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Discussion in 'Racing' started by DaveRMS, May 3, 2013.
On mobile again...
Come on people!
That'll keep me quiet for a while - "see" you all in January
But, does this look like there may have been a bit of a competition at HRC
As so many have said before me--thanks TO for all your insight that you add to the discussion here.
Shamelessly nicked from the Merzouga Rally FB page - photo copyright Rallyzone 2013
I just think it's a great shot - and would love to know what the tourists on the camel ride were thinking ..........
Huge congrats to Sam!!!
A force to be reckoned with for sure!
Also congrats to Pyndon and any others with ADV ties!
Dakar 2014 looks to be more exciting than usual.
It must be time for.........
Today's start, via Twitter, via Lyndon's FB
Ok, so I sort of lied, congratulation to Safariberg also, it looks like the Sheila navigating didn't do much harm
Then you must search on twitter for Merzouga, not all twitters at that time where from rally..... also camel riders twitter.
Unfortunately I could not f5ollow the Merzouga as closely as the Maroc Rallye the week prior... But I lurked and peeked in here when I could.
The last two weeks have provided HRC with a "real world" test situation, under competition conditions that will put the team in good stead for january... Not just the bikes development, or the riders individual skill/experience they acquire... but even the team support, the mechanics, the management staff, media (someone else mention previous how much more "proffessional" the video and media release stuff has been - over last years). Yaeh, the whole HRC machine will have benefited from this exercise... on a rally like Dakar the entire entourage and the interplay between all the components therein, play a role in ultimately standing on top of the podium.
18 months on from the establishment of the HRC "Rally" program... and NOW I reckon KTM have a bona fide challenger on their hands... the raw corporate clout and technical resource that the HRC brand brings to the table... and now they have access to the experienced "rally savvy" from the Speedbrain outfit (that already had proven their worth with the previous Husky/BMW program on a far more modest budget). All these elements, coupled with some of the very best rally rider talent on the planet just now - yeah, I'd say that KTM has it's eyes wide open! :huh
Not since the 2005 -2007 period has one manufacturer had such a capable spearhead team with three or four "A" level team riders, all of whom; from the get go could be considered "top five" pace setters. Think back to - Sainct, Meoni, Sala, Cox, Coma, Despres - all on the same squad... :eek1 Now HRC are emulating that kind of strikeforce.
HRC are now at that level now with respect to their 2014 Dakar amoury of "hired guns"... How will KTM combat the onslaught? It's gonna be legendary!
Again congratulation to Sam... this talented rider - still very much at the start of his rally career - has the last three years done an apprenticeship that has been periodically highlighted with some awesome glimpses of potential, punctuated by a number of unfortunated setbacks. All the time the pure natural riding skill has never been in question, this tempered with the lessons of the last two years... now sees Yosemite Sam (the rootin-ist tootin-ist rally slinger this side of the Em'rates ) as a real challenger - in my eyes - for the first time in major FIM rally circles.
Now he has a complete arsenal - fast on the bike, smooth over the longer haul and confident on the navigation. With the HRC brand on his back, together with his team mates; he, Helder, Gonk, BamBam and Little Pizza represent a real and present threat to the Mattighofen Hilbilly's.
Roll on January!
New HRC Merzouga Rally Video
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Pyn's made it safely back to the UK and posted an update on his blog here
At 0:44 the way he lifts the front off of that "razerback" is impressive.
Love Helder's riding style. Nice fluid motion, controlled movements all in a flash. I'd love to see him ride the new KTM 450 Rally in the future.
Some helmet cam footage of the final stage from Pyndon's helmet cam
From his FB page
It's very rare to find on-board footage from international rally due to the length of the stages. Here I filmed the final stage of the Merzouga Rally 2013, a short 52km stage with a Le Mans style start and a GP race of the dunes at the end. The organisers picked the softest sand dunes for the start to catch us all out (me included), coupled with a few fast river beds and a 30km race though the dunes. This is all navigational, road book scroll instructions, trip distances and compass headings. During the stage, my primary trip computer switch failed so I could not operate the trip, this meant I had to re-calibrate the back-up trip (under the roadbook) and align everything back to the road book while still trying to race. I also got stuck a few times and crashed near the end trying to avoid some camel grass (the crash was the better option, the camel grass is like concrete). Please excuse the expletives! A great event and I hope you enjoy the on board experience of navigational rallying. Lyndon
Great video! Those dunes at the start are nasty...
Sweet! I was just gonna watch a few minutes, but I almost watched the whole thing. I just had to see what's next.
Pyndon's video sucked me in. I spent an hour yesterday watching the whole thing. That was awesome!
Here is a really good video of the Le Mans Start. It has a lot of the helo footage. (I can't figure out how to embed the video so, you have to go to the FB page to see it.)
Here is Helmet Cam Footage from Francesco Tarricone
Description (Translated via Google): Last leg of the Merzouga Rally, 2013, with 50 km mass start. Start of dunette spongy sand, which create problems a little 'at all.
Central part sliding along sandy wadi and groomed trails. Final, after passage control at the Hotel Toumbuctu on the big dunes of Merzouga.
After some initial cover-up, I take my pace and make a good recovery, closed to sixteenth place overall for the day, not bad ...
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I couldnt do the hour but I watched way more of it than i thought I would. I kept finding myself scanning the dunes ahead, and felt my head turning in the direction I wanted it to go kinda hypnotic video. Good riding, Pyn.