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Old 12-21-2012, 04:09 PM   #496
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There are quite a few instances of rookies breaking into the top 10. Jonah, Quinn, Botturi all come to mind.
Hopefully Kurt can continue the tradition. As flood pointed out, assuming that KTM had his on standby he might possibly already have had some navi training. If that's the case, I will go out on a limb and predict top 10.

The biggest challenge for him in my opinion will not be navigation but how to pace himself and keep fosused for 15 days of racing
Was LaPorte's 2nd place finish in the '92 Dakar his first attempt? I'm thinking if '92 wasn't his first try, then I think '91 was. Anyhow, he was a fast learner although he did have some other rally experience.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:33 PM   #497
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One Singular Focus, One Massive Effort … http://t.co/9nwfmV9j RallyRaidReview Interview Series with Chavo Salvatierra.
Great interview Doyle!

Go Chavo, Im a believer!!!

Especially pertinent seeing I work in Bolivia. Im really happy to hear Evo is keen on supporting you as well.

Ride safely, fly that flag, and I will be looking out for you in the stages and liasons!

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Old 12-21-2012, 05:56 PM   #498
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Was LaPorte's 2nd place finish in the '92 Dakar his first attempt? I'm thinking if '92 wasn't his first try, then I think '91 was. Anyhow, he was a fast learner although he did have some other rally experience.
Another for the list is Andy Haydon came third in his first (and only) Dakar in 98.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:59 PM   #499
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Nice interview with KC right here
http://vurboffroad.com/blogs/kurt-ca...ke-dakar/1189/
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:21 PM   #500
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I'm definitely a K.C. fan but he has had some shoulder injuries this past year, IIRC six plus months back, IMHO he ought to use this Dakar as a "Learn the Ropes" tour and not worry about a podium. No doubt he has the Skill and Speed to go WFO on the course but keeping on the course and dealing with the overall pace and politics are an issue too (I say from my trying to maintain the F5 pace seat).

Who knows what can happen? I'm conservative and would build a 2-3 year plan for getting on the Top of Podium, there's no doubt in my mind that he can be there especially with KTM's backing.

GO Kurt, GO!!!!
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:26 PM   #501
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How embarrassing.
Just goes to show the expense involved and that the HT Rally Raid/Honda Europe was/is an invited (or requested) self funded team, so little more than expensive club!

HRC is different of course, as it is fully Honda, but even the other factory teams seem to have heavy sponsorship with the KTM top 2 having different backers, although Coma did part ways with MRW recently.

It seems that on the whole the money side is pretty complex
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@Knighter101: Gutted for @marc_coma missing Dakar, a real gent. Hopefully someone else will beat that frog! Good luck to @kurtcaselli, have fun nosher;)

So the Knighter is a Moustache Man fan then

Would be great to know who Coma is cheering for - after all with his teammate and rival looking to go 5 to 3 up in their Dakar challenge it would be difficult to imagine he will be flying the Tricolor
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:24 PM   #503
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There are quite a few instances of rookies breaking into the top 10. Jonah, Quinn, Botturi all come to mind.
1985: Chuck Stearns, a young hotshot from the SoCal desert racing scene joins the Yamaha Dakar team. On a factory XT660, he wins 5 stages and finishes 6th overall in his first Dakar. The most impressive rookie ever!

Caselli has the talent and speed to be just as impressive. I, for one, am really looking forward to watching this one.

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I don't know... 5 stage wins is impressive, but my vote still goes to Haydon for most impressive rookie...

By ATGreg from here.

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98 Dakar Results
1. Stephan Peterhansel (FRA-Yamaha) 62h 39:37
2. Fabrizio Meoni (ITA-KTM) a 30:29
3. Andy Haydon (AUS-KTM) a 1h 19:42


Andy Haydon won a couple of Oz Safaris and got a ride in the 98 Dakar in a satellite team, he won 2 stages and made the podium, an amazing effort. Unfortuneately he never managed to go back for another go. Haydon was the 1st Aussie to win a stage on the Dakar.

They sure breed fast Andy's in South Oz
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:29 AM   #505
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That SUCK Coma has pulled out of the Dakar his year.

I like him. I think he is the type of guy that would help a fellow competitor out of the MUD. Especially if the competitor 1st help him get out of the same MUD hole.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:12 AM   #506
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Is everyone ready?

Just a reminder, while snooping around the ASO site, getting my bookmarks in order

the f5 bible

the maps of the course are already up, the entry list and dates seem to be whack
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:32 AM   #508
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:47 AM   #509
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:17 AM   #510
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rookies

The best place rookie is definitely Andy Haydon in 1998 - 3rd place on the first (and only) attempt was simply incredible.
The year before it was Dirk von Zitzewitz (de Villier's copilot nowadays) who finished 5th.
And from not very distant past also 7th place of David Fretigne in 2004 is worth of mention.
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