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Despres retires from Dakar bike class to join official Peugeot car team

Michael Guy, 27 March 2014 10:29

Five time Dakar winner Cyril Despres will leave the Dakar bike category he has dominated for the last decade, alongside Marc Coma, to make a shock switch to a new official Peugeot car team. The 40 year old Frenchman has become the benchmark all other Dakar riders are judged since winning his first Dakar in Africa in 2005. His meticulous ...

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Dakar stage 11 – Coma wins stage to assert control on 2014 Dakar

Michael Guy, 16 January 2014 20:25

Antofagasta to El Salvador, Chile – 749km including 605km timed Special StageMarc Coma stamped his authority on the 2014 Dakar with a brilliant stage win today to extend his overall lead in the standings. The factory KTM rider dominated what was regarded as the toughest day of this year’s event to win by 2m 51s from his long time rival ...

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Dakar stage 10 – Barreda wins again, Despres climbs the leader board

Michael Guy, 15 January 2014 22:01

Iquique to Antofagasta, Chile – 689km including 631km timed Special StageHonda’s Joan Barreda kept the pressure on overall race leader Marc Coma with another impressive stage win today – his fourth of the 2014 Dakar. The 30 year old Spaniard completed the gruelling 631km timed Special Stage in 4h 42m taking significant time out of Coma who finished in fifth ...

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Dakar stage nine – Coma ups the pace to take second stage win

Michael Guy, 14 January 2014 22:23

Calama to Iquique, Chile – 451km including 422km timed Special Stage Marc Coma proved just how much he wants to win this years Dakar by taking an impressive stage win after a long a gruelling fight with his closest rival Joan Barreda and his nemesis Cyril Despres.The factory KTM man traded the lead with his two rivals but eventually came ...

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Dakar Stage 6 – Coma leads overall, Sherco take second stage win with Duclos

Michael Guy, 11 January 2014 11:34

Tucaman to Salta, Argentina 46km including 400km timed Special StageMarc Coma consolidated his commanding lead of the 2014 Dakar with another strong performance on stage six. The factory KTM man finished the stage 1m 15s off the lead and as a result enjoys a huge 42m 17s lead in the overall standings.Coma said: “It is true that we did not ...

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Jerez WSB: Checa confirms retirement from racing

Michael Guy, 19 October 2013 13:50

In a packed press conference held in Alstare Ducati's hospitality Carlos Checa confirmed that he has retired from racing. The 41-year-old Spaniard has had a long and illustrious career that has spanned two decades. He’s one of an exclusive few men who has won races in both Grand Prix and World Superbikes. He’s been a factory Yamaha and Ducati rider, ...

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Jerez WSB: Aprilia domination continues

Michael Guy, 19 October 2013 13:46

Aprilia’s domination of the Jerez World Superbike round continued in second qualifying today with the Italian manufacturer securing the top four positions in the 45 minute session. Provisional pole position went to the in form Italian Davide Giugliano who set a 1’41.371 second best to edge out fellow Aprilia privateer Toni Elias. The factory Aprilia men of Eugene Laverty and ...

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WSB Blog: How many British Champs will be crowned this weekend?

Michael Guy, 03 October 2013 14:31

If the Laguna Seca WSB round last week was anything to go by, this weekend’s round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny Cours promises to be a classic. In WSB, Brit Tom Sykes leads the overall championship standings by 23 points meaning that he can mathematically win the championship and become the first Brit since James Toseland in 2007 ...

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Sykes fuming after Superpole fiasco

Michael Guy, 03 August 2013 19:00

Tom Sykes has blasted WSB race organisers for their decision to stop the final Superpole session and then restart it after declaring it wet. Moments before the red flags were shown, Sykes had set a stunning 2m 03s lap – the fastest ever Superbike lap and was set for another pole position. The decision to cancel the session and restart ...

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WSB Silverstone: Sykes stays on top despite failing to improve on first qualifying time

Michael Guy, 03 August 2013 12:41

Tom Sykes secured provisional pole position at Silverstone despite being unable to better his first qualifying best in this morning’s second qualifying  session. The Kawasaki Superbike man spent the 45minute session dialling in his re-built ZX-10R after writing his number one bike off in a turn one crash in the dying minutes of first qualifying yesterday afternoon. Leon Camier set ...

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