2016 DAKAR "Cliffnotes" (lifeboat)

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  1. DesertSurfer

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    Winding down another season of Dakar...Sigh.

    My thanks go out to everyone who kept this thread alive and moving during the days of the race.

    Having a live bulletin board going with real time information and insight from so many news and statistical sources at once... puts me so much closer to each stage and the participants during the event. How freakin cool IS THAT!!!

    The photo resources are amazing... and I love all the graphical interfaces as well.

    I've really been fortunate with this thread and not having to jockey so much between other sites including Dakar.com.

    But as much as this thread has evolved, the past few years without live rally radio interviews with Ned, Pyn and Deadly on location has felt less exciting. Yes, we were really spoiled back then.

    How I wish ADVRIDER had a revenue stream to support embedding these guys above and an online news staff to live stream the Dakar as a pay per view event... especially for us American fans as well as other countries that don't receive proper Dakar coverage.

    Also this year's race was a changing of the guard.

    With a younger generation moving in and especially taking advantage of this year's less technical WRC "PUG" oriented course.

    Just as it seemed the Adv Dakar thread has evolved with less commentary from the old F5 guard.

    I myself had a transitional experience... No guaranteed TV coverage by my provider meant no Saturday Super Dakar Bowl party. No Dakar pool this year. And no one to mentor this season in my hometown about how the Dakar strategies play out, how the rules are made.., only to be broken by the French participants I.E the "Peterhansel Provision".

    I hope Mr. Coma gets another shot at his post. I think he will respond positively to the problems of this year with a better course selection... weather ( and dependable SA country evolvement) permitting.

    I'd love it if the Malle Moto category was better promoted and represented with Advrider hiring and embedding Jenny to lead and cover the category live!

    Thanks to all the Dakar participants, Advrider, F5ers... and to Troy for carrying the torch and keeping our Dakar dreams illuminated.

    See you all again next Dakar season.
  2. yardracer

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    Redbull interview with Matthias Walkner

    100% Hias: "I'm going unloaded in the Dakar 2017"
    Matthias Walkner in an interview about his comeback after the Dakar Rally-fall and the European Football Championship.
    Matthias Walkner is back - and the Salzburg native is now working on his comeback. After the momentous fall in the 7th stage of the Dakar Rally 2016, the KTM rider has returned to Austria on Friday. In an interview, he analyzed the fall, thanked his fans and looks to the future - including winning tip for the football championship.

    Servus Matthias. You are back in Austria. How are you? Well, so halfway. The leg is pretty swollen because the journey home took a long time. From La Paz to Buenos Aires, from Buenos Aires to Paris, from Paris to Munich and from there back home. Overall, I was 24 hours on the road. But now I have a very nice room at the Emergency Hospital in Salzburg. I see snow, I look at the fort and the food is very good.

    What do the doctors say about your leg? Currently, the doctors are satisfied. The operation in Bolivia has been done optimally, according to X-ray they also can't do better in Salzburg.

    Do you have to be afraid of long-term consequences or are there again soon 100% Hias? Nobody can say for sure as of right now, it was a terrible break. But it was fortunately no rotation break and normally nothing should remain. It may be that I feel the nail, but I can have that removed. A stupid torn ligament is certainly worse in everyday life.

    When can you leave the hospital? The way it looks now on Tuesday. The doctors still want to look at my right knee more accurately, which was also affected when I fell.

    When does your rehab start ? That actually has already begun in Bolivia, where I had twice daily physical therapy. I have to say that the treatment in La Paz was great.

    One question I can not spare you: How could this happen? I was at 6 clock eastwards, thus accurately towards the sunrise on the road. I've even thought that I actually can't see anything and got off the gas. Nevertheless, I perceived the washed out place, 3 meters wide and 1.5 meters deep, much too late - maybe 20 meters before. I quickly realized: The curve I can not get ... That's why I tried to jump. The throttle and front wheel in the air. But even while I was doing that I was actually aware that this will not go well. I crashed with about 70 km / h into the opposite slope, I somersaulted forward and on the handlebars I broke my thigh.

    Was it a mistake or fate? It was an extremely stupid situation definitely where 10 unfortunate circumstances came together. Paulo Goncalves and Toby Price have subsequently said that they were happy about the warning after my accident, because they have slowed down because of that. The lighting conditions were simply disastrous. That might well have hit everyone.

    Heinz Kinigadner was surprised at how confident you were until then go. Your assessment: Would you be able to win? This is of course difficult to say. Top 3 would be considered safe. But win ... rather no than yes.
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    The ADVRIDER community has revolutionized race coverage with it's use of the internet... Just as the ASO revolutionized race coverage with it's use of Helicopter filming in the Dakar.

    The ASO should work together with the ADVRIDER community to embed it's reporters into the Dakar to pull real time coverage during the race... To continue revolutionizing the race coverage tradition!!! I say hire Ned, Pyn, Deadly and Jen!!!
  4. yardracer

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    DAKAR BIKES RECAP- Mission Accomplished USA
    January 18, 2016 by Scotty Breauxman
    Posted in Dakar 2016, Featured
    To Americans, winning the Dakar is like planet Mars: We can see it sometimes but no one has ever been there yet.

    This is not a story about the world’s best rally racer and being the first Australian to win the Dakar Rally. That would be about Toby Price, the hell-man who just sealed KTM’s 15th straight win and only the third person in ten years to win the event.

    No. This story is about 5 American rookies who went down to South America in hopes of simply finishing the longest, and arguably toughest motorsports event on earth. All rookies, none of these riders could have known what they would face, how hard it would be or the manners in which their lives would be changed forever. Of the five starters, four made it to the finish and each of those did notably well.

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    Ricky Brabec #48 was and is America’s most hopeful Dakar Rally contender in the years to come.

    To Americans, winning the Dakar is like planet Mars: We can see it sometimes but no one has ever been there yet. Complicated, costly and grueling, the 36 year-old-event has eluded Americans every time. Names like Blais, Gordon, LaPorte, & Lewis have gotten very close but the claim remains un-staked. As time goes on and new riders emerge, there is new hope for US fans who follow this race, but it won’t likely be an overnight sensation.

    Ricky Brabec, Team HRC HONDA– Seeded 48th; Finished 9th OA

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    Last year, the former 1x SCORE & Baja 1000 Champion was given an rare opportunity to ride on factory HONDA’s HRC Rally Team with a nod from ASO’s US Ambassador Quinn Cody. Single with no kids, 24 y.o. Brabec was at the top of Cody’s short list be the chosen one for this 2016 Dakar.

    “There a lot of guys I think would do well at the Dakar but either age or other contracts ruled them out”, Cody explains, “In the end, Ricky had no baggage, was eager to learn and did great. I knew if he was able to ride his own race and not have to do too much work for his teammates, that he would finish in the top 10”.

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    American Champion Ricky Brabec showed that he can climb up and run strongly in the Dakar. But could he be the first American to win this elusive prize?

    Of the original 5 riders on the team Brabec was the best finisher after top seeds Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves dropped out of the rally, both mechanical issues and injuries.

    In a previous mid-rally report, Fingers Crossed for Ricky Brabec, RDC contended that America had been no closer then 5 years to a champion Dakar rider. That was before Brabec’s noteworthy climb from a 48th seed into a 9th overall finish. He could be the first American to win the Dakar but Ricky Brabec will have to work extremely hard and with laser focus on the single goal. Anything less than 100% commitment would be futile, especially having KTM’s Toby Price to contend with.
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    Ian Blythe, Team Rally Pan AM– Seeded 106th; Finished 26th OA

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    The 24 year old Blythe is a notably fast rider with ISDE and World Championship Enduro experience. He qualified for the 2015 Dakar by winning the Dakar Challenge in 2014 with a 3rd OA at the Australasian Safari. Blythe made a notable late rally charge after taking his time to settle in during the first half. He posted an 11th and 8th in a pair of final stages. It was apparent that just getting back to Buenos Aries was his main goal and, thus, mission accomplished. It seems realistic to expect a funding package for his return attempt in 2017.

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    #106 Ian Blythe made a late rally charge with an 11th and 8th in 2 of the later stages.

    Alexander Smith, HT HUSQVARNA- Seeded 103rd; Finished 37th

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    Son of the Legendary Malcolm Smith, the 30 year old Smith has Husqvarna in his DNA. He got the nod to ride with a satellite Husky team going in his first Dakar with his shakedown at the Moroccan Rally last October. He used that first rally to cut his teeth and that proved to keep him steady in South America. Humble, mature and quite accomplished at his age, Smith paced himself for a finish and rode consistently and wisely in the middle of the pack on each stage and advance slowly and steadily. He only improved on each stage and never reversed his ranking as he progressed. Its likely he’ll get another shot next year.

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    #103 Alexander Smith crosses over to Boliva for the first of 2 marathon stages.

    Scott Bright, Team Rally Pan AM– Seeded 105th; Finished 53rd

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    It’s really impressive that Scott Bright finished the rally considering he suffered two broken arms in September, one of which was not nearly 100% when he started. Known for his toughness and persevering nature, he was not ever going to give up. In preparation for this challenge, Bright competed in the Sardegna Rally in Italy, the Cortez Rally in Mexico and he won his very first navigation event at the 2014 BAJA RALLY. Both Bright and teammate Ian Blythe were part of Rally Pan Am’s aborted 2015 attempt. It goes without saying that these guys have all been heavily invested in this effort for at least 3 years and that Scott has probably checked the Dakar off his bucket list.

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    Scotty Bright spent 3 long years getting to the Dakar.

    CR Gittere, HT HUSQVARNA, Seeded 146th; DNF after 9 stages
    CR had a lot of fellow Americans in his cheering section for being the biggest underdog in the Dakar. The highly accomplished superbike racer committed himself heavily into having a successful run by training separately with Jimmy Lewis and Quinn Cody. Needless to say, CR’s Dakar ended for him in stage during stage 10.

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    Summary:
    There is a future for Americans riders in the Dakar rally and this 2016 looks to be a turning point for us. 3 years ago we had the future in our hands when Kurt Caselli won 2 stages in his maiden attempt in 2013. But after his tragic passing later that year, there was nobody prepared to represent the US in the Dakar. Alas, with Quinn Cody’s work promoting the Dakar as well as a pair at least 3 legitimate rallies in Mexico, North Americans are slowly catching the rally buzz again. It wont be overnight, but if either Ricky Brabec or Ian Blythe dedicate and commit themselves to the goal, either could be the first American to win the Dakar Rally.
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    Dakar 2016: Other than the participation of our rider Manuel we were happy to see at Dakar several of our Rally Kits being used and we are happy that the 2 Ktm EXC and 2 Husqvarna's featuring the REBEL Rally Kit got happily to the finish podium! Congratulations Rosa Romero, Dani Oliveras, Carlos Fernandez and Domingo Fernandez

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    I wonder if any of the top riders that finish early every day ever feel like they're missing out on the real Dakar experience?

    Kind of like the experience Corky had. Slogging tough and slow through the sand, listening to the wonderful (constant) chirping of the sentinel, then enjoying the serene desert beauty all night long night.

    Maybe not. :hide

    Thanks for all of the contributions large and small.

    Until next year :1drink
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    Barreda and talks with KTM
    It has a contract with Honda until 2018, but look out. Viladoms arises stop running
    The future of Joan Barreda is, today, a mystery. Castellon Dakar left dejected and frustrated by his third failed attempt with the Honda factory team. It was the favorite all time and neither were Cyril Despres and Marc Coma, but his horse again left him lying.
    The Torreblanca ended dissatisfaction with some aspects of HRC. Whereas, as has been told MARCA, it has already initiated contacts with the rival brand KTM. He did it before returning to Spain and was only a first contact, but in it, Barreda made it clear to the leaders of the Austrian squad that is more than willing to run with them and the next Dakar.
    Joan has the handicap of that last summer signed his new contract with Honda that binds him to the house of the golden wing until 2018. There is even an option to extend the agreement until 2019. The Spanish is the spearhead of the project, receives a good salary and the team has done, over the years more to your liking.
    But the disappointment was so great that neglect Levantine is even less willing to perceive something of money just to have a completely reliable frame, as the KTM proved. Not surprisingly carry 15 years in a row winning the test.
    Barreda also know that in the Central European firm there is a pilot who holds the title of No. 1 was not there when they lived Coma and Despres has not been so in 2016, as Price, Walkner, Meo or Quintanilla have enjoyed total freedom and the same mechanical guarantees.
    The fact that Price has expired on his second attempt has strengthened the position of the Australian, but KTM also takes into account other promises as Sunderland, who could not attend due to injury. His young drivers have tightened soon and that plays against Bang Bang.
    Honda, meanwhile, also provides a new restructuring. Nakamoto has confirmed its commitment MARK follows. "Although not win, we will continue in the Dakar," he said.
    HRC there is some dissatisfaction with Barreda. They believe that he could have made an extra effort to continue the race and help Gonçalves. However, these quarrels are salvageable. A possible departure of Joan force sign a top pilot.

    'Vili' KTM offer
    If Barreda can enter KTM, Viladoms can go. Jordi also finished the rally very disappointed. "This Dakar has not been mine or anything, but to finish, with all that has happened to me is to feel proud," he admitted after being sick the first week and suffering several breakdowns in the second.
    The Catalan, who disputed its tenth raid, has one year left on his contract with the Mattighofen factory, but its guiding been offered a position within your organization where they could test their bikes raids and work with their pilots. Igualada The teacher has exercised luxury competitors like Price and this is highly valued by them.
    The Vili own and let slip that his end as active driver is near. "It's certainly going to continue in KTM, but there is a proposal out there," he said.
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    :lol3 Have to keep updating the cliff notes? :imaposer
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    Dakar Rally 2016 - Conclusion of the Team Managers
    Two KTM and a Husqvarna on the podium in Rosario. Behind a Honda and two Yamahas. The dominance of KTM victorious as the brand continues unabated, but four brands in the top five give a colorful picture.

    The toughest race in the world was one full of obstacles. Chile and Peru withdrew early because they feared the effects of El Nino. But Argentina and Bolivia, too, felt the impact. Storms and floods plagued the rally, especially in the first week. In the second week stages had to be shortened due to the heat. The first part was fast and it went up to 4,600 meters on, after the rest day, it was complicated and the navigation was decisive.

    The sporty Conclusion of the factory team manager
    Alex Doringer (KTM):.. "I could see that Toby is a top driver, with potential and a talent for navigating He did a fantastic job and I am happy for him as I took him into the team, I was glad I was able to do something for my old friend Kurt Caselli. He encouraged me to take Toby in the Dakar, and now we see the result. I am also proud of Antoine Meo. He has such a great performance shown in his first Dakar and will present very well in the future. He was very brave, when he finished the race after his heavy crash on the penultimate day. But he wanted to be there until the end for the team. The team spirit was great and this is also the friendship between Toby and Antoine. Although Toby drove for victory, he stayed on Saturday all the time behind Antoine, to make sure that to make it to the finish. ""Jordi Viladoms had two hard weeks. He was almost sick all the time and could not harness his powers for a good result. But it is extremely important for the team, especially as it helps young riders. And Laia Sanz, well , she is unique how she is fighting. We all have a great respect. Everyone likes her and we are very happy and proud that she travels with us. It was perhaps not the result she hoped for, but she was also sick and had a severe crash, she has done a tremendous job. We are super happy to have one of our customers Motorcycles on the podium. That's what we work for. "


    Wolfgang Fischer (Honda): "The Team HRC has missed its goal, the Dakar Rally win in 2016. Our hopefuls Joan Barreda and Paulo Goncalves did not get to the finish, bringing us homework so we return better next year. Moreover, we had a... good time and were at half-time lead. We are pleased to see the development of young drivers. ""It was certainly the year of the rookies. In the top 15 are many new drivers, we are especially happy for the fourth rank of Argentine talent Kevin Benavides. We are pleased with the outcome of newcomer Ricky Brabec in the top ten. Also Adrien Metge ( Honda South America) was not far behind. Working with these guys gives us a lot of motivation for the future to return even stronger and to end the mission next year. "

    Alexandre Kowalski (Yamaha Team Director):. "A happy ending for Yamaha at the Dakar Rally in 2016. We are very happy with the result in Rosario, after the conditions this year were so heavy Helder Rodrigues is in the top five and Yamaha Junior Adrien Van Beveren right behind it. He finished the race in an impressive sixth place on his debut. Our drivers did a good job and we are proud of all, even if Xavier De Soultrait and Alessandro Botturi in the dunes of Fiambala were unlucky. Our brand-new WR450F Rally has proven itself as a powerful engine for a race like the Dakar. We all believe there is a great future for Yamaha with this bike in Rally Raids. I thank the whole Yamaha crew for their hard work, the mechanics gave everything worked closely and efficient. We were a family the last three weeks and we did a good job ".
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    Nani Roma, Rosa Romero, Laia Sanz and Jordi Viladoms came to BarcelonaNani Roma• Nani Roma, his wife Rosa Romero, Laia Sanz and Jordi Viladoms came to Barcelona on Monday once covered the Dakar. Tired from the trip but visibly happy to be again at home.01.18.2016 | Josep Viaplana / sport.es Photo: Josep M. ArolasAt 1230 hours on Monday he arrived at Barcelona airport of Dakar caravan, made up of some of the most illustrious names who faced the hard journey of 9,600 kilometers from Buenos Aires and Rosario arrival. With emaciated faces for the effort but visibly happy to be again at home, this is what they said Nani Roma, his wife, Rosa Romero, Laia Sanz and Jordi Viladoms to the media

    .Nani Roma:"I wanted to return. The result was not what we expected for us or for the team. We started very badly and the balance is negative. When you lose the train of the race, everything is complicated. You should now be time for reflection, because after four consecutive victories seemed Mini was unbeatable, but it is clear that Peugeot has taken a step forward and won deservedly and Toyota also has a very good car. We have to react to the 2017 edition.

    "Rosa Romero:"We have achieved the goal. Michael Gates (team leader) told us before start which was the primary end five Hynoinsa team. The early stages were very fast and did not adapt well to the characteristics of my bike, which when enduro is smaller, but just right. Tired but very happy.

    "Laia Sanz:"Before I started this result but had signed after the first week how he expected to be higher. The special court in Fiambala, warmth and a fall I suffered another day, delayed me. Anyway I have participated in six Dakar and I finished all, and the last three in 16th, 9th and 15th place. ""I agree that we must ensure the safety, but there are things you can foresee: the heat in this place has always been the same and when steps are cut must take into account the pilots who are professionals and who They are amateurs. ""The change to KTM has been a success. They have helped me a lot and there is a great atmosphere. ""It was the strangest Dakar and less hard than I've done. Long way and some desert. Indeed, Dakar has only been two and a half days.

    "Jordi Viladoms:"I started wrong from the first day and went retransando progressively, never had the pace and I was not well physically. It's a shame".
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    It's like having the typing pool temp from hell... wouldn't leave the office till all the filing was done... :lol3

    Yardracer... :deal off5icially now... :D it's Miller time peoples...!!!! :clap:clap:clap :drink


    PS: ... love ya' work Yardracer... :thumb:thumb:thumb
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