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Old 10-11-2012, 09:25 AM   #46
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haha leave it to Troy to sum it up

XWRC... loosing its luster...haven't we been talking about this for a while now since it is like 3 rounds and yaddyyadda
mini's in the baja?? sounds like fun to me
what about them toyotas? anyone care about the cars (ahem trucks...)?

This rally will answer a lot of questions many of us have been asking recently
but I bet it will leave us asking many more once it is all said and done

disregard your dakar countdown clocks, Rally Maroc is upon us.


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Old 10-11-2012, 09:48 AM   #47
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I just had a look through the Italian forums, unfortunately -as per the entry list of the Maroc Rally- the Bordone Ferrari Mi1 has been postponed till mid 2013...

looks like the whole team wil be on KTMs for the Dakar as well.

Regarding the omnishambles that makes up the XWRC, I would prefer to see a European championship (Sardegna, Albania, Serres -which is a round of the European XC cup already- etc), plus the Baja series is already solid, and definitely make the XWRC all over the world, lord knows there are more than enough exotic destinations:

- Desafio
- Sertoes
- ADDC
- Touareg
- Morocco
- Pharaons
- Australasian
etc

One problem may be that the FIM have enough trouble dealing with the FIA as it is, plus they are still lovestruck with the more prestigious series like MotoGP, WSBK, WEC, MX to give a hoot about the rally scene. Hopefully it will change now that HRC have made such a high profile investment, assuming they don't only focus on the Dakar, but I also feel that you need a solid promoter for the whole series. Right now I don't even think there is one...
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:52 AM   #48
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It seems quite simple...world series should be from around the world. One from Africa, South America, Asia, Australia and ?

Then it becomes a true world series


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I just had a look through the Italian forums, unfortunately -as per the entry list of the Maroc Rally- the Bordone Ferrari Mi1 has been postponed till mid 2013...

looks like the whole team wil be on KTMs for the Dakar as well.

Regarding the omnishambles that makes up the XWRC, I would prefer to see a European championship (Sardegna, Albania, Serres -which is a round of the European XC cup already- etc), plus the Baja series is already solid, and definitely make the XWRC all over the world, lord knows there are more than enough exotic destinations:

- Desafio
- Sertoes
- ADDC
- Touareg
- Morocco
- Pharaons
- Australasian
etc

One problem may be that the FIM have enough trouble dealing with the FIA as it is, plus they are still lovestruck with the more prestigious series like MotoGP, WSBK, WEC, MX to give a hoot about the rally scene. Hopefully it will change now that HRC have made such a high profile investment, assuming they don't only focus on the Dakar, but I also feel that you need a solid promoter for the whole series. Right now I don't even think there is one...
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:00 AM   #49
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It seems quite simple...world series should be from around the world. One from Africa, South America, Asia, Australia and ?

Then it becomes a true world series
Bit like Baseball then!





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Bit like Baseball then!





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Old 10-11-2012, 10:54 AM   #51
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I dream of a Rally Raid series similar to the WRC.

Bikes and cars/trucks. Every continent. Every season of the year. Ice lakes, forests and deserts. Maybe even a bit of asphalt (don't stone me). Mandated participation for factories/star riders. Prototypes and (poor-man's) stock categories. Well televised and promoted.
Some umbrella girls would also freshen up the images.


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Old 10-11-2012, 11:23 AM   #52
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Every condition, day night rain shine, surface, sounds like one of the primary reasons I liked the local rallies here in the first place! BEsides the poor man's categories.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:54 PM   #53
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I dream of a Rally Raid series similar to the WRC.

Bikes and cars/trucks. Every continent. Every season of the year. Ice lakes, forests and deserts. Maybe even a bit of asphalt (don't stone me). Mandated participation for factories/star riders. Prototypes and (poor-man's) stock categories. Well televised and promoted.
Some umbrella girls would also freshen up the images.


Ehh... It'll never happen.
Safariberg will have the umbrella girl pics, they seem to have plenty in oz!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:19 AM   #54
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Bike set-up time?

Can't wait for the vid, but - 3 bikes or 5?

https://twitter.com/rallyteamhrc/sta...50552950259712

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Video shooting going on today in our two-day pre-Moroccan rally test. All five Team HRC riders on the CRF450 Rally. Gonna be AWESOME!!!!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:41 AM   #55
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It looks like they photo shopped the hat on him and then (I suspect) added the answer to the drink question

Hope he does well
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It looks like they photo shopped the hat on him and then (I suspect) added the answer to the drink question

Hope he does well
Copied from the Speedbrain website -

Hot on the heels of their triumph in the Pharaons Rally the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain sets off today for Morocco where the Oilybia Rally will be held from 15th to 20th October, another important test before Dakar 2013.

The team will be made up of three riders on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain. Alongside Pharaons Rally winner Spaniard Joan Barreda will be Paulo Goncalves from Portugal, who lines up beside 31 year old Australian Matt Fish. Matt Fish has some 25 years off-road racing experience and his greatest achievement to date has been his victory in the Indee 500 in Australia this year, as well as finishing in the top ten of the Abu Dhabi Rally in Quatar.

The Husqvarna Rally Team by Speedbrain aims to use Morocco as a final test to fine tune the bike before the Dakar 2013, as well as getting the eleven man team of riders, technicians and mechanics up to scratch.

The Oilybia Rally of Morocco sets off from Erfoud and finishes in Zagora with a total of 6 stages, 1550 km (969 miles) of special test, making up 2000 km (1250 miles) in total.

Wolfgang Fischer – Team Manager: ”The Morocco rally is a particularly important one in the build-up to the Dakar 2013. It’ll be the last chance to run on terrain similar to what we will find in January’s race, and to test out the latest technical modifications that we’ve made to our TE449RR. It’ll also be an important test for the whole squad, which with the addition of Australian rider Matt Fish is now really well rounded out. Matt will act as a pacemaker for Barreda and Goncalves.”


Now, there's a new one - not support or waterboy, but pacemaker

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Old 10-12-2012, 07:44 PM   #59
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Brazilian rally star Felipe Zanol is one of 4 riders hired by Honda factory for the Dakar 2013. Shot here today testing the new Dakar bikes in Morocco ! Next week is The NPO-Morocco rally, first real race test of this brand new Factory machine.
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https://www.facebook.com/hondaproracing/photos_stream

Plenty of pics here, but not too sure if Sam has remembered he is on an R and not an X

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.n...184_n.jpg?dl=1

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