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Discussion in 'Racing' started by HellasRally, Oct 5, 2012.
Angelo today had the 3rd time on SS1!
http://moto-live.info/SM/Stage 1 Moto-Quad.pdf
And so moves up from 52nd to 20th overall!
That's bringing him up to 20th overall May be he can pull up his sleeve a third place if they go to some tricky Nav place as Magellan does not tend to get lost
Nice to see that Bill is leading the pack
Thanks to all for the encouraging words, much appreciated!
Had a smashing day, got 3rd on the 1st Special of 107kms, the first half was wide open terrain and spent it hanging with Ollie Lloyd who had started 2 minutes ahead, unfortunately a loose Hand guard slowed him down, I caught up and we played cat and mouse for the next 50 or so kms... then the terrain got bit more technical and he suffered a bit on his larger 690R, I was able to hit a very tricky navigation tulip correctly and blasted off into the second half of the Special which was pure bliss, hard packed mountain trails with quick changes of direction - too much fun.
Second Special didn't go too well, it was really wide and slippery gravel roads (or dare I say avenues) which connected quarries, followed by a technical but very rocky section, one part looked like Hell's Gate had landed in Greece. I switched to survival mode and got 20th but pretty happy that I am now placed 12th in the overall, 2nd in my class (M2).
Tomorrow has been cancelled, apparently the organisation has deemed that the route has been corroded too much and is not passable. A few riders (myself included) suggested we ride one of the previous days again but to no avail.
Pretty bummed as I want as many Specials as possible to compensate for my shitty performance of the 1st day, but i guess these things happen. On the upside, we get some extra rest tomorrow and more time to tinker with the bike, today's second Special was brutal on my poor machine, even though I haven't crashed once (yet).
Catch y'all later
Just so you get an idea of the first Special, an amzing image once again by Alessio:
(overshooting a turn is not an option here)
So, rest day was a bit of a disappointment.
Plus, about that awesome day hanging with Ollie? We both blasted through a speed limit zone, I got a 35 minute penalty dropping me to 6th in my class
Back to square one
At least tomorrow there are two long stages, 214kms in total. Fun fun!
I hope the tracks are enjoyable and not just fast gravel roads and rock gardens ..
Speed limits in motor sport racing ...
Why even live any more?
oh no .....
Next thing you know they give penalties for dangerous driving :huh
Or missing flags!
Hope everyone is back safe at home.
Thank you all for sharing this experience with us these days, it was great meeting so many people.
I hope you stay with the smile I saw on the ceremony.
Will miss you all, but it is only 11 months until we meet again in Lepanto.
Greetings from the organization to you all.
It was a great race, congratulations to all the finishers and to the organisation for amending the problems of last year. Timekeeping & results were almost perfect (just the matter of penalties from the first two days showing up only after day 3), and the tracking worked perfectly.
I managed to cock-up my race on the last liaison of the last day. Entered the last day 5th in my class, rode like hell in the Special to get the 5th best time (despite getting lost in the middle and crashing heavily in the dust while chasing what was probably the only deaf Italian rider in the race). My result in the Special put me in 2nd in my class. I then proceeded to get a 12 minute delay penalty in the liaison, which was the tightest liaison of the whole race after 6 days of leisurely cruising on very loose liaisons. There must be a Malakas prize waiting for me somewhere.
Very happy for my friend Vassilis Boudros who won the overall after a cliff-hanger of a fight with Christian Pastori which lasted until the very last day, Vassilis rode an amazing race, and is showing excellent signs of maturing as a racer.
Big shout to young Ollie Lloyd as well, he has a very bright future ahead of him, I think he is a natural, and posted a very impressive result, I think top 7 if you subtract a massive 52 minute speeding penalty which he managed to pick up on the day we were rubbing elbows on a fast downhill section (with huge trucks coming in the opposite direction. Fun fun)
Full daily reports to follow, it was great to meet up with many web acquaintances and put faces to names, and, despite my fuck-up gotta say I am very pleased with my results and my pace which was pretty fast, maybe even too fast in some places (I have plenty of new white hairs on my head).
Bring on the next one.
Hahahahaha, I have been in Greece and know what you mean, heard it many times!
By the way thanks for sharing your experience and congratulations for your performance!
It sure was a great rally! Perfect roadbooks, nice weather and challenging special stages. Sometimes a bit too fast and too easy navigation to my taste, but I really enjoyed it.
Also a lot of photographers along the way... does anybody know how to contact them to order photos?
I thought it was all awesome. Good roadbooks, good mix of speeds. Sometimes any slower it would have been a navigation enduro so the fast sections were good.
I'd also like to see any pictures people took, especially of near the end of stage 2 on thursday
Back to work again. Liked this rally really much, I am better in navigation than speed which shows in the daily results (good results when navigation was more tricky). I am also good in collecting speed penalties (44 min) .
All in all it was not a though one (like Albania rally), but well organized, good people and beatyfull landscapes.
32 Gb of movies are awaiting editing.....
Received the first shots from Alessio Corradini... can't wait to see them all!