Major Dakar Bombshell!!!!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by LUDO, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. LUDO

    LUDO Been here awhile

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    hey!
    I'm in Cairo, just finished the pharaoh's rally and n italian just told me that there was apparemtly a huge fallout betwrn Repsol and Ktm about Dakar and that both repsol and telegonica are pulling their support off Ktm.
    That means only 3 official contracted riders by Ktm will be in their truck in plain oranage Ktm colors: marc coma, despres and water carrier alain duclos.

    It leaves villadoms and Chaleco lopez in the unknown.

    CASTEU gets factory bike and parts to handle with his own team.

    Wow!
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  2. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt! Supporter

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    Any idea what the fallout was about?
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  3. Hayduke

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  4. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    Havent Michelin also stopped supporting KTM as well ???

    Not a good idea to piss off key sponsors or suppliers
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  5. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    Things are bad @ KTM.

    How in the world could they ever make the choice to part with Scott Harden?

    That guy bled orange and he was pretty much the face of KTM. Stupid move.

    Perhaps KTM should have never picked on the Quandts
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  6. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    Any more info on this guys ...
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  7. gagnaou

    gagnaou Long timer

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    Amazing! You've got to wonder what's going on....
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  8. kenaroo

    kenaroo I am because i ride

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    too bad about all the cuts ..

    yep.. got to wonder....

    They spent a lot of money to get mind share of their bikes. Millions on Marketing, racing budgets etc.

    Think they are just bracing for a slowing economy.

    sometimes spending while you got is not always a good thing. I'm sure they wished they got rid of a few sandbags years ago.

    of course this is all speculation
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  9. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    Ludo, is it related to why Coma and Despre etc were not at the Pharoah's, seems odd given it's a world chanpionship round ?
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  10. FAH-Q!

    FAH-Q! It wasn't me!

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    Wow, they first loose David Knight and now this.
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  11. doyle

    doyle RallyRaidReview-ing

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    Interesting turn of events. Does this begin to mark the end of KTM dominance? I wonder who'll step into teir shoes?
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  12. rallye

    rallye Been here awhile

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    they might of lost some sponsorship deals ,but the world has not ended, i'm sure Coma , Castau and Duclos can hold the fort,there will be an amada of privateer 690's at the Dakar too .It might be time for someone like Jonah, if he gets the backing to shine without being swamped by factory backed pilots !!

    i wish some other manufacturers would step up to the plate and put together real factory teams like back in the 80's and early 90's.

    i guess the current world economic climate is going to coerce them to go racing in the desert though.
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  13. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Pass the queer more beer

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    I'm really surprised that Suzuki hasnt really gotten into the dakar lately. With the success that racing brought the GSXR in its more recent generations, you'd think they would be eager to spread that success to other product lines.
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  14. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    It's good for Jonah as he has a chance to kick some ass with some potential competion eliminated. On the other hand, it's become way harder for him now to get a place in a factory team.

    Can I get a HELL YEAH?

    Maybe BMW will come back with a desert 450? As much as I love the big thumpers (and I think Rallying should stay there 'cause that's where the market is), it seems to go in that direction. Maybe a (BMW) Husky factory team?

    The current rally scene is a giant fuckup. FIA, FIM, ASO, KTM, VW, Mitsu and whoever else need to get together and make a proper (=televised) sport out of this.
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  15. Hayduke

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    here here
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  16. apeirce

    apeirce Two ears, one mouth.

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    Here here +1
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  17. apeirce

    apeirce Two ears, one mouth.

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    Can you elaborate on this?
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  18. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do

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    Which highlights the troubles that PanAm is facing. If the factory is having a hard time drawing/keeping sponsorship $$'s...



    Amen to that. :freaky
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  19. Mudguts

    Mudguts when in doubt GAS IT

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    logistcialy speaking televising such an event is a fricking nightmare, have camera teams set up over hundred of Kms over 15day of racing , must be a huge exspence ,

    Moving forward ( hate that term ) the smaller two and three day events is the future of the sport IMO , a hell of lot easier to manage ,fund & execute. conpared to the 8 & 15+ day events

    there planty of poeple whom want race rallye events but smilpy can not afford it. ( like my self ) where as a 2 or 3 day event is much more affordable to joe shmoe
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  20. Hambone950

    Hambone950 Mas Naranjas Por Favor!

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    Repsol are owned by banks such as Santander. No doubt they have had better weeks.
    Also, Repsol's brand in Argentina has been replaced fairly recently by their local subsidiaries' brand YPF (the former national oil company). Their whole entity is re-wrapped in the flag and doing great. However, Repsol might have wanted to downplay in Argentina.
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