Double Dakar victory for Akrapovič

20.01.2012: Akrapovič and KTM’s ongoing partnership has proven to be a formidable combination in recent years. Another example of this classic tie-up came with

Akrapovič and KTM’s ongoing partnership has proven to be a formidable combination in recent years. Another example of this classic tie-up came with a sensational one-two finish for KTM in the 2012 Dakar Rally, where both KTM factory machines were equipped with Akrapovič Special Development exhaust systems.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Cyril Despres was the first to cross the finish line of the 14-day, 9000km race, on Sunday 15 January, ahead of MRW KTM Factory Racing Marc Coma, also riding a KTM 450 Rally machine equipped with an Akrapovič Special Development exhaust.


Held in South America, the 34th Dakar endurance test challenged teams with dirt roads, dry river beds, sticky mud, soft sand dunes and flowing rivers. It began in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, and navigated the Atacama Desert and Andes mountains before finishing in the Peruvian capital, Lima.


Akrapovič – the leading manufacturer of premium performance exhaust systems for motorcycles and cars – also partnered KTM in 2011, when Coma was placed first and Despres runner-up.


Akrapovič Manager Racing Projects, Peter Pavlič, said of the exciting result: “Once again the Dakar race showed just how difficult a contest it is. This year’s conditions for man and machine caused unpredictable situations from one stage to another – a perfect testing ground for durability and reliability of materials.


“Results and feedback from riders has been extremely positive and so Akrapovič is happy and proud about the outcome. The end result is solid proof Akrapovič understands the tough conditions of off-road road racing. The exhaust systems used are made with engineering experience combined with up-to-date modern technologies, which filter through to all Akrapovič products. Akrapovič is proud to partner the KTM teams and we congratulate them for this amazing win.”


Akrapovič Marketing Director, Neil Morley, said: “This is a great way to start the year. Akrapovic has an incredibly full racing calendar in 2012 for both motorcycle and car, and we’re confident this is just the start of official Akrapovič sponsored team success. Our sincere congratulations to Cyril and Marc – we know how tough Dakar is.”


The Dakar win is Frenchman Despres’ fourth Dakar victory and he said the 2012 event was the toughest he had ever faced: “It was difficult physically, but even more so psychologically. Challenging yourself every morning and fighting on the course takes its toll.


“All victories are beautiful, but this one’s special because it came down to the wire and was decided at the last minute. This was an unimaginable scenario, with the leaders separated by mere seconds. I’ve done 90 or 85 rallies throughout my life, and this one was the one where I had to fight the hardest. Today will leave its mark on me.”


Spaniard Marc Coma has also had his share of Dakar success, taking the title on three previous occasions. He said: “I finished second in what was a difficult rally. I gave it my all every single day. I want to congratulate Cyril. He’s the champion. But I’m going to work hard to try and win again next year. If we keep alternating, it should be my turn!”




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