(fra) Born on 24/01/1974 at FONTAINEBLEAU


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

2017 : vainqueur du Silk Way Rally
2016 : vainqueur du Silk Way Rally, Rallye du Maroc (35ème, 1 victoire d’étape)
2013 : 4ème du Rallye de Sardaigne, 2ème 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


“The desire to set off on the first stage has never subsided”

In the blur of his childhood memories, Cyril Despres remembers often watching the Paris-Dakar starts and prologues, but recalls quite clearly the old truck of Jan De Rooy and the factory Peugeots…that caught his eye! Many years later, the young rider who had already won titles in motocross and enduro became the revelation of the rally in 2000 (16th), then put himself into a position to make an exemplary ascent on the Dakar. After podium finishes in 2003 and 2004, the Frenchman scored his first Dakar win in 2005. From this episode, his relationship with the Dakar was closely linked to the mano-a-mano with Marc Coma. He won again in 2007, then added another trophy on 2010, then pulled away from the Spaniard with victories in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, he arrived at Valparaiso in 4th place and didn’t know at the time that he missed his last chance to equal the record of 6 wins in the motorcycle category that is still held by Stépahne Peterhansel. After his storied career with Yamaha, Despres took up the challenge proposed by Peugeot without a moment’s hesitation. His second drive in 2016 concluded with a 7th place and a few frustrations but a lot of promise. In 2017 he finished 3rd in Buenos Aires and won his first special stage in a car. In parallel, the duo that Despres formed with former Dakar Sporting Director, David Castera has found its stride with two victories on the Silk Way Rally. They are now among the favourites for the win, as are their fellow Peugeot crews in the 3008 DKR Maxi.

C.D.: “Our 2017 Dakar was a success….even if we always hope to do better. We didn’t put in an exploit, but we won our first special stage and finished third despite a lot of small mistakes. It wasn’t an exploit, but it reflected are overall level of competitiveness. In this discipline, you have to deal with all the elements. Sometimes, it can work in your favour, but it isn’t always the case. If I compare my two careers, for sure I have won more stages on a bike. I was more competitive, but I am starting to get there in a car. I always do things the same way; I never scuttle my past glories. And the proof of that lies in the fact that I have finished every rally that I have taken part in. The other difference is the density of the competition. During my days duelling with Marc Coma, I had a nearly one in two chance of winning at the start. Now, it is more like one in ten. What is sure is that since my first Dakar in 2000, this desire to set off on the first stage has never subsided.”



  • Mark : PEUGEOT
  • Model : 3008 DKR
  • Performance tuner :
  • Assistance :
  • Class : A_T1.4 : 2 roues motrices, di

Ranking 2018

Scratch Stage General
1 15 15 15
2 1 1 1
3 4 4 2
4 56 56 54
5 9 9 50
6 5 5 48
7 34 34 43
8 2 2 39
9 - - -
10 7 7 36
11 2 2 34
12 10 10 33
13 10 10 31
14 13 13 31

All news of C. Despres

Newsflashes - 16/01 11:50 [GMT -3] - Auto

Despres was waiting for Sainz

Team-work is the watchword of the day for Peugeot. Cyril Despres, who started 9 minutes before Carlos Sainz, stopped to wait for his team-mate after 5 km of the special, in order to help him if a problem occurs, just like he did previously for Stéphane Peterhansel.

Newsflashes - 14/01 14:53 [GMT -4] - Auto

Despres second at 49’’

Cyril Despres put in a monster performance today, snapping at the heels of Stéphane Peterhansel throughout the 500 km special and finishing just 49 seconds behind his teammate at Peugeot!

Newsflashes - 14/01 12:16 [GMT -4] - Auto

Despres fastest at CP3

Cyril Despres has moved into the lead at CP3. The official Peugeot driver was 29" faster than Stéphane Peterhansel and 1'04" faster than Nasser Al-Attiyah. Orlando Terranova (Mini) is also producing a strong performance at 1'26".

Newsflashes - 14/01 11:22 [GMT -4] - Auto

Despres second at CP2

Cyril Despres could make it a Peugeot 1-2 if he manages to keep up the pace. The man at the wheel of the 3008 no. 308 was 1'37" slower than Stéphane Peterhansel at CP2, but still faster than Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Newsflashes - 14/01 10:20 [GMT -4] - Auto

Despres in the mix

Cyril Despres is taking a leaf out of Stéphane Peterhansel's book. The former winner in the motorcycle category, who lost buckets of time helping his teammate yesterday, started in 25th place this morning with his sights set on the stage win. He went through CP1 in third place, 47 seconds behind Al-Attiyah.

Newsflashes - 13/01 18:48 [GMT -4] - Auto

Despres back on the move

Cyril Despres is back on the move after surrendering quite a few parts of his Peugeot to help Stéphane Peterhansel earlier today. The Frenchman remained at a standstill for over three hours and is 3 h 40 down on Carlos Sainz after 300 km of racing. Mikko Hirvonen has just gone through the same point with a 3 h 55 deficit.

Newsflashes - 10/01 08:18 [GMT -5] - Auto

Cyril Despres: "We're going to work for the team from now on"

"Yesterday we reached the bivouac at one in the morning. A rock smashed up our rear suspension, which required massive repairs. We're going to work for the team from now on. We only got one hour of sleep, but we're doing this for Peugeot. They've done so many good things that we least we can do is give them our all."

"Seb got stuck around km 15 km with another ten cars,...

Newsflashes - 10/01 06:41 [GMT -5] - Auto

Despres blasts into the special

Cyril Despres has just started today's special. The Peugeot driver broke one of the rear wheels yesterday and had to spend many hours waiting for his assistance truck to arrive. Despres reached the bivouac in the wee hours and got little rest before starting what is sure to be another gruelling stage.

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