed him to lead on the road. But Barreda rode the perfect stage on board his factory HRC slotting in behind Coma to the finish meaning that he still leads overall with a 10m 33s advantage.
Coma is ultimately still paying the price for his acute tyre problems endured in the closing stages of stage 2. The Spaniard was forced to slow his pace dramatically on Mondays monster stage, handing Barreda a 12m advantage, an advantage that he accepts will be very hard to negate.