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Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.
Not only a Dakar rookie, but a "Rallye Rookie" as well.
Despres in the interview "You have to be so careful in the rio's - you know I have very bad memories of them"
Too bad that dry french humour doesn't come across..that was a funny dig at himself
What? The Aprilia insert? Already done.
THey had Nasser driving a Hummer as well.
He's been a career KTM factory rider since a teeny. Pretty sure that part won't change.
Referring to Lopez saying, that the last waypoints were hard to navigate, and that was the section that Caselli was leading, he holds good promise. Yes, I'm sure that Cyril was in cruise mode somewhat, but still, the others weren't, and they weren't leading either. He took 4:45 out of Goncalves, and over ten out of the rest.
Doesn't hurt that he learned the basics right from an alien.
Dunno about a future alien yet, but the guy sure is starting out on the right foot.
I also love the fact (shown in screen shot above) that his little "mud bath mate" from last year - Gonk #20 - jumps off and legs it immediately behind him in the same fashion...
Goncalves; "Eef safe enuf for Cyriil do eet... then I do eet too...!"
Please repost his response.
That's not tape, wrist bandana's
Did the Aliens win stages their first Dakar? Seems obvious to me that Caselli is a pretty smart fellow and a quick study. Probably a real good temperment for endurance racing too. He'd be right there if he hadn't lost those 3.5 hours. Like I posted earlier, he's got the outright speed to beat any of these guys. He just has to learn the other skills required for this type of racing.
Honda had an issue with fuel efficiency when they built the four stroke engine for Moto GP. Their riders would fall off the lead pack at the end to keep from running out of gas.
This may just be a theme their engineers follow. Power and delivery may be a higher priority than fuel efficiency.
Interesting to see it pop up a second time in a totally different series.
I believe Miguel Duhamel had an issue in one of his last years in Daytona and then so did another Honda rider. I think it was 5 years ago. Initially it was believed to be improperly filled but for it to happen to a second rider it must be a team/bike issue. Now I would think they tuned it for power without calculating the loss of fuel efficiency.
Many things can go wrong, even if you checked and double checked everything.
I think someone pointed out that it took KTM 10 years to get it together enough to win Dakar. Another person pointed out Honda's game plan in the 80's for success and how the hit it on schedule.
Hey! The more competition between the manufactures the better for all of us. Isn't that what Dakar officials claimed the switch to 450cc would do?
Ruben Faria: "Today was a tough day for me. I got lost at the beginning of Step, after the section had plenty of water and from there I decided to walk calmly because it was easy to make mistakes and lose much time. In the end I think it was the best decision because despite the lost time does not put in question my performance and the team's goals. Today's result was excellent for KTM / Red Bull because Cyril extended the advantage to the more direct opponents and I kept 2nd place overall. Tomorrow we have one more step to complicated and perhaps decisive for the final result of this Dakar. I keep physically well and my KTM remains perfect. Right now I'm quite happy as I am to play the best role of my water carrier of Cyril and the proof is that he is ahead of Dakar and yes this is the main objective of the KTM / Red Bull and for which all work as a team day. I want to thank all the help that Cyril has given me over these three years they have allowed me to evolve as a rider and person to face the best of this type of evidence. To my fans and sponsors thank you for the daily support. A big hug to everyone. "
From Ruben FB.
I agree with everything you wrote... but there is just one thing I have to point out in your post.
I dunno... it might be an American racing thing (RG uses it in almost every post stage Dakar interview he's done for the last five years), but the old; "If it wasn't for (insert random misstake or misfortunate incident here)... we'd be leading this dang thing...!"
It is the awareness of, takinhg steps to minimise and ultimately the management of the unpredicatbilities that riddle the dakar from start to finish, that defines a winner... an alien is one who can do it repeatedly.
Lewis Hamilton would have been world champion this year... if it wasn't for the three blokes in frony of him in the points table.
I don't like to see Luis stuck on one WP for so long.... did I miss something???
You know the way this reads I suspect he sees himself taking over the reins soon...in a year or so.
So Vaseline is doing well again, respect let's see what tomorrow brings us all.
=edit. Caselli, darn predictive input=
Lol, even Verhoeven is starting to sound American
Have a heart mate ... He's been having troubles with his girlfriend mid-season.