Latest from Pal Anders Ullevalseter's www.dakar.no:
"The 1st-7th May Pål Anders should have participated in the rally Tunisia. But as already known this never happened.
The reason: Pål Anders' motorcycle (and many of the other competitors' ditto) never arrived at the start. The bikes were transported by boat from Dubai to Tunisia, and was promised to arrive 27th April. Still the bikes have not arrived in Tunisia. According to Pal Anders they come to Genoa (Italy) on May 17th instead.
Thus it was no more than 17.starters in Tunisia. Rally Tunisia chose to carry on the race, despite the organizers' responsibility to transport the relevant bikes from Dubai. Pål Anders and many more disgruntled riders have submitted a complaint to the FIM for organizers poor organization of transport. Neither Coma nor Despres participated in this World Cup round. And all those who have not had the opportunity to participate in the rally, also lost the ability to get the World Cup points.
In addition to the loss of World Cup points, Pål Anders lost the money he paid to participate in this World Cup round. The organizers do not want to pay the money back, but there's a possibility that the money be transferred to later rally in Tunisia is present. This is no desirable situation for Pål Anders.
In this logistical rally-chaos there are also other forms of chaos in Tunisia during the day. It has recently been riots, in which 2 were killed at the port where the boat with the participants went home now before the weekend.
Tunisia was thus not as expected, and it turns out that Brazil rally has been canceled. In Sardinia rally will be for Enduro Motorcycles. Pål Anders does not know what's ahead.
Results from the Rally Tunisia were as follows:
The deadline for registration for the 2012 Dakar approaches. And May 15th Pål Anders hands in his Dakar application! This means that there are some competitive rally-raid racing in 2011, and the goal also this season is DAKAR!
We come back with more information."
He's now rally-modifying a KTM 450 EXC-R Factory Edition with all needed rally-mods, nav-gear and extra fuel tanks for the Sardegna Rally. It will have a 13 litre Acerbis front tank and 5 litre Meca Systems aluminium rear tank. A far step from the 450RR's 18+18litre setup, but good enough for the Sardegna Rally stages.