2016 DAKAR "Cliffnotes" (lifeboat)

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    Buenos Aires roads, before Dakar 2016...

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    I am looking forward to the madness...
    And as always would like to extend my gratitude to all who put in the hard work to keep the flow of information here so great.

    It seems every year there is a heartbreaking story of thievery. Just wanted to express my condolences to D in that regard. I think your fantastic engineering deserves the exposure at this great race.

    And as always absolutely amazing to see the good will of inmates here willing to step up and help. Respect to all!

    Happy new year all and bring on the F5ire!
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    Hello everyone!! :wave

    Nice to see old faces and some new ones.

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    I know this look, I received it many times at school :rofl
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    What determines the pro/elites placement? (The guys with the yellow number plates) Is it a placement from a previous Dakar Rally or a FIM placement? If it's from a previous Dakar is there only a certain number of pro/elite plates? Short question: what determines pro/elite status check box on the entry form or...?
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    We are almost ready for the Odyssey.... Happy new year to all of you friends!!! Thanks to all for your comments and messages, your support and cheering for me is giving me a real big push grin emoticon

    Siamo quasi pronti per l'odissea.... Auguri di buon anno a tutti voi amici!!! Un grande Grazie per il supporto morale Che mi state dando con commenti e messaggi!!! ‪#‎Dakar2016‬ ‪#‎Motorex‬ # Shorai Inc. ‪#‎UfoPlast‬ ‪#‎Rebel‬ ‪#‎evoplus‬ ‪#‎athenalive‬

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    Possibly not the right thread to post this - but there is a useful feature in the new forum software at Dakar F5renzy time !

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    As you say, at this point the important thing for the team is to take the bike to the finish line. That is of utmost importance to me as well and even though I don't like to see the bikes finishing Dakar for the first time without our roadbooks on, one must never loose track of his target. Finish. We have plenty of parts on the bike which is good and will provide feedback for us. Especially the tower, the rb plate and the fairing.
    The roadbook is already proven by Ullevalseter and plenty of other guys running it in Eco Race, so it's a feather in our head to be in Dakar, but I am not beating my chest. You know what I mean. As usual, never give up!
    Having said that, your thoughts crossed everyone's mind, but what we were told, we were told. As Troy said, things have happened in the past so cannot argue a case. We swallow the pill and move on :deal

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    I just went through the competitors list, there were a few who's profiles weren't up and I didn't check anyone with a start number under 31. All up there are 136 bikes (last allocated number is 153 but there are a fair few numbers not taken up on the list) I've added a couple more to the Malles moto list we have so far.


    #40 Jurgen Van Der Goorbergh - NLD - KTM
    #80 Manuel Lucchese - ITA - YAM
    #88 Jasper Riezebos - NLD - KTM
    #96 Toia Dioclezano - ITA - KTM
    #111 Sylvain Espinasse - FRA - Husqvarna 125 !!! ( << this guy, really ? :loco :clap:clap :D )
    #118 Maciej Berdysz - POL - KTM
    #131 Frencesco Catanese - ITA - YAM
    #147 Jose Julian Kozac - ARG - YAM
    #149 Simon Marcic - SLO - KTM

    Jurgen indeed has to be the favourite for the class having ridden Malles moto last year and with an overall finishing position of 31st he knows what it takes.
    Personally I want them all to finish but I'll be keeping an eye on Jasper and Manuel and Maciej. Looking at my facebook feed and also these threads I find myself glossing over all the images of KTMs and trailers full of support where I once studied each one, now I generally scan for the malles moto ones.
    I even send random messages to strangers asking for more pictures of these guys and the environment they have to work in :D.

    These are old pics but you get the idea, these guys are all legends as far as I'm concerned.

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    One thing I noticed also reading all of the rider profiles (not the Malles guys) are the number of guys who list "accomplished motocrosser or european enduro champ" as their main discipline.

    The best of luck to all these guys !!

    Rider profiles.


    #40 Jurgen Van Der Goorbergh - NLD - KTM

    2015: 31st (bike, Malle-moto)
    2014: 37th (truck navigator with Koolen)
    2013: 67th (car, solo)
    2012: 64th (car, solo)
    2011: Ab. Stage 6 (car, solo)
    2010: Ab. Stage 3 (car, solo)
    2009: 17th (bike)


    Jurgen van den Goorbergh is a man of challenges. After his ‘first career' as a MotoGP racer he entered the Dakar for the first time in 2009, on a bike, and immediately finished in an excellent 17th. After challenging in a single-seat buggy he build together with his friend Kees Koolen, and one Dakar as navigator with Koolen in a truck, he decided to go for the ultimate challenge: competing in the bikes' malle-moto class, without any assistance. He soon found out it definitely is the hardest way, with no assistance at all, little sleep and not only fighting other competitors and the circumstances but especially fighting yourself. A new challenge Van den Goorbergh has taken in preparation for the Dakar is competing in the Red Bull Knock Out race at the beach of Scheveningen. During the Dakar Van den Goorbergh will again be supporting the Wings For Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation that his friend and Dakar legend Heinz Kinigadner cherishes so much.

    “Riding the Dakar in the malle-moto class has certainly been the toughest thing I've ever done. You cannot imagine how hard it is, being all by yourself as an extra on the challenge the Dakar is already by itself. I've been through hell and back. I know I've said at the finish that I would never ever get myself in such agony anymore, but somehow the suffering is an addiction as well and I know I can do better than I did last year. I didn't win the class and I didn't finish in the top 25. I now know what it takes to compete in malle-moto and despite the agony it's also the best adventure you can think of.”


    #80 Manuel Lucchese - ITA - YAM

    2013, 86th.
    2012 Abandon stage 10.

    He's back. Three years after last appearing on the Dakar and taking his TM bike to the finish in Santiago, Manuel Lucchese will again be competing on the rally of his dreams. Yet, the Italian never really left the event. For the last two years, he could indeed be seen on the bivouac working for the organisation as a guide for the VIP visitors. But the passion was too big and the idea of racing had never left his mind. After struggling with injuries and fighting to find sponsors, the 27-year-old will be at the start in Buenos Aires on a Yamaha. A man of challenges, “Manu” will be competing in the malle-moto class. Supported by Yamaha Italy, he'll be riding a bike that he developped himself and that he dreams of taking to Rosario. He knows better that anyone that the path to glory will again be full of adventures and tough moments.

    ‘'When I was a kid I used to compete in Motocross and in the winter I would always be training in Spain in Castellon, this gave me the chance to meet many Dakar riders and see the first stage on the beach in Castellon. They were like heroes for me. Everyone told me that the Dakar costs a lot of money and that at my age (23 at the time), it was too soon. I decided to show people but especially the young kids like me that everything is possible. I still have in mind the nights spent in the desert, moments that will remain in my mind for the rest of my life. I have no regrets despite not finishing that one. After the 2013 Dakar that I finished I stopped racing due to injuries. Working for the organisation was a great experience. I hadn't realised how hard it was to organise such an event. Anyhow, whatever you do on the Dakar, you learn new things. To be able to come back is fantastic. I was eventually given a two-year contract by Yamaha Italy to develop a rally bike and kit. Although the contract ended in october, they still supported me to do the Dakar. My goal now is to get a better result and maybe to win the marathon and malle-moto class. It'll be interesting…”


    #88 Jasper Riezebos - NLD - KTM

    2015, 54th.

    On the rest day of the Dakar 2015 Dutchman Jasper Riezebos turned 21. In his maiden Dakar he made it to 54th in the final ranking. Riezebos stole the hearts of the Dutch Dakar fans when he showed up on tv dressed in about five Bolivian ponchos and two hats on because he was freezing, but refused to give up. A working man's hero, being a crane driver in normal life, this time young Riezebos will make it even harder on himself, entering the competition in the malles-moto class.

    “At this moment it is the only way for me to enter the Dakar. I know it will be tough, having to do everything by myself, but I'm ready for that challenge. In my debut I had hard times already, and this will be even harder. Yet I have a brand new KTM, and I count on it being that good that I will not have too much work in maintenance, so that I can start doing my roadbook and get some sleep in time. I've trained a lot this year, especially on navigation and riding on stones and rocks. The technical tracks are still quite difficult for me, but I improved much. Shortly before the start of the Dakar I couldn't train much anymore because of a shoulder injury. Hopefully it will not play a part in the Dakar itself. I know I will have to ride conservatively to save my bike, so maybe the injury might be of help to keep me calm.”


    #96 Toia Dioclezano - ITA - KTM

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    #111 Sylvain Espinasse - FRA - HUS

    2014, 71st.
    2012, 91st.

    A native of Auvergne, a region conducive to enduro, Sylvain Espinasse has not so far been able to satisfy his passion for motorcycles, except in a few league races and championship of France, with privileged for many years its activity professional. At the head of a company building wooden houses, time ran him. Years passed and job stability allowed him to escape and make up the time "lost". In 2012, he has taken the opportunity to confront the Dakar. And for his debut rally, he led a Sherco in Lima, which was entrusted to him to attend Frans Verhoeven. Two years later, it's a totally different context that Sylvain has chosen to experiment, from the luxury of an official team to the discomfort of "mail-motorcycles," the haunt of drivers entered without assistance. Once again at the finish in 71th position, this achievement is not enough and he starts this year a new challenge: to reach Rosario with two-stroke 125cc. The idea seduced the RS Concept preparer who designed and made reliable a motorcycle from a Husqvarna TE 125 fit for the city heat, altitude ... Sylvain Espinasse, as in previous years, will use his adventure to raise funds destination Secours Populaire, which helps children to go on holiday.

    "I have already had the chance to do twice the Dakar and get to the finish. After all the comforts of a formal structure, I decided to do it alone in the category of motorbikes trunks. For my third, I had to absolutely find a new challenge! Why not 125? RS Concept, we have worked hard to design a reliable machine capable of going after this Dakar. Many people are involved in this project and it is forbidden to fail me! It is a mechanical physical challenge but also because a small displacement control on the tracks of the Dakar will ask me to be very offensive. We must whip a 125! However, I will endeavor to keep my line of conduct of previous participations: zero risk and maximum concentration. "


    #118 Maciej Berdysz - POL - KTM

    2015, Abandon stage 2.

    Born and raised in Poland, Maciej Berdysz now lives in London where he works as a builder. And when he's not on a construction site, he's on a bike. For most of his life his passion has gone from motocross to enduro and now off-road rallies: anything that has to do with motorbikes. Last year, he finally lived his dream of doing the Dakar but the experience sadly only lasted two days due to electrical problems on his Honda. This massive frustration pushed Maciej to return to the rally, but this time on a far more reliable KTM 450 RR. Because he likes the tough and extreme side of the Dakar, he's decided to make things just a little harder: the Polish will indeed be registered in the malle-moto class with the hope of reaching the finish in Rosario.

    “I've raced all my life, and on all types of races. But small races get boring. The Dakar is the biggest race there is and I wanted to push myself to the limit. Last year was so disappointing. When I was forced to quit, I felt so down. But it's the Dakar, anything can happen. It was my dream to do the Dakar, so I felt so sad to have to quit, especially on a mechanical problem, not an accident or not because I was tired. I knew I wanted to come back. The Dakar is always on my mind. I feel I've progressed a lot this season, both physically and mentally. I competed in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and all sorts of races in Britain from enduro to motocross. I feel very positive, especially because I'll be on a brand new KTM. Registering in the malle-moto class will of course make it tougher for me but I like it that way. It has to be hard. The goal is to finish, but I'm not going on a holiday trip, so I'll be pushing. I hope to finish somewhere in the middle of the standings. Being in the malle-moto category, I'll need to keep some energy for the work I'll have to do on the bike once at the bivouac. I can't afford to burn myself too much on the tracks.”


    #131 Frencesco Catanese - ITA - YAM

    2015, Abandon stage 5
    2014, Abandon stage 5

    Hadn't it been for a few glasses of red wine and a call from a friend, Francesco Catanese might have never done the Dakar back in 2014. When he registered in the nick of time, he probably didn't know he would suffer so much. Francesco is indeed 2m tall and he lived a nightmare on a 450cc bike, not really made for his long body. Despite living his dream, he was forced to quit after 5 stages of his first attempt. Experience number 2 last year was even tougher. The engineer specialised in crane structures was hit by a truck whilst hidden in dust and broke his wrist. Despite his efforts and will to continue, he had to call it quits having missed far too many way points. The 45-year-old returns for a third try and hopes luck will finally be on his side, but to make things just a little tougher, Francesco has decided to register in the malle-moto class, with absolutely no assistance.

    “The Dakar is a dream I had as a child. The morning after I had registered for the Dakar, I opened my eyes and thought: "Oh my god, what the f… did I do? My first Dakar was a great experience, definitely something I will never forget. The last Dakar left me intense memories, both good and bad, because unfortunately a truck hit me in the fourth stage while I was immersed in the dust. He probably did not see me, but in the fall I broke my left wrist. Trying to get to the bivouac with the broken wrist I eventually made it very late, I got lost in the night and I missed 5 waypoints, so at the finish, once at the bivouac, I was disqualified. To have continued with a broken wrist would anyhow have been impossible… but I would have tried! I work a lot and so I have little time to go on my motorcycle, but I make my holidays coincide with rallies. The surgery on the wrist forced me to spend 6 months on the sidelines, but in August, I raced the Transanatolia rally with an Africa Twin super prepared (890cc) and I won the over 450cc category. The Dakar is a race with the most variables in the world and it is impossible to predict. This is my third participation and I realised that if there isn't a bit of luck you don't reach the finish. My only goal is to get to the end of every single stage. It will be very difficult because this year I'll compete in the malle moto category. A challenge in the challenge!”


    #147 Jose Julian Kozac - ARG - YAM

    Dakar debut.

    With so much passion for racing, reaching the Dakar was just a matter of time for the pilot Julian Kozac pampas. It began as a child in karting, then tested in 50cc and 200cc speedway, at age 19 began running in motocross and enduro then. From bikes to cars passed, before returning to karting and pursue his activity as a beekeeper. Julian had set the goal of the Dakar 2013, but a familiar problem postponed plans so far. With the help of a group of friends who accompany RCCCa testing, will finally ramp Buenos Aires. In January, the bees will be in the care of her two children ...


    JJK: "I really like racing. I ran from the 19 Argentine Motocross Championship for 12 years. In 2012 I proposed the Dakar 2013, but my father died and this was pending. I have a group of friends who helped me run dates RCCCa and now finally get my first experience of the Dakar. The height does not bother me, although cold in Bolivia. I'm a Yamaha WR 450 in Malle category. I have to start-and-see my progression, watching the bike, careful not to break anything, to keep from falling to arrive early at the bivouacs ... many factors. RCCCa races, besides teaching me to navigate, give me an idea of what may be my walk over other drivers. It should be between positions 45 to 50. I'm doing a lot of training, particularly aerobic, bicycle motocross. I tried in extended sessions, more than 400 Km. I will start-and if I feel comfortable and well, we will move on a daily plan. "


    #149 Simon Marcic - SLO - KTM

    2014, Abandon stage 3.

    In the absence of local hero Milan Stanovnik (three times 13th of the Dakar), all the hopes of Slovenia will be on the shoulders of Simon Marcic. Thankfully the young man from Maribor has rather wide shoulders and a lot of talent. A fine enduro specialist, he however struggled on his first appearance on the Dakar back in 2014 when he was forced to quit after just 3 stages. After a one-year break the 33-year-old returns to the event on his KTM 450 RR, but this time he's made life a little harder for himself: Marcic will indeed be part of the malle-moto class with no assistance. His experience in the European enduro championship and recent 14th spot at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will be key on the way to the finish line in Rosario.

    “My father bought me a 125cc dirt bike in 1998 after I had got good grades at school and after I had already smashed a 50cc moped, riding enduro. So riding bikes goes way back. The Dakar is a real challenge for me. A life long project and dreamed wish. I prepared for the rally by competing in the 2013 European regional enduro championship and winning in class E1. I also raced in the Slovenian enduro championship (vice champion) and Slovenian cross-country cup (vice champion)”



    I'm hoping the field is a tiny bit bigger than this next year.





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    ASO beat us to it.
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    Thanks a lot Troy and thanks to everybody who contributed already! I just activated the new server, so the old urls should point to the new server already or at least soon. You need help with the urls?
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    The screen shot I posted is from the ASO's iOS app for 2016 there is a link posted TSC or Myway somewhere in the begining of one of the locked threads or you can search dakar 2016. There happened to be an post about the merzouga rally, there are putting up filler content to keep us occupied before the race starts. If you do the math from the time posted using the timer at the bottom which is just below the text: "OFFICIAL START - Dakar 2016" you'll find it is counting down for us :clap

    it now says 11hrs 02 min 45 sec!!!! :clap:clap:clap:clap it's almost here!!

    FWIW, the app is a pain to read on a phone because the text is tiny and not set up to zoom but its better than nothing when you don't have access to a computer
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