The 55-year-old Mini driver, aided by co-pilot Edouard Boulanger, finished 14min 51sec ahead of Qatari Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota), with Spain's Carlos Sainz rounding out the podium in another Mini.
Cherpin, who was competing in his fourth Dakar Rally, was found unconscious after his crash and taken to hospital in Sakaka before he was airlifted to Jeddah.
Hero MotoSports rider CS Santosh cleared to return to India following crash but remains under observation
The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the two-wheeler manufacturing giant in one of the world's biggest rallies, suffered a crash last Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital in Jeddah.
The 37-year-old Santosh, who was representing the Hero MotoSports in one of the world's biggest rallies, crashed on Wednesday and is being kept under a 24-hour observation.
India's ace off-road racer CS Santosh writes on his reflections from 2020, his preparations for Dakar 2021, and how he changed as a person.
The team will go to Dakar with the 2020 FIM Cross-Country BAJAs World Cup winner Sebastian Buhler, 2019 Pan Africa Rally winner Joaquim Rodrigues and ace Indian rider CS Santosh.
Launched in 1979 between Paris and the Senegalese capital Dakar the celebrated endurance challenge moved to the kingdom for the first time this year after a decade in South America, sparking angry reaction from human rights organisations.
Firstpost Masterclass: Third-degree burns to high-speed spirituality, CS Santosh explains motorsports
What is off-road biking? What does a typical day at Dakar Rally look like? How to attain the perfect bike-body balance while riding at 150kmph? In this edition of Firstpost Masterclass, CS Santosh, the first Indian to complete the Dakar Rally, discusses all about high-speed motorsports.
Dakar Rally: Hero MotoSports' Portugese rider Paulo Goncalves dies after accident during seventh stage
The 40-year-old Goncalves was taking part in his 13th Dakar. He made his debut in 2006 and had finished four times in the top 10, including an impressive performance as runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015.
Dakar Rally: Hero MotoSports driver Paulo Goncalves registers third top 10 stage finish; CS Santosh finishes 32nd in 6th stage
Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Paulo Goncalves continued his fine show and registered his third top 10 spot in a row by finishing stage 6 of the gruelling Dakar Rally at the eighth position.
Dakar Rally: Paulo Goncalves impresses in fourth stage for Hero MotoSports; CS Santosh finishes 44th
With this performance, Goncalves clawed back several places from his overnight position of 110th to jump to 61st place in the overall rankings.
C Santosh battles through hand injury, Paulo Goncalves finishes 12th as Hero Team endures tough second stage at Dakar rally
A hand injury prevented Indian racing ace C Santosh going full throttle while Paulo Goncalves finished 12th as Hero MotoSports Team Rally just about managed to negotiate safely the second stage of Dakar Rally.
Hero MotoSports' driver CS Santosh says top-20 finish in upcoming Dakar Rally 'is like winning' race
Santosh, Joaquim Rodrigues, Oriol Mena and Paulo Goncalves will be Hero MotoSports' four-member team for the 2020 Dakar Rally. This will be the 35-year-old Indian's third outing at the off-road endurance event.
Santosh managed to finish the difficult stage at the 44th position, which put him at the 40th position overall.
Dakar Rally 2018: India's CS Santosh placed 40 after stage seven, Oriol Mena finishes in 17th position
Both Mena and Santosh tackled the stage with a steady head and arrived at the Uyuni bivouac safely.
Santosh was 30 km short of finish due to a loose fuel cap and as a result, he slipped down in the rankings. With nine more stages pending, he will aim to make up for as much lost time as possible.
Villas-Boas, who made his debut in motorsport's most gruelling endurance event behind the wheel of a Toyota 4x4 on Saturday, decided to take part as a way of celebrating his 40th birthday.
Dakar Rally 2018: CS Santosh placed 13th after first stage; teammate Joaquim Rodrigues out due to 'unfortunate' crash
India's C S Santosh was placed at a creditable 13th among the bikers at the end of the first stage of the gruelling Dakar Rally while his Hero Motorsports Rally teammate Joaquim Rodrigues met with a spectacular crash to end his race
Nasser Al-Attiyah: An Olympic medallist and Dakar Rally champ who juggles between shooting and racing
Nasser Al-Attiyah has found common ground between shooting and rally driving, two wildly different sports, and found a way to be successful at both.