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Old 01-05-2006, 06:42 AM   #166
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The XT500 of no 215 is still in it, about 131km to go !
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Old 01-05-2006, 06:56 AM   #167
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Just found these nice Dakar photos on a Danish news site:

http://politiken.dk/VisArtikel.iasp?PageID=427877

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Old 01-05-2006, 07:21 AM   #168
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Just found these nice Dakar photos on a Danish news site:

http://politiken.dk/VisArtikel.iasp?PageID=427877

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Wow...this is a great one...

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Old 01-05-2006, 07:32 AM   #169
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Yay James and Kevin. James is currently (09:11E)shown in 30th place, and Kevin in 49th. This moves James into 54th overall and Kevin at 66th overall. Kevin incurred some type of penalty (24:00)

These guys are awesome in my book.

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what I want to know is James really 60 years old? Unbelievable if he is.

http://www.dakar.com/2006/DAK/RIDERS...reurs/132.html

no matter what, he is fast!
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:44 AM   #170
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Looks like Jonah had a tougher day today- 72nd at the moment. Hope he's OK.

Kevin had a bang up day- 49th.
Charlie finished 77th.

These are some long days- glad to see that they are able to finish them at a reasonable hour.
I wonder how the 525's are doing, hearing Jonah drop to 72nd is concerning.
Charlie is still picking away and Kevin is surprising me!
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:58 AM   #171
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Kevin is surprising me!
After seeing him at the Nevada 1000, I knew he could ride... and he's been to the ISDE, etc... but he's definitely putting in a better ride than I could have hoped for. A great performance, for sure.

Here's hoping all the equipment holds together- 525's and 660's alike. I can't imagine how Kevin must have felt last year, being out of the race from a mechanical... I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
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Old 01-05-2006, 08:45 AM   #172
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KTM: Dakar 2006: 6th stage: Tan Tan > Zouerat

(pics poste don my news site, please don't link in).

The Crash of Cyril Despres (KTM Gauloises)

Only two or three days ago we was speaking about solidarity between the competitors. We was talking about privateers, that have to count each other in order to add some more possibilities to reach Dakar. Today we had a confirmation of this particular soul inborn in the adventure of Dakar and in his protagonists. The story came directly from the head of the race. This morning, in the middle of the special test of 444 kilometre, three riders were leading, Despres, Coma and Esteve. Same track, same speed, maybe same unsteadiness: what to do in order to draw the maximum advantage from the stage? The track was fast, and navigation insignificant. The main problem was to monitoring the speed. At a moment Cyril Despres fell down. It was at kilometre 273, inan undulated terrain section of the special test. A heavy fall. Just after Marc Coma came and stopped near Despres, immediately stopping his race. Competitors suddenly switched to colleagues, then to friends. No more team partition or antagonism. Cyril was insensible, so The Repsol KTM World Champion turned on the emergency radio beacon of the last year’s winner and alerted the medical headquarter of the organization. Then also Isidre Esteve came, and the riders stayed near the luckless Gauloises KTM Team exponent until he showed he was able to continue. But from this moment they proceeded all together until the finish at reduced speed. The first news reached the bivouac of Zouerat assuming a collar bone fracture for Despres. In the meanwhile Chilean Carlo De Gavardo reached the leaders and, due to his starting position, won the special test. At the bivouac Despres was checked by the doctors: not any fracture, but the dislocation of the left collar bone. Cyril Despres has announced that he will try to take the start in the tomorrow’s stage, but the pain induced by the dislocation of his shoulder can be very loud. Of course the rider has been a hero in the last 170 kilometre of the special test.

Therefore Carlo De Gavardo won the special test just in front of his Repsol KTM team-mate Giovanni Sala, and Isidre Esteve. Norwegian Paul Ullevalseter was fourth and Coma fifth. In the standings overall the gap between Coma and Despres is now less than 4 minutes, but the today’s accident is pending on the result of the race.

The sixth stage of the Rally started very early this morning, The riders left Ta Tan at 01:40 AM and reached the border between Morocco and Mauritania only at six AM. So they had only a short hour to rest before the start of the long today’s special test. It was therefore a short yesterday’s afternoon: the competitors prepared their “luggage”, had a fast dinner and reached early their sleeping bag. The today’s stage has been full of tiredness, and the race is not finished: tomorrow the competitors will face one of the longest special test of the rally, almost all in the dunes with full of navigation and difficulties.

A moving village. When you think on the Dakar you refer to the race. And this is correct. The evident and shining side of the competition is the main highlight. But the other side of the race is the adventure. Imagine now how 2.500 people can move across the desert. It is something ancient, it is like a migration of a hasty population. Every night a small town springs in the middle of nowhere. A small village characterized by this strange architecture of modern tents that disappears every following morning. This small “republic” is inhabited by men and womenfolk, without social differences. In the Republic of the Dakar what you do is more important than you who are, and everyone has the same goal. For that people the organization deploys hospitals and “restaurants”, airplanes and satellite communications. Their ministers makes any effort to give to the people all kind of support so they can realize their dreams of this two weeks adventure. For all of them the main dream is to reach Dakar.

Rankings:
Special: 444 km

Stage Results:
1. De Gavardo (Repsol KTM), 04:00:32h
2. Sala (Repsol KTM), + 03:23
3. Esteve Pujol (Gauloises KTM), + 03:52
4. Ullevalseter (KTM), + 05:31
5. Coma (Repsol KTM), + 05:55
6. Caldecott (Repsol KTM), + 06:44
7. Despres (Gauloises KTM), +08:13
8. Fretigne (YAMAHA), + 08:19
9. Viladoms (Repsol KTM), + 10:14
10. Amaral (KTM), + 11:12
11. Grider (Red Bull USA KTM), + 11:28
12. De Azevedo (KTM), + 12:00
13. Blais (Red Bull USA KTM), + 12:31
14. Katrinak (KTM), + 12:44
15. Rivera (KTM), + 14:21
16. Duclos (KTM), + 17:40
17. Marchini (KTM), + 19:11
18. Rodrigues (YAMAHA), + 23:54
19. Farres Geull (YAMAHA), + 24:09
20. Czachor (YAMAHA), + 24:50
23. Gau (Gauloises KTM), + 28:03
25. Casteu (Gauloises KTM) + 37:09

Overall Results:
1. Coma (Repsol KTM), 18:15:45 h
2. Despres (Gauloises KTM), 18:19:28 h, + 03:43
3. Esteve Pujol (Gauloises KTM), 18:20:10 h, + 04:25
4. De Gavardo (Repsol KTM), 18:21:42 h, + 05:57
5. Caldecott (Repsol KTM), 18:43:28 h, + 27:43, Penalty: 02:00
6. Fretigne (YAMAHA), 18:50:13h, + 34:28
7. Sala (Repsol KTM), 18:53:35h, + 37:50
8. Ullevalseter (KTM), 18:57:53 h, + 42:08
9. Katrinak (KTM), 19:13:05 h, + 57:20
10. Casteu (Gauloises KTM), 19:13:56 h, + 58:11
11. Blais (Red Bull USA KTM), 19:17:56 h, + 01:02:11 h
12. De Azevedo (KTM), 19:22:17 h, + 01:06:32 h
13. Farres Guell (YAMAHA), 19:42:26h, + 01:26:41 h
14. Agra Carrera (YAMAHA), 19:43:38 h, + 01:27:53 h
15. Amaral (KTM), 19:44:05 h, + 01:28:20 h
16. Gau (Gauloises KTM), 19:44:26 h, + 01:28:41 h
17. Duclos (KTM), 19:50:47 h, + 01:35:02 h
18. Faria (KTM), 19:52:07 h, + 01:36:22 h, Penalty: 12:00
19. Rivera (KRM), 19:59:40 h, +01:43:55 h
20. Grider (Red Bull USA KTM), 20:05:59 h, + 01:50:14 h
23. Viladoms (Repsol KTM), 21:00:00 h, + 02:44:15 h
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Old 01-05-2006, 09:04 AM   #173
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what I want to know is James really 60 years old? Unbelievable if he is.

http://www.dakar.com/2006/DAK/RIDERS...reurs/132.html

no matter what, he is fast!
No, the birthdate shown on the Dakar site is wrong year. I believe it should read 1965. Still, 40 years old is getting pretty long in the tooth for this type of racing. James will not be denied mentally, so if he can hold up physically, he will be fine. I've never really seen him tired before

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confirmation from James' sister on the birthdate (07/15/1965)

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Old 01-05-2006, 10:50 AM   #174
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Another day, another stage, another sigh of relief, another round of awe. Henno van Bergeijk (#215) came in 175th, at 4:57:23 from De Gavardo, today's winner. He took more than twice the winning time...

For those whose take a technical interest: most of the technical build up of Henno's XT was done by Kedo in Germany (www.kedo.com for photos). They mounted a flatslide carb, a hot cam, a Supertrapp and a SR500 cilinder head, since that has a larger cooling surface and a 2 mm larger intake valve. Plus an oil cooler and some other goodies. Henno took the bike to compete in a rally in Morocco for testing purposes last november and guess what? He went back to a stock carb, stock cam and an exhaust 'that won't blow in your face when you're pushing your bike over the top of a dune'. By foot, that is.

Henno told me that the main reason he has spend so much time on an XT is that it will get you out of any situation, as long as the engine runs. Just because of the torque at low revs. And this unique XT character had disappeared with all those mods.

So his XT is not even old, it's almost stock too, engine wise. And the character has returned to stock too.
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Old 01-05-2006, 11:06 AM   #175
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It is something ancient, it is like a migration of a hasty population.
Mike, thanks so much for the update. Not sure who/what did the translation (babblefish?) but I absolutely love the quoted line.

PeeBee - thanks for pointing out Henno to us. Go Henno!
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Old 01-05-2006, 11:10 AM   #176
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Mike, thanks so much for the update. Not sure who/what did the translation (babblefish?) but I absolutely love the quoted line.

PeeBee - thanks for pointing out Henno to us. Go Henno!
Yup I noticed. Usually their text is done by a native english speaker, but I guess not this time
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Just found these nice Dakar photos on a Danish news site:

http://politiken.dk/VisArtikel.iasp?PageID=427877

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Great pictures - I notice they have an AP copywrite. I remember someone posting here last year a link to an AP or Getty Images site or something that had hundreds of Dakar photos - updated daily. Is that type of site available this year?
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Thanks DC, that's what I'm talkin' bout! Man, I'd love to have Damien Meyer's job.
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Thanks DC, that's what I'm talkin' bout! Man, I'd love to have Damien Meyer's job.
you're welcome. More good pics here


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