Cyril Despres in a Trophy Truck?

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So Dakar legend Cyril Despres was at the Mint 400, which I was really excited about, but he was only there to watch. Since his fellow Red Bull athlete Bryce Menzies is on the mend, Cyril is going to drive his Trophy Truck at the Baja 500. This is one of those cool "how would a rally raid driver do in a TT?" sort of scenarios that we actually get to see play out in real life, and I for one am pretty excited about it.

For those who aren't familiar with the Frenchie, he has won the Dakar Rally five times on a bike. The last four years he has been part of the Peugeot juggernaut and finished third in a car in 2017. The dude is smart and fast and while I don't expect him to with the Baja 500, I think that he will do very well. For reference, Bean came in 9th place at the San Felipe 250 behind the wheel of Menzie's Trophy Truck. Do you think that Depres can best that finish?
 
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For reference, Bean came in 9th place at the San Felipe 250 behind the wheel of Menzie's Trophy Truck. Do you think that Depres can be that finish?
I would think he doesn't have the pressure to produce a good 500 start spot, and has the resources to punish the equipment a bit more. So yes, he can. And he is a Bike Guy!!
 

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Based on TV coverage from previous Dakars he seems like a real a-hole. Not sportsmanlike at all. I usually root for bike guys but I look forward to seeing him get his ass handed to him.
 

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So Dakar legend Cyril Despres was at the Mint 400, which I was really excited about, but he was only there to watch. Since his fellow Red Bull athlete Bryce Menzies is on the mend, Cyril is going to drive his Trophy Truck at the Baja 500. This is one of those cool "how would a rally raid driver do in a TT?" sort of scenarios that we actually get to see play out in real life, and I for one am pretty excited about it.

For those who aren't familiar with the Frenchie, he has won the Dakar Rally five times on a bike. The last four years he has been part of the Peugeot juggernaut and finished third in a car in 2017. The dude is smart and fast and while I don't expect him to with the Baja 500, I think that he will do very well. For reference, Bean came in 9th place at the San Felipe 250 behind the wheel of Menzie's Trophy Truck. Do you think that Depres can best that finish?
I sure hope the truck performs better than it did for Bean, I know the inside story and what happened. I wish him luck
 

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I think it is cool that the B500 is getting world class, international talent. It can only help elevate the sport IMO.
 

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Nothing personal or the truck, but seeing the course in the dust will change pre-running lines. It should be hard to beat those that have lived Baja.. A clean air charge may change that. French are not known for any slowing for pedestrians.
 

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I would think there has to be some sponsor input in this decision. IMO Bean is clearly a safer bet to have a good finish at the 500.


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IMHO I feel he will adjust rather quickly, how well he does will be dependent on who will be his navigator. Bigger question is who will qualify at SEMA?
 
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Excited to see how he does and I think it’s awesome, but I foresee a 8th-12th place finish if he doesn’t crash out.


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Nothing personal or the truck, but seeing the course in the dust will change pre-running lines. It should be hard to beat those that have lived Baja.. A clean air charge may change that. French are not known for any slowing for pedestrians.
There's no way he will contend for a win. The TTs run state-side are so much bigger and tougher than any car in Dakar and there will be a big learning curve. Also, with limited time in the truck he won't know what its limits of the truck are. You've got guys that have been married to their machines for years.

Cyril has a huge following overseas and I don't see this being anything other than a good thing for Baja racing.
 

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It all depends on how much pre-running he does. If he runs it four or five times he will be in the hunt. I agree on the navigator part above. He needs a good navigator.
 

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He has a strong skill set and isn’t afraid to push the limits. If he has good prerunning, prep, and enough texting time, he will do well. Id bet that he has more days of racing experience than the strong majority of the field. Drivers that previously raced motorcycles have a tendency to make the transition pretty quickly.
 

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he will do WELL, how could he not??? TOP notch team and truck and front starting spot....the guy has SKILLS and plenty of experience.......now if he didnt get the PREMIUM starting spot, (because he didnt EARN it), this would be a completely different story.....
 

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lets just say BEAN enters b500 in tt.....who starts NINTH????
 

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My bad for some reason I was thinking about the b1k
 
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