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Old 10-20-2013, 03:11 AM   #865
JMo (& piglet)
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Originally Posted by rmhrc628 View Post
Mate I have six Hondas - red to the back teeth. I want to see hrc smash Ktm.

I'm partial to la frog though. I like the fact he is a seemingly underdog
I agree! - anyone starting a book yet?

My guess is we'll see three different bikes on the Dakar podium this year, and my guess is:

#1 KTM - Coma - the combo of his experience/alien status, and the team structure behind him - plus he really has something to prove after missing out last year...

#2 Honda - rider TBC - I'd love it to be Helder, but I feel one of the Speedbrain riders will have more luck... the Honda 'machine' will make sure their bikes riders are always at the front, but ultimately I think Coma/KTM will nail the strategy game...

#3 Yamaha - Despres - Cyril will have something to prove, and I think he'll get at least one stage win just to rub it in - however, I feel there will be the odd occasion where things just don't go right for him, and the other teams/riders will take advantage of that - he will hang on in there, but I fear the Yamaha France team structure isn't going to be enough compared to the win-at-all-costs approach of KTM and Honda?

These are just my random thoughts...

Jx
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