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

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

  1. catas

    catas Orange rider

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    De Gavardo cousins!
  2. catas

    catas Orange rider

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  3. Jurassic

    Jurassic Long timer

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    Whoah, absolutely amazing call in (and an amazing recovery). Thanks PackMule. :thumb
  4. XSpearsX

    XSpearsX Proud Dakar Wife

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    We drove 30 miles to dinner. Eat, pick up some groceries and back. And no Luis? UGH. Hope I don't lose my dinner.

    Love listening to the calls. Thanks for making them happen!
  5. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    Thanks :thumb - gonna check the WP times now to figure out who rode with whom today.
  6. 8340SU

    8340SU Long timer

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    here it goes:






  7. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    Wow. Just wow. After all the contenders and their fighting words and intentions this year, the top 5 becomes an all KTM affair. Make of that what you will. Riders? Machine? team? Maybe - most possibly- a combination of all three.

    Gutted to see Botturi slide down the sheets after missing a waypoint (I didn't quite understand why) but, once again, this race rewards the concept of The Team, instead of just the rider or the machine. And The Team to beat is KTM. Hopefully, with Husky/SpeedBrain, HRC and Yamaha committed to this race, we can only hope they keep learning and taking notes, and here's to a brilliant 2014 edition with more upsets, more varied stage winners and -if all goes well- a new Dakar winner.,,

    Yeah, I hear you say that there is still a stage and a half, but after witnessing Le Patron's strategy today, can there really be any doubt left? A worthy title for team orange & Cyril once again, I am hoping this display of race craft can only inspire the other teams, get them thinking hard and make them work

    Right, I'm off to get some rest, and happy to be riding orange. Ever since my first SuperCompetition 620 (yeah that's what EXC's were called back in '95), and witnessing Heinz' purple Dakar machine, I have rooted for this team, a David amongst Goliaths when it first dared enter the Dakar... 18 years on, who would have guessed. More power to them, they are a case study in how to dominate :D

    rant over, catch you all tomorrow
  8. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Where the hell is Doyle?
  9. bluesurf

    bluesurf en dos ruedas

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    Thanks, PM. Great leading questions, when it was your turn to talk.

    Lyndon's attitude is certainly top-notch :deal What an experience. :clap
  10. 8340SU

    8340SU Long timer

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    I've been there... Nega Pass :D:D:freaky
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    No skier - Woo Hoo:clap
    And Simon Pavey dolls - WTF?:huh
  12. El Ponkin

    El Ponkin Bloodrunner

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    I am guessing about 15mins until France 2 Le Bivouac judging by current program and their schedule.
  13. 8340SU

    8340SU Long timer

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  14. 2WDnut

    2WDnut 2WDnut

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    Potted history of the Chinese Jincheng team:

    2008 - Lined up for the aborted Lisbon-Dakar on XR250's - one badged "NEW MOTOR" and the other something else ( can't recall ), the bikes were as rough as guts, very poorly prepared.

    2009 - Same 2 XR250's from Lisbon, but badged "JINCHENG" and better prepared, I don't think either finished and the Czech guy on the monkey bike rounded them up on at last one day. Just one support guy in a rented ute, several times later into the bivouac than both riders.

    2010 - 2 Chinese riders on kitted Yamaha WR450's, nicely presented in red livery - badged as JINCHENG and entered as JC450's. ( I wasn't there personally in 2010 )

    2011 - Same 2 WR450's as 2010, plus a western rider on a KTM530 - all in red Jincheng livery. The WR450's had all Yamaha logos removed but oddly, the KTM still had KTM logo on the clutch cover ( later in the rally anyway - maybe after an engine swap ? ).

    2012 - I wasn't there, but only 2 bikes from memory, maybe one Yamaha & one KTM ?

    2013 - One Chinese & one westerner on KTM450 Rallye's apparently ( I'm stuck in Oz ).

    So why do they do it ? As with anything in China, you can never get a straight answer. I have met with Jincheng several times for an unrelated project and they are very proud of their Dakar team - when i asked them why they use Yamahas instead of developing something themselves, you just get a blank stare - like "Who told him we use Yamaha's...". So who knows, maybe they will come up with something of their own, maybe it will look not a lot unlike a certain Austrian Rallye bike ??

    You can see the progression though, with typical Chinese logic - enter some XR250's, good reliable bikes - didn't finish.
    Enter some Yamaha's, good reliable & fast bikes - finsihed at back end of field. Enter a KTM 530 with a western rider -
    finsihed mid field. Enter the bike the won the Dakar the previous year.......
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    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    wow gone for work today and now mypriemium has been taken down.. dang.. next year VLC and new hardware for this kid
  16. yardracer

    yardracer stubborn cow

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    any news on Luis?
  17. Tomaz

    Tomaz Been here awhile

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    Last news : WP6/CP4 at 18:24 (local time).
    Waiting ...
  18. XSpearsX

    XSpearsX Proud Dakar Wife

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    Talking to his wife as I type. No word.
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    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Never knew that much about JC other than super successful multi Baja1000 winner, but this Dakar has shown he's a great guy and has a great attitude! :thumb
  20. yardracer

    yardracer stubborn cow

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    Thanks :1drink

    That guy is giving me gray hair......as if I could use any more.....................:eek1