Dakar 2013 - Official Event Coverage - thank you ALL TeamF5, lurkers and posters!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    I'm sitting on a plane in Chicago bound for Lima on January 3, 2011. Two guys wearing moto gear board just before the door was closed. As luck would have it I had 2 empty seats next to me so I introduced myself and asked if they wanted to sit next to me. Patrice and Marc are French though Patrice is a US citizen and owns a bistro in Venice Beach California. They were flying to La Paz to pick up bikes and follow Dakar in North Chile. I explained that I was returning to Cusco to collect my bike and resume my trip south. We hit it off and spent the long flight swapping stories and laughing. I especially hit it off with Patrice who was like a brother from another mother to me. We both had this love of bikes and travel that seemed to connect us. I so wanted to ride with these guys I almost changed my trip plans to follow Dakar with them. But I had big riding plans in Bolivia that I had been looking forward to since I left home a year earlier. So we resolved to stay in touch and possibly rendezvous in Bolivia after the race.

    Patrice was dead a week later after a head on collision with a car in N. Chile.

    I share this story as a reminder to those folks who dream about flying down and chasing Dakar by motorbike. It's absolute pandemonium around the start, finish, bivouacs, and just about everywhere in between. And that's just the traffic and people factor, on top of this you can expect fuel shortages, lodging shortages, and even food shortages in some places. Keep your head on a swivel when you're down there and be prepared for inconveniences. It's all part of the experience.
  2. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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  3. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile

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    Thanks once again to the hardcore firehose folks(you know who you are) for the great entertainment!!!!

    Nate/Neil/All....question

    Regarding Lyndon....is he getting passed by car traffic?

    If so, approx how far into the average stage do the cars start to catch him?
  4. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Cheers :freaky

    I don't speak authoritatively, sorry if it came across that way. I was just giving an opinion, something we all have. Mine come from the view of a spectator, not a participant in the race. Who knows, maybe all the racers are stoked to have mechanics work on their bike mid stage...who knows..not me :D

    Last minute rule changes are not a new thing in the Dakar, just something I wanted to point out :nod Todays media just lets us know about them within nanoseconds...maybe thats the difference ?

    Back to our regular scheduled programming :clap:clap
  5. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Kind of like the year that PanAm built the 525 for Jonah, under the rules that there would be top speed limits on the stages. Night of the briefing, announced that speed limits are annule..

    Not that I agree with artificial speed limits on the SS, but if those are the rules put out at registration...
  6. El Cucuy

    El Cucuy Been here awhile

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    Funny--was starting to think the same thing...think of all the ribbon it will take to mark the 2017 course!!

    I'm not smart enough to figure out the math, but I've been wondering how much navigating KC has even been doing so far during the stages considering he had never even seen a roadbook or ridden a rally bike before arriving just prior to the race.

    Probably just playing a little bit of leapfrog and latching on to someone and following along on the roadbook?

    Judging by Despres' comments, it seems like that's what a lot of the guys up front are doing anyway. :huh

    Re: KC--looks like he is playing it really cool/smart so far, hope he can keep it up. I'd bet on a top 10 finish if he can.

    Watching him out at H&Hs, he is so smooth you don't realize how fast he is going until you realize he is bouncing off the rev limiter in 5th on his SX coming over a big whooped-out, rocky hill blind.

    Would've been great to have had Quinn Cody in the mix this year, also--he would've been right there up front, imho.
  7. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    why am I not surprised at this?

    ASO won't give us live tracking , but they allow the shenanigans of last years' Marathon stage and 5 minute lube jobs on a neutralized section inside a Special
  8. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    Pain still opening but Cyril closing..

    2) 009 - PAIN Olivier (FRA) YAMAHA (1) 12:07:41
    - (3) 012 - PEDRERO Juan (ESP) KTM (2) 12:08:46
    - (1) 010 - CASTEU David (FRA) YAMAHA 09:17:12 (3) 12:09:16
    - (4) 017 - BOTTURI ALESSANDRO (ITA) HUSQVARNA (4) 12:09:42
    - (5) 001 - DESPRES Cyril (FRA) KTM 09:24:20 (5) 12:09:55
    - (7) 007 - LOPEZ Francisco (CHL) KTM 09:25:41 (6) 12:10:11
  9. Bluebull2007

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    Thats terrible, man. I totally get you on the pan american highway though, its crazy out there.
  10. Jurassic

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    Wow, that's a late night post right there. :eek1
  11. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    When I asked him day before last, he said he'd only been passed by one car so far, and that was Nasser when they were on the beach. Yesterday, the cars were on a separate track, so no passing yesterday.

    Lyndon is in the neutralized section right now, and Nasser just got there. I would guess the leading cars may catch him today as there are still many km's to race.

    :beer Phil!
  12. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    I thought the DQ-fest with the quads last year was a terrifying example. One would expect ASO sharing the needed information a bit sooner than scrutineering.

    Not to mention RG's DQ last year. That was a total farce.
  13. Bluebull2007

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    Hi Phil!!! :wave

    Good question. I would expect he is getting caught by them on the longer stages, but likely in the last quater of the SS's Not totally sure to be honest.
  14. metropolis2k

    metropolis2k Been here awhile

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    Crappy phone pic but my Lyndon Poskitt Racing t-shirt arrived just as I'm enjoying following today's stage! This is what following the Dakar looks like in GMT... doing it in the office!

    [​IMG]

    Go Lyndon! :clap
  15. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Damn. Any of us, any day, anywhere (though certain situations can alter the odds).


    Reason to live well, and make it right, every day.

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  16. Bluebull2007

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    Holy Shit Casseli is ahead of Despres at Wp8!! :clap :clap :clap
  17. 8340SU

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    it looks like gonçalves is still stopped somewhere
  18. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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  20. Bluebull2007

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    So true. Its about enjoying everyday life. The journey not the destination is what is important.