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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
the Pavey-Poskitt Train is rolling into WP6. they rode there together and arrived within 10sec.
yeah i heard his rear suspension preload had been jacked up to stop his fuel tank rubbing but they didnt tell him, hit a rock step and catapulted him off the bike
lets hope he makes it through safely
Inmate ToKo, who is missing from TeamF5 this year, just replied to the RallyRAIDio Facebook group:
I thought he was in malle moto this year ?
I will agree on many parts of this. I am not a nostalgia type of guy holding on to something that no longer exists. I applaud how the ASO has embraced South America and don't wish for a return to Africa. I also don't mind the shorter, more technical stages and will even opine that they are might even be tougher than some of the African stages.
What I don't like are these last minute changes that remove an aspect of the race that has always been a core ingredient regardless of the stage or the location, things like navigation, the need to be mechanically adept, the improvisation. I can accept the ASO tailoring the routing to allow for fan access and media accessibility, but the core things that set the Dakar apart from say, the Rally Maroc or the Merzouga are key ingredients like the marathon, the self service, and the regs that dictated only help from competitors during the racing stage.
I am more than willing to accept and embrace change, I love the 450 rules for instance, but when that change negatively impacts the core makeup of the rally, then it begins to move too far away.
Anything on Matt Fish? Hope it's just a glitch in the tracking Matrix.
he is, the preload bit was about his crash two years ago
Love seeing the next generation of F5.
the problem with this evolution is i can see it getting to a point where the ASO's up the fees, logistics and infrastructure required to the point where the malle motos are squeezed out as are most of the privateers and it becomes like F1 where only factory teams or big private teams can afford to stay in it.... and that would be a great shame..
C'est grossierr Grrrr...
So via twitter, Lars ten Harkel who posted the photos confirmed that the riders still have the same 10 minutes before they have to depart the fueling area, but I still disagree with the amount of service allowed.
He started way back due to towing Barreda out yesterday. Barreda got re-seeded to the front, but Fish did not.
He's on track relative to where he's been today, and should be at the refuel soon.
Hey hows Van Ginkle doing? He was in it this year, right?
Manuel still trucking along... preserving for a finisher medal, rather than trying to win. Imagine him 15 years from now, if he stays in it?
This is Luis' 3rd Dakar on the 150. The previous two years that bike went thru the Dakar flawlessly!!!!! Scott can't say enough great things about how well it did. Last year Luis broke his hand in the last stage putting him out, or he would of finished!!!! The 150 would of finished the Dakar!!!! I do not know what is going on this year with the bike. Why 2 motors already? I don't think previous years they changed motors because they had to. Scott changed them just to be on the safe side. Something is different this year. The terrian? The bike? (Scott didn't build this one, so I do not know if there is anything different internally). I know he was stressed about not building, but being the support. Not that he felt the builder was not capable. Just Scott wanting to know 100% in's and out's of what was done to the bike, is all. My hubby is very anal, but in this case can be a good thing
On the tracker, he was in the forties up until stage 5. Figured he did get reseeded, but the starting time wasn't updated
Time to work on your french. For any team, a french speaker is a real necessity in Dakar, I think.
Deadly's post about missing out on the 'service' is in part due to not getting the word in a language they understood, I believe. You pick up a LOT of missed shit in just hearing conversations around you in any group environment.
"I heard some katoom service boys talking about a midday timing for tomorrow..."
And then you track down to see if it's rumor or fact.
If I was building a team for Dakar, french speaker would be right up there in the 'must haves'.
So now it's the restart, no more fueling till the end?
Spot on, Deadly, although I think the few privateers that make their way forward are that much more impressive for it. Hans Jos is a fine example- Malles Moto and right in the top 30 mix.
I've been trying to make him feel guilty for a year about this- please don't undo all my hard work, Neil!