Cyril Despres Dakar 2013 Rally Stage Two


Today stage, the first ‘real’ stage of this 2013 Dakar went to Joan Barreda, with Juan Pedrero second and the Australian Matt Fish third. Starting 5th this morning, Cyril Despres (KTM Redbull) opened the piste for much of the day, to finally finish 12th.

Cyril Despres

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His team mate Ruben Faria joined up with Cyril on the stage to finish the special in 4th place. Overall Barreda leads with Ruben Faria second (at 05’36) and Cyril 5th at 08’50.

Cyril Despres

“The organisers announced this as a warm up stage but it turned out to be a real Dakar special, with lots of dunes and lots of navigation. Even if it wasn’t what I was expecting, it was good fun – a real challenge – and that is what we come here for.  I caught the others up quite quickly and then at around kilometre 53 we went too far to the right and got into the wrong valley. I should have trusted my instincts more, as I could see it wasn’t quite right…

Some of the guys out there today were riding really fast, but at those speeds inevitably you make mistakes and get lost. They would come past me in a rush and then a little later on they would come past me again! Still that is the way to learn and it is good when riders try and open the track rather than just follow. For sure it is going to make for an interesting race and I am guessing there will be a lot of changes at the front of the race over the next few days.”

General Dakar 2013 ranking stage 2

Pos. Name Mark Time Variation




FARIA (PRT) KTM 03:29:47 00:05:36


PEDRERO (ESP) KTM 03:30:47 00:06:36


CASTEU (FRA) YAMAHA 03:31:09 00:06:58


DESPRES (FRA) KTM 03:33:01 00:08:50