2014 Dakar Yamaha Recap VideoThe biggest news ahead of 2014 Dakar Rally was Cyril Despres’ switch from KTM to the factory Yamaha squad.
Despres, a five-time Dakar winner, didn’t have the most luck; following 13 stages at 2014 Dakar, he took fourth overall – the first time he finished off the podium.This was an amazing effort for the YZF450 Rally, considering the team only spent a few months developing it for the world’s “toughest rally.” But more impressive was teammate Olivier Pain, who finished third overall at 2014 Dakar.As for the other two riders, Michael Metge took 13th overall, and Frans Verhoeven suffered a DNF after breaking his arm in a crash during the third stage.Yamaha released the attached video, recapping its performance at 2014 Dakar Rally. For a review, including full motorcycle results, click 2014 Dakar Rally Final Results.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!