RIP Kemal Merkit

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Brodovitch, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. manuellucchese

    manuellucchese Been here awhile

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    No better words....I'm extremely sad, Kemal was a true friend and had helped me a lot in my first ever experience on the dunes last year, for almost all the desert challenge he rode with me in the special stages and constantly look behind to see if i was there and when i had little crashes due to the lack of experience he always stopped to wait for me. He always gave me many advice and always offered his help to me and to everyone in the bivouac. I still remember when in Tunisia he had a problem with his 690 and in the special stage, when i stopped seeing him working on the bike, he had a smile and said to me "its rallies, it happens!" and at the end of the day he spent all the evening and night changing his 690 from injection to carburetor.

    He gave me the inspiration and courage to attempt Dakar last year, and with all his stories about his past Dakars i was totally fascinated by his spirit, never giving up and always happy and smiling.... I think everyone will forever miss him, he was the icon of the real rally spirit.

    Rest in peace Kemal and Wouter
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  2. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Condolences to the families of both!

    Kemal certainly seemed like he was one of the ultimate competitors. It's a great loss to the sport!!!
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  3. Osnabrock

    Osnabrock Ditch GPS

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    Thoughts to the friends and family of everyone affected in one way or another.
    Sad news indeed.
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  4. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    Terrible news.

    R.I.P.
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  5. Carlos M

    Carlos M www.motoxplorers.com

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    Maybe because they are the ones we miss most, it really seems the special ones get called first :cry

    Terribly sad news. RIP
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  6. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Kemal lived more than most, but I don't think that lessens the starkness of the news any. :cry


    Yes, eternal thanks, Donald.


    Shattering.


    Ride in peace, Kemal and Wouter.
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  7. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Thank you for (yet again) so eloquently putting in to words what so many of us feel.


    Ned, here's your call from that day:

    <iframe src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/1807938/height/360/width/640/autoplay/no/autonext/no/direction/forward/thumbnail/yes" height="360" width="640" scrolling="no"></iframe>

    Direct download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/rallyraidio/12D05.mp3


    EDIT: you mention your conversation with Kemal around 15:20. Also, some poignant comments about riding in the dust around the 11' mark. :waysad
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  8. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    Wow, this is awful news. :cry

    RIP, Kemal.
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  9. Aybars

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    Last night we had contacted with one of the doctors in rescue team, who works for the government in that kind of organizations most of time in Mitsubishi Pajero which you can see in my posts. Since he's riding off-road and enduro, his aprroach to emergencies is different so he's the perfect tool.

    We call 911 in Turkey as 112, and 112 system has local administration offices; I tried to reach Konya regional adm. off. I called them over normal land number, they confirmed the loss of 2 riders.

    Accident scene had been seen by motorcyclists first, they checked both fellows but they were already lost their lives. They tried to call 112 via GSM but no reception. Also strange but satellite phones had bad reception, they rode a few kms. to get good reception and reached first check point in 15min. after they arrived at the scene.

    Shortly 112 rescue team arrived and officially they were ex...

    Rescue team doctor asked Mirco Miotto about accident he was only able tell "I thought we had been bombed"

    The route through the accident scene, after a smooth descend there's a flat section of 4 kms. like a highway.Covered with white dust where gives everyone the feeling of full-throttle-needed with a open sigh.

    Kemal and Mirco who were over 50s good friends that they knew each other from racing scene, started the stage together , -those small details has not been confirmed via gps & spot system yet - ; Mirco had stopped to wait for Kemal on the right. Kemal caught him and started to ride elbow elbow with 20/30kms/h. talking over next turn on plateu. And also so close enough to read each others roadbooks...

    This road is wide enough to let 2 cars on it but Wouter Vaarkamp unluckily hit those guys in dust cloud without knowing that there are someone there...

    Mirco's left controls and handlebar were torn apart in crash.

    Major impact was on Kemal's side and his right brake pedal "twisted" down towards to rear, handlebar, all controls, navigation tower completely spread over...

    Main impact was on eyes, google was completely broken and his eyes were swollen like someone beat him :( Very big scar on his eyebrow. Signs shown that he passed away immediately with this impact on head.

    Young Vaarkamp had a very nasty impact on head, I guess he hit directly his navigation tower first...

    Seems like low dust cover of Kemal & Mirco misleaded Vaarkamp to guess that group and fast guys had already gain distance and far. So he put full throttle on and penetrated into dust and guys without any braking...
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  10. Pyndon

    Pyndon Long timer

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    No words I could write would describe the sadness I am feeling as a result of this tragic accident. Two people that were out there living their dreams, making the most of life, doing they loved the most. Very sad time indeed for the Rally world.

    RIP Kemal Merkit and Wouter Vaarkamp.

    :cry
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  11. sxsxsxa

    sxsxsxa Adventurer

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    R.I.P Kemal, a great loss.

    R.I.P Wouter.
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  12. the venturer

    the venturer Long timer

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    I just couldnt stop my tears. I was so sad to hear. I was about to start a thread here but saw this thread already been started. Now, I just witnessed again how he deserves respect and interest. Got the chance of meeting him many times and sharing his experiences with us. He loved to teach, he was kind and friendly. He was a good sportsman. Rest in peace Kemal Abi. :cry
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  13. gagnaou

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    As most here a rally fan, Kermal was one of those people that you were always watching for. So sad to hear, both riders will be missed. Prayers go to their families
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  14. 690RR

    690RR Been here awhile

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    You will be greatly missed Kemal, thank you for all the happy moments and smiles from you.

    Team Ullevålseter / Arredondo

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  15. neduro

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    Thanks for the information, it helps to know what happened.
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  16. Aybars

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    Kemal Merkit, cervical fracture; neck broken catastrophically...

    Vaarkamp, cerebral hemorrhage; skull fracture and internal bleeding...
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  17. Bluebull2007

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    Man I, cant stop thinking about this.... Those poor guys. :cry :cry
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  18. Stagehand

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    Me either :(
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  19. Aybars

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  20. 640 Armageddon

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

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    I too honestly cant get it out of my mind... :cry and I was reading one of your posts where you quoted sth that a Polish world class rider had told you about not riding in the dust and that is better to stop until it clears up ...

    Man... this is so sad :cry:cry