Dakar 2014 – Stage 2 Cyril Despres


The second stage of the 2014 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland ahead of Lopez, with Barreda third. Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing) finished in 10th place (at 08’43) with Oliver Pain 12th (at 11’12), Frans Verhoeven 16th (at 14’39) and Michael Metge 22nd at 22.04. Overall Barreda holds the lead in front of Lopez with Sunderland moving up to third.

Dakar 2014


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Cyril is now 8th at 08’23, Olivier is 13th at 15’59 and Frans 18th at 19’37. Race officials are currently examining the validity of a 41 minute penalty given to Michael Metge yesterday after his time card was marked as being late into the bivouac.

Cyril Despres

“I arrived a little too quickly on a note in the road book at around kilometre 250 and went over the handlebars. Fortunately it was a soft landing so the bike wasn’t damaged but it took me a while to dust myself down and get going again and inevitably I lost time. Overall a day to forget.”

Michael Metge

“It was an OK day until I got into the bivouac and discovered that the officials had given me a 41 minute penalty for supposedly arriving late at the bivouac yesterday evening – something I don’t understand at all as I came in at the same time as Cyril. Currently the organisers are looking at my GPS to check when I actually arrived and hopefully all that should be cleared up this evening. It kind of took the fun out the day…”

Dakar Rally Day 2

Dakar Rally Map


General ranking stage 2 Dakar 2014

Pos.   Name   Mark   Time   Variation
1   BARREDA BORT (ESP)   HONDA   06:09:41  
2   LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL)   KTM   06:11:44   00:02:03
3   SUNDERLAND (GBR)   HONDA   06:12:14   00:02:33
8   DESPRES (FRA)   YAMAHA   06:18:04   00:08:23