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Old 01-01-2013, 08:25 AM   #841
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Simon Pavey just retweeted this quote from Don Hatton, it sounds as though he's happy with his lot so far.
"@DTH58 I am in Lima met up with Simon and crew. Actually rode my bike today Simon has built a great bike for me. This is like a factory team"
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:27 AM   #842
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No Neduro this year?

I'll be watching Johnny C then...
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:30 AM   #843
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No Neduro this year?

I'll be watching Johnny C then...

Pyndon carries the ADV flag this year.

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:43 AM   #844
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Now is the time for competitors when little details start going crazy. You've invested something closer to the value of your home than the value of your car to be here, you've been preparing every waking minute for a year... should I carry this or that just in case? These questions will drive you mad. They fade once the race gets going, but in the days leading up, they seem overwhelming.

At the same time, there's lots to do. Dealing with the ASO, sorting out the support truck, last minute details that weren't done before shipping... the hours are full.

The dice have been cast... now to see how they land.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:48 AM   #845
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I am sorry but it seems I have already missed something.
Is the bikers running reverse order for first special?

It may be a TV deal, so they can show last 20 starters in bikes and first 20 starters in Cars!!
I'm assuming they are starting the first special in race number order, a bit like a prologue and SS2 will be based on the SS1 times?

On occasions the quickest can select any top 10 position, but I haven't seen anything to indicate this?

My comments were based on last years start from what I can remember, that is unless anyone knows otherwise for this year?

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #846
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Manuel's cutting things a little fine! He posted on his FB page a few hours ago;
"Eating burgers in Madrid airport while im waiting for the flight to Lima. Today i feel really fresh, finally i managed to get some sleep last night!"
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #847
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It won’t be long before competitors will be singled out, but for the moment, the mini special stage organised on the outskirts of Pisco will principally be used to divide up the drivers into categories according to their level, who in turn will reassemble during the rally. The initial stage won’t be as stiff as the drink that made the region famous, but the picture postcard landscape is especially appealing. The concentration required over the several timed kilometres will still allow the competitors to admire the scenery. Nevertheless, the light-hearted attitude and relaxed driving style adopted by the competitors during this first day must not mislead them: the Dakar has really begun.

From the official website - not fully clear but it could be that they are batched, probably the elite top 50 and then the rest, but they could divide it further?
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can anyone offer some insight into why Kurt C. is not showing up on the entry list? also, i see only two usa riders, JC and Muggleton.... is that it!!??....we're under-represented when you think of the talent out there....
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can anyone offer some insight into why Kurt C. is not showing up on the entry list? also, i see only two usa riders, JC and Muggleton.... is that it!!??....we're under-represented when you think of the talent out there....
My guess is that as they do scrutineering/ take pictures/ etc, his entry will populate in, and that it's just a function of his late arrival.

Sadly, they didn't accept many US entries this year.
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can anyone offer some insight into why Kurt C. is not showing up on the entry list? also, i see only two usa riders, JC and Muggleton.... is that it!!??....we're under-represented when you think of the talent out there....
Mysteries of the Dakar website

A few Americans were turned down this year. More applicants than spotting starts...its tough to know what someone was thinking when they pick this person over this person I suppose. A few people that got turned down were quite surprising
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:52 AM   #851
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A few Americans were turned down this year. More applicants than spotting starts...its tough to know what someone was thinking when they pick this person over this person I suppose. A few people that got turned down were quite surprising
give us some names deadly! don't hold out.....
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can anyone offer some insight into why Kurt C. is not showing up on the entry list? also, i see only two usa riders, JC and Muggleton.... is that it!!??....we're under-represented when you think of the talent out there....
It was only yesterday when Coma was taken off, so things move a little slow.

At around $ 125k ++ to get a bike in, plus the right CV you need to be pretty keen, have loads of $$$$ or be good enough to be sponsored in a private team, or ultimately have one of the few factory rides, all in all Rally is not up there in the USA, a bit like soccer and rugby maybe, but with Johnny Campbell and Robbie Gordon and the efforts of KTM now pulling in US talent, maybe things will change as we move on?

Quinn should have been there also with Speedbrain, but he has had a shitty year on the injury front.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:02 AM   #853
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Sadly, they didn't accept many US entries this year.
Ned who else besides Mike S. do you know of that didn't make the cut..
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Ned who else besides Mike S. do you know of that didn't make the cut..
and on that note, Ned, do you think the process is purely analytic, or politics, or both?

thanks for ALL your insights thus far, btw..!
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and on that note, Ned, do you think the process is purely analytic, or politics, or both?

thanks for ALL your insights thus far, btw..!
Robbie Gordon got back in, so perhaps not politics
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