2013 Dakar - go the Aussies !!

Discussion in 'Australia' started by SafariBerg, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Resist

    Resist Been here awhile

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    From SpeedBrain website: http://www.racing.speedbrain.de/
    " Matt Fish got back to the bivouac this morning after working on his bike in the neutralization zone yesterday, and headed out on the second special in the dark. Matt didn’t throw in the towel as he realises how important it’s going to be for his team-mates to have his support over the next few days."

    More Aussie stuff on my site.
  2. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Been here awhile

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    Fish looks like he's starting the snow-shortened stage from 44th position today. Not a bad recovery from starting in last (143rd!) the day before.
  3. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Don't know if you boys are awake down there, but Grabbo's running top three in the stage today, at the moment. :deal
  4. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke No idea

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    Thank PM, I was just about to post that! I'm having trouble getting over last weeks night shift, but that means I get to keep a eye on the stages! Hope Grabbo can keep it together! Has the Fish man had to come to the aid of a team mate again? He's all over the place like a mad woman's breakfast....

    Edit. Smith in 8th, Rob F 20, Fish 23..
    Waypoint 11 to 12 looks like a killer.
  5. nevgriff64

    nevgriff64 Spelt with 2 ffs Super Moderator

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  6. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Looks like Grabbos still sitting in third close to the end of the stage, is that right ?
  7. outback jack

    outback jack Long timer

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    Err no 3rd place for Grabb'o, more like 38th. It seems the French have started playing their board game moves again to keep Cyril in the mix. What happened to his 15 min penalty for an engine change?

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    As a meteorological Armageddon falls upon the last thirty kilometres of today's special, the race direction has decided to stop the competition and neutralise competitors at CP2, 86 km into the stage (formerly 374 km, but the course was changed this morning).
  8. Resist

    Resist Been here awhile

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    Yeah, he went through WP9 (adjusted) in 3rd, but ended up 34th on stage. The last section was a killer with torrential rain.
  9. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Been here awhile

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    Stage neutralised ("red flagged") after CP2 for cars only (? and trucks). Bike results should stand, although it looks like a lot of the field will gain a nominal time if they were stuck in mud. Definitely looks like Grabbo slid into WP9 in 3rd spot on the stage, though.
  10. podge NT

    podge NT Podge NT

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    Outright at the moment
    Faggoter 16
    Grabbo 21
    Strange 34
    Smith 48
    Pavey 67
    Fish 124
  11. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    So fish is still at the back because of his 9 hr penalty .. ??
    He has done an amazing job with all the challenges presented to him .
  12. ferals5

    ferals5 Long timer

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    discussion now is not so much the 15min...but whether the change can happen with a competitors engine at all...

    my read of the rules is no it can't... will be interesting.:lurk
  13. Hoots

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    Could you explain that again for dumb bastards ... ?
  14. outback jack

    outback jack Long timer

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    Depres swaped an engine during the stage with another competitor, the rules seem to say you can only change your engine with the ones that were presented at scruitineering and marked . But the French have a different interpretation of the rules for the French. :lol3

    As far as Grabb'o slipping from 3rd, the main group were following the leader 50k's from the finish and got led up the wrong path, they all lost about 1/2 an hour.
  15. prestonpaul

    prestonpaul What?

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    I think many of the competitors have moments where they rant and rave, it's just that Gordon is more in the spotlight because he is further up the pointy end of the field but not in real contention & because his ravings make good tv, :lol3 There was one scene in this years coverage where he was playing with some kids with his remote controll hummer which makes me suspect that he is probably a nice enough bloke.
    I recon a lot of his frustration is to do with his car which seems to have reliability issues every year.
    Of course all of that is purely speculation and is probably all wrong. He could be a total a-hole for all i know :lol3
  16. Resist

    Resist Been here awhile

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    From my experience he's a good dude. Gave me an interview in the bivouac at 11pm after a shitty day. Said hi regularly in the biv for the rest of the rally. Hung out with a bunch of the aussies a lot this year too. Is a good guy, but takes racing personally - that is a good thing.
  17. Lupine128

    Lupine128 That's MR Band Aid!

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    I met him once, years ago. Had no idea who he was when we were introduced by a mutual friend who was a world class downhill MTB rider. Robby was stoked to meet a downhiller because he thought that was the gnarliest thing in the world and was like a cross between a kid and an engineer asking us about suspension and handling. Kept saying how cool it looked and how dangerous he thought it was.
    Then conversation turned to what he did for a crust...
    Genuinely nice guy who is truly passionate about his racing. He has a really evil sense of humor and absolutely won't take shit from anyone.
    I likes him.
  18. pete40

    pete40 Life Behind Bars

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    You been there - I'll take your word for it.

    Great - I'll recant my previous suspicions then.
  19. Lupine128

    Lupine128 That's MR Band Aid!

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    Having said that, I have NO doubts that he'd be a complete prick to work for during an event. Awesome before, grateful after, asshole during.
    A few of the riders I've wrenched MTBs for over the years have been exactly the same. Once it's game on, get the hell out of the way and let them run.
  20. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    competitors can assist other competitors anywhere in stage, in liaison or in a marathon bivy

    they can also swap compnents eg typically wheels, but engines is also ok

    the spare engines are not marked untill installed and Scrutineers notified, the spare engines can come from your assistance truck, another competitor or the moon, just so long as they get checked and marked before the next stage, or in this case during the rest day

    Also Fishy's motor came from a T4 race truck (not a T5 Assistance truck which is not legal in stage) that provides in stage support where needed, this is also fully legal, lots of the car and top moto teams do this