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Running on Fumes

Cyril Despres Readies for 2010 Dakar

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
New Year approaches, which also means the Dakar Rally is about to begin. Stage 1 starts on January 2, and for those catching up, Dakar has gone through some significant changes. For starters (just in case you blocked out 2009 entirely) it’s nowhere near Dakar, as for the second time the rally will be held in South America and not Africa. The rally has also courted some controversy during the off-season, most notably with KTM and rally organizers at odds over a proposed 450cc displacement limit. The two factions have worked out a 2010 compromise, with KTM’s dominating 690 still allowed for competition but with engine restrictions bringing its power down to comparable 450 levels.

KTM ringers Marc Coma and Cyril Despres will campaign the restricted 690 machines. The 33-year-old Spaniard and 35-year-old Frenchman remain Dakar’s two lead rivals, having split the past four wins between them (the 2008 rally not held due to security concerns). Coma was victorious last year, but Despres is looking to even the South American score.

Check out more about Despres’ preparation for 2010 Dakar in the Red Bull video interview with its sponsored rider:

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