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Dakar legend Cyril Despres leaves KTM

Michael Guy, 13 March 2013 11:38

Five time Dakar winner Cyril Despres has left KTM; the manufacturer he has ridden for the last 12 years. During his time with the Austrian company he has enjoyed unprecedented success having finished on the Dakar podium a total of ten times. Despres said: "I have spent a large part of my career to date with KTM, so as you ...

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Dakar Stage 8: Casteau takes overall lead as Pain gets lost. Despres back in contention

Michael Guy, 13 January 2013 12:00

The overall standings of the 2013 Dakar were thrown on their head after complicated stage eight saw the majority of the top men get dramatically lost causing them to lose huge amounts of time during the day. Yamaha Racing France rider Olivier Pain was the big loser of the day, having ridden a faultless Dakar the Frenchman slumped to 78th ...

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Dakar Stage 3: Lopez bounces back to take stage win, Despres secures overall lead

Michael Guy, 07 January 2013 16:29

Francisco Lopez bounced back after his disastrous day two to win stage three today which saw the Dakar leave Pisco and arrive in Nazca. The Chilean rider had the advantage of starting a long way behind his main rivals on the road giving him riders to chase through the technical sand and dune stage. Second on the stage was Speedbrain ...

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Dakar stage 1: Brits deliver on potential in opening stage of 2013 Dakar

Michael Guy, 06 January 2013 03:05

Sherco rider James West ended the opening day of the 2013 Dakar as the highest placed Brit finishing the day 38th fastest. The Dubai based rider was just 1m 08s behind pace setter Francisco Lopez and is well placed for tomorrow’s significantly longer stage two. Irishman Stan Watt finished in 44th place onboard his Front row Crescent KTM and was ...

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Dakar Blog – The calm before the storm

Michael Guy, 04 January 2013 09:22

Well it’s started, I arrived in Lima, Peru late last night 17 hours after leaving London Heathrow. The 40 minute taxi journey from the airport to my hotel was an experience in itself, lots of close shaves, constant horn bibbing, but no accidents and not a hint of road rage, which was refreshing. There wasn’t much conversation going on with ...

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Dakar final result – Coma secures third Dakar win – KTM take historic ten consecutive victories

Michael Guy, 16 January 2011 08:54

Spaniard Marc Coma became the worthy victor of the 2011 Dakar after wrapping up the prestigious race with a fifth place finish of the final stage. The factory KTM rider secured five stage victories over the last two weeks and now has three Dakar titles to his name. Coma finished the race 15m 04s ahead of long time rival Cyril ...

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Dakar Stage 7 – Despres and Coma set the pace once again

Michael Guy, 11 January 2010 09:06

Dakar favourites Cyril Despres and Marc Coma went head to head throughout the stunning 600KM Special stage in the Atacama Desert in Chile. After riding for 6h 34m, just 29 seconds separated the two men with Frenchman Despres coming out on top. Coma’s impressive ride has seen the former Dakar winner move up to second in the overall standings after ...

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Dakar stage 4 - Coma bounces back with impressive stage win

Michael Guy, 06 January 2010 10:07

Dakar winner, Marc Coma finally shrugged off the bad luck that has plagued him throughout the 2010 rally to take his first stage victory of the event. The Spanish rider set the fastest time through the dunes at each of the three check point during the shortened 160KM timed Special stage. The KTM rider is now sixth overall, but still ...

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Marc Coma secures 2009 Dakar victory

Michael Guy, 19 January 2009 11:07

Spaniard Marc Coma made history to secure victory of the first ever Argentina – Chile Dakar on Sunday. The factory Repsol KTM rider lead the gruelling race from start to finish to secure his second ever Dakar victory in the inaugural 15 stage 9,500KM South American event. Throughout the 15 days Coma managed to avoid any major set backs and ...

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Dakar Day 12 – Simon Pavey Blog

Michael Guy, 16 January 2009 11:39

Simon Pavey has reached the finish of the toughest day of the 2009 Argentina – Chile Dakar Rally. The BMW rider finished an impressive 45th in the extreme Stage 12 200km Special Timed Stage and now holds 73rd overall. Writing for MCN, Pavey said: “What a stage! The sand was so soft, that it seemed untrue. I started absolutely dead ...

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