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

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  1. 8340SU

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    Day 6 Arica – Calama 313 km liaison 455 km special
    This first special stage held in Chile took the competitors to the Atacama desert, a plateau that covers a 600-mile strip of land on the Pacific coast west of the Andes Mountains, famous for the torrid temperatures, sand dunes and salt lakes.
    The Dakar is getting tougher and tougher and riders faced today a 455-km stage, split in two parts by 100 km of liaison. The first stage was characterized by big rolling dunes at the sea level, while the second part climbed up to 3,200 meters, before reaching the mining town of Calama at 2,200 meters of altitude.
    Overall it was a very long day that stressed the competitors’ bodies as well as the machines. Endurance alone is not sufficient as riders need to focus always at their road books and ride with an accurate navigation.
    Chilean rider Chaleco Lopez won the first fully Chilean special stage of the year in front Portuguese Ruben Faria (2’34 behind) and Cyril Despres, third at 03’48, while Helder Rodrigues finished 7th , 06’.58” behind the stage winner. Argentinian Javier Pizzolito rode with a good pace and finished 16th, 11’37” from Lopez. It was a positive day for Johnny Campbell in 24th still suffering from sore ribs. With today’s results Helder Rodrigues gained some valuable positions and sits in 9th place overall, Javier Pizzolito in 13th and Johnny Campbell in 77th, due the problem he had on the third stage.

    Helder Rodrigues SS6 7th +06’58”, 9th in the Overall: “It was a long stage and climbing uphill we had the first taste of the altitude. Tomorrow it will be tougher as the stage will be averagely between 3,400 and 4,000 meters. With 4 hours sleep last night, it will be important to have a good rest and be ready for tomorrow’s marathon stage”.

    Javier Pizzolito SS6 16th +11’37”, 13th in the Overall: “I rode consistently without taking too many risks as it is still a long race and it’s important not to make mistakes. I enjoyed particularly the sandy dunes and I’m ready for tomorrow’s marathon stage”.

    Johnny Campbell SS6 24th +23’41”, 77th in the Overall: “I enjoyed the big rolling dunes in the first part of the stage. In the second part the machine started to feel the altitude and I also could feel it, as it was more difficult to breath. It will important now to take a good rest as tomorrow we will climb up to 4,975 metres”.

    Unofficial Lap Times SS6 1 Lopez (KTM), 2. Faria (KTM) + 2’34”, 3. Despres (KTM) +3’48” … 7. Rodrigues Team HRC (Honda) +6’58, 16. Pizzolito Team HRC (Honda) +11’37, 24. Campbell Team HRC (Honda) +23’41”Overall Classification: 1. Pain (Yamaha) 2. Despres (KTM) +2’22”, 3. Casteu (Yamaha) +4’48”…. 9.Rodrigues Team HRC (Honda) +25’23”, 13. Pizzolito Team HRC (Honda) +29’49”, 77. Campbell Team HRC (Honda) +5h23’18.
  2. ararat

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    He aint a first timer here... but it is sure the first time that stage 6 was cut short due to keyboard marks on my face...
  3. ararat

    ararat Dr. BMW and Mr KTM

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    Hey hombre do you happen to have a spare clutch spring for a KTM 450 Rally? oh what a coincidence to find you here with a full servicing rig for KTM....
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  4. PackMule

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    Nice Jonah poster, too. :freaky
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    I'm trying to get the f5 bigger
  6. ric678

    ric678 Been here awhile

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    Any one hear anything more about Fish?? probablly kind dark out there in the dunes by now
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    WOW! That's an awesome shot and shows the super-fine silt there. :eek1
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    It doesn't stop with you, does it. :bow

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    Thank you.
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    5 of 6 for the bugly... Robbie a big fat goose egg

    Now team Qatar has a total car for back up ... still a long race though and that guy who rode the Yamaha is sitting back waiting..
  11. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Missed that. Linky?
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    The wi5e ones call it "managing the snowball effect". This phenomena occurs in all things dakar and this does not exclude the f5 world. hehe

    Btw anyone know who is providing the pillows for the ktm boys this year?

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    Dakar Rally race report- Johnny Campbell:
    Stages 4-6
    Stage 4:
    Nazca-Arequipa
    Special 290Kms
    Liaison 429kms
    Total stage 719Kms
    Well Howdy everyone! Sorry I have been out of touch the last 3 days as text
    service and email is poor in these parts. I hardly remember one stage to
    the next as we are burning up calories and the miles like crazy.

    Stage 4:
    All I really remember from stage 4 is that we had silt-dunes and beach and
    it was a long ass ride. We did have an amazing dune section that dropped of
    a sand mountain about 3000' to a rocky wash. It was possibly the gnarliest
    thing I have ever experienced next to jumping down the Iquique Dune with
    Robby G. At the bottom was rocks and I stopped to help a downed rider. He
    was fine but didn't remember me picking him up at the end of the stage!
    I had a good get off as well toward the end of that stage, bruising my ribs
    but thanks to my awesome Fly Racing chest protector I didn't break
    anything. I think I finished like 38th or something disappointing like
    that. But I had an amazing time riding incredible terrain. The 400 plus
    liaison was long and tiring and scary too! We ran along the Pacific Ocean
    with a 1000' drop for miles.

    Stage 5:
    Hmmm let's see.... Oh yeah we started late and had a short stage from
    Arequipa to finally crossing the border to Arica, Chile. Thankfully we had
    a late 8am start and a short 136K stage followed by a 275K liaison. This
    stage I actually started to feel more like my old self, with some more Baja
    style terrain. Posted my best finish to date , 25th for the day.

    Stage 6:
    Today, went from Arica to Calama. It started with a very early 5am start on
    a 400Km liaison- that's 4 hours of Highway riding just to get to the start
    line! Yikes! The special was broken into to tests with a another 100km
    liaison between. The first part was dunes more dunes and finished with a
    fun fast twisty road with berms on the sides. I chased dust seemed like the
    whole time, just praying for the wind to be in my favor. The second 110k
    portion started with a fast silt run that I could careless if I ever ride
    that area again. The last half was really fun, catching an passing riders
    an having good solid racing, to finish up at 10,000' elevation. I felt a
    little winded up there since we started at sea level that morning.
    Finished 24th today. Tomorrow we start a 500 mile stage over the Andes at
    15,000' elevation. Heard there is some cold stuff up there.
    My Team has been amazing from management down to the Pirelli tire mafia.
    They have worked sleepless nights preparing the bikes and I can't thank
    them enough.
    Love you all,
    Adios for now.
    Johnny
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    Mischa bought a plane with the tracker donations?!? :huh































    Genius! :webers

    :rofl
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    That's so awesome. Early reports put them out, but they were clearly moving again. :bow

    Let's hope they can get the truck pieced back together and the crew are okay enough to continue. :clap
  16. bluesurf

    bluesurf en dos ruedas

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    Prolly 205, but I lol'd at that, and lol'd again when the truck was freed and Carlton said something to the effect of "I told you!"
  17. Flanny

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    Fuckin'a! :clap

    That's fantastic! Thanks Misc!

    Any way to show their rankings relative to the field, rather than relative to each other? (Otherwise, I'll have to start smack-talkin on Lyndon while I root for Patrick and all...:deal)
  18. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    For those following at home, Luis is the current Lanterne Rouge and has been on stage 24 hours longer than Olivier Pain through 6 stages. That does not include the additional time it's taken him to do the liaisons.


    Think about that for a minute. :knary
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    XSpearsX Dakar Widow

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    Wow. :eek1

    Tonight he said bike rode well. He crashed and hurt ankle. But all is good.
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    :nod Def bigger.