Originally Posted by troy safari carpente
From Africa Race 2009:
During the last briefing which took place last night in the bivouac located in the mouth of the Senegal river mouth, René Metge insisted on the fact that every competitors had to be very careful until they reached the entry of the parc fermé at the hotel Mériden Président of Dakar. He was heard since the Africa Race finished without almost any problem. Indeed, the leader of the bike category José Manuel Pellicer broke down at km 79 in the liaison leading to the final podium. He was luckily driving with both Italian riders Michele Galizia and Carlo Alberto Miglizza who towed him to the finish line.
No problems eh? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm....
Yeah! You're right!
But it was an electrical fault, just 1 km, behind the Podium...
I arrived there in the meantime than Pepe, his mec, was working on the bike. I told him "keep my arm", on the other side Michele push on the silencer and so we all arrived at the podium.
I mean if he would, he could search and find the problem, surely.
Anycase, amazing bike, believe me.
Last 20 km of the first stage I was at Suz max speed...125kmh.
He told me 160kmh...
(Helsingor-Helsingborg...I do this ferry in 1986 in a trip to Andesrtorp - Stockolm...with my blue Yam Teneré - I was a Dakar fan...)