2013 Dakar Pre-Event Discussion

Discussion in 'Racing' started by SafariBerg, Mar 18, 2012.

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  1. Mad Cow

    Mad Cow Dakar Addict!

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    You're welcome, although I've been a Dakar addict for years, I was an F5 rookie last year and know what it's like!

    So it's always worth asking the questions, nobody will mind and there's no such thing as a stupid question.....

    Possibly plenty of stupid answers though :wink:
  2. Jurassic

    Jurassic Long timer

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    You came to the right place ric678, there's more knowledge amongst the big hitting F5ers than you can shake a melted mousse at!:wink:
  3. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    Secretly I'm hoping for a Yamaha-Honda corporated effort against the Orange armada :deal
  4. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    Whit my little knowledge I think sending out a fast rider to try and get riders to make mistakes would only work if the other Teams thought he could sustain that pace, I'm sure the big teams have a list of who to watch out for and who to chase if they start getting away
  5. barrier

    barrier Says who?

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  6. Jurassic

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    It would be interesting to see something like that happen but I can't help feeling that despite the loss of Coma KTM still have a very strong hand in 2013. I think a lot of the pressure will be on Honda to perform straight away and stay with KTM rather than them applying pressure the other way but as everyone keeps saying it's Dakar so who knows. :deal
  7. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    Well I have been practicing my f5 skills, I did have to go back to work today after 10 days for the holidays so my f5ing will be compromised
  8. Stagehand

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  9. slime

    slime Healing nicely

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    Since this is the "Pre Race" thread, what happens to it after the event starts?
    Does this become the race thread? Just wondering..
  10. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon throttle to the donk

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    My prediction is 1 TSC, 2 Doyle, 3 MyWay

    Too old is old, but he knows how to pace himself and will not unwisely push his luck, so look for him to finish high. Top ten for sure.

    Bluebull finds himself in a good position for some stage wins . . . if he's off the morphine, which is difficult to predict right now.

    I think flood will be up there all the way until the a few days before, at which point his wife will give him the "I think there's something wrong with you, screaming and whooping at a computer screen for nearly two weeks" talk. He'll finish, but it will be difficult not to fall behind at that point.

    Safariberg has a new computer, but it's not factory. He put it together himself, so we'll see how his machine holds out.
  11. KASUYAHO

    KASUYAHO Road Hog

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    There is alot of depth in riders this year as there has been before,
    the only difference this year is HRC is back as well as other brands have more support.

    The senario of sending out someone to make others chase
    is used in alot of other marathon style events.
  12. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    this thread will be open once the race is under way :deal
  13. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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  14. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Sure would be fun to be on a bike and follow the race on your own. Kinda run the course and just spectate. Camp out overnight etc.. What kinda bad ass animals would try and eat you? :huh
  15. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    Is there a system in place to prevent someone from just following the last bike, car, truck??
  16. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    The "8,000 km system". If you can follow the whole rally with your tent and food supplies for two weeks across half a continent, nobody can stop you.
  17. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    ASO has already put a laser-death-ray in orbit, locking onto your GPS.

    Last year they tried a system that diverted people into mud-streams, but that backfired a bit.
  18. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Do you mean on the actual racing stage? If you follow after the last truck and then that truck gets mired in the dunes for a a few hours, will you wait behind them to see if they get going again? If not and you continue on, what happens when that behemoth gets going again and catches up behind you without a sentinel. They won't know you aren't a competitor at speed.

    Secondly, we saw last year what happens when tourists stray onto the stage when a lady bailed on a high speed section before any of the competitors came through and then wanted the other spectators to divert the racers while they all collected up her and her belongings.

    I say by all means, follow along, but doing so on the actual racing route may not be the best idea.
  19. Jurassic

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  20. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    I do like the laser death ray system , but You got it when I meant just following the last whatever starts and staying behind them
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