Honda preparing Dakar assault

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  1. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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    I was dumbfounded when I recieved the news (from too old) on tuesday morning... first Sam going down hard and THEN Felipe's accident shortly thereafter.

    Someone must have backed one of the HRC team box vans over a cardboard carton full of black cats! :huh

    Obviously a stressfull couple of days for Felipe and Sam's families and HRC keeping wraps on a public statement during the time that passed... the three big questions for mine just now are;

    1. Hopes and prayers to Felipe and his family for a full recovery.

    2. Postive energy heading Sam's way for as speedy a recovery/rehabilitation as possible... hope to see him back in the saddle at full capacity by the time the FIM rally calender kicks in. :clap

    3. When HRC make the official announcement as to what happened and who (if) will fill the (one or both) vacant slots at HRC for the "big show" in january? Or will they just run with the three rider squad now? :ear

    I put my vote "in" for setting the wheels in motion, with a few e-mails and phone calls just over 48 hours ago... Waiting to see now with great apprehension what the brass at HRC decide put forth as a statement, and plan to do as far as the Dakar 2013 squad is concerned... :wink:


    Again, thoughts and prayers with Felipe and a "get well soon" to Sam... rotten luck mate!
  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia vir sapit qui pauca loqui

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    Thoughts and prayers for Sam and Felipe. Rotten news.
    Fingers and toes crossed for Felipe's recovery, such bad news , but he is in the best hands.

    Shit news none the less.

    Mr Honda do you want Jakes number? I have it right here. :deal
  3. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Wow :eek1 that sucks

    There is a top ten, newly retired rider who would be a great addition to the HRC team.......
  4. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Time to unretire? Love to see that.
  5. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5ool

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  6. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    Fans, friends and sponsors of Felipe Zanol:

    Last Tuesday our champion suffered an accident while training for the Dakar Rally and has been hospitalized in the United States, as most of you know.

    As of this moment we don't have an official medical bulletin but the news are encouraging. Zanol's mechanic, Ricardinho, arrived last night in the United States and was with the pilot who hit his head during the fall and nedeed to go into induced coma.

    The fact is that Zanol got out of the coma, since his intracranian pressure lowered enough. According to Ricardinho, our champ is still not fully awake but answers to all stimuli and is recovering within the expectations.

    We ask everyone to keep praying and sending positive energy towards Zanol, he is a warrior and we have faith that he will overcome these difficult moments very soon.

    Thank you for everyone's strenght, GOOOOO ZANOL!

    Ângela Monteiro, Mundo Press, Zanol's attachee"
  7. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Thanks Carlos.
  8. Balkan Boy

    Balkan Boy Long timer

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    What the fuck just happened?
  9. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Honda is asking themselves that very question.
  10. Bluebull2007

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    Man thats terrible news so close to the rally.

    Get well soon Felipe !!

    Time to start the slow clap already it seems

    :clap:clap:clap


    Hang in there Sam, so sorry about the news.
  11. charapa

    charapa Been here awhile

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    C'mon Felipe !!
  12. too old

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    Honda TEAM HRC riders, Zanol and Sunderland injured during Dakar testing

    TEAM HRC has announced that rider Sam Sunderland and Felipe Zanol have been injured after crashing during a pre-Dakar testing session in the Mohave Desert, California, of the United States.

    On day one (Monday 3 December) of the planned five-day test, British rider Sunderland was injured.

    The 23-year-old was taken to hospital where initial scans revealed fractures to his left arm and left wrist.

    On day two (Tuesday 4 December), Brazilian rider Zanol suffered head injuries. The 31-year-old was immediately airlifted to a local hospital.

    TEAM HRC will give full support and hopes that the riders are on their way to recovery. We will communicate any news on their condition, as we will inform you on the riders’ participation of the 2013 Dakar Race.


    HRC statement - pretty much as expected, let's hope the "full support" comment is just that !:clap:clap:clap
  13. Brodovitch

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    Previous Team HRC chain-of-thought:

    - if we win, the bike is exceptional

    - if we don't, its the rider's fault.


    I sincerely hope their Dakar effort is operating with a different frame of mind.

    Judging from the press release, maybe not.
  14. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    Something on the bike failed. Says my sport sense.
  15. ZequeArgentina

    ZequeArgentina Been here awhile

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    In th case on Sunderland the bike fail?
    In Zanol´s case also?
  16. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    4 man team and not 5? who was being dropped? Also, Chavo Salvatierra, already having ridden for Team Honda Europe would be a good choice fitting the criteria.
  17. mxmum

    mxmum Been here awhile

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    They told Sam they would not replace him so were running with a four man team but now if Felipe is out also who knows, no-one was dropped.
  18. pebble35

    pebble35 Long timer

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    Mxmum, really sorry to hear this. Please pass on best wishes to Sam for a full and speedy recovery.

    Thoughts go out to Felipe as well for a swift recovery.

    :cry:cry:cry:cry
  19. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    This is where the tough get tough. If HRC are genuinely back big time then they'll plough on. I'm not convinced the management has steel balls yet.

    Jake smith obvious choice.

    Or completely assuming the GHR team and take everything they've got. Riders gear etc. support them to the hilt.

    Last option

    Give Marco Coma a deal he can't refuse. Salary cap should be ok at HRC. It would then guarantee status of Honda as being back long term.

    Perhaps this new efi 450x is a death bike.

    2 riders seems highly unusual. Very weird.
  20. too old

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    First comment, simple press release = no comment - don't think it was intentional just bland - after all Honda is Japanese :wink:

    But pretty sure they are totally devastated and lost for words at the events of the last few days.