Dakar 2014 - Official Event Coverage - thank you all, lurkers and posters!!!

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  1. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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    Quite a 'penalty zone' there. If that drop off is on a curve, is it a !! or !!! in the roadbook?

    His rear wheel is smashed as is his subframe so he might have cartwheeled? Yikes!
  2. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    Apologies Pilbara - you are quite right, there is a guy racing a quad who won the place on the Dakar this year after finishing well in Desafio Ruta and winning the Dakar Challenge - sorry I don't recall the name right now* - but yes, he is only 18!

    So Robert Van Pelt is the youngest Moto rider this year... (and I believe up until this year, was the youngest - or at least joint-youngest competitor in a Dakar) - I stand corrected!

    Jx

    *edit: #276 Jeremías González Ferioli

    http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/276.html
  3. Evil Invader

    Evil Invader Been here awhile

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  4. LC4Dakar

    LC4Dakar Been here awhile

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    I gotta ask. What's with the 6 clothes hangers while marking the roadbook?

  5. Pyndon

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    Sub-frame on a 450RR? :confused
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  7. Myway

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  8. Pyndon

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    You can draw them on the right hand side of the road book on a tripple caution. If you don't slow down or pay attention, you'll be hanging up your gear! :lol3

    No, on a serious note, they are to hang clothes from the tent, as shown in the background :D
  9. Myway

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    El Dakar no pasará por el Salar de Uyuni debido a las lluvias que anegaron la zona

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    The organizers of the Dakar Rally today that defined step of close them to 200 riders will not be for the Salar de Uyuni due to constant rains that drowned the area.



    At press conference Gregori Murac, director of relationships outside of the Amaury Sport Organisation in the Dakar, said that the competitors they anticipates salting to prevent damage to motorcycles, since the combination of water and salt can corrode the machines.



    "On the stage of salt water conditions that are now is 50 centimeters in 6 km, when one goes deeper we are talking about between 10 and 15 water and these conditions do not allow bikes to cross the Salar", said Murac.



    He also explained that this type of competition will be framed in the protection of the environment and archaeology, as well as safety precautions to ensure the health of competitors and the people who will be meeting in the competition.



    According to the Organization of the event, competitors would perform the following path in the seventh and eighth stage: partiran of Rosario, Salta in Argentina, then they enter Bolivia through Villazon, Tupiza, Atocha, Uyuni, Colchani, Salinas de Garci Mendoza, Tunupa and enter Chile by Ollagüe.
  10. rmhrc628

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    I think he snapped both!! Fark
  11. DudaRO

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  12. Stagehand

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    The rest day is part of the Dakar tradition but it is also something of a euphemism. All over the bivouac the mechanics are flat out rebuilding the bikes while the riders are kept busy sorting out their equipment, treating their blisters and bruises and doing interviews. At 14h00 the road book for tomorrow will be issued and then at 18h00 there will be the briefing. If they are lucky they might at least get an early night. And they will need it as tomorrow they will start the first day of the marathon stage at 4h30 in the morning!

    Cyril Despres

    "Well it hasn’t been such an easy first week for anybody. The organisers promised us a tough rally and they have more than kept that promise, with a lot of riders, including some of the very best, already out of the race. The fact that we are new team with a new bike has made the challenge even tougher and we’ve had a couple of problems that have cost us precious time and currently I’m 11th overall at 2h24 from the leader. If my analysis is correct, the second week is going to be even tougher and from my point of view that’s good news. Right now I really don’t know how far I will be able to move up the rankings but if the second week is anything like the first then pretty much anything could happen. The ‘charm’ of the Dakar is that nobody knows the result until the end of the very last stage. What I do know is that I will give everything I’ve got all the way to the end. I’m a racer - that’s the only way I know."

    Michael Metge

    "I’m obviously disappointed with Cyril’s position. My job is to help him, so if he’s having a hard time I feel the same emotion. One of the many things that has impressed me this week though has been his motivation and his belief in himself. He never gives up and always keeps pushing. For my part I’ve really felt the benefit of all the training I did in the months leading up to the rally. This time last year I was feeling pretty exhausted, but this year, despite the difficult of the race so far, I feel on top form and more than ready for what is to come. That for sure has had an impact on my mental state because I also feel really positive. Cyril has had an important role to play there as well. With just a few well-chosen words he helps me find the right pace and the right attitude."
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    From Cyril's FB:
    :gerg too slow... Stagehand beat me to it :freaky
  14. MeRide

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    So this is Enric Marti Flix of the JVO Gas Gas team suffering from heat. Shows just how bad it can be. He also has a lot of pre-existing black and blue bruising from falls? The rider helping him is Gerard Farres Guell and he is showing as a withdrawal. Why did Farres withdrawal? <-- EDIT: I see Farres listed in the Cliff Notes thread as a bike fire. Bummer.
  15. beechum1

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    There was about 50 km's of following a river. He couodbhave come in too hot on one and wemt over the edge. It would not likely have been marked.
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    For me this was the scariest video of the Dakar, Heat Exhaustion approaching Heat Stroke (as it appears from my monitor) is not to be taken lightly! Again a Big and Heartfelt Thank You to the pilots out there that came across suffering compatriots and took immediate action, there is no doubt in my mind that lives were saved because of that. :clap:clap:clap

    Pyndon's post was spot on describing the dangers of heat!.

    RIP Eric
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    Who's hiding that like button around here:freaky

    It is Ned. Keeping Ms. Dirty up on all of the latest news and all I keep getting is eye rolls from over on the other side of the desk.

    It's taken me a few years to get this Dakar thing figured out but I'm getting there.

    Is it really that much more of a bear this year than previous?

    Dirty
  19. Myway

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  20. F650Dakar_Norway

    F650Dakar_Norway What off-season?

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    Ullevalseters bike is now retrieved and back in bivouac.
    ICO's, CAP-repeater etc. seem OK.

    Only front fairing missing. Probably souvenir on somebodys wall over there.

    Photo by Vladimir Kusnier ( inmate "690rr" ), at present team mechanic with the Speedbrain Team.

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