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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
Just now got word from Chavo that he is in. 21 hours on stage 7am Saturday until 4am Sunday.
Finally got the bike started and got going again. Nearly had to abandon but got some help and a tow from Bolivian quad rider, Diego Martinez.
White vinegar works wonders on those pumps
Playing catch up after a drive to the mountains. Another 6 tapatalk pages to go
Phew! 100 pages dow. Catching up is one heck of a chore. Damn work!
Can't wait until the rest day to catch up.
Anyone doubting Cyril should remember kings like him, Coma, Peterhansel, Meoni, etc, earn their crown... so it is not easily taken away.
His mechanical abilities make it even tougher for him to be dethroned.
A lot of the greats started off as mechanics. The most recent I know Schumacher and Raikkonen.
What an interview with Lyndon!
So it wasn't just a case of all the top riders riding in the wrong direction, Pyn rode smart and hard and made some excellent navigation decisions. Fantastic!
Not so good news from Manuel, though:
38 minutes ago via Mobile
The situation is quite bad, the engine lost all its compression today was a nightmare for me to manage to pass some sections of the stage. I need to get the engine rebuilt if i want to have a chance to finish, i have the parts but have no clue on how to put hands on the TM engine.
/ manuel staff / GO MAN!!
Chris - what was the problem- Stator again - if so he must be getting pretty pissed by now, what with what he has paid for the bike package?
Nice write up and great for Pyndon - but don't forget though that Sam S got a 7th on day 1 last year defore his Dakar X had stator issues (Chavo!?) - ok it was only a 50 something km stage - but still a stage.
Thats a woman for ya,
always checking out the package.
Nice interview there with the Pyn
I think partially that and partially tight valves. He kept having to get towed to bump start it. Some villagers directed him to a dry river bed and he pushed it about a km. Quad rider Diego Martinez then came by and gave him a tow to get started again. He finally arrived at 4am.
Tough on him, let's hope he get's sorted today but his aspirations of being top privateer are well shot now.
:eek1 Holy shit. Boundsy, man, don't do yourself something permanent there...
Penalties in the standings now - CD down 24 mins overall. Any guesses whether he'll swap for a fresh one today?
News from Manuels FB (google translate)
Manuel is having technical problems with its engine. Does not have enough information to fix it yourself. even if it is in possession of the necessary parts. If someone has bikes to help people through on-site contact us and we will send you directions via SMS on who to contact.
Spectator video of Gordon/Walch. Should up in the next 10 minutes or so. I'm posting it now & going to bed.
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There's brave and determined and then there is stupid.
Good morning everyone, so, while I catch up, Cyril's notes on yesterday:
After last nights adventures Cyril Despres (KTM Redbull) received a heros welcome from his team when he arrived in Tucuman at the end of the marathon stage. And despite the stress and fatigue of yesterdays late night, unassisted engine swap, he moves up to 2nd place overall 0926 behind the leader. His team mate Ruben Faria completes the virtual podium and going into the rest day is third overall at 1116.
It wasnt so easy last night. Already the decision to swap engines was a difficult, but once we made it we actually had to put the plan into action. You could see that the other riders were a little surprised when we started work! Some people say that the Dakar isnt the same anymore, but I tell you last night was the real spirit of the Dakar. A big thank you to Marek Dabrowski and all the Orlen Team for the extremely generous loan of their engine.
Today wasnt so easy either. At one point we were supposed to ride in a riverbed, but we couldnt because there was too much water in it. So instead we had to ride on the riverbank. The problem was that made the road book distances wrong. I was trying to recalibrate my trip all the time but when we came to a fork in the river I had a doubt. Finally I decided to ride back and check rather than take the risk. It cost me a little time but better lose a little time than potentially lose a lot of time.
I thought out loud the same question earlier today... as drgunther pointed out CDP thinks it can go the distance. as a 45min penalty on top of the 24.5 is too much to catch, so top end rebuilds only
Great compilation, Dread!