The Bivouac (general rallye raid news)

Discussion in 'Racing' started by PackMule, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    How did Sammy crash so hard ? The Mojave is gnarly !
  2. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Dont I know all about it :tough :kurt

    You can tell Sam I've made it a new years resolution: No more crashing. Hope he joins me with that resolution.

    Really looking forward to see how he does later this month. :clap
  3. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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    A freak occurrence - a "foreign object" prevented the bike from turning whilst doing 120 or so, the result wasn't pretty:eek1
  4. too old

    too old Keen supporter

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  5. ZequeArgentina

    ZequeArgentina Been here awhile

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    I do not know if this is the place to put this news.

    Peterhansel go back to 2 wheels (in a Yamha, obviously) and finished 2nd in first round of the FIM world championship in Italian Baja!

    Notonly his final position, but he was the only to figt for the light with italin Ruoso; and by doing that he was fastet than FIM regulars Botturi and Zanoti.

    Impressive performance by Peterhansel!!!

    See italianbaja.com for more details
  6. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    I was there and can confirm Stephan is still fast as a devil, and moreover very clean and stylish. Anyway the young Italian Ruoso (a not very famous local cross rider) and the other Italian enduro racer Cominotto (who participated only in the Italian championship) were almost always the fastest, let's hope they can make in more of these events

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJLtFXk3sKc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dYAC7piA8U


    There were also Schlesser, Andrea Mayer (very fast she too!!) and Holowcc..... well the official Mini. And at last Nicola Dutto who opened the race in the same places when he broke his back a couple of years ago... just respect:bow:bow
  7. ZequeArgentina

    ZequeArgentina Been here awhile

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    Great you could watch him live!!!

    Very interesting battle in cars also, with Hollowcyk adn Varela (in an Overdrive Hilux) battle at the second till last stage.
    Differences were really at the minimum!

    I also noted that quads were really fast, much closer to lead bikes than other rounds
  8. ZequeArgentina

    ZequeArgentina Been here awhile

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    Sorry, my mistake.
    Peterhansel participation in Italian Baja.
    It is not a FIM round of the world championship.
    It is for the FIA cahmpionship, but not FIM.
  9. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    It's official, the team is "Speedbrain Rally Team" and the bike is a "Speedbrain 450 Rally."

  10. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    So they will still use the Bmw or Husqvarna engine? I was at the Italian Baja but saw the bike only passing very fast (Mauro Sant was not only Richard Sainct mechanic but is definitely a fast rider too himself:1drink) and it just looked the usual Speedbrain... no chance to take a close shot:wink:

    I wish them all the best!!

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  11. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon throttle to the donk

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    It would be interesting to be Speedbrain through all of this. I wonder how early they knew this would be a possibility, if they were making alternative plans for when their contract with BMW eventually ended, or if they thought/hoped it would be a long-term arrangement with BMW and had no strategy waiting on the shelf to do things alone.

    Suddenly (or not so suddenly, depending) they find themselves in a potentially precarious position having lost their relationship with a manufacturer, but having significant experience, expertise, and products. It would have been a waste to fold, but how huge is it to decide to make your own brand of bike!?

    (re-read to make sure I stayed at an appropriate level of abstraction so as to make a novice reader assume I know what I'm talking about . . . it's close enough.)
  12. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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  13. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    They will continue with the same motor, the BMW sourced, Kymco manufactured 450. Speculation is that they will continue through this year and Dakar 2014 before actively looking for a manufacturer link up.
  14. ZequeArgentina

    ZequeArgentina Been here awhile

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    It is not of the FIM Rally Raid World Championship calendar.
    Please see here: http://www.fim-live.com/en/sport/cross-country-rallies/events/

    I got confused because Italian Baja mentiones FIM classification .

    And in fact it is a FIM Baja event, so finally it is part of FIM world Championship, but not the usuall more important and more followed one which is Rally Raid, but the Baja one.
  15. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    No spy pics yet of the new ktm 450 rally ? I'd have thought with the testing in Tunisia last week we'd be seeing something by now...


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  16. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    My friend who was down there told me they saw it and even had a meal together with Coma but taking photos was not possible. The bike didn't look much different at a first sight... :evil
  17. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Gone a bit Baja

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    I'm sure that was just a smokescreen - they probably had a couple of 450RRs in the back of a van to divert attention away from the real new bike...

    I was going through my photos and I think I might have snapped it - look at this line up - the rider is wearing mirror goggles so you can't see their face, and the bike doesn't have a race number on it:

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    I reckon they slid the new bike into the line-up for the final stage of the Tuareg Rally to test it in true racing conditions... possibly.

    Jx
  18. Gian

    Gian dreamer

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    :d
  19. auguzt

    auguzt get on with it

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    So, the new 450RR will have a 2STROKESENGINE?! How fast that thing could be?!:eek1
    Lowered center mass, slim tanks, lighter wheels... Damn, those austrian engineers really are geniuses... :D
  20. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    News fit to report?

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