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Old 10-21-2012, 01:34 AM   #751
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JC said that there were only 3 of the new 450 rallies ready.
For the Moroccan race.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:18 AM   #752
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If I were Husqvarna PR I would make that picture the Christmas card cover. And send it to everyone at HRC in December.


We did the same thing a ton at Dakar. After struggling with turning ideas into solutions for months, you come out of the woods and meet all the other guys that were struggling with the exact same set of requirements, and of course found different answers.

Really fun feeling of camaraderie when you can point at a bolt here or a circuit there and know the other guy gets all the thought that went into it, language or no.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #753
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Wicked Helder throws down the gauntlet

After the good performance in the Rally of Morocco, where it debuted at number one rider HRC team, driving a Honda CRF450 Rally, Hélder Rodrigues has returned to Portugal bringing in increasingly realistic ambition of power triumph in the 2013 edition Dakar.

Upon arrival in Lisbon the Honda driver, Red Bull and TMN, stressed that "it was very important to have ido well prepared for this race. Only then can win the big marathons all-terrain. I trained a lot before the race even in Morocco, which allowed me to go very well in this rally and thus overcome power riders like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres. Unfortunately we had a mechanical mishap that kept us from winning the race debut soon, but given that this was the first shakedown of Honda for the Dakar, I am sure that the HRC team will work hard to ensure that nothing fails in South America .'m actually very confident that you can win the Dakar 2013, "said the rider who will participate in the Baja 500 Portalegre after conducting a thorough test session in order to Dakar.



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Old 10-22-2012, 05:39 PM   #754
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After the good performance in the Rally of Morocco, where it debuted at number one rider HRC team, driving a Honda CRF450 Rally, Hélder Rodrigues has returned to Portugal bringing in increasingly realistic ambition of power triumph in the 2013 edition Dakar.

Upon arrival in Lisbon the Honda driver, Red Bull and TMN, stressed that "it was very important to have ido well prepared for this race. Only then can win the big marathons all-terrain. I trained a lot before the race even in Morocco, which allowed me to go very well in this rally and thus overcome power riders like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres. Unfortunately we had a mechanical mishap that kept us from winning the race debut soon, but given that this was the first shakedown of Honda for the Dakar, I am sure that the HRC team will work hard to ensure that nothing fails in South America .'m actually very confident that you can win the Dakar 2013, "said the rider who will participate in the Baja 500 Portalegre after conducting a thorough test session in order to Dakar.



Ler mais: http://autosport.sapo.pt/helder-rodr...#ixzz2A4bSdH1c
I like the way he call the aliens "power riders". I want to be a power rider one day when i grow up too!

He is ambitious to say he is going to challenge the boys to win the Dakar. If anyone can take if from Coma and Despres it will be him, who has been shadowing them for years now. But its a long race and anything can happen. I can't wait.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:46 PM   #755
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I remember seeing him on Portuguese/spain stages back when they started there before jumping on the ship... thinking he would be a force to reckon with.. Now with a full factory support team we shall see !
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:32 PM   #756
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Team HRC leaves Morocco satisfied of the team work as Rodrigues wins the final stage.

http://www.hondaproracing.com/rally/...20%2F10%2F2012

Pretty sure Honda will be happy - the world if full of what if's and the world of rally racing probably has more than most, but if Honda had not had some small technical issues, which they will resolve before Dakar given their technical expertise and knowledge and investment, then they would have had 2 bikes and riders in the top 5, maybe even 2 podiums, including the win from Helder's point of view as referenced above in DruncleWill's post


Bring on the Dakar, can't wait

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Old 10-23-2012, 02:17 AM   #757
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I like the way he call the aliens "power riders". I want to be a power rider one day when i grow up too!
Google translate has its limitations

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Treinei muito antes da corrida inclusive em Marrocos, o que me permitiu entrar muito bem neste Rali e dessa forma poder superar pilotos como o Marc Coma e o Cyril Despres.
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I trained a lot before the race, inclusively in Morocco, this allowed me to come in very welll in this Rallye and thus be able to superate pilots like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:02 AM   #758
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Google translate has its limitations

He said: Which roughly means
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I trained a lot before the race, inclusively in Morocco, this allowed me to come in very welll in this Rallye and thus be able to superate pilots like Marc Coma and Cyril Despres.
Ah, I never realized it was a direct translation, and what he is really saying is "Step aside boys, its my turn now". I guess Helder has been waiting for this opportunity, frustrated, for a very long time. It reveals a little of what he has been thinking all these years. Probably a little bit like Jonah felt.

Even so, I think I'll still dream of one day somehow becoming a "power rider".
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:36 AM   #759
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Ah, I never realized it was a direct translation, and what he is really saying is "Step aside boys, its my turn now". I guess Helder has been waiting for this opportunity, frustrated, for a very long time. It reveals a little of what he has been thinking all these years. Probably a little bit like Jonah felt.

Even so, I think I'll still dream of one day somehow becoming a "power rider".
No one ever dreams of becoming an 'alien', but 'Power Rider'..... that's a whole other realm!

"Lil Johnny, what do you want to be when you grow up?"

"A 'Power Rider' daddy!"

You mean 'Power Ranger', right Johnny?"

"No daddy, a 'POWER RIDER' like that Depress in a Coma guy!"
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:50 AM   #760
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That's good Bluebull... every young bloke should have a goal in life...

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Ah, I never realized it was a direct translation
Yep, auto translators are becoming that good!
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:41 AM   #762
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New video from HRC

Looks like they heard some of the complaints about the music tracts. Seems like they came up with something worse.
http://youtu.be/GBqnPSowSnI

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Old 10-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #763
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Anyone note the sponsor cover up on helder in the HRC video ?



Also anyone know the problem that stopped helder ?
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:49 AM   #765
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Mr Yamazaki: "Okay gentlemen, what Henke demonstrating here is our current vapour lock design... As you can see, we have equip vapour lock with left handed meteric thread... to counteract the coreolis effect that exist in southern hemisphere. We believe that at high altitude we will subject CRF 450 Rally to under racing conditions; this will give us competitive edge over our rivals.

As you know, Helder experience some problem with vapour lock in Maroc Rallye... so for next engine testing, we shall trial second generation Vers. 2.1 vapour lock; with feature "tuppaware sealing ring". HRC engine technician hope this will keep "freshness" of octane rating in fuel, and provide us with competitve edge over our rivals!"


Seriously (genuinely). I really DO hope that HRC take it to KTM this year... and even ultimately WIN the Dakar. It would be great for the sport, bringing the ten year domination to an end, and opening the window of opportunity that other manufactures (like Husqvarna and Yamaha) will also join the fray.

That would cause KTM to up the ante (again)... as they have gradually been scaling back - since the glory days of their six and eight rider Gauliouse/Repsol factory team efforts of the early 2000's - yet STILL winning... so in reality the bean counters have not had to justify any greater expenditure.

But I think it's going to take more than just a fleet of box vans and some factory motor bits for the HRC effort to take the DAKAR trophy from Mattighofens grasp... and even with the great team of riders, staff of technicians and the economic leverage that HONDA have assembled for this effort... the "timeframe" they are working with is still a BIG ask... even for the might of the HRC corporation...

KTM have four years of practice in the batting cages with their 450 RR and the team management/lead pitchers have been out there in the "big leagues" for the best part of ten years.

January will be a big one...
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