2012 Merzouga Rally

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  1. SafariBerg

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    The 2012 Merzouga Rally kicks off in 10 days time

    http://www.merzougarally.com/?page_id=4029&lang=en

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/merzouga.rally?fref=ts

    This rally is growing very popular with the French and Italian competitors, this year ther are 79 motos & quads and 18 SXS..............no autos or trucks, the race doesnt cater for them.

    There is a mix of nations with competitiors from France, Italy, Poland, UK, Australia, Canada (Patrick Trahan), Swiss, Spain, Chile, USA, Portugal, Morocco, Venezula

    A few Dakar names will be there

    Chaleco Lopez
    Jordi Viladoms
    Alessandro Botturi
    Chkzor Jaceck
    Pedro Bianchi Prata

    and Willy Alcaraz who won the SXS & solo auto categorys at this year's Dakar

    Also Ben Grabham, Australia's top desert / rally racer, will be using it to get some bike time in Dakar style terrain and using the GPS/Irritrack/Sentinal systems etc before 2013 Dakar :deal

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    youtube vids of 2011 event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTZtn9hYWkg
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  3. Gian

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    #38 Robert Hughes and #45 Mark Molineux are the guys who run the UK rally series. They're on Husky TE630s they've been racing in the UK all year, with a lot of self-developed upgrades...

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    'Moly' was British Enduro champion some time in the '80s, and more recently has been rallying a BMW HP2 in the UK before switching to the Husky over last winter. The only person to beat him in the twins class was some upstart calling himself 'Pyndon' in 2011.

    #56 Phil Page, from Guernsey, also races in the UK series. After a while on a RallyRaidProducts kitted 690, he's recently switched to a JVO WR450.

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    I was actually wondering about the TE630 Rally... it looks a bit heavy on the front side maybe? How many kilos overall? Here in Italy has not been really appreciated, never seen one with my eyes. Everybody say the 610 was much better especially offroad. :evil
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    perfect rally weather :evil



    <TABLE class="weather distance"><THEAD><TR><TD></TD><TH>Tuesday
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    <TABLE class="weather distance"><THEAD><TR><TD></TD><TH>Tuesday
    6-11
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    8-11
    </TH><TH>Friday
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    Prologue's done & dusted,

    Grabbo has taken the holeshot over the 12km stage that saw some tricky nav with lots of tracks and hidden waypoints, so he leads out first on the road for tomorrow's stage.

    In his first rally with GPS and Sahara dunes he is easing into and adapting well so far :evil
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    Look at Gio Sala.. would be around tenth if in the top class..
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  13. too old

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    I suspect Ben is a quick learner, or he will have to be starting first.
    Do you think he may have been caught out with the standard prologue antics?:evil
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    He is a racer and would have done what is required. As there is nobody of significance there he might as well learn the hard way and lead out and see if he can maintain the pace and open the road.
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    +1
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    Ha Ha, understood guys - as the quickest rider in the rally then why f*** about :rofl:rofl:rofl
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    Patrick Trahan will use 'the force' on his Dart Vader bike and come in first, no matter what :)

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  18. Deadly99

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    WTF is that :huh

    more pics?
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  19. tehdutchie

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    Have foudn it yet, triples and forks look like a Prilia. Listed on the start list as a Tacita of some sort...:rofl
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  20. Deadly99

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    Does it have panniers on it or is that just the photo making it look like thaty
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