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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
He forgot to pack his "Sand-Pons", essential for any desert kit!
I compare Robbie with Dennis Conner of the sailing world both very poor reps of American sportsmanship .
Post stage Stage 2 behind the scene's F5 interview:
"Yes folks, it's been a complete shambles this years pre-race lead up, first plans to be at the big show (in meatspace) were cancelled, then a late decision to move the corporate headquarters immediately prior to the race over x.mas/new year, THEN a late promotion to the F5 factory team means we are behind the eightball as far as prep is concerned...
The competition this year is thick and heavy, with a few new notable names putting in a bid against the old stagers... although it bodes well for the future of the sport"
As far as my strategy is concerned, it is early day's yet, I will stick with the gameplan of leaving the f5 bivouac each morning about mid field and combing through the f5 piste, pick off a few backmarkers or virtual breakdowns and contribute some pearls of guessingdom, or dogturds of speculation along the way.
If I get to the rest day within 15% of the leader board, weäre gonna pull out all the stops... There's a guy in town who'll break both my legs for a case of Heineken and THEN matey :eek1 bed ridden and with a catheta piss-stop/dry break system installed... that peruvian spring bock Bluebull better have one eye on the monitor and the other in the rearview mirror... coz' it'lll be on matey... it'll be ON!"
Can someone tell me why all the Dakar map pictures are reversed? Did they move Peru while I wasn't looking:huh
Sounds about right.
Toyota Tire Robby Gordon phone call You Tube
Posted on Planet Robby
Dont know about you but im just figuring out dune navagation and lookin to finish .. still many many days left!!
Here on Planet Robby
looks like the organizers rotate the map to suit their needs... they seem to like to have the ocean on the bottom of the image. :shrug
stages 1 was West-Up:
stages 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, and 14 are East-Up:
all the rest are North up, as most people expect it. those crazy french!
A lot of the merit as to Saiz's protest (if that's what happened) will have to do with the testimony of his german co,driver (Gottshalk) regards the innacuracy of the Waypoint and(or how they managed to find it? By comparison it seems that Peterhansel Cottret (who had difficulties finding same place... just did it quicker than most), would be dissadvantaged now that Sainz has been refunded time.
It's a difficult one,,, and I did not see/hear all of the on air comments of Cottret when the eurosport broadcast aired... nor details of what Sainz's protest was (have feelers out for feedback )*
EDIT: "Seems that Sainz protest/refund may be based on the claim that the GPS unit (of the organization) would not "unlock" and he was refunded time on technical grounds... NOT the innacurcy of the waypoint pers'e...? Curiously (luckily) enough (in Sainz post stage interview) it miraculously startted working... again?
I will reserve further comment for a bit... but would expect that x-raid may counter the validity of the "time refund".
It's a tough one for ASO... if the WPS was wrong... it is wrong for EVERYONE... how can you refund to just ONE competitor? How do you determine the (different) AMOUNT(s) of time lost for each competitor... or do you just wipe that Waypoint (no extra time penalties if missed)... and just let the scratch stage times stand as they are?
At face value I'd favour the last option... at the time all competitors strived to acquire the point, some did so better than others - which achieves the spirit of why the waypoints are there (to respect the entirity of the course) but the Waypoint had innaccracies... so do not penalize (applied time penalty) for those who failed to acquire it... and let the stage times stand as they are... force majeur (as far as the organiser goes) and que sera sera,,, for the competitors.
video, embedded for those too lazy to click.
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i give it an hour before it gets taken down.
That's the polite version
The French version is uncensored Robby in all his glory.
Ha Ha - with 26 pages or so in the 6 hours kip I need, it looks like the Middle East timings are not great, so as said earlier better get a new job in a better timezone next year or just take the two weeks as holiday and sleep about now! Not Oz or Asia though, it's really tough there!
So between midnight and 6 am here that was F5 pace of around 4.33 Pph (Pages per hour) avarage post stage finish - a quick check back shows around 10 Pph peak.
Now with 15 posts per Page that's an average velocity of around 150 pph or a creditable 2.5 ppm (posts per minute) - maxing out at no less than 4 ppm at times
From the Dakar FB page:
#302 - STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL (FRA) / JEAN PAUL COTTRET (FRA)
#259 - CAMÉLIA LIPAROTI (ITA)
#5 - JOAN BARREDA BORT (ESP)
and something they've been doing daily on the FB page... posting a "Best of the day"...
honestly, i don't really see why some guy at a desk should make the "best of" photo collage
"no translation required' LoL
Still 2 NorteAmericano's in the Rally. I know, factory support, but still...
$ sent thanks Ned!
They can see from the GPS results if Carlos did pass over the way point and if it was unlocked - It appears to me that he went over the waypoint and it did not unlock ! Hence the time refund would be the time between the first time he passed the waypoint and the actual time it unlocked . Then all competitors who had the same issue get the same treatment