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Discussion in 'Racing' started by RhinoVonHawkrider, Nov 4, 2015.
Now that makes a mockery of the HRC treatment of Jerre Israel!!!
I'm not arguing the point... It's just that I don't see what the correlation is - between Sousa (competing in a Mitsubishi for 2016 - after driving for the Chinese team for the last three years) and J.I.'s dismissal by HRC earlier this year, after an apparent contract breach (because of another - conflicting - sponsorship association he had with Great Wall).
Troy, last year Sousa already raced for the Brazilean Mitsubishi Team, with the ASX proto. He also raced with them last Morocco.
Great Wall did not took part of last year Dakar, and also in China Grand Rally they used the French Laveille in stead of Sousa.
really bad to loose Jeremias Israel in the Dakar entry list. He is really fast.
No Carlos Checa? pretty sure he intended to do it...
some numbers still missing, though... 13... 24 ... 143 (could be Maurizio Gerini...)
He was "sacked" (aledgedly) by HRC because of his local relationship/sponsorship with Great Wall - and they are not even participating in Dakar - just think it's rather ironic
A few shots while getting ready for scrutineering/loading tomorrow:
We got a special visit from Robin Poskitt, @Pyndon's dad, whom I met at Dakar 2013. He gave us a hand with the graphics while he waited on customs clearance for some of Lyndon's stuff that shipped over with us.
Those bikes are looking fantastic Dave!
Good luck to everyone involved this year... Go 105!!! Go 106!!!
Spent Tuesday and Wednesday over at EICMA in Milan - plenty of Rally bikes and a few riders about (photos to follow). Then I found I still had Dream Racer http://www.dreamracer.tv/ on my iPad and watched it on the flight home. Really getting in the mood for Dakar 2016 now !
My watch list for 2016 DAKAR (moto)
First I must say all of the entries are on the list one place or another and any #2 to #20 are capable of the podium
#3 Toby Price, Stage wins in the hunt for Overall
#12 Laia Sanz, Just because, Could win a stage at least a podium on one or more
#14 Matthias Walkner, Stage wins hunt for overall
#25 Sam Sunderland, Get and Stay Healthy ,Will be a threat for the win
#48 Ricky Brabec, HI DEZ local So many good people with a ton of experience behind him. Fast, big learning curve,Will impress
#103 Alexander Smith
#105 Scott Bright
#106 Ian Blythe A lot of talent with all three the best of luck to you .With a little luck I'm thinking they could make top 40 or so
#145 Carroll Gittere Trying to find out more info on him ,But with the Isle of Man TT and the Dakar This man is a true hero of mine
New girls at the start,
If you can see them, many photos of Le Havre here
The 6th stage loop of 542 km should be fun for the competitors :)
Any insight to prepping for salt?
Helder and Boturri
Caption to the video:
"Only a few more months until the most hard-core rally of the world kicks off and Yamaha is more prepared than ever. It has equipped Hélder Rodrigues and Alessandro Botturi with the brand new 2015 WR450F Rally and is really to make its mark on the Dakar rally scene."
I didn't really watch the first half, but noticed that Gonk road his bike into the room.
Half way through the riders each say a few words. Brabec at 2:50
4 of them factory RedBull team cars for Stephane, Carlos, Sebbe and Cyril
... a privately owned/seperately sponsered 2015 PUG (for french driver Dumas) that was purchased from Peugeot Sport a few weeks ago, and will run completely separte from the factory team effort.
Strange move... in the past the Peugeot/Citröen team never sold off the ex-factory cars (even superceeded ones). They must need the money to keep the factory effort turning over?
It will be interesting to see how Dumas faires in the "bunny hop buggy"...
Is Dumas racing to win or just to finish? I'd assume as a "recreational" driver Pug 1.1 would make a nice car?
Wouldnt it be something if he was the only pug to finish :)
Romain Dumas is not a recreational driver.
He is a trully professional one.
He has won Le Mans, and have been works driver for Porsche and Audi, won several endurance races and has always liked rallying very much.
It is true he has not shined in rally, but he is a currently a sort of semi workds Porsche driver, running one of the few Porsche cars in european and french rallies.
Last year he did the Dakar as a first try in a MD buggy, and abandoned in stage 9th.
For sure he is doing it for passion, and not aiming to win it, but he is a pro and will do it at a good speed.
By last year experience , that Peugeot is difficult to keep in 4 wheels at the ground, so really very different to the Porsche he is using in rallies!!
By the way, that livery makes the Peugeot much nicer than the original red bull one!!
Some stats for you all from the Motos
France - 24
Argentina - 18
Spain - 17
Netherlands - 16
Italy - 11
Chile - 7
Czech Republic - 5
Portugal - 5
USA - 5
Peru - 4
Bolivia - 3
Great Britain - 3
Poland - 3
Austria - 2
Switzerland - 2
Slovakia - 2
Australia - 1
Andorra - 1
Brazil - 1
Colombia - 1
Germany - 1
Guatemala - 1
India - 1
Japan - 1
Lesotho - 1
Morocco - 1
Romania - 1
South Africa - 1
Serbia - 1
Slovenia - 1
Uruguay - 1
Venezuela - 1
KTM - 73 (a whopping 51% of the field)
Yamaha - 25
Husqvarna - 17 (see KTM above)
Honda - 14
Suzuki - 4
Kawasaki - 3
Sherco - 3
Beta - 2
BMW - 1
Gas Gas - 1
And of course if you combine KTM and Husky that makes 90 bikes from Mattighofen or about 63% of the field!