2016 OFFICIAL DAKAR f5irehose - THANK YOU ALL F5 posters and lurkers!

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  1. rickmdz

    rickmdz Been here awhile

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    yep, something was cooking there for sure...
    I'm sure he didn't want to tell TV reporters until he can talk to the team and maybe appeal the decision.

    KB commented on FZ, he agreed it was wrong on the roadbook and he said many riders would have same issue...
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  2. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Ah, that makes a lot more sense yes!

    Still, I'd be interested to hear the circumstances - did the thief have a change of heart, or perhaps someone told him to take it back!

    Regardless, that delay of an hour appears to have cost Alan a place in the top twenty. I'd be f**king furious!

    Jx
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  3. SteveDennehy

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    Sylvain just passed WP10, Kobus Potgieter just ahead of him.
    :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
  4. griesgram999

    griesgram999 grmpf

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  5. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer Supporter

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    If the rest goes like so far he should be at the ASS in about an hour.
  6. SteveDennehy

    SteveDennehy Steve

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    Kobus at WP11 :wings
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  7. Anders F

    Anders F Been here awhile

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  8. keepshoveling

    keepshoveling DNF

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    I don't want to rehash the "Dakar isn't a real race anymore" debate, but here I find myself having found this: http://www.redbull.com/us/en/motorsports/offroad/stories/1331628512013/toughest-dakar-rally

    I thought this part, in particular, was interesting.
    [​IMG]

    Mostly because I am a simpleton who likes pretty pictures.

    How much of that fluctuation do folks reckon is down to course choice vs. weather vs. increased preparedness vs. mechanical advances? It's certainly something you see in other sports - as we continue to approach training in a more scientific manner and we have advances in medicine (to say nothing of machinery), our athletes are getting better and better. Take a look at the NFL today vs. the NFL of the '50s for example.

    When you add to that the advances in the bikes, should we expect withdrawal % to go down?

    Earlier someone was posting about the different riders for each team and how they had to have commercial appeal/marketability in addition to riding skill and I think there's something to be said for that for the larger race. I would guess that there are purists who prefer just a man and his motorcycle (and a tiny map and some fuel and some checkpoints) rather than the huge production it's become, but I think you have to acknowledge that the thing is expensive to put on and it's competing with other entertainment for advertising and viewer dollars and while you may not like it that's a reality you have to face. I'm going to stop because I've started rambling, but those are just some of my thoughts about the recent changes.

    On to today's racing:

    I was disappointed that Goncalves went out and wasn't able to challenge for the top spot, but I've been quite impressed with Price and he certainly deserves the win. Well done, Australia!
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  9. SteveDennehy

    SteveDennehy Steve

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    Sylvain at WP11 :happay
  10. royle

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    While Higgins and Bingham are entertaining you with snooker, lets take a quick look at the fantasy results. Chief won the stage with the narrowest of margins ahead of Coak and ZetaPedro.

    Stage 12:
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    1st...Chief (Chief)..........................59 pts
    2nd...Go Hard or Go Home (Coak)...58 pts
    3rd...Rumoao35 (ZetaPedro)...........57 pts

    But let's look now at the overall:

    Overall standings after stage 12:
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    1st...Go Hard or Go Home (Coak)...468 pts...0 transfers remaining
    2nd...Gordito (Lana)......................462 pts...2 transfers remaining
    3rd...Nanana Vrooom (tibx)............451 pts...1 transfer remaining
    4th...Quietus (Quietus)...................446 pts...9 transfers remaining
    5th...Chief (Chief)...........................432 pts...2 transfers remaining

    Which means it gonna be one hell of a last stage!
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  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  12. griesgram999

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    Eurosport is on
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    misc Dakar Tracker

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    It took some time, but I managed to fix it. Not only fix it, but also prevent it for next time. Another step forwards :)
  14. SteveDennehy

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    Kobus Potgieter, at the ASS. Go boy, tomorrow is medal time :1drink
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  15. Anders F

    Anders F Been here awhile

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    They said on Eurosport that Helder got 3 minutes for speeding on the liason today.
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  16. mulgathumper

    mulgathumper Been here awhile

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    Just had a look at Mischa's fantastic tracker thingy.
    For me, the most telling statistic is that the biggest time gap in the top 25 overall positions... is between 1st and 2nd place.
  17. Sparrowhawk

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    I guess it all depends on how you choose to analyze the data. In 1980 only 38% of the vehicles finished. Must have been brutal, right? On the other hand it was so easy-peasy that a couple of Vespa scooters finished. In 2002 there was not a 450cc motorcycle available that could complete the race on a single engine but most do today. Is that because the race is so easy today?
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  18. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    WP11 :clap
  19. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer Supporter

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    Sylvain finished. 2:24 off Helder's pace.
  20. nry

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    :roflI was looking at the x-ray think "Jeez he's a big boned lad" :D