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Discussion in 'Racing' started by troy safari carpente, Dec 29, 2015.
Meawhile in the bivouac everyone is having so much fun.
Helder had is spleen removed after the accident in one of the SA races, it is believed that makes him more prone to get flu's and such.
Would be great to get a blue bike in the mix.
Price is being amazing, if there is a way to become an alien I sure seems to be following the steps - even considering these stages are less nav demanding - he and Kevin are quite impressive this year.
it is VERY hard to work these days...
Toby Price says now is the time to pile the pressure on Honda after the Japanese marque dominated the early stages of the Dakar Rally.
KTM factory rider Price moved up to third in the overall standings with victory on Thursday’s 327km Jujuy-Uyuni stage, as the Austrian marque locked out the first four places.
It brought to an end two days of Honda domination, with Joan Barreda winning the two previous stages before being handed speeding penalties on both occasions.
“The Honda riders have pushed hard, and we are pursuing them now,” Price told Motorsport.com at the Uyuni bivouac.
“But we have to stay consistent and focus on not damaging the bike. It’s still early days and there are still many stages to come where we should excel.”
Elaborating on the third Dakar stage win of his career, Price added: “We made a mistake with navigation in the final few kilometres, as there was something confusing in the roadbook.
“With the altitude we have not had many problems – it was a good day, and the win is a great reward.”
Goncalves staying calm
Despite only finishing a lowly 12th on the day’s stage, Honda’s Paulo Goncalves continues to hold sway at the top of the leaderboard with a 1m45s cushion over KTM privateer Stefan Svitko.
“I knew I would lose time [opening the road], but in the end what we have done makes me happy considering the conditions when we left Argentina,” Goncalves told Motorsport.com.
“The bike worked well and the important thing is to stay focused. The times don’t mean anything right now, and tomorrow we will have chance to make up ground as [the KTM riders] did today.”
some situational awarenes...
Since WP1 all the way to the refuel in the first stanza of SS6 - Toby Price has been rolling along opening the track with approximate a 10 minute (physical gap on the ground) to the next trio comprised of Svitko/Waulkner/Meo (who swapped places now and again - but generally not more than a minute (on the ground physically) between them.
Steaming along nicely behind them (about a minute and half physically on the ground) is Bam Bam, who in turn is making up some moderate time on Toby - out front.
That is the way the top five have flown all morning... Gonk - who started in 12th - has made advantage of following broken trail... as has helder and Kevin... who both started futher down the order this morning.
09:49 : Barreda stops after CP3
The Honda rider who set the pace on the first few stages of the rally has come to a standstill on the special after 203 kilometres, for what seems to be an engine problem.
09:41 : Gonçalves having a good day
At CP3, it looks like Paulo Gonçalves (Honda) is continuing to increase his lead. At the moment he boasts a lead of 1’54’’ over Toby Price (KTM), which is 20 seconds better than at CP2.
09:30 : Confirmation for Gonçalves
At CP2, the official Honda rider has confirmed today’s good form, posting the best time so far. He has even increased his lead over Price (KTM), who currently lies in second, 15 seconds behind the Portuguese rider.
09:27 : Vayssade resumes racing
Florent Vayssade seems to have solved his technical problem. Sherco rider number 60 is back on the tracks.
09:24 : Barbero unlikely to carry on
Having suffered a heavy fall, it is unlikely that Italian rider Alessandro Barbero, after having received medical attention, will be authorised to resume the race. His helmet is broken and as it stands, the medical team are not willing to let him re-join the stage.
Look at Ondrej. Is this guy a robotondrej or what?!
The guy is currently running 16th in WP4, with an injured leg.
Although they are a little more than 2 minutes behind the provisional leader of the day's special, the two official Yamaha riders seem to be maintaining a good pace today. At CP3, the two team-mates are currently in 5th and 6th position
Today the longest (542 km) of this #dakar2016 with a loop of uyuni to uyuni. The weather forecast announce heavy rainfall for this step which will take place between 3500 and 4200 metres above sea level. Departure of our #peugeot2008dkr at 10 h43 local time.
Picture: Eric Vargiolu / DPPI
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not yet, tweets are looking into it.
Svitko's bike. When did he crash?
Somewhere between Wp2 & Wp3 is where he might have crashed, he lost over two minutes there. Glad he seems to be okay!
He has been doing brilliantly this year, especially considering he is non-factory.
Can anyone share with us his team? Thomas maybe?
Kevin Benavides (42) is having another great stage - running 2nd at WP4
10:23 : Quads: upheaval at CP1
The first quads have already made it through CP1 and for the moment, Marcos Patronelli (No. 252) is the quickest rider. However, the day has not started well for Alexis Hernandez, the general standings leader, who already trails by 5’12’’.
10:18 : Bikes: 3 Hondas in the top 4 at CP3
After the 1-2-3-4 for KTM yesterday, it seems that the Honda armada have got in gear today. At CP3 only Toby Price (KTM) is currently withstanding their charge. In second place, the Australian is sandwiched between Gonçalves (the provisional leader), Benavides (third) and Brabec (fourth).
Ricky may have to earn his ride (and sacrifice something) on SS6... depending of the nature of Bam Bams problem - but that is the role of contracted watercarrier...
on the other hand... if Barreda bike is fubar... get on the gas Ricky and another of the Hondas further back will play sweep/tow.
Mr Pavey sir, didn't your dad do an engine change on his BMW a few years ago, while on a stage?
Maybe he can give BB a call, pass on some advice?
I feel for the guy, I truly hoped he would win this year.
10:42 : Bikes: Barbero returns to the bivouac
Prevented from continuing by the medical team and race officials, following his fall and cracked helmet, Alessandro Barbero is returning to the bivouac on his Husqvarna via the route of the truck special.
Even though I/we am/are pulling for the men and woman in orange, it sucks big time JBB. His riding talent (when he stays upright) is a major part of the Dakar, so to truly beat him is an accomplishment.
After Gonk's early issues and now this... hasn't HRC learned anything ?
"to finish first you first have to finish" even tough this can also be applied to BB...
race is for sure more fun when he is around
I have somehow become a big HRC fan... Engine failure is a big deal...heads will be hung in shame. Anyway, disappointed for Barreda. Up to Gonk now. Glad to see that Brabec continues without giving him his engine on the stage.
I too am disappointed for JBB but I think he's hard on engines and there may have been too much throttle to the donkey. Es verdad?