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Old 09-29-2013, 01:11 AM   #76
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Day 5
Another long day
Special 456 km
Liaison 10 km
The plan for the day there simple more speed is needed and that you generate with your right hand, have the last day received some text message's from my wife with the same context more throttle needed I guess she known's something about a life insurance.

Start of the stage

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Old 09-29-2013, 01:13 AM   #77
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Passed quite quickly my brother who made a navigation error early after some time he there back behind me, but I pulled away again and did get a gap of a couple of minutes, but some navigation struggle in a village he passed me again. Passed him again in a fast stage in + 160 km I guess he there holding back in order to reach finish line. No major navigation mistake and reached RCP there Stina wife of brother and team manager there waiting, told here that brother is max a couple of minutes behind me.


But after 10 minutes I started to be worried as no bike or car arrived, finally rider #9 arrives and he hand over a paper to organization and I walkover to him to find out what have happened, he tells me brother engine broken, a relief as he is fine and only a mechanical issue. Walks over to Stina to let her know.


For sure both of us there disappointed, but must disappointed is my brother who is sitting out there with a blown engine and thinking why, why ,why did I not send down my KTM 450 Rally instead of riding this old 660.

Refuling at RCP

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Old 09-29-2013, 01:15 AM   #78
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Stina waiting at RCP
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:51 AM   #79
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A lonely 660 at km 183 waiting for sweeper
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:55 AM   #80
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Well I have to get going again and everything went well to 390 km there I thought that I got lost as I did not recognize myself in the RB, went back and forth a couple of times and finally rider #9 arrives and it looks like I there on the right track, lost some concentration and entered a parallel washout in 120km I just closed my eyes and hold tight to my handlebar for a few seconds managed to stay on two wheels, a few hundred meter further rider #8 there standing at the next washout and I did not see him anymore that day.
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Really tired the last 50 km of the stage.

Once in the bivouac I needed to strengthen the nav tower due to fatigue of the plate between the two main plates in my tower, this is due to the installation of the Safari front tank who I fitted for this rally and I could only fit the fairing with duct tape and not solid as before.

Finally also my brother arrives with the Sweeper truck.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:54 AM   #81
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Well as you can imagine I now have position 6 in the total.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:40 PM   #82
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Enjoying the recap, thanks. Mongolia looks like bike paradise. Any photos of the airhead in the background of the above photo?
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:53 AM   #83
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Enjoying the recap, thanks. Mongolia looks like bike paradise. Any photos of the airhead in the background of the above photo?
Deadly99, it is the best looking airhead you will ever get your eyes on.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:53 AM   #84
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Some more photos of the airhead, the rider there a very friendly guy in fact we liked him so mutch that we kidnapped him to be our third rider in Rally Raid Sweden for the team competition, well it did not help as we faced a DNF day 5
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Deadly99, it is the best looking airhead you will ever get your eyes on.

The owner and rider of the beautiful bike is Yuji Shinohara.
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:39 AM   #86
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Found 1 more pic of the airhead
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:54 AM   #87
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Day 6

Special 560 km
Transport 150 km

Two time specials a 280 km each,worried about fuel as this is really close to my limit topped up with 1 liter at starting line.

First part to RCP really fun with a lot of full trottle stages + 160 km several times, managed to stay close to the riders in front of me and pull a gap of 20 minutes to the rider behind me to RCP, first really warm day especilly at RCP.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:04 AM   #88
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Day 6

Did not like the second stage, rocky roads and very strong wind. After some time I really started to be tired in neck and shoulders due to the wind. Quite exhausted at finish line.

Brother trying to tell me that if I use the trottle a little bit more I would not be that exhausted, told him that I will try that method tomorrow.

Lost 1 hour to the top guy, but pulled a gap of 40 min to the rider behind me.

Still 6 position total
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:48 AM   #89
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Day 7

Liaison 100 km
Special 141 km
Liaison 20 km
Special 200 km

What a day or to finish, first you have to finish each day.

Approximately 10 km in to liasion I found rider #31 on the Tarmac with pain in a arm shoulder, helped him up and found out that he crashed with a horse !! A few minutes later one of the race car joined us and called organisation, rider went back to the bivouac to get some medical treatment.

Continued to the start of the special, a great sand track with a few washouts pulled hard at start a catches the rider in front of me and at km 50 we there passing two more riders who been crashing at a washout but both are fine. Started to get the feeling that it could be a podium finish today, but reality will soon be back.

At km 77 I did not recognize myself in the RB and the riders in front of me there also starting to ride around in circles and headed of in different directions, I headed back to km 73 at the last WP and started to follow the RD back again still I could not find the right track tested several options. After some time the rest of the bikes and cars there riding around trying to find the right track. Suddenly I see rider #31 on the track again and he must have been healing fast.

Well after 20-30 minutes I give up convinced that it must be some errors in the RD and I head for the next WP understanding that I will miss the CP at km 100, but I'm fully convinced that the stage will be cancelled due to RD error as everybody is running around as headless chickens.

Close to next WP I see some track coming from left and realize that somebody have made it, well I started to follow the track backwards staying 5 meters to the side of the track as I'm soon start to meet some riders and by the end I have meet everybody in the race. Finally I also found CP 1 and I'm really disappointed to myself, one the way back I there driving like mad beating myself and the Berg to the limit managed to pick 7 riders to the finish line of the first stage as I arrive as bike 16 and have lost 1.5 hours on the top riders.

Still irritated on myself during second stage and I really try to regain time on the riders in front of me, the track there absolutely great with a lot of sand tracks and in the end some dunes at the end I see my brother & Stina out watching the race in the dunes.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #90
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Arrived to a quite surrealistic bivouac, kind of a alp village surrounded by sand dunes , it there a bivouac two years ago and apparently nobody been there since that time, a really strange place. We shared one of the alp house with team Korea. No furniture no toilets just a empty building.



Well now to a quite sad story, during the stay in the dunes to check arrival of all riders my brother noticed a rider #31 who followed the leader through the dunes to finish, that rider came back to the dunes without helmet and with a passenger drinking beer, the reason for coming back there to guide another rider through the dunes, this kind of misbehavior and lack of sportsmanship triggered my brother to make a official protest to the rider of bike 31.

The organization treated the protest seriously and found out that the rider of the bike there a rider who retired early in the race and not rider 31 who actually damaged his collarbone.

The rider of bike 31 will not be allowed to start next years race, the rider who got help through the dunes 1 hours penalty and the team a cash penalty of 500 USD, well you could feel some tension from some team members that evening.

In the end of the day I only lost additional 15 minutes on second stage and remain in 6 position but have no chance to reach top 5 after this.
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