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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
With such flood ASO did good to neutralize those who were affected, bikes excluded, good on them.
Re CD's engine, by the book, it is illegal, but it is in the Dakar spirit and good for the race to let such a great rider stay in the game for the final week, again I find ASO right.
All in all Monday we resume a race with the top 15 riders within 1 hour from each other, when was the last time we saw that?
Keep the *gates coming, a great race is ahead of us...
Would write more but on phone atm...
Fuck me a lot to catch up on...
"A terribly difficult day. Well, difficult, it's rather that we made a mistake. I was thinking that I had to stay focused and, right on cue, I made a mistake. I don't understand, everything seemed fine. Chaleco went into a valley a bit too early. He came back just in front of me. We were doing well. And then, I don't know. We should have turned a bit more to the right but it was difficult with the rain. That's the way it is. I was the big loser. Of course, I knew it wasn't all wrapped up yet; but there will be further surprises during the second week. The aim is not to get hurt and to make it to Santiago. But there's still much to go..."
At any rate, I've put my bad day behind me! It was yesterday, when my fifth gear broke down in what was a fast special. I lost time, but I was nevertheless lucky because my friend Marek Dabrowski gave me his engine and took mine yesterday evening at the marathon bivouac... So today I was able to ride normally, and I could have pulled off a big coup today, because I almost took the right trail at the entrance of the río, but all the tracks went left, so in the end I followed them and came upon everyone riding around at sixes and sevens and looking at each other. When this happens, I only look at my road book and the landscape... I didn't see some riders break away and I had to make a U-turn 500 m from the right trail, but that's the way it is... There are good days, less good days and great days, and I'm waiting for a great day!
A huge navigational success! I'm over the moon because it's difficult to ride at the front while attacking and keeping your bearings, navigating... I was able to keep my cool while everyone else was spinning around, but I stayed focused and was the first across the line... And leading the Dakar during the rest day, that's terrific!
It was a good day, because after all the problems over the last few days, my hand feels better and better and I'm starting to ride at ease. I quickly caught up with the leaders, who were backtracking after a navigational mistake, and went flat out from then on, but in the last kilometres it was my turn to make a navigational mistake and David Casteu overtook me. Anyway, I'm happy nevertheless because I navigated quite well and I'm happy to add another stage win to my tally.
My first big mistake since the start of the rally, I insisted on following the motorcycle tracks but it was the wrong direction. Jean-Paul pressured me to look for a way out of the riverbed, but I continued for 2.5 km before retracing my steps, which means I'd gone 5 km too far and lost almost 9 minutes, as Terranova was going by when I came out... Well, that's the way it is... Nasser will probably take advantage of this, but that's racing... Having said that, one of the riverbeds was quite full when we went by and apparently they wanted to neutralise the stage at CP2. This wouldn't be bad news for me, as it would neutralise our navigational mistake and we'd only concede the time lost head-to-head on the course... We'll see...
Did you ever trust him? he is the most untrusted person in the dakar, no moral what so ever.
HOW is doyle doing ? on the street?
So does anyone know the actual over all results after today stage?
Yes. but i am not telling.
No Clue, i dont think the ASO HAVE ANY CLUE EITHER!!!
Resigned. Put on some loud rock music. Poured some great single malt.
Waiting for thing to sort themselves by tomorrow.
Great ride nevertheless!
ASO hasn't ruled on this issue. The question is if a team is going to lodge a protest or not. And if they think it may help their rider, they will.
did anyone notice that a complete underdog was leading in wp7 with over 6 minutes to all the others? #184 Moreno gps issues?
ASO think they do
I hope he was successful that image of the bike being flown off by the helicopter makes me nervous. Where the heck is Chavo?
DAKAR 2013-8 STAGE - 01/12/2013
SALTA - TUCUMÁN
Ruben Faria is already 3 of the General!
Today played up to 8 Leg between Salta and Tucuman with a total of 738Km. It was anticipated that the 491Km special timed sections were divided into two ace but caused heavy rains that occurred during the night the organization decided to cancel the first section. With this change the timed special today had only 150Km.
Impressive is what can be said about this fabulous 8th Stage Dakar! From dream to nightmare was only a matter of hours. Yesterday everything was shuffled to the KTM / Red Bull with the problem of Cyril Despres. Today the French attacked and regained some of the lost time yesterday once more leaving the way open for Ruben Faria rolled unhurried and so it happened. Again Ruben Faria made a perfect step without risking anything and assuring right now in 3rd place overall just 11 minutes from the first. This classification is still provisional because of the engine swap, Cyril Despres may be penalized and that Ruben Faria will now be 2nd in Dakar, what happens will be the first time a pilot Portuguese will be in this position only 11 minutes from leading to entry for the day of rest.
Ruben Faria: "Today I am a little more relaxed because yesterday was the limits of stress! Our goal was to solve the problem of Cyril and as we are a great team we all worked with that goal and we did it! The recovery of Cyril today made the confidence levels back to normal and was proof that he will have to rely on until the end of this Dakar, even with the penalty that will suffer by changing the motor.
As for me I will continue to do my work but obviously we can not help but share with you all that the dream has never been so close ... I know they have been days of anxiety and expectation for all who follow me so nothing better than sharing with you this result. A big hug and Thank You! "
Ranked 8th Stage
1st Barreda Husqvarna 02:07:26
2nd Campbell Honda 02:14:30
3rd Jakes KTM 02:15:23
33 Ruben Faria KTM 02:29:50
General classification after Stage 8
1st Casteu Yamaha 19:56:33
2nd Despres KTM 20:05:59
3rd Ruben Faria KTM 20:07:09
CDP quickly puts on the bandana to hide his ears. If you watch the videos , he seems very conscious of his appearance. Think about it .... When have you seen a pic of him without a touque or bandana. ???? BANDANAGATE!!!!! :huh
It was good to see Cyril in his socks changing his own engine but would have been more impressed if he used the bandana as a rag !! Couldn't believe post engine change after a marathon stage the bandana was still gleaming white.
Maybe Doyle got f5looded out in North Philly today??