Originally Posted by neduro
Uh, OK. I missed the part where this is serious business. Peterhansel sounds whiney.
Here is my take on it, I think I may have posted it somewhere else. I grew up watching Peterhansel race enduros, supermotos and other motorcycle events. While being good on the bike, he was also well known for messing up other people's head ("intox"). Esquirol, Arcarons, etc. are a few names that comes to mind, by comments he was making in person or through the media, he was affecting their behavior.
I see nothing different here, playing on Robby's ego. Robby will want to be able to say "the famous K. M. A." and therefore pushing maybe more than what he should and make mistakes....
Hopefully not the case this year, but it seems like just about every Dakar, Robby had a a mishapp (rolled the VW the first year, overjumped a Dune the second year and smash the radiator, being pulled out of the ditch by the Lada, roll last year....) because he was probably pushing too much (something you rarely see Peterhansel do except when he clipped the tree the day before the final stage in Africa).
The first few stages are going to be really interesting to see where everybody is at level wise. Robby, Nasser and Carlos, the toyotas also, all the buggies even Vigouroux (last winner in Marocco beating the Minis...) and of course the Minis.
This wait is killing me, last year we would have already been in business ;-)