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Dakar Red Bull Preview 2014: Cyril Despres

MCN, 30 December 2013 09:30

The 2014 Dakar begins on January 5 in Rosario, Argentina and will see the competitors complete a brutal race covering 8734km over 14 days. In the third of our Red Bull previews we look at five-times winner and legend Cyril Despres. Despres is the man by which all other Dakar riders are judged. His meticulous approach to racing has seen him ...

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Podium for brave Brit speedway star

Tony Hoare, 16 June 2013 00:42

Plucky British speedway rider Tai Woffinden scored a surprise rostrum finish in last night’s Polish Grand Prix, just two weeks after shattering his collarbone. His third place in Gorzow means he remains in second place in the world championship standings. Woffinden had surgery to plate the collarbone two days after crashing out of the British Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Millennium ...

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Dakar Stage 13: Lopez delights fans to win stage, Despres remains in control

Michael Guy, 19 January 2013 13:52

Chilean Francisco Lopez had a day to remember after winning his fourth stageof the race to move up to second in the overall standings. Lopez profited from a navigational error of former second place man Ruben Faria while showing the outright pace to beat Despres on the fast 441km timed special. He said: “Tomorrow will be a great day because ...

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Dakar Stage 9: Cyril Despres Interview

Anonymous, 16 January 2013 15:43

Michael Guy caught up with Dakar master Cyril Despres after stage nine of this year's rally. Still out of breath from 12hrs on the bike, the Frenchman gives us his rundown of the day.  

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Stage 6: Brits continue to battle their way through longest day of Dakar

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 09:02

Today’s 4.30am start was made even worse after the Dakar switched time zones from Peru to Chile which meant that everyone in the Bivouac lost two hours sleep. The sleep depravation was compounded by the fact that stage six was the longest day of the Dakar so far with a monster 455km timed special which was split into two, with ...

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Dakar Stage 6: Lopez wins again as Despres ups the pace, Pain leads overall

Michael Guy, 11 January 2013 08:58

Local hero Francisco Lopez rewarded the thousands of Chilean fans that turned out to support him by securing his third stage win of the 2013 Dakar. The Copec KTM rider won the demanding 455km timed special by a significant 2m34s, a result that moves him back into contention in the overalls standings having suffered navigational problems earlier in the race. ...

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Dakar Stage 4 – Mixed fortune for Brits in tough 720KM day

Michael Guy, 09 January 2013 02:33

Stage four of the 2013 Dakar threw up some of the biggest challenges of the race so far with the riders having to race through the timed 290KM special before completing a massive 430KM liaison stage. The honour of lead Brit went to Dakar rookie Tim Forman who excelled on the varied terrain to secure his best stage finish in ...

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Dakar Stage 3: Watt leads the way with six remaining Brits all in top 100

Michael Guy, 07 January 2013 16:29

Irishman Stan Watt secured another strong result on stage three of the Dakar to finish 37th fastest at the end of the timed 242KM special. The KTM rider now sits 37th overall in the standings and is satisfied with his progress at this early stage of the race knowing that his overall position can improve significamtly if he can maintain ...

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Are Dakar riders the world's bravest racers?

MCN, 07 January 2013 14:00

The 2013 Dakar kicked off on January 5 and the competitors will have to ride tough off road stages which no mere mortal would even consider for a full two weeks. Does this make them the toughest riders on the planet?   pollcomment

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Dakar stage 1 – Local hero Lopez takes opening stage victory

Michael Guy, 05 January 2013 22:55

Chilean Francisco Lopez claimed victory in the opening stage of the 2013 Dakar. The KTM rider completed the 13km timed special in 7m 51s just one second faster than sand specialist Frans Verhoeven onboard his Yamaha YZF. Regulations for 2013 mean that the times set are multiplied by five in an effort to make the result in keeping with a ...

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