Many times Dakar entrant Simon Pavey (expat Aussie) was lined up to ride the bike last year but electrical? problems put a stop to that. It would have been interesting to see what the bike could do with a world class rider competing who knew about Aussie conditions, had the bike held together.
I think Paul is being unrealistic in his expectations. There have been top class European riders that have come to Australia over the years who have gone home with their tails well and truly between their legs. You came over here to ride an uncompetitive bike in conditions you had no prior experience with, brought the bike home alive and received a coveted award; Paul should be more than happy with that. That Craig Bounds wanted to buy the (slightly used) bike at the end of the rally shows that Pauls work has been `noted`.
Every rally has its `characters`, Ivan is one and I`m sure you were another, albeit in a different way. I bet, whenever you and the bike were around, people were looking at you.
gsd4me screwed with this post 10-04-2012 at 07:16 PM