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Old 01-03-2013, 07:19 AM   #1111
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I also noticed in today's MCN that the HRC support trucks are wearing Netherlands registration plates!
That makes sense since much of the team organization and support is being sourced through Henk Hellegers via the Netherlands.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:30 AM   #1112
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Hélder Rodrigues may make history on "motos"

From DN Desporto today: http://www.dn.pt/desporto/outrasmoda...ent_id=2973914


Hélder Rodrigues may make history on "motos"

The "biker" Hélder Rodrigues leads the rally in hopes lusas all-terrain Dakar 2013, which starts on Saturday in Peru and will pass through Argentina and Chile, while Carlos Sousa is the only Portuguese in cars.

Return to Honda, a brand that represented early in his career, Helder Rodrigues, world champion in 2011 and third place in Dakar last year, took aim first to win the race, that hypothesis was strengthened by the withdrawal of Spanish Marc Coma, winner in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

"I want to do better than last year and better than last year's fight for the win and the title. This year I have a team with 40, 50 people to work and I will be 30 with a completely different logistics. Conditions I have to keep training and preparation, "said Helder Rodrigues Lusa, before the presence of his seventh Dakar.

To become the first Portuguese to win the mythical race, Helder Rodrigues, 33, will have to overcome the hot favorite and defending champion, Frenchman Cyril Despres, who once again will be supported by the Portuguese Ruben Faria, his colleague at KTM.

"An excellent result is Despres win and I can finish in the top five. Last year, I was near the fifth and my best result ever, but I lost too much time on penalties. This year I have to get some attention to that, "said the pilot of 38 years, who was ranked eighth in 2011.

The slopes and desert South American presence will also repeat, both with a Husqvarna, Paulo Gonçalves, who was 26. º last year, and Pedro Bianchi Prata, 42. º overall in 2012 and this year was at risk of fails to participate due to lack of funding.

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:53 AM   #1113
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From DN Desporto today: http://www.dn.pt/desporto/outrasmoda...ent_id=2973914


Hélder Rodrigues may make history on "motos"

The "biker" Hélder Rodrigues leads the rally in hopes lusas all-terrain Dakar 2013, which starts on Saturday in Peru and will pass through Argentina and Chile, while Carlos Sousa is the only Portuguese in cars.

Return to Honda, a brand that represented early in his career, Helder Rodrigues, world champion in 2011 and third place in Dakar last year, took aim first to win the race, that hypothesis was strengthened by the withdrawal of Spanish Marc Coma, winner in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

"I want to do better than last year and better than last year's fight for the win and the title. This year I have a team with 40, 50 people to work and I will be 30 with a completely different logistics. Conditions I have to keep training and preparation, "said Helder Rodrigues Lusa, before the presence of his seventh Dakar.

To become the first Portuguese to win the mythical race, Helder Rodrigues, 33, will have to overcome the hot favorite and defending champion, Frenchman Cyril Despres, who once again will be supported by the Portuguese Ruben Faria, his colleague at KTM.

"An excellent result is Despres win and I can finish in the top five. Last year, I was near the fifth and my best result ever, but I lost too much time on penalties. This year I have to get some attention to that, "said the pilot of 38 years, who was ranked eighth in 2011.

The slopes and desert South American presence will also repeat, both with a Husqvarna, Paulo Gonçalves, who was 26. º last year, and Pedro Bianchi Prata, 42. º overall in 2012 and this year was at risk of fails to participate due to lack of funding.



Very modest goals for someone who may find himself breathing down Despres' neck. He seems to have a pragmatic outlook on this year's race. Still hoping that he shows KTM that they're no longer in a league all their own.
What you quoted in orange pertains to Ruben Faria, not Helder.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:14 AM   #1114
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:20 AM   #1115
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Lovin' the HRC mirror
King of MIRRORS!

Probably whatever was handy on Honda Peru's premises. Maybe even from a CBX 250 -- they seem to have enough of those around.
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:23 AM   #1116
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What you quoted in orange pertains to Ruben Faria, not Helder.

Good catch! I'm a dweeb. Post corrected!
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:27 AM   #1117
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Would you be so kind as to send me direct link to that comment as I'm very keen to get a jacket and pants.
Don't the 'Racing kits' refer to the fairing, tanks, etc. on the bike rather than the gear the riders wear?
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:30 AM   #1118
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JC at tech inspection.

Lovin' the HRC mirror

HRC pushing the edge of bike design as usual
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:50 AM   #1119
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:25 AM   #1120
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http://www.rallymaniacs.nl/2013/172-...ug-in-de-dakar

Dutch lady, Mirjam Pol.

Multiple Dakar participant is now assitant manager by HONDA, but one day..................



GE translate:
Mirjam Pol occurs as a participant this year not compete in the Dakar, although they are working on a return to the engine.
Yet the sober Twente in the 2013 edition to be as assistant team manager of the Honda HRC Rally Team, with Clear Roriques, Javier Pizzolito and Johnny Campbell as riders. Opposite Dakar.com says Miriam still go for a Dakar as a participant: "I'm working on a return in the Dakar, but under good conditions in terms of preparation and participation, so I two times in a row can join and am in great shape" . The coming weeks will "Gesina Pol", the baptismal name which they officially designated by the organization continues to be, her hands full with her role in the new Honda factory team. That means they are now monitoring the inspections. Pol it: "It's a big team with a lot of Japanese engineers and technicians. Because I know the test track is better when I am there to make sure that everything goes well and as quickly as possible is done".
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:46 AM   #1121
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JC at tech inspection.

Lovin' the HRC mirror

HRC should be sporting Doubletakes!
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:52 AM   #1122
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Lovin' the HRC mirror
I bet it falls off before the start of the first stage - Honda quality just ain't the same thses days
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:54 AM   #1123
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Why the 'tarp' over the electronics ?

Dust and dirt ??? ;)
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:07 PM   #1124
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It most certainly looks like it is; a "Q" prefix also means "indeterminate year of manufacture"
I thought that was a bit odd. All the might of HRC and they couldn't manage to issue/engrave it with a VIN number and write a letter saying "this is a new bike" so it could be registered on a 12/62 plate . Not that it will affect how it goes in the race at all, but it looks a bit "low-rent".
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #1125
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I thought that was a bit odd. All the might of HRC and they couldn't manage to issue/engrave it with a VIN number and write a letter saying "this is a new bike" so it could be registered on a 12/62 plate . Not that it will affect how it goes in the race at all, but it looks a bit "low-rent".
The 'low rent' character is appearing elsewhere as mentioned in the thread.

Seems inconceivable really. Is this a half HRC effort or full ?
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