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Discussion in 'Racing' started by troy safari carpente, Dec 27, 2015.
Too fast past an outhouse?
I would think any swaps would have to take place on the liaison by the riders, prior to entering the bivouac. As soon as they enter the bivvy, bikes are straight to parc ferme.
Correct nothing can be touched in parc ferme, but there is a 100k liaison to get to the parc ferme. If the tires are not marked to the individual bike before the start of todays stage anything swapped before arriving if fair game.
CR is in.
Nothing was marked for today. Marking would be for the extra sets that the ASO transports to a regular marathon bivouac. Today, it's run what ya brung, but yes, they can swap anything on the liaison between riders.
Stage 4 American bike results before penalties,
9 (14) 048 - RICKY BRABEC(USA) HONDA +00:05:29
36 (43) 106 - IAN BLYTHE(USA) KTM +00:19:44
61 (55) 103 - ALEXANDER SMITH(USA) HUSQVARNA +00:52:26
65 (75) 105 - SCOTT BRIGHT(USA) KTM +00:53:27
85 (89) 145 - CARROLL GITTERE(USA) HUSQVARNA +01:12:14
Brabec moving up nicely!
Joan Barreda (Honda) claimed a new stage win in the 38th Dakar at the end of a special he dominated from start to finish. The Honda rider, who began the stage in fifth place overall as a result of the one-minute penalty he received yesterday for speeding in the link section leading to the bivouac, smashed any doubts about his ambitions with today's performance.
After seeing yesterday's win taken away by to a penalty, Joan Barreda bounced back today with a powerful display of authority. The official Honda rider seized the lead at CP1 and racked up one fastest time after the other. Gonçalves, his Portuguese teammate, was the only one who managed to keep up with the winner, finishing 1′49″ behind his leader.
Behind the two HRC riders, Ruben Faria (Husqvarna) pipped Benavides on the line to prevent a Honda 1-2-3 by a mere two seconds. Further back, Toby Price (KTM), the winner of the prologue, snatched fifth place from an impressive Antoine Meo (Husqvarna). Joan Barreda's move back into the race lead is in jeopardy, however, as the threat of a new penalty for speeding dangles above his head. As things stand, he has a gap of 1′57″ over Paulo Gonçalves and 4′14″ over Kevin Benavides.
Today and tomorrow are the first time (in public) that we will see Sebbe "off piste" other than the RedBull promo videos.
I always have been of the opinion that Loeb/Elenas weak point will be the lack of off piste /GPS navigation/decision making experience in the HP stages (big dunes/open desert). Good team tactics would see Peterhansel winning the the stage today, with maybe Sebbe (even Carlos) up there behind. In which case loeb/Elena would get "cues" from the more experienced team mates laying track ahead of them. At this stage of the game, I could see that Elena/loeb could easily make a tactical boo-boo in a HP stage and drop 10 to 15 minutes as a result... running 3rd or 4th there is less reliance on navigation and more on Sebbes driving talent and Daniels pointing finger
Toby Price recieved praise for precisely this from the KTM factory mechs last year... they said the brake pads were hardly worn, and the bike pristine (despite warp speed like Barreda). "flogging the bike" has a lot to do with mechanical sympathy - not just the speed.
Barreda was penalty for speeding? Is the speeding penalty 1min?
he got 5 min today
The more times you get caught, the stiffer the infractions get. They are progressive.
13:49 : Barreda trips twice over the same stone
Feisty Spaniard Joan Barreda failed to learn from yesterday's mistake and was again caught speeding in today's stage, resulting in a 5-minute penalty that pushes him down to fourth place in the stage and third overall.
Both Brabec and Blythe were on pace with the leader the last half of the stage and actually made up some a minute in the last section.
Thanks for the info.
Random photo from FB.
Do you think there are enough notes on the last two tulips?
WTF is "RADAR"?
Anybody recognize the switch assembly on the left grip?
The roadbook holder and console appear to be one assembly rather than separate units. Interesting.....
I would think RADAR as in speed trap....????? No?
Man, that guy cannot catch a break....
The race is young and anything can (and will...) happen. So place your bets people. Dakar is not a walk in the park and I am sure the orga will give us a hell of withdrawals in the next couple of days...
And Rosa made it!!!!!! Now for Sylvain
Now the racing's over for the day, are you waiting on a delivery of some beer and a new couch?