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Dakar stage 2 – Despres from Coma – Craig Bounds 42nd overall

Michael Guy, 04 January 2011 10:31

Frenchman Cyril Despres claimed the stage victory and with it the overall lead of the 2011 Dakar. The factory Redbull KTM rider started the stage first and remained at the front through out 440 KM of liaisaon and 300km of timed special stage. Despres who now leads rival Marc Coma by 1m 49s said: “It was a long 300-km special ...

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Dakar kicks off in style from Buenos Aires

Michael Guy, 01 January 2011 21:07

The 33rd Dakar got under way in Buenos Aires today with a 377KM liaison stage to the first bivouac in Victoria. The 170 bike entrants completed the relatively simple stage but because of the huge crowds lining the street and congestion many riders did not reach their destination until 9pm. The Dakar kicks off in earnest tomorrow at 4.20am with ...

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Top Brit Craig Bounds ready for Dakar challenge

Michael Guy, 21 December 2010 14:17

Craig Bounds is looking to make up for the bitter disappointment of retiring out of a top 25 position in the 2010 Dakar and is aiming for even greater success when the 2011 Dakar kicks off in Buenos Aires on 1st January. For 2011 Bounds has switched from the KTM690 Rally and will race a Yamaha WR450F having secured well deserved support ...

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Dakar Day 6 – Coma takes second stage win, Despres extends lead

Michael Guy, 08 January 2010 12:04

Marc Coma bounced back from the tyre problems on day five to take a convincing victory on stage six to win by over 10 minutes. The Spanish KTM rider excelled in the dusty conditions and demonstrated his superb navigational skills escalating himself up three places up to fourth in the overall standings. Coma said: “At the 29KM point there was ...

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Dakar stage 5 – Lopez takes stage victory for Aprilia, Despres leads overall, Casteu out

Michael Guy, 07 January 2010 12:01

Chilean rider Lopez Contardo claimed an impressive stage victory riding the Aprilia RXV450 to finish 1m 30s ahead of KTM man Cyril Despres. Despres now leads the overall standings by a significant 37m 37s from second placed man Lopez. It wasn’t as straight forward for a number of competitors including Marc Coma and David Casteu in what was the second ...

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2010 Dakar kicks off in style

Michael Guy, 02 January 2010 10:57

A record crowd of over 800,000 people witnessed the Argentine Chile Dakar Rally get underway yesterday. A total of 160 riders left the Argentine capital Buenos Aires to complete a straightforward 317KM link stage as the first part of the 9,000KM loop.Favourites for the victory include the KTM pairing of Marc Coma and Cyril Despres who between them have dominated ...


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