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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
Need a data dump...
Rather quiet on the timing front
what timing front?
they are even starting to ignore my tweets
Those chopper passes are scary as shit from the seat of the bike. They fly so low you swear you could reach up and grab the skids... and you don't hear them coming above the din of your bike until the last moment, some proper diamond-in-the-sphincter moments with that.
My guess on the price paid for that engine, is a fast one for Jakub Przygonski on the rest day. Jonah said the factory bikes have a good 10kph on the non-factory replicas, and that's something that's real nice to have if you're in, say 6th overall.
Another thought: Racing over the dunes and other HP type terrain is not familiar for Americans, and far more difficult to navigate than roads with defined intersections.
Kurt had a steep learning curve to climb, not just riding a rallybike over unfamiliar terrain, and learning to navigate, but doing so where navigation is the toughest.
I think we're going to see more of him up front, Argentina had more on-piste type terrain and was a bit more technical and I think he'll relish that.
Now we see the true designs behind Team Ktm's nefarious plans
Shit! 205'5! Lol
I just hope Ol'shoestring gets through the day, I must admit I find his facebook message from yesterday more than a little worrying. No clutch and funny sounding engine loosing top speed doesn't sound too promising.
We may have to rely on the power of the slow clap before the day is over....
Fuck it. Instead, have aread at what Jordi Viladoms has to say about yesterday:
Jordi Viladoms: "It is terrible to drive in these conditions, but I wanted to finish the stage in order to stay in the race"
Yesterday was one of those days you never forget Jordi, the seventh stage between Calama and Skip was complicated at times and the pilot arrived at Bivouac past twelve at night. To give you an idea of ​​the strength of this evidence, note that participants in the Dakar special begin each day at dawn after making several hundred kilometers of link. Specifically yesterday, the stage was timed 218 and 585 link and crossed two countries Chile and Argentina.
Jordi broke down on his motorcycle shortly after starting the special, exactly at mile 38, he could not resolve until six in the afternoon approximately. Because in the marathon stages like this, the assists are not permitted, our pilot had to contrive with the tools he had on him to repair the Husqvarna. He himself has told how she faced the difficult situation:
"I set the path to the bivouac knowing that I'd catch the night, but I tried to concentrate on driving and not risking too much to not suffer any downtime. The bike was fine, but driving at night forced me to go little by little, it becomes very hard to stay focused after so many hours, but I tried and just focused my mind on every yard progressed. When you're in the race and is the day you know that if anything ever happens is passing other riders, bikes either, cars or trucks, but apart from a truck that had been unable to finish the stage, there was only me, and that made me take it slow. But that was not all, it started raining and snowing that altitude, and visibility became even smaller, is terrible to drive in these conditions, but was willing to finish the stage in order to stay in the race. "
After spending six hours driving, with poor visibility, difficulty reading the roadbook that lets you avoid getting lost, dark and raining, Jordi arrived at the bivouac in cars and trucks. Although I should have finished in the bivouac of bikes, fortunately the organization decided that, as a precaution and prioritizing the integrity of the pilot, Jordi to stay with them. Motorcycle reach the bivouac, supposed back up to 5,000 meters and snowing night. Jordi already had too many hours in the race and also could run out of gas. A Jordi finally touched hers reassure:
"Upon arrival at the bivouac after many hours I called the home run, that's the hard part of this race also, no hear from me did not know under what conditions you can imagine I was and what they were eternal hours not only for me but for friends, family ... Also, do you know of whom I remembered? Del school Ullastrell Serralavella of each year that follows me and worried a lot during a similar experience when I lived in the Atacama Desert in another Dakar when after breaking a part of the bike I was without a navigation system or GPS. Did not know how to find the control points let alone how to get to the bivouac. They sent me some pictures of how incredible it had lived and sending me encouragement. "
On that occasion, Jordi not only made it to the bivouac after 400 kilometers blindly by Atacama but not missed even one step controls. He lost four hours in the Atacama desert with no chance of being guided only by the marks that he encountered. Came dehydrated and doing the last kilometer towed by a colleague why he had run out of gas, but never threw in the towel! Yesterday he did it again. In Walnut we have no words to describe what has been able to do Jordi. Showed that not only wins Dakar which takes the podium. For us, and certainly for all its people, Jordi won his Dakar yesterday.
And to top it off, the pilot still in the race Igualada and faces the eighth stage of the Dakar in Argentine territory between Salta and San Miguel de Tucuman with 183 and 228 competitive kilometers liaison. Tomorrow, day off, well deserved for Jordi Viladoms. By the way, you are preparing a surprise:)
Ah! By the way, the image illustrating this post is one of the school's students drawings of Ullastrell Serralavella did to Jordi when lost in Atacama. It reads: "A single sentence but very important, go ahead".
The American leading the charge in the motorcycle category has strayed off course 30 km into today's special. Caselli "forgot" to turn right at an intersection and is now lost in the pampa.
Do you think it's my fault for saying he'll do better where there are intersections?
EDIT: No way to learn like trying to lead and failing, that 5 minutes will be more instructive than a day of following someone!
I Think it propably is
Verhoeven fastest through WP7
someone of the F5 persuasion mentioned this as a conspiracy strategy
015 VERHOEVEN (NLD) YAMAHA 000:14:04 00:00:00
2 007 LOPEZ CONTARDO (CHL) KTM 000:14:07 00:00:03 00:00:00
3 011 FARIA (PRT) KTM 000:14:09 00:00:05 00:00:00
4 001 DESPRES (FRA) KTM 000:14:13 00:00:09 00:00:00
5 009 PAIN (FRA) YAMAHA 000:14:14 00:00:10 00:00:00
6 010 CASTEU (FRA) YAMAHA 000:14:17 00:00:13 00:00:00
7 006 SVITKO (SVK) KTM 000:14:24 00:00:20 00:00:00
8 017 BOTTURI (ITA) HUSQVARNA 000:14:26 00:00:22 00:00:00
9 092 ISRAEL ESQUERRE (CHL) HONDA 000:14:29 00:00:25 00:00:00
10 057 GRABHAM (AUS)
Kurt +1m44s @WP8
I don;t trust that dump,
Caselli at wps 6 +8 but completely missing from wp7
I smell a rat
No time showing for Kurt at WP6 on http://trackingdakar.nl/index.php?page=live&stand=S
does that mean he missed that waypoint?