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Old 01-06-2012, 04:09 AM   #58
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Originally Posted by Zepfan View Post
Just learning about the race.

Do motos and trucks share the same route and cp / wp's? I learned they are separated by start times but wondered if they mix on the same track.

Does the track / course vary allot? How could you loose your way if you weren't starting in the #1 spot? How do they disable GPS devices?

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Generally, the route is the same for bikes, quads, cars and trucks. Every now and then (and more often in South America, it seems), trucks and sometimes even cars have a different route for a part of the day - if there's some river crossing or narrow river bed on the course. But it is a common occurrence for the mid-pack riders to get caught by cars or even trucks half way across the stage.

All vehicles are equipped with the sentinel system, something like a wireless/radio horn: When a car comes from behind, your bike will start blaring an alarm, so you know you should get the hell out of the way before you're blinded in a dust cloud. There's a great scene in the Race to Dakar DVD when the boys are stopped at the side of the track with a broken fuel tank and suddenly all the bikes start beeping. A few moments later, a car comes by.


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Does the track / course vary allot? How could you loose your way if you weren't starting in the #1 spot? How do they disable GPS devices?
Depends. On gravel roads, there's always the chance to take a wrong turn on an intersection. In the dunes, there may be tracks all over the place: From competitors who navigated correctly, from competitors who "naviguessed" wrong, from spectators having a fun day out on their dirtbikes. Following the wrong tracks instead of your own navigation is a common occurrence on the Dakar.

Hope this helps.
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