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

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  1. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo TeeMarrZee

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    Feels good though .... and looks good on the CV! Hell, a win's a win!
  2. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Riaan in in 7' 55 off Sam's time. This is good news. Steadily climbing overall, but I still want to know what happened after CP1. He was doing very well until that point.
  3. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    Time will tell, but yes the stats state that maybe 25 - 30% won't be there, but which 25 - 30%?
    Sam may be 24, but I can assure you he doesn't think like it when riding :clap:clap:1drink
  4. Aussie66

    Aussie66 Been here awhile

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    I thinking They have been nipping for a few rallies now. Half these riders? Half of the snappers will at least still be around. "The Force is strong in these fellas" but you are right consistency is key. They just might consistently win a few stages more.

    But the show is certainly not over. When the gap is 35 min over CD and MC then maybe then does the leader have a chance.

    I fear some tears will flow on this Dakar before the end is in sight.
  5. ianofmcmillan

    ianofmcmillan Been here awhile

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    Sam's average speed - 97.0 kph

    CdP and MC's average speed - 93.7 kph
  6. Cuttle

    Cuttle twisted

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    so Ingo Zahn is still missing too... maybe he was chasing Laia too :norton
  7. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Norwegian rider Pal Anders Ullevalseter has just signalled a problem with his KTM. He is attempting to repair after around 290 km of the bike special stage.
  8. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    I think its was just a faulty tracker. Hoping the same for Laia.
    Next up is another "brit" Shane Diener and Dave Reeve from Zambia. We hope!! :turkish
  9. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    Today we're all Brits.
    Well done Sam!
  10. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Bummer, i always enjoyed Pal's consistent riding
  11. kaosrider

    kaosrider Been here awhile

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    Blah...Don't forget the ASO, CD and MC may still get some time back for unexpected mud or something...:evil
  12. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Knowing him he will fix it and finish, and climb back up again like he did last year. He is a solid tough, tough performer. Him and Kemal Merkitt define the spirit of the Dakar for me.
  13. charapa

    charapa Been here awhile

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    Laia in at +27:47 ! :clap:clap:clap
  14. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Just a tracker problem? I hope! Still no CP1 time......
  15. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Fantastic!!! Im so glad we wont have to look at Bang Bang :rofl

    Must have been a tracker issue as suspectedl! :clap
  16. 640 Armageddon

    640 Armageddon Do or Do Not. There is no try.

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    :knary .... 20+ pages to catch up.... What on earth is going on people ?! I just caught up !

    Nice post Ned, indeed the people behind the scenes and the explanation from you, shows the gigantic size of the race.

    Regarding the race and CP being far from the top. Hold your horses people. I am with Jenny in this one. What HRC does at the moment (of course it is always good to win the stages, even if you loose the race you can still advertise that you have won all the stages or whatever), but the real deal will be after the rest day.
    Cyril will keep it low and ''judge'' the other riders. My guess is that 20 minutes behind (Neil said 25, but I think it will be difficult this year to match this number with all the young guns around) is ok for CP. Let the tricky stages begin and all these young guns will be flying in the wrong direction. :lol3 Even Grabbo has admited his navigation skills (or better, the lack off....). He is a good rider and I am sure high temos will not have a large effect on him. But, most of these young shooters, the experience is only in two aliens. Coma and Despres. And, personally, I think it would be between these two...


    For me Sherco is a big surprise up there, and a good one. Alain is doing amazing things there.
    [​IMG]

    The Escale twins are flying today, once I have more news from the team will post. Pellicer seems to be doing ok as well. They are all running Mk1 roadbooks so I am sure they will not get confused in the dunes :D
    The unfortunate thing is that I did not have enough time to set up the Suzukis with dataloggers, it would be fun to watch the data on these bikes. Temps were quite high from what I have seen....
  17. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Laia en zona de meta

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  18. Screamingeagle3

    Screamingeagle3 Been here awhile

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  19. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Brett's wife Gail reports in

    "Hi everyone. I spoke to Brett briefly this last night and this morning, he managed to park his tent next to a wi-fi spot, too poor to skype but could text for a while. After yesterday's issues with his rear rim lock, he had put new mouses and a new tyre on the back. He seems a lot more positive for today than what he did yesterday. His only complaint was about the little sleep compared to last year, but understands it's something he is going to have to get used to. He also mentioned the liason stages were pretty boaring and the special stage quite easy to navigate. I know he sends Barry Batemin updates too. Thanks a million for all your updates Barry, very informative and much appreciated, seems we have much quicker and more accurate updates. Also many more followers and likes on Twitter and Facebook. I get goosebumps when I see all the support Brett has, thanks to all."
  20. charapa

    charapa Been here awhile

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    I LOVE Spanish! Maray DJ's just made up the word "irritraje".. as in "en caso de Laia, solo fue un error de irritraje" :deal:deal
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