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

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

  1. Olmer

    Olmer Been here awhile

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    I assume that if you are a rider of the malles motos, struggling every night for the maintenance of your bike, and you see an other competitor in the malle moto having his bike rebuild every night by a truck crew, you would be very pissed...
  2. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    My guess (and hope) is the latter. Otherwise he's lost his medal as well.
  3. Dekatria

    Dekatria Ad Astra Per Aspera

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    There's assistance and assistance. In the MM class pretty much everyone gets assistance of some degree, and RVP states himself that he certainly didn't get any more than Payen has.

    Either way, it's all a bit too coincidental to me. RVP wins, Frenchy silver-medalist (who, seemingly so, has committed the same offense he's objecting against) throws a fit, and whaddya know.
  4. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    You would think some photographic proof of the bike being worked on while parked there would be necessary too though. That snippet doesn't give many details....
  5. charlie264

    charlie264 Long timer

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    thanks for that, yes ive been following nicolas's jouney starting at 127, through the 100's to finish malles moto in 87...epic finish



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    There is a moral of austerity in the adventure lived by Nicolas Boyer during these two weeks of racing. While certain pilots see deep pockets as the path to glory, the rider from Annonay made his comeback to the rally with a 1999 motorcycle, following his debut in 2001. "My Honda 400 XR is probably the least expensive motorcycle in the rally, it only cost 3,500 euros. I trusted it from the beginning, and rightly so. I had a few scares, but luck was on my side. My front wheel is bent and has a broken spoke, but it still does its job and I don't have a spare part. My ring snapped off from behind. I only had two screws on me and I got two more from spectators nearby. A small miracle", explains Nicolas, who was also helped by a guardian angel in Chile: "The zip on my jacket was torn off, so I rode two stages with my jacket open. Back home, my wife posted an appeal for help on Facebook. A woman came to see me at the bivouac, I gave her my jacket and she brought it back the next morning so that I could continue." Nicolas also broke two ribs on the road, but he clenched his teeth while savouring his success: "It boggles the mind that my motorcycle survived, seeing everything it was put through. I'd probably have had some more fun with a more powerful motorcycle, but I'm not sure I'd still be here."

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    +1, well done, 87th place...

    http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2013/us/rider/127.html
  6. Flanny

    Flanny Flanny-it-up!

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    If anyone recorded the Podium show, I'm really looking for the clip of Pat Beaule #154 - he proposed to his GF on the podium,and his mom wants to see it!!!
  7. Luna Negra

    Luna Negra Adventurer

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    What the hell am I supposed to do next week??
  8. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    That was a really great two weeks, went by quickly, huh? Thanks to everyone for making this event so much more than a race.

    Pyndon's blueprint should inspire more of those out there dreaming of doing the Dakar. His plan and execution were just excellent from conception to finish.

    Looking forward to next year.
  9. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    Le Patron. What more to say? After last year's bashing (yes I bashed as well, mudgate was infuriating), it's good to see a different Cyril. Ever since Rally Maroc, where sadly his nemesis Marc Coma withdrew, we have seen a more humane side to him. Not to take away anything from his superb race craft, strategy, and riding. One stage win only this year, but in Rally racing, as in war, it's not the battles that count, but the entire campaign. I am in awe.


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    Fifth title for Cyril, one short of the great Peterhansel's 6 on bikes. I think Cyril will be gunning for that record next year. There have been rumours of an HRC contract, I'm not so sure anymore. KTM have proven they have the team, that, when the going gets tough, get their shit together and perform. Five bloody Dakar wins. HRC would be well suited to stick with the riders they have got and focus on improving the bike and the support aspects of the team.

    Loved this little sequence (somebody intelligent can make one of those fancy gifs, it's from the Eurosport Stage 14 Interviews coverage)

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    Five freaking titles.

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    Not to mention his genuine appreciation of his water carrier Ruben Faria. As gutted as I am for Chaleco, second place couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy. I always wondered what the KTM water boys' potential was, and though I was counting on Pedrero this year due to Marc's absence, it seems that a good water carrier needs a bloody good Boss to follow. Not to take anything away from Pedrero, 5th overall is still a damn fine performance.


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    We can only speculate how well Ruben will perform in coming years if Cyril is absent, but I'm guessing pretty darn well

    Third place man, Chaleco. so happy for him, he seems to have overcome more than his fair share of hardships and rotten luck, first with the under-par Geofil Aprilia team and the heartbreak of losing out to Helder for 3rd and then his horrific injuries. I was surprised at how magnanimously he accepted the engine change and the 3rd place on the podium this year, despite having to push hard on the last day to escape the claws of the amazing Slovakian privateer, Ivan Jakes. Chaleco genuinely looks like he loves riding for his country and the fans in Chile. Tip of the hat, and a fantastic comeback for him


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    * and on a side note, Troy brought up the matter of Cyril's engine change the night of the marathon stage (I don't remember if it was also discussed here on the day of the motor change at the rest day, I'm pretty sure it was): It would make a lot of sense, if I were a team manager, to force a water carrier to fit a new engine the day before the marathon, so if a #1 rider does have to change, he gets his 15 minute penalty but an almost new engine. Dabrowski apparently showed a penalty of 15 minutes the day before the marathon stage which then seemingly disappeared. I never caught it, but even if he did, it would only penalise him and not Cyril. That's racing, when running at the sharp end you have to take advantage of whatever you can. I'm sure the other teams are already giving the tactic some thought for 2014...

    Does that mean the F1-ification of Dakar? Possibly, but that's the route they have elected to go down. More fans on the course. Greater TV coverage (of which I am sure we are all grateful. The France 4 broadcasts were a revelation this year). Shorter, more technical stages for smaller, more fragile bikes. Specials that seem to reward balls-to-the-wall riding. And yet, an "old school" master tactician and expert pace-setter wins again. The Dakar is becoming a bit of a paradox in regards to what it was, yet fortunately remains the ultimate off road race with the ultimate bragging rights. Alors c'est la vie, till next year...

    Hopefully with more manufacturers (Kawasaki, Suzuki get your fingers out of your ass and pledge a budget for some riders FFS), more riders (Coma and Quinn come to mind), more ADV inmates to race the bloody thing and more F5ers to cheer them on.

    Hope to catch more than a few of you at a rally some day :D
  10. Jurassic

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    An excellent summary there Brodo. Thanks to you all for being great company over the last two weeks. I know this thread wouldn't happen without the Dakar but it almost becomes a living breathing thing for those magical days. I feel privileged to have been a small part of it and to witness the triumphs and tragedies of the race itself. Cheers folks. :beer
  11. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    F5pursuit Team 2014: Let's see, big toy hauler motorhome, 6 dirt bikes in the back, rotating team of F5riders armed with high-end smart phones and budget for bandwidth (and Radio Maray's phone#:lol3) , deploy the team in pairs along each stage as the RV moves on, regroup each night, long-riders rotate, etc. :augie
  12. paulk46

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    Now theres a plan
  13. Some Dude

    Some Dude what attitude problem???

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    Didn't get to the show in time for that, have a whole bunch of video for everything else though!
  14. Goofy1

    Goofy1 Been here awhile

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    I tuned in late today; did anyone get a screen snap of Luis 150 on the podium?
  15. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    Guy's - just can't resist one more post :D

    There is a lot of questions around what opportunities will Ruben have when Cyril "retires" :eek1

    Apart from the fact Cyril won't go anywhere until he has a crack at 7 titles; and whether KTM continue a factory team or not as Cyril has the money and support for his own team, Ruben is actually older than him, so it's unlikely to happen unless he is going to ride as long as his dad :lol3:lol3
  16. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Until next year...:wave
  17. XSpearsX

    XSpearsX Dakar Widow

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    XSpearsX Dakar Widow

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    We were having somebody video. But haven't heard/seen it uploaded yet.
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    XSpearsX Dakar Widow

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    :thumb
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    XSpearsX Dakar Widow

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    I didn't hear about that. LOVE!!!! What a man!!! :clap