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Countdown to the new rally season. Itâ€™s ten weeks since the Dakar 2015 ended and Joan Barreda is now all fired up and ready to get down to business with Team HRC at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Back to the grind!
Vadim Pritulyak, who has taken part in the Dakar Rally for a number of years now, has agreed to answer a few questions for Motonews.ru about the rally and give his predictions on Russia's chances of winning the prestigious motorcycle contest.
As reported earlier by Motonews.ru, the Dakar Rally 2011 finished... And even though 34-year old Spaniard Marc Coma was the winner in the bike section for the second consecutive year, Russian national Alexey Naumov managed to finish this complicated rally â€“a feat that only a proud few can boast.
KTM-supported rider French-born Cyril Despres on Saturday sealed victory in the 2010 Dakar Rally after 9000 km across Argentina and Chile. He rode in triumph into Buenos Aires to complete his third Dakar victory and the ninth consecutive victory for KTM, the Austrian-made sports motorcycles.
Norwegian rider Pal Ullevalseter stole the glory on the penultimate stage of the 2010 Dakar on Friday ahead of overall leader Cyril Despres and his fellow KTM supported rider Marc Coma.
KTMâ€™s Cyril Despres put in a solid dayâ€™s ride across the Andes to San Juan on Wednesday to retain the overall lead by 1 hour 20â€™54â€ť as the Dakar â€ścaravanâ€ť 2010 returned to Argentina. Despres was seventh in the 11th stage but only 4â€™21â€ť behind the stage leader Frans Verhoeven.
KTM supported rider Marc Coma scored his third stage victory in the Dakar 2010 as riders went from La Serena to the Chilean capital of Santiago for Stage 10 as the Spaniard strengthened his determination make the best of the rest of the rally. KTMâ€™s Cyril Despres still leads overall.