Dakar 2013 - Official Event Coverage - thank you ALL TeamF5, lurkers and posters!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by doyle, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. XSpearsX

    XSpearsX Dakar Widow

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  2. Bluebull2007

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    As have the South Africans :D

    Brett Cummings still going strong in the mid 50's over all

    Darryl Curtis has not had a great rally but is in the 20's.

    Riaan Van Niekerk has been consistently 15/16 for 5 days in a row now.

    Aussies and Saffas are neck and neck.

    Tragically our Zambian competitor Dave Reeve crashed in the river today. He was doing so well!

    From FB 8 hrs ago (hopefully not 205)

    David Reeve's Zambia Dakar 2013 Challenge

    Not gud news. David over handlebars in river. Broken left leg. No Xray yet so unable 2 confirm if both bones or not. skin not broken like Brian and Barret. he talking in pain doctors with him. will send more info as we get.it in. BANDA

    Then a 42 minutes ago


    David Reeve's Zambia Dakar 2013 Challenge

    David has broken his left shin bone. He is in a plaster cast and is to be moved to Catamarca Hospital for a pin before being flown to Johannesburg. He is otherwise OK and was sleeping when I last saw him. CB1

    :cry

    Heart wrenching stuff. I wonder how that happened.... Must have been a freakish accident. He was doing so so well, a rookie to the Dakar, running close to or ahead of Lyndon.
  3. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Hope he can come back again and get a clean run at it. IIRC, Ned really enjoyed his company last year.
  4. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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  5. El Cucuy

    El Cucuy Been here awhile

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    Jere Israel was ripping but it looks like he is out???

    That would leave Grabham as top rookie right now, right?

    Aussies kicking some azz!
  6. Bluebull2007

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    I only realised now it was PAL Anders who helped him, and it was 205 just no one mentioned it?

    This is from PAU, regarding David Reeve:

    "Had also a situation today where a rider with start number 102 (?), Crashed right in front of me. I slowed down to see what happened to him, but he was lying. I turned for help and when I came away I saw that his leg was broken and he was in shock. We have a "red button" that each of motorcyclists can press if you need assistance helicopter, so I helped him push this to get help. Several others just drove past without caring at all, so it's pretty raw and brutal also on human plan here sometimes. I hope I get in. I took the loss for this episode, but it is thus not important."


    Wow. Hectic.
  7. bluesurf

    bluesurf en dos ruedas

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    Yea, this came up a few hours ago.
    Human moment of the day.
  8. Bluebull2007

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    Van Niekerk is the top rookie now actually. :deal :evil

    Go South Africans! The race within the race!
  9. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    Well I caught up, only a few pages, the race is taking it's toll on here as well :lol3

    Gotta comment on Kurt's post-Special interview, I am impressed, he looks really calm, understated, and most important, loved leading the race and is willing to navigate. Smart guy, he has a true "hard coded" racer's brain.

    Was talking to a friend who raced the ISDEs with him in both Chile '07 and Greece '08 and basically underlined what everyone else already said, he is freaky smooth and freaky fast, on every kind of terrain. If anyone has not seen the youtube video of the heli footage from Chile (I think Ned pointed it out first), do yourself a favor:

    <iframe width="640" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/thbFv92xO2s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    So Kurt opens up today, I will be rooting for him again. KTM need a different passport on their "A" teams, and Kurt has found himself at the right place at the right time. I just hope they can support him an a couple of more FIM rounds before the next Dakar. I would love to see him in Sardignia, the pace of navigation there is just crazy. Gonk, Despres, Pedrero and Chaleco follow. Chaleco is interesting for me, so much potential some times and yet loses out majorly on others. Contesting 3rd place on the podium with Jakes is going to be a cliff hanger this year hopefully. Botturi in 5th overall is not that far behind, and he is old-school enduro-tough. Banged up little finger is annoying him, he may just ask a doctor to amputate it :lol3.

    KTMs 1-4, with a Husky in 5th, although the Yamahas of Pain & Verhoeven are now an hour to an hour-fifteen in 7th and 8th. First HRCs are 9th and 10th with Helder & Pizzolito. At least they are in front of the privateer bikes

    Sorry to hear of Barreda's shoulder, he looked in quite a lot of pain at the finish yesterday,unless he was just sand bagging and disappointed he lost so much time after opening the course. Remember that 1.15 difference on stage 10, when Cyril opened and Barreda played catch up? Well, yesterday while the tables were reversed, Joan lost 4.30 to Cyril

    On HRC, there is so much controversy and spin that I can't really pass judgement on their tactics. We know for a fact that Helder is fast, the bike just doesn't seem to play along. OK it's their first year, but does anyone not think that he would have been (much) better placed this year on his Yam? For a rider, that's all that counts. Loose wires, fuel issues, pumps, excuses, excuses can wreak havoc on a racer's morale. Where has the biggest smile (with Casteu) of the bivouac gone? The bottom line is that HRC are not performing as expected. I just hope they are smart enough to stick with the riders they've got and keep pushing for results as a team instead of making a knee-jerk reaction and changing their line up. It's obvious that their problems are elsewhere.

    Fiambala to Copiapo!! Kurt opens on mainly On Piste stuff... bring on today :clap
  10. kaia

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    first half of the Dakar.com photos from stage 11, cross-posted over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread.



    #5 - JOAN BARREDA BORT (ESP)
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    #302 - STÉPHANE PETERHANSEL (FRA) / JEAN PAUL COTTRET (FRA)
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    #501 - EDUARD NIKOLAEV (RUS) / SERGEY SAVOSTIN (RUS) / VLADIMIR RYBAKOV (RUS)
    #510 - ANDREY KARGINOV (RUS) / IGOR DEVYATKIN (RUS) / ANDREY MOKEEV (RUS)
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    #301 - GINIEL DE VILLIERS (ZAF) / DIRK VON ZITZEWITZ (DEU)
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    #29 - KURT CASELLI (USA)
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    tldr; cross-posted over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread.
  11. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    Dakar.com has a bunch of photos for each stage that they're not showing in the main "photos" area... slightly hidden. but i found them, and cross-posted over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread.


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    tldr; cross-posted over in the Dakar 2013 Media thread.
  12. AZ-Twin

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    Man, that is last year's model. The new 2013 Hummer has the plate on the other side, here, from the sales brochure you can see. Also, note the 13 AZ tag.

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  13. Carlos M

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    Nice wrap up of the stage :thumb

    It would be very nice if Kurt C managed to navigate well this next stsge! He seems to learn as he rides... Fast!
  14. El Cucuy

    El Cucuy Been here awhile

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    whoa--nice!!
  15. amazing ricardo

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    EDIT... BTW Robbie your tags are expired... :freaky....:lol3....


    REEDIT: I shouldn't really skip ahead... Robbie you're kewl on your AZ registration... :clap....:lol3....:freaky....
  16. Brodovitch

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    Johnny on yesterday:

    Dakar race report-stage 11:
    La Rioja to Fiambala
    278km liaison
    220km special

    First bike out of the bivouac was at 5:15am for the liaison.
    It rained on the liaison and the special was wet also. Rivers were flowing and important things like wet sand dunes!
    This stage can be miserable, hot and endless sand. Today it was actually in great condition and weather was cool and overcast. There was a lot of cross country sand (off piste) I struggled badly with my injuries and keeping the bike upright. I felt like a beginner out there! My hands and back were really fatigued from holding on tight and my ribs were splitting with every impact. I rode to a dismal 30th place. Another stage that would have been fun to rail rather than survive. 3 stages left. Tomorrow we cross the Andes for the second time and return to Chile for the final three stages. Heard it was snowing up there. Thank you all for the prayers. Keep them coming.

    Adios
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  18. Bluebull2007

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    I really like this guy, he seems very genuine and honest with himself.

    Go Johnny!!!! :clap :clap :clap :clap
  19. Bluebull2007

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    This whole rooklie race is quite interesting, a question that came out of the wilddog forum closely following this thread among others with a focus on African riders.


    There is no rookie list, you have to know who are the rookies... :evil

    You are right Kurt is doing really great but not on the overalls. He is still 33rd 3 56' behind the leader overall thanks to his penalties. Van Niekerk is 14th (or 13 that if Liebherheffer really was DQ'D yesterday :dunno ) at 1 36' behind, so if Kurt can gain 2.5 hours on van Niekerk in the the 3 days he will have snatched victory. Its quite possible too looking at the way Casseli seems to be riding. Still Riaan has been a helluva lot more consistent than Kurt so far (at least he has not missed nearly as many WP's)

    Check out the overalls here:
    http://trackingdakar.nl/index.php?page=overall&stand=V
  20. too old

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    Got to agree on Caselli, but I don't believe his riding ability has ever been at question - would be great to see him do some FIM, but whether his US KTM schedule would allow it, not so sure. A Casseli Cody team would be be great - maybe Robbie G's sponsors & money may wish to spread their base :evil

    Be careful of Sardegna though, the Italians can be very French at times :evil
    Last year the Honda Europe Raly Raid team were shafted with starting numbers in the 70's - try to get decent times in Sardinia on those tight tracks with the dust and from back there! No reseeding either, even after an objection!!

    Made my comment on the HRC effort - post #14235 page 949 - let us see what the next months bring in many ways :clap