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

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  1. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    Come on Luis. Giv'r

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  2. silentwolf

    silentwolf Been here awhile

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    Just wanted to note, that while I haven't approached the men in black, our Alien friend CDP wears a UFO helmet.

    Not sure about the rest of the gear but, could be some secret tech there. :rofl
  3. garfey

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    Yeah, what he said + a whole bunch!
    C'mon, Luis B!!!
  4. SteveDennehy

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    Mr Etienne Lavigne

    Dear Sir
    I appreciate that your are busy right now, hobnobbing with the winners of the various categories of your race. However, the dude that really matters is somewhere around WP4, and the whole of Team F5 NEED to know where he is, what the problem is, and when he will be home.
    Please get in your helicopter and go and have a look, and let us know. And if he needs a push, you get out and push. He deserves it!

    Respectfully yours
    :ear
  5. Cuttle

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    <marquee behavior="alternate" direction="left">:clap :clap push Luis push! :clap :clap</marquee>
  6. yardracer

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  7. yardracer

    yardracer stubborn cow

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    love it!!!
  8. Evil Invader

    Evil Invader Been here awhile

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    What he said! :deal
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  10. silentwolf

    silentwolf Been here awhile

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    PUSH!

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    :freaky Waiting for you at the finish!
  11. Lobster Grrl

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  12. silentwolf

    silentwolf Been here awhile

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    LUIS!

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    News blackout still ..? :cry
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  14. pebble35

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  15. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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  17. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset" class=alt2>Originally Posted by troy safari carpente [​IMG]
    So in my capacity as factory team strategist, all I have to do in future is enter a factory team of - say - SIX riders... Two Aliens one fast assist waterboy and three (lets call them drones) who have STRICT FUCKING INSTRUCTIONS TO RIDE AT TRAILRIDE PACE (minimum required to avoid houring out on the sweeper truck... but get the pecious "donor engines" to the bivouac each night) and are there more or less in the capacity to transport donor powerplant components from bivouac to bivouac.
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    I realise that all three were "tongue in cheek" replies to my - flawed - drone/support rider analogy (to provide back up motors "on piste" for factory stars)... but.

    Let's just give this scenario some attention for a moment; :deal (while waiing for Luis to get in, I have to do something... :huh I mean, I'm hopeless at stacking clapping smilies... :D:D:D)

    The factory team pre-requisites for a "drone rider" would not be a back of the field rider (with humble respexcts to stagehand, brimstone and nordie boy)... but rather a front runner (or near front) "elite" rider given the corporate role of just riding at minimum sustainable pace.

    Why? well the riders (battling) just to survive at the rear of the field are subjecting their bikes to as much (or more) punishment, as an elite rider at front of the pack... take a look at the bikes in th top thirty... as opposed to the bikes in the bottom thirty... by day 10 the ones up front look in fair to excellent shape... the bottom of the pile...? Not so much. :huh And it's not just the fact that factory bikes have mechanics to fettle and polish them every night. How many times do you think that Faria or Pedrero's bike hit the deck... as opposed to rider XYZ back in pos.199...?

    The role of watercarrier or drone on a factory team is a very disciplined one... not all riders are capable... and not all capable riders are able (to put ambitions/egos aside) in order to do the role justice.

    So my intention of this post (not to crush the aspirations of stagehand, Brimstone and Nordie boy :D) but rather to celebrate and highlight the efforts of one Ruben Faria #11.

    He IS the consumate company man/factory rider... in the mould of champons like Thierry Magnaldi, Gilles Picard, Giovanni Sala before him... Ruebens take his role of assistance rider to Cyril despres with the utmost proffessionalism and humilty. In a parallel universe, where number 11 and number 1 were reversed, it is not unlikely that the name R.Faria would stand in the Dakar record book with one... possibly two MOTO titles beside it. Indeed this year... but for two obligated "stops" and team riding instructions - at least chronometrically - there is the case to be made that he would (could) have been highest up on the podium tomorrow?

    In previous editions he has shown glimpses of speed when given off the leash (I still get a woody when I think of the helmet cam footage of him through Fiambala dunes a couple years back... first time out on the 450RR)... but he has always been a "company man". Some riders will always be relegated to this role, and to accept that, and still ride to the best of ones ability is something few of us can possibly understand or appreciate. Much like the professional tour rider in the big pro teams of the cycling world; you do your job in the peloton - often with a great deal of annonymity - and occassionally get to shine... but for the most part you job is to help the star of your team shine. :D

    Ruben Faria this moment is yours to shine...:deal

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  18. yardracer

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    I'm with you garfey....
  19. Stagehand

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    OK FINE :freaky Agreed, Ruben is a true team player. :bow

    Here's some more loving for the Aussies


    Trailzone mag:
    DAKAR DONE: ROCKET ROD LEADS THE AUSSIES HOME!
    The 2013 edition of the Dakar Rally is done and dusted - all that remains is tonight's (our time) ceremonial ride to the finish line presentation.
    Centretune Yamaha's Rod Faggotter (pictured) carried on through the final stage as the top Aussie Moto finisher in the Outright rankings, coming home in an awesome 14th overall on his Yamaha France YZ450F - great job, Rod!
    But then right behind him in 15th overall was Team KTM's Ben Grabham in his Dakar debut, who just kept running stronger as the event rolled on - unreal job, Benny!
    GHR Honda's Warren Strange kept powering on and finished in 24th place, while his GHR Honda team mate Todd Smith notched up 32nd in his first Dakar outing - great work, boys!
    Making like the Energizer Bunny - as he does at Dakar year after year - British-based expat Aussie Simon Pavey just kept going on and on and notched up another Dakar finish, steering his Husqvarna home in 53rd - great effort, Si!
    Meanwhile, Aussie iron man Matt 'Factory' Fish was officially recorded as the 110th placegetter on his Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain factory bike, this after some truly epic efforts helping his lead Husqvarna team mates as their 'water boy' and finishing one stage just before dawn after an engine change, and then going right back out to start the next day's stage less than an hour later - wow!
    In the Quad ranks, GHR Honda teamster Paul Smith finished seventh, which included winning a stage along the way - Awesome!
    Congratulations to all the Aussie riders and their crews on conquering the ultimate off-road motorsport event - champions one and all! - Clubby
  20. Evil Invader

    Evil Invader Been here awhile

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    Well said mr Carpenter. Well said! :thumb