Originally Posted by troy safari carpente
Now I know that last year I stood on some toes when I commented on Helder Rodrigues CCR World Title win... and once again my comments were more along the lines of; "Why are there so few riders/teams participating in the championship" or "Helder really only had to beat one or two other top level riders to take the titel" as opposed to any negative reflection about the Portuguese champion himself, his dedication, talent ...
I guess last year I was a bit over-sensitive
you know I am a Helder fan and of my conviction that the 2011 World Title was a very fair reward for his underdog efforts (even though I agree with your comments about the "weirdness" of this mini championship).
Maybe that same World Champion Title (no doubt along with his two bronze medals at Dakar) helped Helder being offered the lead pilot role at HRC