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

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

  1. Resist

    Resist Been here awhile

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    Lots of people on here ahead of me in this queue, but having gone as a journalist on the ground twice, I can tell you it's hard. Really hard. And REALLY bloody expensive.
    For web good enough to do the webcast you'd need to tap into the ASO-provided connection - about $US6,000.
    Accreditation on it's own is about $US4000.
    So that's $US10,000 at least before you start.
    Then, flights: $US2,000
    Car space (use the ASO transport is convenient but gets you no stage access for photos etc), so get your own media-car hired and accredited = $2000 (at a bare minimum).
    About $70 a day for fuel. 70*15 = $1050.
    Accommodation for non-bivouac days (start and finish) $300.

    All up, you're looking at $15,000 to get something going. Oh, and if you want to get global digital rights to the feed provided by the ASO add another $250,000.

    So basically, even for something like web coverage with results, photos, video interviews and reports, you'd need two people with video accreditation, you'd be at $30,000 before you even began.

    If that $30,000 should ever appear I'd like to apply for one of the positions, and I'd write a book to be printed and sold after the event. (I've written one and co-written three already but not about the Dakar).
    Of course, there are plenty of people on F5 who would also love the gig and deserve it for what they put into this site already, so if you guys do get the $$ up, I think it would be great coverage. God knows I'd tune in, I'd even pay a subscription fee for it.
  2. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    The M on the front designates Marathon, not Malle Moto...

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    I think it is telling that there are fewer M's on the bikes these days due to the majority being 450cc MX/Enduro derived engines, and most people don't trust them to go a whole Dakar without at least one change?

    In the old days of the 690, there were plenty of finishers on a single engine, and the WR450F is one of the few (perhaps being of an older design) that can still go the distance in Marathon - Franco Picco usually races Marathon on his for example...

    Jx
  3. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Lots of guys going the distance on one engine this year
  4. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Van Niekerk down to 26th today, I wonder what happened to him :dunno

    Cummings still riding very consistently, looking great. :clap

    Curtis struggling along in the tail of the field nursing broken ribs and other injuries....



    Manuel & Malle moto :y0!

    No way he could be malle moto as he does not know his ASS from his elbow when it comes to bike maintenance, and the requirement is that you do your own maintenance....
  5. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    And not the first time it's been suggested, but funding it is beyond most of our means.
  6. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    thats a lot of F5 mugs :huh
  7. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    WP10 here we go......
  8. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Malle Moto is the same cost for entry, however, for €500 more they will carry your trunk/s and a pair of wheels... whereas service assistance with a 3rd party team such as Desert Rose costs at least €12,000-14,000 Euro on top of your entry fee - so a huge difference if you are on a budget.

    Jx
  9. practicalshooter

    practicalshooter Posteriophobiac

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    Yeah.. Those "I now hope to find some skilled mecanic to help rebuild it" posts were a big, big WFT! moment for me.:huh
  10. bluesurf

    bluesurf en dos ruedas

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  11. rpet

    rpet Awesometown

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    That's all well and good, but you probably won't get the gig for a USA audience w/o a Supercross title along with that resume. :rofl

    Seriously, though I appreciate that cost insight.
  12. Bluebull2007

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    Lopez in at 10 in front of Faria!! :clap

    Damn 205

    But listen to Radio Maray , its a scream!!!! :lol2 http://www.maray.cl/
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    Looper The Dude Abides!

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    Go Cheleco!!!!!!
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    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    heart attack time for Maray... my girlfriend keeps giving me strange looks on why my den sounds like a mexican wrestling ring
  15. Jurassic

    Jurassic Long timer

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    Hey what happened to Franco? I noticed that he was on the withdrawls list last night. What did I miss?
  16. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    Ah! I see, thanks!
  17. Bluebull2007

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    Radio Maray: WP10 he is there!! HE is there! When we had no cellphone coverage he is there!!
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    where's helder??:eek1
  19. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Great to hear the bikes flying past on the phone call at radio Maray. :clap :clap
  20. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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    And LUIS thru WP5
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