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Discussion in 'Racing' started by troy safari carpente, Dec 27, 2015.
Yes, very nice! Pretty soon we will make a better map and better roadbook for Dakar than ASO!
Very interesting to see the likely spot of the crash. Thanks Myway.
Pure speculation, but it’s easy to imagine a scenario in compromised visibility with the dust and sun in his eyes where he could see a glimpse of the road continuing straight a couple of hundred meters ahead and didn’t see or realize there was a left-right jog around that wash between him and road he could see. He had already advanced his roadbook so probably not expecting a turn before the DZ.
Paulo Gonçalves makes it to the halfway stage as leader of the Rally Dakar 2016
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The seventh stage of the Dakar Rally 2016 saw no significant changes at the head of the overall leader-board with Paulo Gonçalves topping the table for the fourth day running. Barreda failed to start this morning.
It was a rough return to Argentina, after the two-day sojourn in Bolivia. The day’s 327 kilometre special stage was divided into two parts; the first in Bolivia, followed by a neutralization section, the border crossing, then the second special on Argentinean soil with a planned finish in Salta. However, heavy rain storms, swollen rivers and flooding were waiting to greet the riders on their arrival back into Argentina, forcing race organizers ASO to call off the second special completely. Consequently, the classifications from the day’s first special, held in the Potosí region, will be used.
Paulo Gonçalves got a bit of a shock this morning, shortly after the race start, when he came across accident victim Matthias Walkner. Paulo, showing the real Dakar spirit, dismounted to help the Australian until further aid arrived, a wait of some eleven minutes that race officials later deducted. The Portuguese rider finished the stage in third place and maintains the advantage over adversaries at the head of the overall rankings ahead of the race’s rest-day.
Gonçalves’ Team HRC stablemates Ricky Brabec and Michael Metge were also on cracking form behind the bars of the Honda CRF450 RALLY, finishing among the day’s top-ten. The french made his best performance in this Dakar, finishing the stage in 4th position. Paolo Ceci, heading out this morning from deep down the starting order was able to claw his way through the field to cross the line in the top 30.
Joan Barreda made the decision to quit this morning before the race started, after yesterday getting towed back to the bivouac by team-mate Paolo Ceci. The Spaniard had injured his left hand in an accident on yesterday evening’s return to camp.
Kevin Benavides and Adrien Metge remain the last two Honda South America Rally Team riders still left in the Dakar after Javier Pizzolito dropped out today. He took a hard knock to the head in an accident yesterday. In spite of making it through today’s special, the biker found himself in no state to continue. Benavides shone once more on the day grabbing no less than runner-up spot. Adrien Metge too was among the leading 15 riders.
Methinks Mr Walkner is actually Austrian, but we are used to that.
Hogwild, do you have a google pro version, is the arerial map beter than we mostly use.
what looked like this
the other one
I have the same imagery as you showed. At that point Bing is better than GE. GE Pro uses the same imagery as their free version.
I got an updated location for the RDC crew that is stuck on the highway with the other support crews. This is the problem bridge. It's too low, so it's under water.
23° 17.842'S 64° 13.096'W
Many teams are sleeping at this YPF gas station near the bridge, but everyone ate all the food there, so nothing left to be had! 23° 7.746'S 64° 19.974'W
In this lull in the action, let me thank all of you hardcore f5'ers for giving us unparalleled insight and information regarding the Dakar. Not going to name anyone for fear of leaving someone out, but if you've contributed in any way, from sharing past experience, to technical wizardry, to bringing attention to those you feel deserve recognition, I appreciate it very much. You make the Dakar more than just a race.
For all the crew stuck on the highway near Orán, here's the place to go in the morning for a bite to eat. 23° 8.328'S 64° 19.453'W on Av Gral Pizarro, just North of Colon Street.
Heck of a rest day...don't have their tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses, meds, toothbrushes, recovery drinks, etc, etc...not the great sleep the racers need for the rest day. Brutal situation for those who support teams didnt make it to camp. Makes malle moto look luxurious
Hope its not raining there tonight. The rain has certainly made the race...interesting.
Rest day yikes! The tougher half of the rally starts earlier then expected.
I bet this is the only time in the history of the class that factory riders have looked at the Malles Motos guys and thought "Man, he's really got it made tonight."
Don't you know about the re-seeding rule. Those Malles Motos guys are getting bumped out of their tents by the fast guys as we speak!
The crews are moving again, so maybe the bridge is open now!
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But wait a second, the Malles Moto guys also get their meager box of stuff from the ASO support trucks too right? Or do the ASO trucks start earlier and maybe got there? Hmmm Maybe they are all pulling a 'Manny', couch surfing in Salta.
It might turn the rest day into a Marathon Stage.
And I forgot Ian Blythe