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Old 01-11-2012, 10:15 PM   #73
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Originally Posted by NAVIGATOR View Post
What´s the difference between tomorrow´s MARATHON stage and a "normal" stage?
The marathon stage means that the riders will bivouac away from their teams and will only get a truck a la the Malles Motos competitors. All service/repairs performed by the riders themselves. As far as I know, they are only allowed whatever their single ASO trunk that every rider gets will hold plus a pair of spare wheels.

For the Dakar's fi rst day in their country, the Peruvians will be entitled to two special stages and additional kilometres for the motorcyclists. After a day spent switching between off -piste sections and areas interspersed with rivers, they will benefit from a moment of camaraderie : a specifi c bivouac will be set up for them before they continue exploring Peru. The concept, which had not been tried out again since the camp of Foum Zguid in Morocco during the 2007 Dakar, will also create a major obstacle which will aff ect the management of the race. The assistance vehicles will not be authorized in the maintenance area, where only the motorcyclists and quad riders will be able to help each other.
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