Cyril Despres


BornJanuary 24, 1974


Cyril Despres is a French rally racing motorcycle rider, resident of Andorra. He won the Dakar Rally five times, in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013; riding a KTM motorcycle. He also won the Red Bull Romaniacs three times, one of the toughest hard enduro events on the planet, in 2004, 2005 and 2007. On January 10, 2012, at 2012 Dakar Rally, Portuguese pilot Paulo Gonçalves pulled Despres out of the mud but Cyril did not return the favour. After a hectic battle with his KTM teammate, Spaniard Marc Coma for the victory, Despres got back into the lead on the penultimate stage thanks to a mechanical failure on Coma's bike, which he managed to keep on the last stage. Thus Cyril Despres has gained his fourth overall victory on the Dakar Rally, equalling former Honda and Cagiva rider, Italian Edi Orioli's performance.

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