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

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  1. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    True... but what else is left of the bike (wheels, engine, nav gear, bodywork...) who knows!

    Sad day for PAU.

    Jx
  2. Tomas Kocanda

    Tomas Kocanda Long timer

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    We are worried about our friend Jan Vesely, no.68
    No SMS, no tracking.. simply strange. If anyone can find out what is going on stage to him, we would really enjoy it.
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    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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  4. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Pål Anders Ullevålseter Offisielle Fanside · 7,145 like this
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    Det er med frustrasjon og fortvilelse vi må melde at Rally Dakar 2014 er over for Pål Anders Ullevålseters del allerede på dag 2 av rallyet. Motoren på Ullevålseters KTM skar seg etter rundt 290 kilometer av dagens spesialetappe på totalt 433 km mellom San Luis og San Rafael.

    Hvorfor den skar seg er helt uvisst for teamet og har ikke noe med oljemangel å gjøre, hvilket ofte er årsaken. Pål Anders nevner på telefon at han ble liggende i en sky av sand i hele 180 kilometer bak 3 ATW´er uten å komme forbi, men klarer ikke helt å summe seg og konkludere. Han er naturligvis svært, svært skuffet... Pål Anders formidler at han ikke er skadet på noen måte og at sykkelen rett og slett bare stoppet.

    Det hele har vært en surrealistisk situasjon. Etter at sykkelen stoppet, ble en noe forvirret Pål Anders møtt av 5 menn som etter hans sigende, så noe tvilsomme ut. De skal ha sagt at de skulle hjelpe ham å frakte den ødelagte sykkelen tilbake til depoet. Sykkelen er spekket med meget verdifult utstyr, så Pål Anders var derfor noe tvilende til om han skulle forlate den. Den ene av mennenes bror dukket så opp i en bil og tilbød Pål Anders å sitte på den siste biten til depoet, mens de andre gutta skulle ta med sykkelen. Etter 20 minutter får imidlertid mannen Pål Anders sitter på med en telefon fra en av de andre mennene som ble igjen med sykkelen og forteller at broren hans har skutt seg og er død... Dette forteller Pål Anders meg, men han skjønner like lite av det hele som vi gjør!?!... Sjåføren velger så å slippe av Pål Anders som får sitte på videre med noen andre, mens sjåføren snur for å snakke med politi og muligens returnere til der den døde broren, de 4 resterende mennene og sykkelen til Pål Anders ligger. Om vår mann noen gang får se sykkelen igjen er uvisst...

    Så... en merkelig dag som altså avslutter Dakar 2014 for Pål Anders sin del. Forhåpentligvis blir det retur i 2015, men i mellomtiden blir fokus nå rettet mot andre løp og familie. Pål Anders er svært skuffet, men sier samtidig at "sånn er racing".

    Pål Anders blir for øvrig værende igjen i Sør Amerika de neste dagene for å møte sponsorer som har tatt seg turen over, samt for å støtte Francisco Arredondo og resten av Team Ullevålseter.

    Pål Anders official fan site:

    It is with frustration and despair that we must inform DAKAR 2014 is over for PAU already in the second stage of the rally. The motor on Ullevålsäters KTM seized at around 290 kilometer av todays special of total (EDIT corrected 359 km) between San Luis and san rafael.

    Why it did so is unkown to the team, and had nothing to do with the oil level, which is often the cause. Pål Anders mentioned on telephone that that he lay in a stream of sand behind 3 ATV's for 180 km's - without being able to pass and was not completely able to conclude (the stage).
    He is naturally bitterly dissappointed... Pål Anders informs that he is not injured in any measure and that the bike just stopped.

    The whole thing was a surreal situation, a somewhat confused PÅL was met by 5 men, who by his description - looked somewhat suspicious. Apparently they said they would help him transport the dead bike back to the bivouac. The bike has a lot of valuable equipment, so Pål Anders was very unsure that he should leave it. One of the mens "brother" turned up with a car and invited Pål to ride the last bit to the bivouac, while the others would come with the bike. Efter 20 minutes the man (car driver) informs Pål Anders that he has had a phone call from one of the other guys (with the bike) that his brother has been shot and is dead... This - relates Pål Anders - has a little to do with the "madness" of this whole thing we do...?!?! The driver chooses to drop off PÅL who hitches a ride further with somone else, meanwhile the driver turns to talk with the police and probably return to where his dead brother, the 4 other guys and Pål Anders bike is still. And just where, sometime he will see his bike again is unsure...

    So... a strange day that concludes DAKAR 2014 for Pål Anders part. Hopefully a return in 2015, be in the immediate future will his focus be aimed at other races and family. Pål Ander is deeply dissappointed, but at the same time says "that's racing".

    pål Anders will be in South America the next few days to meet sponsors who have undertaken a tour to visit the rally (EDIT VIP rest day probably) , as well as support Francisco Arredondo and the rest of Team Ullevålsäter.

    :1drinkTSC translate... I'll get PAU to shout me a coke next time I see him. :D<!-- / message --><!-- sig -->
  5. homerj

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    My bad, I'd forgotten they'd confirmed a roadbook class for that one. Still unlikely to see an instruction in the RB to go 'hors piste' across the sand dunes of mid-Wales though :rofl
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  10. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Crime of opportunity if a crime at all? Seems like it would not be worth the effort to unload a few KTM bits.
  11. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    This was the scenario I conjured up also...

    More f5un and games like the bedouin bike retrieval expers in Mauritania and Mali...

    "Yeah sure... we'll drop it right of at the bivouac for you..." :rofl

    Pål will be pissed if that's so... he pays for his bikes. :eek1
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    Cyril Despres - Yamaha Factory Racing
    “I arrived a little too quickly on a note in the road book at around kilometre 250 and went over the handlebars. Fortunately it was a soft landing so the bike wasn’t damaged but it took me a while to dust myself down and get going again and inevitably I lost time. Overall a day to forget.”


    Olivier Pain - Yamaha Factory Racing
    “The stage started off really fast and finished that way too, but in between there was a nice section of dunes, a little like Le Touquet, which was really fun to ride. I got a little stuck in the dust early on but made up some time in the sand and as a result moved up a little in the overall rankings. Now I’m approaching the top 10 and am well placed on the eve of the first marathon stage.”


    Frans Verhoeven - Yamaha Netherlands Verhoeven
    “Mainly fast today with some dunes and a few river beds, quite technical in places. Like Olivier I got a little stuck in other peoples dust but that’s part of the race. In the past I might have got overexcited in that kind of situation and tried to overtake in an inappropriate place but now I’m older but wiser. My intention here isn’t to take chances and put in a good time one day only to lose it the next. This year my strategy is to build my race slowly but surely and see where that leaves me at the final finish.”


    Michael Metge - Yamaha Factory Racing
    “It was an OK day until I got into the bivouac and discovered that the officials had given me a 41 minute penalty for supposedly arriving late at the bivouac yesterday evening – something I don’t understand at all as I came in at the same time as Cyril. Currently the organisers are looking at my GPS to check when I actually arrived and hopefully all that should be cleared up this evening. It kind of took the fun out the day…”
  13. Balkan Boy

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    Hey Tomas.
    Could it be that he's in the bivouac?

    124 (83)
    068 - JAN VESELY (CZE) YAMAHA 09:50:00 (83) +00:43:17 (107) +04:44:27 (124)
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    XSpearsX Proud Dakar Wife

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    He's in at the finish 135th.
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    To us perhaps. For whatever they get out of it however, considering monthly income for them, it's worth every penny. Never underestimate the power of despairation.
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