Originally Posted by Patrol
To add my 5 cents to the debate... I think Despres is a gar superior rider. I don't ever remember Coma beating him or finishing near him unless Despres had a mechanical problem or other setback (police directing him onto wrong road, etc). Coma tarnished his image somewhat at this year's Dakar with his cheating and he isn't overly well liked by the other riders. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't think Despres is a great guy. I suspect if KTM had to choose between them Despres would have much more value to them. Coma is a gifted rider, I'm not knocking him at all. I just think Despres brings alot more to the table.
Have you got the 2 guys around the wrong way or what ??
from what i saw ,Despres is the guy with no mates in the bivouac!. And Coma is everybit as fast as Despres ,He pulled lots of time on Despres when he was trying to catch up after problems.If you take away Comas penalties he would of come second to Cyril by 10 mins,thats after he stopped on day3 and 4 with problems so i think that shows he is as fast .