Without exception, all participants of “Dakar” know that for a long itinerary of the rally-RAID, you cannot lose concentration for a second.
But sometimes the route is fraught with hidden threats that can bypass even the best.
In 2010, a large number of participants landed in a mud pit on the way from Copiapo to Antofagasta, which at the end of the stage, the organizers even had to compensate for the time riders. In that year, Cyril despres was lucky to maintain a comfortable lead in the overall standings.
In 2012, the riders again caught in a mud trap in Chile, but this time despres has lost not only time but also the lead in the standings, behind Marc Coma: after the eighth stage, the Spaniard was ahead of the Frenchman by just 1 minute and 26 seconds.
Cyril and mark battled hard for victory in the motorcycle class until the day of the “Dakar” until Coma did not disappoint gearbox on the KTM. The failure of the Spaniard allowed despres to become a four-time winner of “Dakar”.
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