As expected, it was ruthless fight between Marc Coma and Cyril Despres for this years title as the Dakar rally champion. The two are the most talented and among them have the most victories at this brutal race. From stage to stage, the two riders kept swinging between the number one and the number two spot and the battle was set for a epic climax up until Marc Coma had a technical failure on the penultimate day, leaving Cyril Despres to win the Dakar Rally Championship quite comfortably. Marc Coma was forced to slow down and lose precious 18 minutes on his time.

Here is a look at the full championship timings:

1st Despres – FRA – KTM – 19:28:11

2nd Coma – Spain – KTM – 20:21:31

3rd Rodrigues – POR – Yamaha – 20:39:28

4th Viladoms – Spain – KTM – 21:09:07

5th Coil – SLO – KTM – 21:15:39

6th Ullevalseter – NOR – KTM – 21:40:07

7th Farras Guell – Spain – KTM – 21:42:33

8th Bottura – ITA – KTM – 22:27:15

9 – Pain – FRA – Yamaha – 22:46:01

10th Zanol – BRA – KTM – 22:54:07

11th Barreda Bort – Spa – Husqvarna – 23:05:36

12th Faria – POR – KTM – 23:41:21

13th Czachor – POL – KTM – 12:07:20

14th Aubert – FRA – KTM – 00:07:50

15th Verhoeven – NED – Sherco – 12:34:07

16th Knuiman – NED – KTM – 12:46:05

17th Gyenes – RUM – KTM – 12:58:37

18th Ceci – ITA – KTM – 1:12:56

19th Rodrigues Filho – Brazil – Husqvarna – 1:44:46

20th Schröder – GER – KTM – 1:47:51