(fra) Born on 24/01/1974 at Fontainebleau 1.8m / 82kg

2018 : 31e
2017 : 3e
2016 : 7e
2015 : 34e
2014 : 4e (moto)
2013 : vainqueur (moto)
2012 : vainqueur (moto)
2011 : 2e (moto)
2010 : vainqueur (moto)
2009 : 2e (moto)
2007 : vainqueur (moto)
2006 : 2e (moto)
2005 : vainqueur (moto)
2004 : 3e (moto)
2003 : 2e (moto)
2001 : 13e (moto)
2000 : 16e (moto)

2018 : 3e du rallye du Maroc
2017 : vainqueur du Silk Way Rally
2016 : vainqueur du Silk Way Rally, Rallye du Maroc (35e, 1 victoire d’étape)
2013 : 4e du Rallye de Sardaigne, 2e du Rallye Dos Sertoes, abandon sur le Desafio Inca
2012 : vainqueur du Desafio Litoral et du rallye du Maroc
2011 : vainqueur du rallye du Brésil
2010 : vainqueur du rallye du Maroc
2009 : vainqueur du rallye de Sardaigne, du rallye de Tunisie et du rallye des Pharaons
2008 : vainqueur du rallye de Sardaigne et de l’UAE Desert Challenge
2007 : vainqueur du rallye du Brésil
2006 : vainqueur du rallye du Brésil
2005 : vainqueur des rallyes de Tunisie, de Turquie et du RedBull Romaniacs en Roumanie
2004 : vainqueur du rallye de Tunisie
2003 : vainqueur du rallye du Maroc, de l’UAE Desert Challenge et de la coupe du monde des Rallyes Tout Terrain
2002 : vainqueur des rallyes de Tunisie et de Dubaï
2001 : vainqueur du rallye de Dubaï
2000 : vainqueur du rallye du Maroc, vainqueur de la Coupe de France d'enduro
1998 : champion de France d'enduro national B
1993 : champion de France de trial senior


“This non-stop battle is what I like!”

In the blur of his childhood memories, Cyril Despres remembers being present often for the Paris-Dakar starts and prologues and has a very clear recollection an old truck of Jan De Rooy and the works Peugeots…that had already caught his eye! Many years later, the young biker was already atrial and enduro champion was the revelation of the 2000 edition in finishing 16th, before giving himself the means for an exemplary ascension on the Dakar. After podium results in 2003 and 2004, the French rider scored his maiden triumph in 2005. From this point forward his relationship with the Dakar was linked to the mano-a-mano battle with Marc Coma. A second victory in 2007 was followed by a second in 2010. He then pulled away from his Spanish rival with successes in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, he finished 4th in Valparaiso not knowing this would be his last chance to equal the record of six victories still held by Stéphane Peterhansel. After years of success with Yamaha, Despres jumped at the opportunity when Peugeot called. He has made steady progress from 7th place in 2016 to 3rd the following year. Last year’s rally was more frustrating due to a run in with a stone that dropped him right out of contention (31st). But it takes a lot more to discourage the French ace who is now at Mini this year and who really wants to be in the mix for the win.

“This Dakar will force us to adapt to all situations. It is going to be interesting, flowing and the smallest error could be costly. The rally should be very competitive. Personally, I have never done ten stages entirely in the sand! We will try to find a good pace and be sharp so as to get surprised. This non-stop battle is what I like! I am very happy to be able to race with an effective car. I am lucky to have Jean-Paul Cottret as my co-driver. I got the blessing from Stéphane Peterhansel for him to join me. Only two of us in the X-Raid team have not won the Dakar. It is a chance to be in the same team as these front-runners and we will do everything we can to fight for the win. I am training flat out!”



  • Mark : MINI
  • Performance tuner : X-Raid
  • Assistance : X-Raid
  • Class : A_T1.4 : T1.4 - Véhicules 2 roues motrices, diesel

Ranking 2019

Scratch Stage General
1 10 10 10
2 6 6 9
3 6 6 6
4 8 8 7
5 6 6 6
6 4 4 5
7 5 5 5
8 17 17 5
9 9 8 5
10 3 3 5

All news of C. Despres

Newsflashes - 16/01 11:31 [GMT -5] - Auto

Despres in trouble too!

Cyril Despres, the virtual leader of the stage thanks to Sébastien Loeb's mechanical problems, has flipped his car on a dune at km 288! The Frenchman is waiting for some other vehicle to come and rescue him.

Newsflashes - 15/01 09:24 [GMT -5] - Auto

Despres also stuck in the sand

Cyril Despres is also in trouble in the dunes, 400 metres away from Carlos Sainz, and this is just the first of several sections of dunes today…

Reactions - 14/01 16:20 [GMT -5] - Auto

"We just can't seem to catch a break"

Cyril Despres finished stage 7 in fifth place, 12'50" behind Stéphane Peterhansel. The Mini driver is struggling to move up the general classification and now sits 1 h 20 behind Nasser Al-Attiyah.

"Everything came together to make today's stage difficult. Sand, tough dunes and, as if it wasn't enough, a storm. We just can't seem to catch a break. We were setting...

Newsflashes - 09/01 12:08 [GMT -5] - Auto

Despres loses ground

After matching the pace of Stéphane Peterhansel and Nasser Al-Attiyah for 100 kilometres, Cyril Despres struggled in the Duna Argentina sector, losing over 24 minutes and dropping to ninth at CP2.

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