Dakar 2014: The heroes of Bikes and Quads

The best Bike and Quad riders talk about their adventure at the 2014 Dakar Rally.

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Marc Coma (KTM), winner in Bikes
Marc Coma (KTM), winner in Bikes

Marc Coma (KTM), winner in Bikes

"It represents a shedload of sacrifices and hard work. It's an extreme race with ups and downs. Looking back, I remember being unable to start last year's race. And yet I'm here now, I've won. I'm going to savour it. I'll do it with my loved ones, my family. I don't know if I'll ever win it again".

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Jordi Viladoms (KTM), runner-up in Bikes
Jordi Viladoms (KTM), runner-up in Bikes

Jordi Viladoms (KTM), runner-up in Bikes

"I'm overwhelmed. It's a big thing for me, especially after the year I went through. I'm over the moon with this result."

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Olivier Pain (Yamaha), third in Bikes
Olivier Pain (Yamaha), third in Bikes

Olivier Pain (Yamaha), third in Bikes

"I achieved my objective: a podium place. I'd prepared for it, but the field was strong. I was 40' behind the podium on the rest day, and I spent all week long thinking of this. I inched closer to Jordi, and then I benefitted from Joan's bad luck. Then I had to see off Cyril... It was never easy".

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Cyril Despres (Yamaha), fourth in Bikes
Cyril Despres (Yamaha), fourth in Bikes

Cyril Despres (Yamaha), fourth in Bikes

"I gave it my all until the end, but that's racing. This is what I love about competing: never giving up. It was important for me to leave with no regrets. We tried, we thought we could do it... and we learned lots of things. It's not easy to develop a motorcycle for the Dakar in a matter of months"

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Helder Rodrigues (Honda), fifth in Bikes
Helder Rodrigues (Honda), cinquième en Motos

Helder Rodrigues (Honda), fifth in Bikes

"It’s been the hardest Dakar I’ve done yet. Honda has proved that it’s got a great bike. No one has had to change their engine even once in the these two weeks. The first week I lost a bit of time, but the second week went better. I didn’t achieve my goal, but am happy to finish another Dakar."

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Kuba Przygonski (KTM), sixth in Bikes
Kuba Przygonski (KTM), sixth in Bikes

Kuba Przygonski (KTM), sixth in Bikes

"This was the toughest Dakar there has been in South America. The combination of the terrain and also the navigation meant there were no easy days at the race. I hope it gets even tougher next year because I like to test myself in these type of conditions."

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Joan Barreda (Honda), seventh in Bikes
Joan Barreda (Honda), seventh in Bikes

Joan Barreda (Honda), seventh in Bikes

"After the crash in Stage 12, I was back in the saddle and I did a really good job in the special. In the end it wasn’t the result we were working for. Now it’s time to go home and try to get to grips with what happened, how and where we went wrong and see how we can sort them out for next year."

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Michael Metge (Yamaha), thirteenth in Bikes
Michael Metge (Yamaha), thirteenth in Bikes

Michael Metge (Yamaha), thirteenth in Bikes

"There are a lot of very positive things in regards to all that we did with Cyril. I have improved a lot, both physically as well as on the bike."

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Laia Sanz (Honda), sixteenth in Bikes
Laia Sanz (Honda), sixteenth in Bikes

Laia Sanz (Honda), sixteenth in Bikes

"As the race went on I started to realize that I was further ahead than I had expected. I was very surprised to find myself up against people that before I hadn’t seen. I had a problem one day with a waypoint but for the rest I’ve been very consistent and I’m pleased about it".

© Honda HRC
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Ignacio Casale (Yamaha), winner in Quads
Ignacio Casale (Yamaha), winner in Quads

Ignacio Casale (Yamaha), winner in Quads

"I won! I'm over the moon, I'm lost for words. It's a flood of emotions. The last 20 to 30 kilometres were amazing: the crowds, people cheering me on, banners... It hasn't sunk in yet. I didn't even think of all this a few years ago. It's a huge effort that has borne fruit. Now it's time to rest."

© DPPI / Francois Flamand
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