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Old 10-20-2012, 08:25 AM   #1456
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Troy, WTF does someone say after that post

Well here goes

Every rider should know when it's time to retire. You missed a few parts of the track, admittingly got lost and went the wrong way for a while and lost concentration. These could all be thought of as warning signs that it's time to stand down, say you had a decent career, you tried your best but could never make a career out of it or get famous and move on with life. Based on your ride this morning......time to retire maybe?
Troy? Never!

But he gets relegated to water carrier duties for the start in January.
Come rest day we can re-discuss



On a more serious note, half of what made this rally so awesome to spectate were the people posting here during the race.
Jimmy Lewis posted about how he'd rather be racing than discussing on here -who wouldn't?- but for me this was the next best thing. So, cheers to everyone, catch you soon!

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Old 10-20-2012, 08:30 AM   #1457
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id rather be racing it too, obviously, although, Troy's piste is tempting
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:38 AM   #1458
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Troy...you're sick

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Old 10-20-2012, 09:08 AM   #1459
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KTM factory rider Cyril Despres wins Morocco Rally! "I always respond to pressure and I knew I had to go out, concentrate and make no mistakes. This is the last ride before the Dakar and its great to leave Morocco with a confidence in myself, the bike (KTM 450 Rally) and the team."
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:41 AM   #1460
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KTM factory rider Cyril Despres wins Morocco Rally! "I always respond to pressure and I knew I had to go out, concentrate and make no mistakes. This is the last ride before the Dakar and its great to leave Morocco with a confidence in myself, the bike (KTM 450 Rally) and the team."

Despres for the win this Dakar
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:47 AM   #1461
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Okay... I'll accept whatever the jury deals out...

what'd I miss today...?!

(Guess, I'll just go back and read ten pages or so...)

Ha ha, but as there were no surprises on the stage, you had it written word for word before the day started

Thanks for the laughs, it's been a greater warm up ahead of my second F5 Dakar, will get you some first hand feedback on the Honda Dakar thread in a day or so, cheers guys

Think I may have to book a few afternoons off in Jan, get some voice activated software and a new sliderule
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:08 AM   #1462
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Yeah, no dramas today while you were navigating the 2 legs of the stage


Johnny Campbell race report: stage 6 final 9k liaison 170k special

"Today was a very nice treat. It rained just enough to keep the dust off the track in most places the shorter stage was a nice way to cap off a great week of rally racing. This stage was more technical as it wound thru a mountain pass on a narrow road. There were many dangers, crossing many ditches.

Not sure what my finish was but it was a nice ride today. The final 1k was thru a tricky dune section. Myself: I felt a little tired today maybe anticipating being finished for the week. Navigation was easier today with not much off piste (track). Really looking forward to getting home and seeing my family.

I had a blast this week, getting lost, navigating treacherous dunes, over coming the rocky tracks of Morocco. The Team came along way this week, gelling, and learning what we need to do before Dakar to be prepared. Now the journey begins for the good ol' USA. Thank you to Team HRC for the great opportunity."

Sincerely,
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:41 AM   #1463
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #1464
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Cought up...
Wow Morerocko really delivered this year.

N.P.O. Congrats amazing event to follow
HRC congrats - what a first showing
Despres congrats - an alien through and through
Chaleco... way to fly under the radar -fantastic effort
Sam congrats - great ride cant wait to see him in SA again
But to the team F5 - you all rock - yeah you know who you are - thanks for keeping rally on adv alive and well

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Old 10-20-2012, 10:58 AM   #1465
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Okay, now I like this one better for my desktop background. This really tells you that these guys are good at much more than just twisting the throttle. I'm an engineering type and I still find this cockpit mind-boggling!
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:03 AM   #1466
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You too huh...???

Good morning, (or afternoon/ evening… depending on where you are on the f5 global scheme of things), sorry I am late to the stage 6 party… but had a few home duties to attend to.

You see, I was up at the f5 desk pretty early this morning getting a few things in order prior to today’s sixth and final special, when the better half came out of the old pit tent and brushed past me with a wistful look in her eyes…

Now to be honest, I had been neglecting a few of the domestic duties over the last week; what with the early morning starts and late nights burning the f5 oil… and after a few days of f5ever pitch rally action, I was actually feeling about as toey as a Maroccan sandal, so bit of R & R was in order. I shut down the idiottracker and headed back to the comforts of the team camper for a while.

She who "runs the team" called out from inside parc ferme that she’d purchased a new riding outfit that she would like to gst my opinion on… As soon as she set foot in the doorway, resplendent in her brand new mesh half body pressure suit, I could tell right there and then - even before I contemplated swinging a leg over - that this was going to be far from any normal Saturday morning ride for lattés (I wasn’t sure as hell wasn’t going to need my Leatt neck brace for this ride - gaze was fixed straight ahead!) this recce was going to be all about technique and finesse.

I kicked things into gear and we started out with a few of the usual pre-ride warm ups. She likes when I take the lead (mostly) especially until things start motoring, so I began with a few steady laps around the paddock before we got into the sweaty stuff.

Strangely enough (f5 damaged like one is ) I found myself with Bluebulls damned rally abbreviations flashing through my mind all the while (I’m pretty sure I even blurted out "straight on at Y fork… follow piste principal" a couple of times to myself once or twice… which wasn’t entirely appreciated from the managements perspective ). So even though we were just in "pre-run/free ride" mode, it got to the stage where I almost felt like I was in the middle of a full on rally stage.

In any case things started to pick up the pace, and pretty soon it was getting to the point where I had to pay a bit more attention to my navigation. As I headed south between CP’s one and two, I had learnt (from previous tours) that it is best to take a bit of time, admire the scenery and ambience in this beautiful mountain region. I paid special attention ensure I set off the beacon on both WPM’s (the last thing I wanted was a 30 minute penalty for being careless ) before then continuing on south across the awesome expanses of the central massif.

This is a stage that catches quite a few (even experienced) riders; off guard. Now, there is plenty of open space to get creative with line choice, and only one fairly obvious terrain feature located right in the middle of this bountiful plain… and at first glance it looks like a fairly inconspicuous single caution – just a bit of a bobble really… but if you neglect to give it due consideration, it can spit you off pretty quickly… Treat it with the respect it deserves though, and it sets you up nicely for the rest of the route.

Moving even further south I found myself headed into the valley d’ magnetism*… a place that is endowed with a unique geographical anomaly that a number of pilots over the years have found can send the GPS into either "target fixation mode" or premature waaaaypoint acquisition, especially traumatic if the operator doesn’t know his WPM’s from WPS’s
* This valley has actually trapped many an ADV rider over the years ; JoMomma is littered with sordid tales of guys who have followed their GPS’ into oblivion. It could be the magnetic – almost mystical - attraction of this ravine like formation, and to be honest the vegetation here was a bit
heavier than I’d remembered it being** (making it easy to get lost) and I got stuckin there for maybe a good three or four minutes.

*This is a good tip for n00bs and experienced ADV’ers alike – paying attention to keeping your maps and gear in order… makes the ride so much more enjoyable for all concerned… reliable and safe navigation requires good housekeeping.

Now, even though it is important to be pretty thorough when navigating this section, still my progress was a little more labored than normal, given that I didn’t want to miss a passage control in the thick scrub. I have to admit, that I was bushed for a while there and had to come up a couple of times to get my bearings sorted before pressing on!

Anyway, it was right about here that I (almost) made a catastrophic boo-boo that could have ended the stage right there and then! A bit like JC on stage 5… I found myself not really comfortable with the conditions… and although this type of terrain was something I had mastered - and in fact excelled at; since many years prior… I found it hard to maintain focus, and momentarily lost my game plan.

All of a sudden I was back out on the fast smooth flats of leg’s one and two… and rapidly approaching the saddle on the back side of the valley d’ magnetism… It was navigational error of Zanol like proportions! Things started to go horribly wrong and before I could lay a hand on my GPS, I was headed straight to the ASS from completely the wrong direction!!!
Now the last thing I wanted was to get DQ’d for a "wrong way into control", so I hit the picks and double tracked back out of there quick smart!

It’s not like I’m judging anyone here… I’m a pretty broadminded bloke, and very liberal about offroad riding practices in general; I know for example, that in some countries back route off piste riding is the d’rigour… but in my book, there’s a fine line between "good sport" and "dual sport", and the team management and I had come to an agreement some years back that this was a border best not crossed. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

So anyway, now I’m back tracking fast and heading for a nice gentle rolling section of whoops, so I assume that a more aggressive riding stance would be best; I follow her lead and started to lift my tempo. Up on the pegs, bending the knees and holding on firmly; we were thumping away through the bumpy stuff at an alarming rate of knots!

The better half seemed quite comfortable in her new pressure suit and the pace we were going at really was quite exhilarating… when all of a sudden after a succession of big hits, we got a little out of synch there for a bit… her feet went up over her head in what looked like was going to be a monumental endo, and I thought for a second there, I might have a spill… But I squeezed the brakes just a touch and held on with my knees… she regained her composure and things got back under control again. We got back to a good finishing rythm and hit the neutral zone together; hot and sweaty but in fine shape. All in all a very rewarding ride.

Anyway, after that I realized I was going to be late for the f5 start today, and as I had also promised mini safari carpente we were going for a mountain bike ride this morning (AND I still had my riding gear to tidy up)… I knew I was not going to make it to the DSS on time… so that’s my reason for not being here for proceedings today.

I throw myself at the mercy of the f5 jury and hope that the penalty for this indiscretion will not jepordise my ranking in the general classification for the f5 virtual Rallye Marcoc.

Your’s faithfully

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:04 AM   #1467
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Barreda rides like a guided missle

And Sunderland needs to move to Southern California and race National Hare & Hounds, BITD and SCORE for JCR when he is not racing rallies. Keep him on his toes!
I also used to be heavily involved racing Southern California desert, the national hare & hounds, and BITD but I still chafe a little bit at this "ethnocentric" perspective that desert racing revolves around Southern California and Baja.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:28 AM   #1468
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well, youre not moving to New York to train, I'll tell you that much.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:33 AM   #1469
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You too huh...???

Good morning, (or afternoon/ evening… depending on where you are on the f5 global scheme of things), sorry I am late to the stage 6 party… but had a few home duties to attend to.

- Damn, Troy brings the funny once again. -
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #1470
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Can somebody help me out with this one, I had not been paying much attention to the Yamaha, but this Google translation cannot be correct.
"It was the first time I have with such a management system and traction control drove so I had to learn how I can use. It works very well. We have many different things to test and try and know exactly what needs to change. There must be some adjustments in the coming spring. "
http://www.rallymaniacs.nl/index.php...occo&Itemid=86
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