2013 Dakar - go the Aussies !!

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

  1. tileman

    tileman Been here awhile

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    I'd heard while in Argentina a start in Rosario, north of BA.
  2. podge NT

    podge NT Podge NT

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    Thanks to Colin Ross from HSE (good old NT company) for the support
  3. Tony T

    Tony T Long timer

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    This might be a very big call, but I'd like to think that Aussies can be a real force (in numbers and talent) at Dakar in the years to come.
    It's all way more accessible than it ever was, and there's definitely some talent coming through.

    With blokes like Colin Ross (who's not a bad rider himself :wink: ) to back it up, I can see some real success in the future.

    Well done, folks!
  4. JayBo1

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    Bolivian government have some "administrative steps" to complete before they can be assured of involvement in the Dakar for 2014:deal. Here's hoping they get their act together then:clap. The ASO will announce the Dakar 2014 participating countries on March 21st in Paris.

    Considering a bunch of Aussie spectators, and hopeful Dakar followers, this year got shafted by Bolivian law changes meaning the rental bikes they had organised ended up not being able to be exported out of Bolivia for the rental period. They better sort their laws out if they hope for competitors to play in their back yard. I won't be happy if they let me bring my 450RR in but not take it out:eek1:lol3.

    I'll be a little surprised if they bypass Argentina completely, but maybe they don't want to pay up any more. A SA Dakar without Fiambala? Is the ASO sick of dealing with the unpredictable weather and potential snow in the passes?

    It's going to be a long year that will flash past in no time:lol3.
    Ciao
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  5. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    looks like there will be a smaller Aussie contingent heading to Dakar 2014

    most likely
    • Troy Oconnor
    • Matt Fish with Speedbrain again
    confirming plans
    • Ben Grabham
    possible
    • Mark Davidson

    Jaybo which group do you fall in ??

    anyone know any others seriously considering it ?


    in autos - likley
    • Geoff Olholm & ??
    • Adrain Di Lallo & ??
    • Garry Connell & Garry Whittle T3 Light
  6. mulgathumper

    mulgathumper Been here awhile

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    So Rod is not going to have another go? I thought Yamaha were talking it up!
  7. Trang

    Trang ... 2nd last to the Sweep

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    GHR Honda seems to be obvious in their absence from this list?
    Is there something you know here Garry?
  8. JayBo1

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    Hiya Garry,
    My plans are coming together so I should be in the "most likely" group:deal. I postponed my dream for work this year but that won't happen again!

    It would only be the ASO refusing my entry to stop me really ... oh and a bit of money to pay for it all might not go astray:lol3. There's only been 2 Kiwi's enter Dakar previously, and both were accepted and both finished on their rookie attempt, so hopefully that record will serve me well. My 12'th outright in Safari 2012, 4 finishes in Safari - 3 in a row 100% finisher, plus a finish at the Desert Challenge a couple of years ago will hopefully make my resume passable.

    Ben, my Kiwi service crew man from Safari, is keen and fired up, and has been donated air-points to get him to/from SA. I'm in discussions with someone else to assist the team, as well as a possible link up with another Kiwi to make it a real "Kiwi Safari Team" effort.

    Ciao
    JayBo
  9. topo

    topo Been here awhile

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    DAKAR BABY YEAH!!:clap:clap:clap:clap:lol3:wings
  10. outback jack

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    Mate the dust hasn't settled yet, to early to know what he's up too. But if i were a betting man he will get factory support of some kind he he goes. A year is a long time for any of the boys to make a call yet! But wouldn't it be nice to see a 3 pronged all Aussie team attack on Dakar, just saying :hmmmmm
  11. Gany

    Gany Been here awhile

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    Where do we buy the 'Team Bro' t-shirts?! Good luck with the entry Jaybo!
  12. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    When Andy Caldecott died my interest in the Dakar evaporated almost overnight. I followed his every stage up until then.
  13. JayBo1

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    Keep an eye open around the Forum. I am intending to do shirts and also looking to put together some "supporter packs" with a few offerings.
    Cheers
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  14. NoHillsNoTrees

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    Sorry John, but I'm out if you insist on that ridiculous KTM lycra crap you seem to be fond of wearing!:D
    Cheers,
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  15. lurkin

    lurkin Been here awhile

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    Well,you are not alone overlandr, to see such talent,,,, to see such talent to be used as a water boy:puke1 and I was like you but then two years ago my dear old dad passed away,,, passion for bikes and all drifted for a while then I went and watched the Safari via the ADVtour, had a few talks to Cyril, loved the comeradery of the boys in bivy :freaky. Faith restored :clap As I see it,to go the next step as Ausies these top riders/teams need to be doing the entire rally raid circuit only then we we see someone full fill Andy's potential, we obviously have the talent, just need the funds:deal
  16. Dakar Dan

    Dakar Dan Been here awhile

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    GHR with both the Smith brothers would be in with a shot.
    Dean Nuttall from 2012 maybe.
  17. pete40

    pete40 Life Behind Bars

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  19. MacMan

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    Great interview!
  20. Backonthebike

    Backonthebike Giddy up

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    Rod Faggotter finished 14th and Ben Grabham 15th. Both about 2.5 hours behind the winner, which averages just over 10.5 minutes per day over 14 days riding. Pretty good result I would think.
    Despres averaged 3 hours 6 minutes per day on special stages; Faggotter and Grabham averaged 3 hours 16. <!-- / message --><!-- sig -->