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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
He may still clock in at waypoints but after a certain time, the finish line crew packs it in and while he'd ultimately clock a time, he may never show up on the final list for stage 3. Unless we hear by way of the bivouac, sometimes we won't know until he pops up on the start list for the next stage. If he is on that list, he made it in.
Maybe it was a very perceptive guess
Yes, He met with Evo Morales about a week prior to the start of the rally.
Its not the latest he can start, he cannot pitch up at his start time more than 30 minutes late (if the rule book remains the same) on pain of disqualification.
Also, if he gets in too late, (an hour or two before the start) they may choose not to let him continue.You saw what happened to Ignacio Chivite yesterday morning.
To be honest his bikes condition might be too grim as well...but miracles do happen.
He has to get into the bivouac before the first bike leaves in the morning, then he has to looby to be allowed to continue. Then he has to pretty much leave the bivouac on or near his departure time (last bike out). Then he has to make it to the start of the Special on time. If he's too late to the start of the Special (like two hours or more), he can be DQ at that point.
Yes he is probably on the start list and not yet on withdrawls...Its only about an hour liaison from the end of the stage, so lets hope he makes it. If he can make in by 4 I reckon he will be allowed to continue provided his bike is safe to ride.
Probably had a stator in the pack also
I guess like all things the Dakar is changing, even though there are many men and the ASO who claim it is not. Im afraid with the shorter stages over more days for a shorter total distance is going to do that. People are getting soft, what happened to that camelman image that I used to see riding accross Mauritania? How will we ever get back to the way it was? I think if we were honest with ourselves, it will never be the same again. Its going to get more and more technical and more and more flash as time marches on. Where else can they take the Dakar? To Mongolia maybe? Where else apart from Africa? And if its anywhere else, will they get the same exuberant, money waving crowds? Not it wont.
Thats why the Dakar cannot leave South America. Its about big business, and big names like Volkswagen these days. Who is seen to be doing it. Sabine did not envision the top 25 guys walking out each morning in their clean gleaming riding suits every day did he? Newly refreshed riders climbing out from under their down duvets in their air conditioned campers, perfect looking bikes, while only a handful of pitiful, dirty malle moto guys continue with their old school methods, situated close to the toilets. I dunno about you guys but as much as I love the Dakar, the race, the road books, the fact that it remains brutal, its not the same Dakar I signed up for buts its all we got. Not that this by any means takes anything away from the guys battling their asses off to get to the end of each day. Look at Don Hatton, Ignacio Chivite - And Luis for example. These guys are the Dakar and I salute them....But if we were brutally honest with ourselves, the rest of it has become a bit of a rich boys game hasn't it?
The question we need to ask ourselves is what next? As things change something new evolves right? Where will the Dakar be in 10 years time?
That's kind of what I figured. Hopefully there will be some chatter at the bivouac when he arrives.
Chris - what is yesterday - SS2 or did it happen on SS3 also?:eek1
Great summary TSC, and as usual highly amusing.
A comment on "Verlossen's" big crash: He actaully had two, one on camera and one off camera in the rocks. Sounded like a Merkitt special.
The F5irehose privateers struggling to stay with Advrider's very own little Dakar rally. Do we need to to start the slow clap?
Come on Stagehand, go Madcow!
Keep reading those posts, and dont let the rally leave you behind...
Sorry I saw you post and had no advice to give...glad he is sorted out.
Im bemused to hear that Honda competitor did the same thing I did - wheeliing on tar and then crashing.
I just hope he did not shatter his tibia, because that might have ruined his day.
HUSH! Shush! Shaddap... Keep Quiet.
Thanks very much oldgringo! Beautiful pictures! Tell us more about how you are finding following it?
I heard from a reliable souce in told me he made use of his signalling mirror.
Pulling for Don! He's determined as always. If the bike can run and he's allowed in the AM, he'll go!
A screenshot of Don being overtaken by the cars earlier today...
Now THAT was an awesome video, all this time I never realised it was you who made it!
SS2. It's still Monday where I am. But yes, on stage 2, Helder ran out and waited for Javier. I don't believe he ran out today, but he did have problems and did not look happy in the bivouac surrounded by Honda engineers.
Still hoping he is well enough to continue.
I am off for some sleep. Big day tomorrow playing catchup on the firehose.
Im having a look at tomorrows stage and if you thought today's downhill was spectacular, try a 3,000 foot (1,000m) steep dune descent for size.... Im hoping I will have something up as they start.
Well that another 6 hours kip and best part of 30 pages caught up - 30 mins before leaving for work and the same on arrival sheesh :eek1 - just as well the 6-8 hours period before the next special is slow, although with the special starting at the bivy maybe it's an earlier start?
Like Troys summary a lot and a masive help to all as an obligatory aid - but nothing like the real F5ing
Another wow day coming up and with a 429km special - nearly equal to SS2 and SS3 together, god only knows what is going to happen - although I feel there will be 1 or 2 on here who may be close -
Queue for Troy ------
Thanks, it was fun putting the clips together.
Paul Smith, Quad #90:
Had a shit of a day. Got lost for 40 mins. Shoud of trusted my gut. But got sucked into following others. There was a 600M drop onto beach that was nearly straight down. Couldnt slow the big girl down enough to steer around the rocks at bottom and destroyed an a arm. Still was useable though Ran out of fuel three times. Scammed fuel off spectators. Problem with fuel transfer pump.
But I'm here and ok.