The race began with uncertainty marked the motorcycle tied to the change of rules which limited engines to 450cc motorcycles, which has allowed the entry of many factories have greatly increased competition. However, Marc Coma has again become the reference of the pack, and a new battle with Frenchman Cyril Despres has imposed its law. Leader of the standings from the fourth stage, gradually increased their lead to 15 minutes and 4 seconds that have allowed for the third time crowned winner of the Dakar.
It achieved the second victory in Buenos Aires, with a time of 50 hours, 48 minutes and 21 seconds in the saddle of his KTM 450 Rally, after 9000 kilometers in 15 days. A successful pilot in addition to the four World Championships and two wins in the editions of 2006 (in Africa) and 2009 (South America) of Dakar.
"It was a very demanding Dakar. It is always, but this year.