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Dakar: A Great (Stage) 8 for defending bike champ Despres (VIDEO)

Jan 13, 2014, 6:11 PM EST

It hasn’t been an entirely smooth 2014 Dakar Rally for defending bike class champion Cyril Despres of France, and he’s not likely to repeat. But the Yamaha rider finally broke his and his manufacturer’s respective ducks in this year’s race with a win today in Stage 8.

With the field making their way into Chile, Despres (pictured) was able to beat runner-up Joan Barreda by 2:10. Marc Coma was a mere six seconds back of Barreda in third place, effectively making today’s stage a draw between the top two in the overall bike standings; Coma now holds a 38 minute, eight second edge on Barreda, with Jorge Viladoms in third (+1:27:22 behind Coma). Despres, after his victory today, sits in ninth.

“The idea isn’t really to go looking for stage victories, but rather to try and get back to the front of the rally as much as possible,” Despres said. “Today, by making up the difference on the tracks between myself and the first riders, I won the special, and that’s always a pleasure.”

Nani Roma retains the overall lead in the cars, but suffered two punctures today in a stage that was won by Nasser Al-Attiyah. The Qatari came out 1 minute, 12 seconds ahead of Stephane Peterhansel, who may have finished third but still peeled off eight minutes from his overall deficit to Roma.

Al-Attiyah’s hopes of winning the Dakar may be dim at best right now, but he is still holding on to a potential finish in the Top-3.

“I’m still a little bit disappointed about the one hour penalty, but now we will try to push and to make a really better time every day,” he said. “…I’ve learned a lot about the car. For now it looks like we’ve got a good time and I hope to be on the podium, but it’s still a long way.”

Meanwhile, Peterhansel – now down 23:46 to Roma overall – is looking to put the heat on the Spaniard as the second week unfolds.

“It’s never easy to be in the lead, I know all about it, and being in front for Nani is an extra bit of pressure,” he said. “Behind him, we have nothing to lose, but when you’re in front, you have everything to lose.”

For the second quad stage in a row, Ignacio Casale was victorious, this time by a little under nine minutes over Sebastian Husseini of the Netherlands. More importantly, Casale stretched out his overall quad lead to a gap of 21:40 over Sergio Lafuente.

Andrey Karginov beat out overall truck leader Gerard de Rooy for the stage win today by five minutes, 15 seconds. However, de Rooy’s consistency remains his calling card in the class battle.

While his overall lead of 32:35 over Karginov is not an insurmountable one, de Rooy is really making it tough on his closest rival for the championship.

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