Universally recognized as the finest exponents of the sport, these two have given KTM five of their nine titles so far. Despres, the 2010 winner has won three and Coma, the 2010 World Rally Champion has two victories to his credit. They have shared to top podium spot every year since 2005. In previous years, both have had the experience of being in range of victory only to have some last minute incident that has cost them the glory. This is indelible proof that when it comes to the Dakar, it's never over until it's over. Both of the key KTM riders are top fit, fiercely competitive, mentally strong and given their history in this key event, very strong rivals. Each has been given the option of choosing their co-rider in their two individual teams this year. Despres has picked Portugal's Ruben Faria and Coma rides with Spaniard Juan Pedrero.