BMW at the DAKAR

Discussion in 'Racing' started by LUDO, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. drfakoo

    drfakoo Adventurer

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    Ahhh ok, thank God !!!
    Believe me that Fretigne is racing with Yamaha-JVO, in fact he is testing with the bike right know.
    By the way, I just read on befurious.com (exclusive note) that Thomas Berglund will represent Husaberg on 2011 Dakar, last year raced with Pal Anders Ullevalseter team and finished 12º :D
    His own team will be in charge of the developement of the bike for the race.
    Cheers
    Facu
    ;-)
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  2. LUDO

    LUDO Been here awhile

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    OK, OK,,,......if you're so sure......but.....oh ok i shut up for now...;-).
    well let me say two of those 4 are signed! up to you to find out which ones!
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  3. drfakoo

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    mmmmmmmm.... I bet: Fretigné+JVO !!!:rayof:rayof:rayof:rayof
    Hahahahahahaha Just Kidding !!!
    ;-)
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  4. buspilot

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    I bet against...
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  5. buspilot

    buspilot Dr. Dirt

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    Very nice...

    Here my contribute...
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  6. italrally

    italrally Been here awhile

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    David Frétigné et Yamaha Motor France : 11 années d’une riche collaboration…


    David Frétigné a rejoint Yamaha en tant que pilote support par le biais du concessionnaire Chalon Moto de 1997 à 1998. Repéré par Jean-Claude Olivier, il est recruté en 1999 en tant que pilote officiel Yamaha Motor France.

    Dès ses premiers tours de roues avec le team, il confirme son talent avec un premier podium au Touquet, et offre au fil des années de nombreuses victoires et de beaux titres tout-terrain à la marque :

    - 5 titres de champion de France d’Enduro
    - 3 fois Champion du Monde ISDE (en catégorie 400 4T, en cat. 250 2T et en cat. 250 4T)
    - 5 fois vainqueur de la Rand-Auvergne
    - 6 fois vainqueur du Trèfle Lozérien
    - Vainqueur du Dakar en catégorie 450cc en 2004, 2005 et 2009
    - 4 fois vainqueur du Shamrock

    A l’issue de la saison 2010, David Frétigné quittera Yamaha Motor France pour donner une nouvelle orientation à sa carrière.

    De son côté Yamaha Motor France poursuivra son implication sur le Dakar et la saison d’Enduro 2011 avec ses pilotes supports.

    Nous remercions le pilote pour les belles pages d’histoires sportives qu’il a écrites avec Yamaha et souhaitons à l’homme, tout le meilleur dans ses nouveaux challenges.


    Source : communiqué YAMAHA Motor France
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  7. Flood

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    David Frétigné and Yamaha Motor France: 11 years of a rich collaborative ...


    David Frétigné joined Yamaha as a pilot carrier through the dealer Chalon Motorcycle 1997-1998. Discovered by Jean-Claude Olivier, he joined in 1999 as an official driver Yamaha Motor France.

    From his first outing with the team, he confirmed his talent with a first podium in Le Touquet, and offers over the years numerous victories and titles while fine-pitch to make:

    - 5 championships in France Enduro
    - 3 times World Champion ISDE (in class 400 4T, cat. 250 2T and cat. 250 4T)
    - 5 time winner of the Rand-Auvergne
    - 6 time winner of Clover Lozérien
    - Winner of the 450cc category in Dakar in 2004, 2005 and 2009
    - 4 times winner of the Shamrock

    After the 2010 season, leaving David Frétigné Yamaha Motor France to give a new direction in his career.

    In turn Yamaha Motor France will continue its commitment to the Dakar and the 2011 Enduro season with its pilots media.

    We thank the driver for the beautiful pages of sports stories he wrote with Yamaha and wish the man all the best in his new challenges.


    Source: Release Yamaha Motor France
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  8. drfakoo

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    :bluduh I Loose, ... it´s official. Fretigné to BMW.
    Quite shocking to JVO people. Since a few days David was training and developing the Yamaha-JVO for 2011.
    On the other hand, is quite comprehensible (BIG Money).
    Helder as Yamaha´s 1st pilot maybe ???
    I´m a bit sad, cause I folowed this project almost from the begining, I new Jorge´s bike with Davids skills and experience could win this next Dakar.
    I imagined my bike as Dakar champion for 2011...
    So, ... life goes on.
    Again, I loose. LUDO you were right !!!:baldy
    :D
    Cheers
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  9. Chilly

    Chilly Been here awhile

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  10. Bodwick

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    I snapped this in 2004 in Mauritania...

    Pre-sunrise David Frétigné...
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  11. barrier

    barrier Says who?

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    And two wheel drive if you look closely!:wink:
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  12. schattat

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    Would love to own that rallye kit! :tb
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  13. canadaler

    canadaler Been here awhile

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    You can tell from the picture that it's a high-dollar effort/team on the Yamaha...there's no oil dripping from the 2-Trac system into the sand :lol3

    I've only ever seen a couple 2-TRAC Yammies at races and both drooled oil from the front drive system like Pavlov's dogs before dinner.
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  14. Chilly

    Chilly Been here awhile

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    Is there no one to weigh in on the design of the 2011 BMW450gs Rally????
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  15. Bodwick

    Bodwick Odd Bod

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    Two of the 650 entrants from 2004...

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  16. Aussie66

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    Design of the 450X.

    I would suspect that the BMW will be based on the model riden by Frans Verhoeven. Central tank etc.

    The new BMW/Husqvarna effort for Enduro/Motocross will use the BMW engine with a newly developed Husvarna frame and suspension, husky plastic. Yes the sprocketshaft again on the swingarm pivot for better traction and constant chain tension, the same as the BMW. This bike may be used as a platform for future rallies but I would think that time is too short to get that bike out and tested and rally prepped for the Dakar. The bike is not yet in the showrooms. TE449,TE511,TC449.

    PS the engine is made by Kymco (Taiwan) to BMW spec's and tolerances. This has caused for some tension in the factory in Varese. For a 450 it is a fast engine, reliabilty has been an issue, Verhoeven has done a couple of engines last year and in the Challenge but believes that now the problems have been solved. An oil cooler has also been added.
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  17. Safariaddict

    Safariaddict Safari 2010 FINISHED

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    You can I know where there are two yamaha 2tracks for sale,Actually 3 one is brand new and the others are were raced in the 2004 Australian safari by an easy going rider then put in the shed.and I think one is up for sale. The reason I know this is every time I go to my mates place to bulid my rallye bike for the safari I see them sitting there getting no use. Must see if I can take one for a ride.
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  18. fetid_swamp

    fetid_swamp Been here awhile

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    and they may be using the existing 450x to help clear the remnant models off the floor??? because......
    these are coming...

    http://www.mcnews.com.au/2011_Bikes/Husqvarna/TC449/index.htm
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  19. stteve

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    Just got this news from Bert Duursma, (who developed the 30 liter fueltank for the G450RR)

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    Speedbrain BMW Rally Team enters the Dakar
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]A top result is the goal with a new race bike based on the BMW G 450 X[/FONT]
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    Team speedbrain enters the Dakar 2011 as a powerful newcomer. Riders for the German-based squad are 450cc specialist David Fretigne, of France, and Dutchman Frans Verhoeven. Portugal's Paulo Goncalves and Pedro Bianchi Prata are completing the BMW outfit racing with speedbrain technology. Speedbrain, who are operating the offroad factory team for BMW Motorrad Motorsport since a couple of years, have recently developed a distinctive rally bike based on the BMW G 450 X. Multi-time Dakar stage winner Verhoeven has been instrumental in the process as the development rider.

    David Fretigne enters the Dakar 2011 with the ambition of winning the legendary event. "I signed with speedbrain with the clear goal of winning the Dakar. The decision didn´t come easy after 14 years of riding for a different brand. I see the co-operation with speedbrain as a major opportunity. I am totally confident in the team, its structure and competence. The way the BMW handles and the potential of the package is very impressive. Together we´re bringing a lot of experience to the table. We both know a thing or two about bike development, setup, fine-tuning and equipment in general. I´ve waited a long time for this moment. My ambition for many years has been to win the Dakar, and I´ve used all my abilities to work towards that goal. I´m highly convinced that it will now become reality."
    In 2009, David Fretigne has been the first rider to reach a Dakar podium riding a 450cc machine.

    The rally race bike takes advantage of the concept of the BMW 450 X, resulting in an exceptionally light and nimble motorcycle, yet very stable at higher speeds. The small silhouette of the machine ensures minimal air resistance, while the powerful and reliable BMW engine is the ideal powerplant - together forming a highly efficient combination. The 30-liter fuel tank is located at the center of the bike right under the seat, providing a handy and well-balanced setup.

    Team manager Wolfgang Fischer adds: "The experience and know-how gathered through the collaboration with BMW Motorrad Motorsport has given speedbrain the perfect foundation to enter the Dakar with a modified BMW 450 X. The bike allows for an excellent weight distribution and provides an incredibly nimble feeling. The position of the tank made room for a new approach and the 450cc displacement rule fits nicely into the framework. The co-operation between speedbrain and Frans Verhoeven, who is a remarkable research and development rider, certainly comes to fruition. We are very happy to welcome David Fretigne in our team, who already underlined his speed on 450 cc bikes against much stronger engines of his competitiors. It is also a pleasure to support fast Paulo Goncalves and Pedro Bianchi Prata. Paulo recently won his first podium at the Vodafone Rally in Morocco, both portuguese riders are real team players. To make this happen has been a personal dream of mine. We´re in front of a new challenge, and we´re ready for it."

    http://www.motorsport-communication.com/bmw/index.php?option=com_joomgallery&func=viewcategory&catid=119&Itemid=39&lang=en[/FONT]
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  20. SafariBerg

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    no mention of Ze Helio and Viladoms ?? satellite team maybe ?
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