Three years after being crowned Dakar winner for the first time - and after a bitter retirement in 2007, and the event cancellation in 2008 - Repsol KTM rider Marc Coma led the 2009 Dakar from start to finish, on the new South American route.

Here are some statistics:

Leg victories in 2009: 3 (numbers 1, 3 and 4) Second positions: 5 Days since his victory in 2006 (16 January) to 2009: 1 097 days Days leading the 2009 race: 15 Largest margin when leading the overall standings: 1 hour, 29 minutes, 48 seconds (leg 12) Smallest margin when leading the overall standings: 22 minutes 5 seconds Legs when he extended his lead:10 Biggest loss of time on a stage compared to the winner: 15 minutes 45 seconds (leg 5) Worst stage classification: 17th at 12 minutes 27 seconds (stage 2) Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Saturday 3rd January, 5am local time. First special started: 12.14pm Finish: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Saturday 17th January, 14.30, local time. Winning margin 1 hour, 25 minutes 38 seconds over Cyril Despres. Stage time taken to win the 2009 Dakar: 52 hours, 14 minutes 33 seconds

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Tyres used: Front: 15, Rear: 15 Days with run-flat mousse: 12 Days with inner tube: 3 Punctures: 1 Litres of petrol: 1000 Engines used: 2 Fairings used: 2 Clutches used: 4 Pairs of brake pads: Front: 15, Rear: 15 Litres of oil: 15 Pairs of gloves: 4 Goggles: 2 Helmets: 2 Riding suits: 3 complete Litres of water consumed during a leg: 3 litres (capacity of camel back)