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

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  1. Uller

    Uller Long timer

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    Sure did. Some sizeable time gaps were made today, in all classes.

    Tomorrow sure looks like a tough one, even without 100 km of it. Not to mention the fact of no service tomorrow night.

    I foresee some rim riding on stage 4. :deal
  2. silentwolf

    silentwolf Been here awhile

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    My gawd, he's a foodie. Posting the food up to some cuisine site..! :rofl

    Either that or he's sending up to HRC for deveoping next year's breakfast... :lol3
  3. XSpearsX

    XSpearsX Proud Dakar Wife

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  4. zenjen

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    It was nice that they did a Kurt Caselli tribute segment, with words from Quinn Cody.
  5. rallye

    rallye Been here awhile

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    I was at the first stage in 2009 at Santa Rosa ,2 guys hit a rut and were unconscious ,then to my amazement the medical staff let them continue in the race !!!
  6. Mad Cow

    Mad Cow Dakar Addict!

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    Penalty to Carlton Kirby on Eurosport.

    "and don't forget the other British riders, Jay Paul and Jamie Smith"


    Errr Carlton I think you mean PAUL JAY!
  7. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Mai Llinares on Twitter just said that Spanish TV reported Marc Coma might have to swap engines already!
  8. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    And Grabbie!
  9. F650Dakar_Norway

    F650Dakar_Norway What off-season?

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    http://ipad.dagbladet.no/2014/01/06/sport/dakar/pal_anders_ullevalseter/31149450/

    "- There was a whole bunch that would take everything I own and have. It was a place you don't want to hang around.

    Dramatic for Ullevålseter in the Dakar Rally .


    ( Dagbladet ) : In the evening it was announced that Pål Anders Ullevålseter had to break this year's edition of the Dakar Rally . And under mildly mysterious circumstances .

    The engine at Ullevålseter's KTM seized after about 290 km of the day's special stage totaling 433 km between San Luis and San Rafael . Why the engine quit is completely uncertain for the team and have no oil shortage to do, which is often the cause.

    After the engine stopped , five men met Ullevålseter and said they would help him get the bike back to the pits.

    - I know where the bike was, but I do not know if I'll get it back . It stood in the middle of some sand dunes where there are very many road sections. We have the Iritrack satellite system, so the organizer can see where it stands . It is normally picked up 12-15 hours after I 've been there, says Ullevålseter Dagbladet.

    Drama
    And here started the drama . This is a bike that is packed with valuable equipment and, therefore, the 45 -year-old was wary of letting the five men take care of it alone . He should then have been invited to ride in a car where one of the five men's brother was the driver . This he accepted .

    - It was no problem to leave the bike , because this was no place to be at. It was over 40 degrees , and a whole bunch that will have everything you own and have. There are so many strange things happening , says Ullevålseter .

    - There was so much unsafe surroundings. I figured that if I leave this place , they'll steal my instruments or entire bike . So I took with me three instruments worth NOK 20 000 a piece.

    Fraud ?
    After about 20 minutes drive got the man who drove Ullevålseter a call from one of the men who were left with the bike with the message that his brother has taken his own life. Ullevålseter was then released , and got a ride with someone else while the previous driver went to find the police.

    - There were five of us there. So I got a ride with two that would drive me out of the desert . There was talk of NOK 1000 for a 100km ride . When we had run 20km , one guy got a call . One of the other three shot himself .

    Think you 've been scammed?

    - No, this happened. He is told to contact the police . Because the brother of one in the car is dead . There were lots of police along the route . I have not paid anything for the trip. He got the phone out and talks to the police. Then I jump out of the car and find someone else to hitchhike with . He would not have the money anyway, he says.

    - I'm pretty sure it has nothing with it ( fraud ) to do. Ever since I landed in Buenos Aires, so there have been so many strange things . There 's nothing surprises me anymore.

    50/50
    Nevertheless , Ullevålseter are disappointed after the race is already on the second leg . This was not what he had set for himself before the start.

    - It's amazingly disappointing. This is Day 2. I try to console myself that this was not Day 12. I have mechanics that I've had for 12 years , and we have run eleven times in Dakar without problems. Everything is new and everything should be fine. It is not something mechanical that is the mechanic 's fault here , because then he would have shot himself , he said.

    When asked if he thinks he's ever going to see his bike again , he's not so sure .

    - It's probably 50/50. It would be nice to get it back whole , he said.

    - About three days coming down the sponsors . I can well serve as a guide.

    Modest start
    The Norwegian had a rather modest start to the race and was number 43 on the race's first leg , before hisadventure today ended abruptly.

    Ullevålseter will otherwise remain in South America the next day to meet the sponsors who have made ​​the trip over , and to support Francisco Arredondo and the rest of Team Ullevålseter ."
  10. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Awww... C'mon now Rob... I've seen you and a lotta blokes you know, chew panadien forte like they were tic tacs, and skulk off outta site of the medic tent, so as to avoid the doc's "thumbs down". :wink:

    With all on the line (cost of a DAKAR campaign) it is amazing what some people will supress or disguise not to get the DNF on medical grounds...
  11. silentwolf

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    My rule of thumb for the last few years is 10 minutes at rest day. With all the chaos that could happen, anyone within 20-30 minutes of the lead could still be a contender but it's highly unlikely. Especially with Marathon stages in the mix. After rest day anyone could potentially have a chance at the podiun if there are any issues at the front. The odds obviously decrease each day.

    Aliens can make up three minutes out of desperation in the last 2-3 stages on each other, but until another alien comes up the ranks (or is passed the baton) there's not much chance once you get past that 5-10 minute point.

    Speaking of Aliens: Can they get concussions? :huh
    I know the AMA has instituted concussion testing now for riders here in the states in several pro events. I wonder if the medical staff is looking to that for the ASO/FIM? Again, they would have to find out about it and get them to the tent...
  12. Dakar Dan

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    That's Grabbo. He's a fellow citizen of the Banana Republic of Oz last I checked. 6th on SS and up to 9th overall it looks like. Looks to be staking his claim early. Let's hope not too early. Go Ben!!
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    LOL - but don't be too harsh on Carlton - he's the best Dakar commentator we've got (he is the only one but .........)
  14. Flood

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    Not according to the ASO he isn't! :lol3
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    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Whaaaaat?

    I cannot watch the teledeportes show live because of country blocks, it will be available some time later on... That is some serious shit there..

    Caught a nice vstrom 1000 review at the end of the ES show, wonder how much that cost... :deal
  16. Bluebull2007

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    Interesting...so he said the ASO thought he was 41 minutes late into the bivouac. I still think it might be for speeding, but we will see.

    Great post Silentwolf. You'll just have to forgo sleep like the rest of us :webers


    :lol2 That one nearly caught me out too buts its the way they have his name on the posis.

    True this. I walked on a fractured foot to show the FIM guy I was okay in Brazil. I'm not sure I was all tat convincing, because he just smiled at me knowingly and said, "Okay then, good luck for tomorrow".
  17. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Is related to the stone/selector shaft problem he remidied during the stage (possible damage to gearbox) or have the motor (cylinder/valves) gone off song? :ear


    (goes off loooking... looking...)
  18. Balkan Boy

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    He did have a stone jammed in the chain/sprocket/engine case.
    Maybe there is further damage.
    Or are they playing tactics before marathon stage and hopping they'll force everybody's hand.
  19. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    The only Eurosport English commentator right now, and I've always liked his commentary style. :thumb

    France4 has been doing a good job so far and more bivy dirt and great videos, or like they say (translated: less blah, blah, more images). I liked the not-so-glamorous "real story" of the 2014 Roadbook making on the France4 Stage1 Highlights, many sand digouts, towouts, blown Toyota engine on Castera's rig, that had to be towed to civilization, etc. :deal
  20. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Those penalty minutes are NOT what Coma would want right now. This would introduce a chance at a second engine swap which would remove his chance at winning. If he used one ip in two relatively easy stages one would think lasting on the second one for 11 more stages isn't likely.

    15 minutes for first, 45 for second if memory serves. 45 would be a deal breaker for anyone hoping to win :nod
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