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Discussion in 'Racing' started by JMo (& piglet), Feb 25, 2013.
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Go Charlie !
Briliant story about Charlie! GO BOY!!!
He's getting soft in his old age! Eye protection? Wimp.
Anybody see any orange UFOs in Tunisia?
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I know some fast Italians that won't go near the Tuareg (yeah, they have raced it before) , but I get the intent of your analogy
Saying that, the Italian MotoRally championship is a very tight ship compared to this one.
Jenny, we are not worthy. Great stories!
They are well hidden in a truck parked in another hotel just around the corner...
So far no-one seems to have been able to catch a glimpse either in the carpark or out on the piste somewhere... although the rumour has been confirmed (they are testing the new, or at least a version of, the new 450 Rallye bike) - and Marc Coma is staying in the other hotel too.
I've just spoken to Ned (initially from the other side of his bathroom door!), and after his personal negotiation with the rally director early this morning, Ned has finally had his actual time for Stage 5 confirmed - he physically had to go through the stack of timing sheets and found the written entry from the CP in question entry.
The good news is the 2h37m he was initially awarded was completely wrong, and once the actual number had been entered into the scoring, and it transpires that in a reversal of my original calculations, it turns out he missed the Stage 5 win by just one minute (he said to me on the day that he thought it was going to be tight!) to Kim De Rycker...
However, the upshot of all this is it means Ned now goes into the final stage (due to start in approximately 1 hour from now) in
SECOND POSITION OVERALL!
More importantly, while he is 30 minutes behind race leader Mark Smits [so unlikely to take the win overall], he has a comfortable margin on the third place rider (Kim De Rycker) of 51 minutes!
The final stage is a short 60 km loop through the soft dunes south of Douz, and includes a ‘lake crossing’ (that is typically around a foot deep) - just to spice things up a little!
Ned will be starting on the second row again today (after his 5th place Stage 6 result yesterday), so at least he should be able to stay ahead of any potential mayhem once the lake bed starts to get cut up below the water...
Ned is intending to ride a clean ride today - not push too hard [thanks to a reasonable margin over third, and realistically too far behind the race leader who is also an utter master in the sand], but at the same time he is conscious there is everything to play for, and a lot to lose today.
Results as soon as I have them!
Ha, that could be the picture of the year 2013 in the rally scenery
But i think they are testing at night, because first presentation of the new KTM rally bike will be on the EICMA show in Milan in november !
But hopefully you are a lucky photographer...
Timi finished the race just a while ago.
Her engine consumed 3lt of water and some gasoline to do it, but she did not quit. She did it to the finish in her first desert rally like all real men do.
She is in her 40s with 4 daughters and a very successful businesswoman.
And she started only few years ago.
You will not see her a lot on the internet participating in "opinion" marathons but you will find her riding or racing almost everything in the Balkan's area in the last 3 years with success.
After this race her and Vasilis Boudros are definitely the 2 most successful rally raiders in Greece and Timi the only Greek lady in racing with such a pal mares.
I am really happy that they belong to my "family" of racing people.
We only did minor things to get her going and she paid us back with this.
We are really proud.
Photos from final stage:
#97 Neduro at the start line:
#77 Hagenblad at the start line:
Woop! All my boys that started today are in!
#97 Ned Suesse - when I spoke to him on the line he'd been concerned about the navigation today, hoping he had made all the checks (and secret checks), as any time penalty today would throw his 2nd overall away...
#77 Carl Hagenblad and #107 George Dennison - they both receive a special award (ok, so it's a different coloured Tuareg Head patch to be honest) for finishing 3 Tuareg Rally's without any time penalties:
#116 Lukas Matzinger had another scorching day:
#75 Charlie Rauseo, was able to borrow a bike from Patsy Quick so he could finish the rally after his Big Red Pig expired yesterday...
#332 Ollie Lloyd out on the stage today:
#76 Mark Brincat - his KTM690RR is looking distinctly secondhand now, and his leg is killing him - but he's still smiling!
Those are my featured finishers (plus Carl and George), the results will follow after this afternoon's 'Dune Race' - basically a short special stage that is untimed, and does not count toward the rally time total, it's just for fun (and the cameras I'm sure). However, should any rider not make the start and finish (and presumably a secret checkpoint), then there will be a 4 hour time penalty awarded, which could really shake things up in the overall standings...
Despite a solid finish this morning, no wonder Ned is nervous - it still ain't over yet...
Thanks Jenny, any news if Timi and Ed Taylor made it to the finish?
Thanks for the excellent reporting, Jen, its been really great to follow this, this year. Its still a rally I would like to try. CHarlie's story gives me hope
I can think of another successful rider
(Quiz: 2 times Athens 24 hour winner, Rally Albania winner, Evia Rally winner, and a few other races that come to mind)
Yes, they both did with no problems - I've got some photos of them (amongst the hundreds I took today out on the stage) so please be patient while I sort through them all and pick out the choice ones... Jx
Good to know, thanks. Take your time Jenny, your reporting & photo documenting have been invaluable and exemplary, I'm sure I speak for most of us on here.