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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
Thanks all, Chavo thanks you too. He's amazed at how the information flows these days. Sorry for the choppy responses, I was driving home in the pouring rain through North Philly for two hours while posting and texting the answers to Chavo.
All you men in here cooking!! Impressive!
Finally a good use for texting!
All week it's been the macbook on the counter for posting, the ipad beside streaming france4/eurosport, and trying to make something edible.
So I guess it was a success.
Tell Chavo that the big truck that Cyril is using to replace his motor beside would have a battery that would get him through the stage tomorrow...
Hope he gets it sorted. F5 amazes me one more time
If someone was to race Dakar I could only suggest becoming an inmate here first...who knows, the collective crew here could very well be the extra source of support that enables you to finish.
I'm not that nice. You're hungry? you know where the fridge is. Ask me when this is over.
excellent insight. As much as they water it down, there will always be a side to Dakar that will celebrate rider ingenuity, and how to overcome adverse conditions. Hallelujah
Fair Play Spirit at its finest. Cyril is one position (6 minutes) ahead of Dabrowski's team mate Jakub Przygonski and his technical problems would actually benefit Przygonski. Good Job Team Orlen!!!
That makes no sense at all! :huh
When cheering for a 'brand' rather than a rider mechanical reliability is one of the top factors. It doesn't matter how fast you can go IF you can't go the distance.
Its a damn shame about the videos, not only are they promoting the sport for ASO but they were giving French TV channels some more exposure and a damn good rap for their excellent coverage. Most shows put access to their shows up on their website free of charge after the live broadcast so I think pulling them is a damn shame.
Videos are available on line here after the live transmission.
stupid video of a neutralization fuel stop zone
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BZQmoNzRXLY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Hell that's all I have is a 13" laptop to follow this on screen gets crowded with all these browsers open...and my roadbook!!
So presumably both riders get an engine change penalty?
and another one
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3-koG7UJuok?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Wrong spouses. Tell them to move on...
Seriously. I am the luckiest bastard in the world. My girlfriend comes to races, understands Specials, liaisons and neutralizations, cooks me 2 kilos of pasta for 24 hour marathons, massages my neck on 5 day rallies, drives like a loon across liaisons to bring me extra brake pads and buys me helmets for my birthday...
So, here's to ya babe, partner in crime and best support team ever
rant over, credit given
Just to sort out the questions about lubes and tools in the Marathon bivy- all variety of fluid, and probably some tools (but I didn't check the later) are available from the Elf Truck. Personally, I changed my oil using their stuff- they had drain pans and contact cleaner and rags, etc, all laid out to help. Seems logical there would be a few tools in that truck and they wanted to help in any way when I was there.
Changing an engine in a 690 requires a 6 and 8mm allen, a 13 and 19mm socket, and very little else that could be considered specialized. So it is not hard to believe and in fact requires no conspiracy theories that Cyril and a few others were carrying what is needed... or they were on the Elf truck and available to any competitor. Given that the frame is nearly identical to the 450, I presume it's not much different.
As an aside, one of the great pleasures of these machines is that they are designed to be worked on. When I pulled the shock, it was with joy that I discovered how easily the rear tank comes away- literally moments and it's off in your hand.
That doesn't surprise me. I think I remember seeing a pic of your engine pulled apart the night before a race, then seeing you the next day and it was running. Come to think of it, your garage kind of looked like a bivouac.