Cyril Despres

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Cyril Despres in 2009

Cyril Despres (born January 24, 1974 in Nemours, France)[1] is a French rally racing motorcycle rider and resident of Andorra.[2] He won the Dakar Rally five times, in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013;[3] riding a KTM motorcycle. He also won the Red Bull Romaniacs, one of the toughest hard enduro events on the planet, three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and the Erzberg Rodeo in 2002 and 2003.[4]

On January 10, 2012, at the 2012 Dakar Rally, Portuguese pilot Paulo Gonçalves pulled Despres out of the mud but Cyril did not return the favour. Out of 7 riders all but the Spaniard Marc Coma got stuck, the organisers therefore changed the course. At the end of the stage, the time lost was credited to Despres. Goncalves received a penalty of 6 hours for receiving external help. Coma was not credited the time he lost by going around the mudhole.[5][6][7][8][9]

After a closely fought battle with his KTM teammate, Spaniard Marc Coma for the victory, Despres got back into the lead on the penultimate stage (Stage 13) thanks to a mechanical failure on Coma's bike. Depres managed to maintain the lead until the end of the rally. Thus Cyril Despres gained his fourth overall victory on the Dakar Rally, equaling former Honda and Cagiva rider, Italian Edi Orioli's performance.

A new chapter will begin in his Dakar career in 2015 when he joins the Peugeot team as a driver.

Dakar Rally results[edit]

  • 2000 : 16th
  • 2001 : 13th, 1 stage victory
  • 2002 : Did not finish
  • 2003 : 2nd, 3 stage victories
  • 2004 : 3rd, 4 stage victories
  • 2005 : Winner, 2 stage victories
  • 2006 : 2nd, 4 stage victories
  • 2007 : Winner, 2 stage victories
  • 2009 : 2nd, 4 stage victories
  • 2010 : Winner, 3 stage victories
  • 2011 : 2nd, 4 stage victories
  • 2012 : Winner, 3 stage victories
  • 2013 : Winner, 1 stage victory

Despres driving a Peugeot in 2015 Dakar[edit]

Cyril Despres has been announced as team driver for Peugeot in the 2015 Dakar Rally, alongside Dakar veteran and previous winner Carlos Saintz [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyril Despres – Red Bull profile
  2. ^ World Xtreme Enduro Championship – Cyril Despres
  3. ^ Rider sheet – Cyril DESPRES
  4. ^ Cyril Despres, the 07 RB Romaniacs Rally and the brand new 2008 model KTM 300 EXC-E
  5. ^ Cyril Despres’s Blog: Dakar Rally | Muddy mayhem, Cyril Despres, 2012-01-10.
  6. ^ Cyril Despres gives Marc Coma a commanding lead with mistake on stage eight of the Dakar Rally, 2012-01-10, foxsports australia.
  7. ^ 2012 Dakar Rally: Fair Play Abandoned in the Mud (Video), dave on dailypicsandflics with the video of Despres deserting Goncalves, 2012-01-10.
  8. ^ Barreda in the top five again, Goncalves speedbrain Team site, 2012-01-10.
  9. ^ Goncalves Penalized 6 Hours In Dakar, 2012-01-12.
  10. ^ http://www.marathonrally.com/news/dakar_rally_2015_carlos_sainz_and_cyril_despres_to_start_with_peugeot_2015.24143.0.html

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nani Roma
Dakar Rally
Motorcycle Winner

2005
Succeeded by
Marc Coma
Preceded by
Marc Coma
Dakar Rally
Motorcycle Winner

2007
Succeeded by
Marc Coma
Preceded by
Marc Coma
Dakar Rally
Motorcycle Winner

2010
Succeeded by
Marc Coma
Preceded by
Marc Coma
Dakar Rally
Motorcycle Winner

20122013
Succeeded by
Marc Coma