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Old 01-05-2014, 06:24 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by auguzt View Post
Interview with Francesco Beltrami here (in Italian):

He says that the bike had a problem with the fifth gear and basically he rode today's stage only with its fourth gear (). Also he suffered the same problem with the fuel pump that had yesterday. Now he has to find an engine to continue...
Originally Posted by Uller View Post
2014 Dakar Rally Stage 1 Robby Gordon Quotes

"I don't know what's going on. We drove it 1,000km down the highway, no problems during testing, but from the moment we started the special, we had vapor lock problems and we had to stop. Then, all the other fluids started to overheat, so we had to stop at least five or six times... At the end, we had stopped for the umpteenth time when competitor no. 390 hooked us up big time and offered to tow us to the end of the special."

"Honestly, it's strange,The car is running fine now, and I'm going to drive it away,but I don't know why this happened. It's weird. We'll have a look at it in the bivouac, although it's disappointing to lose two or three hours on the very first day of racing"
Originally Posted by Myway View Post

Originally Posted by Deadly99 View Post
A secret source informs me....

Sam's back brake failed him (like it did in Morocco)
This caused a crash early in the stage
He got a bit banged up
His bars bent
Then he got up, after losing time, and finished in the top ten
Unsure if he finished the stage without a rear brake

GO!!! Sam GO!!!
Originally Posted by Bluebull2007 View Post
I'm glad Robbie is in to fight another day. Lets hope he solves that "leaking fluid" vapour lock problem we saw in the one video in the build up thread.

David Casteu

Sunday, January 5, 2013 - Step 1

David crossed the finish of the first stage disputed line between Rosario and San Luis at the 13th place, 5'32 '' leader Barreda . For him , learning his new KTM is on the track , not having had time to do a lot of kilometers of tests:

"It was a very tough special , very slippery , with many turns that closed , he said Sunday , just after arrival, enjoying a coffee in an Argentine bar , not far from San Luis .
" I learned to tame my factory machine. It is completely different, I have not done any testing with , I need time to adapt ."

That is why more than 5 minutes of the first , David has made a practice run without trying to force his talent :
"I'm happy because I thought I had done a lot worse, I lost the front and rear. Going to have make suspensions settings."

Apart from these small changes expected, David is happy to finally be in the race : " It made me feel good to ride , this is it , we left it was a public madness , people pounce on us! . This is amazing as it is adored . Shown here the importance that took the Dakar in Argentina ! "

Monday , 2nd stage between San Luis and San Rafael with the exploration of raw gray dunes .


Dimanche 05 Janvier 2013 – Etape 1

David a franchi la ligne d'arrivée de la première étape disputée entre Rosario et San Luis à la 13e place, à 5'32'' du leader Barreda. Pour lui, l'apprentissage de sa nouvelle KTM se fait sur la piste, n'ayant pas eu le temps de faire beaucoup de kilomètres de tests :
"Ce fut une spéciale très difficile, très glissante, comportant beaucoup de virages qui se refermaient, raconte-t-il, dimanche, juste après l'arrivée, en dégustant un café dans un bar argentin, non loin de San Luis.
"J'apprends à dompter ma machine d'usine. Elle est complètement différente, je n'ai pas fait de tests avec, il me faut un temps d'adaptation".

C'est pourquoi, à plus de 5 minutes des premiers, David a effectué une mise en jambes sans vouloir forcer son talent :
"Je ne suis pas mécontent car je pensais avoir fait beaucoup moins bien, je perdais l'avant puis l'arrière. Il va falloir effectuer des réglages suspensions".

Hormis ces petites modifications à prévoir, David est heureux d'être enfin dans la course : "Ca m'a fait du bien de rouler, ça y est, on est partis ! Il avait un public de folie, les gens se jettent sur nous. C'est hallucinant comme on est adulés. On voit ici l'importance qu'a pris le Dakar en Argentine !"

Ce lundi, 2e étape entre San Luis et San Rafael avec l'exploration des premières dunes grises.

Originally Posted by Myway View Post
0105 Dakar: Motorbikes

Originally Posted by 640 Armageddon View Post
The Escale Twins

Originally Posted by 640 Armageddon View Post
Me. But may be because of insomnia

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Everyone has a max speed, 90% of that max speed is much safer and easier, and if that 90% speed isn't fast enough at Dakar, you enter the snowball. - neduro
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