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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
Not learning on the job may bite him the arse also
jordi Viladoms, this morning:
After covering the first two stages of the Dakar 2013, Jordi Viladoms provides his first impressions and experiences. A post 23 in the first stage and eighth in the second make things go well. Despite the hardness test, the pilot is optimistic:
"It was in the second stage when we noticed that really started the Dakar. We relocated from the closed park in Lima, where only slept bikes because we did it at the hotel, to sleep in a tent in the bivoac Pisco.
Besides the change of scenery has done that we begin to notice as the temperature increases, to feel the heat, I will say that only during special liaison and the first day I lost three kilos. Although we have a hydration system in the back that is a backpack with a bag inside is water mixed with mineral salts and a tube that allows us to drink, wear and heat do not be enough. The hydration system is vital for us. I remember in a drop bag broke and I had to go without it for many kilometers remaining, you can imagine how hard it was taking him even if we lose a few kilos.
Whenever I'm feeling more comfortable with the bike, think it had been only a few days before the test and Husqvarna Dakar is quite different to the bike that I raced this year for the world is very fast but has a single deposit back and that makes piloting different. Still I am happy and I am optimistic that if we continue like things may work out.
We arrived early to bivoac and that will allow me more time to fully prepare the roadbook, eat and hydrate well and rest even better. This is a party that is not seen but are very important, because the Dakar two weeks are very hard and you have to take good care of the body to be in optimal conditions step by step, to do the same thing with the bike , care much every day "
Read somewhere that temperatures are around 39 celsius today... ?
Not the best add, but honest at least
Good team work for HRC riders
The second stage of the 35th edition of the Dakar was a loop that started and finished in Pisco. Competitors experienced a 100% sandy stage characterized by fast tracks at the beginning and then, from km 145, big dunes and dunes cassées that made the challenge even more demanding.
A 242 km special stage in deep sand was particularly demanding for the machines, especially for fuel consumption with one refuelling point at km 81 in the liaison, 4 km before the start of the special stage.
The day looked promising for the Team HRC riders and Helder Rodrigues, started 29th , used all his experience to attack in the dunes picking up the 4th position at the CP1 (km 160). Helder continued to push aiming to finish in the first positions but unfortunately his machine ran out of fuel at 4 km to the finish line. Thanks to the team work, Javier Pizzolito gave his fuel to the team mate and both Helder and Javier arrived together at the end of the stage.
Spanish Joan Barreda won todays stage in front of Juan Pedrero and team mate Matt Fish and is now leading the overall standing with an advantage of 535 on Ruben Faria and 636 on Juan Pedrero, third.
Helder Rodrigues SS2 15th +1032, 15th in the Overall: At the beginning there was a lot of dust but in the dunes I attacked recovering many positions. At one point in the stage I was third and I pushed till the end to assure me a good result but at 4 km to go, I ran out of fuel and I had to wait for Pizzolito who gave me his fuel. Im disappointed but the Dakar is still long.
Johnny Campbell SS2 33th +1953, 35th in the Overall: It was a 100% sandy stage, with some difficult dunes as they were very steep in the back and I had to be careful with the gas. Like many of us I lost some precious time at km 74 to validate the waypoint, then I found the correct direction and I caught several riders. I stopped to help Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Honda private rider from Bolivia and then continued. In the last 30 km it was a good fun to battle with 5 riders as we were attacking and passing each other back and forth.
Javier Pizzolito SS2 49th + 2705, 39th in the Overall: I liked the dunes so it was a good stage for me but I made a navigation mistake at km 79 that made me loose some time and I also did 20 km more so I had to continue with an eye to the fuel consumption. At the end I found Helder and helped him by giving him some of my fuel.
from HRC homepage
But HRC passed again under braking.
Don't think that vid was true indication of motor power. Maybe Rodriguez has balls to hold open longer?
I'm hoping the big performer today will be Helder also - from where he is he certainly has the opportunity, we should see by WP 1 what his intention is for the day
What are the odds on the trackers working today?
We were hoping Glen Grundy was going to make it because he was not on the withdrawal list. So I open facebook and this is what I see
Hey all. Interesting last 24 hours...I had a great 165 km start, transit and racing stage, and at 85km into the special, the Honda's engine blew up. Long line of oil behind me in the desert. Sat there until midnight, when the sweeper loaded my bike. I chased away the chopper twice, which wanted to load me, waiting for my backup to bring some assistance. It was not to be...Policeman brought me back to the bivouac, where it's 5am, and all waking up. My role will now adjust from Moto pilot, to team assistance and support. That's the way the world works sometimes. Ready to go to the dance, but no dancing shoes!!! Brett now has a personal skivvy, for the next 2 weeks. I will send pics and details shortly.
Too gutting man.
Bikes leave the biv about now. 4 kms liason, then game on for 243 kms.
Troy, I think you're up.
Just got my furnace running after 18 hours of no electricity. House dropped temps to where I could almost see my breath....funny reading about riders talking about the oppressive heat in Chile, watching vids of folks screaming across a desert while I prepare my house to freeze up
I'll sort threw the Manny pm's this morning
Possible that Helder was holding back on the throttle as he realized he was low on fuel? No way that "stock" crf bike would pull away from the HRC engine. Easy throttle or mechanical issue going on. In Maroc the HRC bike proved itself to be very capable.....
In the Quad's Seb Husseini's was off all day yesterday!
Swedish scuttle but is that he had fuel starvation problems as well... the drama's of EFI, multiple fuel tanks (newly developed ones Mk III) and hot temps/full gas... Maybe he should head on over to Mr Yamazaki and see if they've got any spare vapour rocks... their budget might be a bit bigger than the swedish Military reserve's...?
to the dashbord
look for HRC's and Husa's with the thumbs out and tow straps in hand (if they don't go easy on the right fist)
T-minus 9 minutes and counting... (if the control marshalls have the green light for all clear from the ASO course cars...
trucks trying to climb a dune, stage 1
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OK spent it on beer lollies then
So I ducked in off the street for the start (people at the thai take away had to do a quick green curry and coconut chicken "to go" with the order; "Quick, the moto field is leaving the SS3 DSS in less than ten minutes... can I get that in a take out carton?!" )
They just looked at me... :huh
MK III seems to be 3'rd time failure for him.. As for the swedish military i doubt there is any funding as all they do is downsizeing allt the time due to less budget.. Time for a change you think?
All the time effort (and money)... he'd have had TWO 450 RR's in the shed to (practice) and race on by now... said as much to him in may 2009...