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Dakar Rally 2014: Dakar-winner Cyril Despres to start with Yamaha Team.





Five-time Dakar Rally winner Cyril Despres is preparing to head back to the desert on a new bike. After more than a decade of success with KTM, the reigning Dakar champion will now compete for Yamaha.

Like all passionate fans of the race, Cyril has fond memories of the six Dakar victories achieved by fellow Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel on a Yamaha between 1991 and 1998. Now Despres hopes to help the Japanese manufacturer write a new chapter of its Dakar success story when he’ll take a ride on their iconic blue machinery.

The Frenchman is talking about his changes: “Clearly my signing with Yamaha Motor France is one of the most important steps in my career to date and I am hugely excited by the challenge and opportunities it brings. As soon as I started to talk to ‘the boss’, Eric de Seynes and his team, I knew we were on the same wave length and that together we could achieve great things."

"Prior to my contact with them I perhaps didn’t realise just how deeply the culture of rally-raid in general and the Dakar in particular was engrained into Yamaha’s DNA – I thought I was passionate about the sport but their enthusiasm almost puts mine in the shade!"

"Their previous associations with riders of the calibre of Cyril Neveu and Stephane Peterhansel have left their mark and it is obvious that we have all entered into this relationship with the same overriding ambition, to emulate my predecessors’ achievements and challenge for 2014 Dakar victory."

"Everything is so recent that I haven’t actually had much time aboard the YZF450 Rally I will be using on the Rally dos Sertoes (Brazil), the Desafio Inca (Peru) and ultimately the 2014 Dakar Argentina-Bolivia-Chile, but from the brief time I have spent on the bike it is clear that it has great potential. In addition to those races we have a very full schedule of testing ahead of us and we will no doubt be extremely busy in the run up to next January."

"In the past I have always worked in very multi-national teams, I think in 2010 out of nine people in my team there were seven different nationalities! This time we will be ‘all Francophone’ and while I have always embraced different cultures, and have worked had to be fluent in English and Spanish, it will be interesting to see what impact the ability to explain to my team mates and technicians exactly what I am after in my maternal language will have on the development and set up of the bike. To my way of thinking it can only work in my favour. At the highest level of any sport it is the tiny differences that make the difference…"

"So as not to waste any time in the countdown to Dakar this very evening I will be heading off to Sardinia for my favourite race of the season – the Sardegne Rally Race. It is a little bit last minute, so my ambitions are obviously limited, but it will at least allow me to get more acquainted with the YZF450 in enduro format and get my ‘race head’ back on after several months away from competition. After this brief ‘holiday’ the real work will begin. I can’t wait to get started."

2013/05/31 | 12:25 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/DESPRES/REDBULL











Dakar Rally 2014: Nani Roma und Michel Périn win the legendary desert rally. | 20.01.2014 20:07 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Xavier Foj and Toyota achieves third place in T2 cars class. | 20.01.2014 19:56 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Honda Team HRC satisfied with 2014, begins work for 2015. | 20.01.2014 19:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: GWM/Haval achieves another Top 10 position in Dakar 2014. | 20.01.2014 19:38 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Solid finish for Lucio Alvarez and new Ford Racing team. | 20.01.2014 19:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: De Villiers and Dabrowski as 4th and 7th best Toyotas. | 19.01.2014 21:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: 2013 winner Cyril Despres finishing fourth after tough race. | 19.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ronan Chabot and Gilles Pillot in fast finish in the Dakar. | 19.01.2014 21:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team El Martillo Racing finished in their first Dakar Rally. | 19.01.2014 20:15 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Riwald Dakar Team crosses the finish line in Valparaiso. | 19.01.2014 20:01 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:45 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:43 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS12 on Friday | 18.01.2014 00:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Orlando Terranova celebrates his first stage win in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:51 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Strong show from Argentine Alvarez in arid Atacama in SS11. | 17.01.2014 02:21 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team HRC riders overcome long stage and maintain posis. | 17.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Third stage victory for overall bikes leader Marc Coma. | 17.01.2014 01:47 |




Dakar Rally 2014: No surprises for Speedbrain team in Atacama stage 11. | 17.01.2014 01:41 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 01:36 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 17.01.2014 00:31 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS11 on Thursday | 16.01.2014 23:25 |




Dakar Rally 2014: The tenth stage brought gold - Stagewin for Czech Loprais. | 16.01.2014 22:48 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Team Dessoude with the last two cars reached the finish SS10. | 16.01.2014 22:46 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Ford´s Alvarez - "We handled it well and did a good job". | 16.01.2014 22:42 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Carlos Sainz "I'm really disappointed to be out of the race". | 16.01.2014 21:17 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini 22nd after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:32 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Great Wall Haval and Lavieille moves up after Stage 10. | 16.01.2014 20:27 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Iveco-pilot Gerard de Rooy still on the lead after SS10. | 16.01.2014 20:00 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Mini´s are leading 1-2-3, second stagewin for Al Attiyah. | 16.01.2014 01:55 |




Dakar Rally 2014 BLOG: Dongfeng Challenge heading forward to Antofagasta. | 16.01.2014 01:54 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS10 Wednesday | 16.01.2014 00:29 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Spectacular double for Honda - Barreda still second overall. | 15.01.2014 23:40 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Bad luck for Speedbrain - Israel Esquerre out after crash. | 15.01.2014 23:37 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Coma continues to lead the Dakar after SS10 Antofagasta. | 15.01.2014 22:26 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:52 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS10 on Wednesday | 15.01.2014 21:23 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: TRUCKS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 15.01.2014 01:16 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: CARS daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 23:14 |




Dakar Rally 2014 RESULTS: BIKES daily and overall after SS09 on Tuesday | 14.01.2014 22:33 |




Dakar Rally 2014: Gerard De Rooy 2nd in SS08 with only a little loss of time. | 14.01.2014 22:31 |




















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