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Old 01-12-2014, 03:13 PM   #210
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Originally Posted by Myway View Post

Cáfe presidente.
Originally Posted by troy safari carpente View Post
Week one over... some recovery and rebuild opportunities on the rest day and now start off on week two with another marathon stage.

Has Dave Castera and ASO served up the toughest DAKAR since the move to South America...? Well on the merits of week one alone - so far it's a fair question.

Will it be the toughest ever? Hard to day definitively and impossible to compare objectively (apples and apples, changing times, conditions etc.).

One thing though (PS great statistics on the previous editions for comparisons sake that Coak & Co. put together) and that is, if the withdrawal trend of week one continues (procentually), it could well be amongst the lowest finisher percentage ever.*

And on saturday, while I was off riding, and contemplating WHAT factors may have contributed to this?

1. The organisation said from the outset this DAKAR was going to be tougher, longer percentage off specials, lomger specials (marathon stages) and even more technical terrain. Castera has delivered on this point.

2. I beleive Manny gave us the inside line, that in the "acceptance" process (for motos at least) consideration was given to many amatuer/rookie riders who previosly had applied and been passed over, were given start numbers for this year? That may well contribute to a certain amount of the carnage on the days 2 thru 5 as a result of relative "unpreparedness" as a percentage of the field as a whole?

3. The "go fast factor" Since about Marocco, we here at the ADV/F5 collective, have been contemplating that the 2014 Dakar Moto starting line up was possible the fastest, deepest talent, most competitive, biggest cross section of factory team participants etc. etc. The quality of riders in the "elite" top 30 was remarkable, even go so far as to say amongst the top 50 you have riders who excell in their respective nations in various form of off road competition.

Fuel this with the fact that HRC, Yamaha, KTM, Sherco, Speedbrain and Gas Gas all have top 10 caliber riders on their staff... and it was all bets on the table that the "pace" would be a cracker from day one. And it was.

This (as I read from someone earlier while rolling thru the f5irehose) probably force the hand of even the seasoned riders to "push" more than in the recent editions? It certainly has been more than just the "Cyril & Marc show" with supporting cast... as rally raid has tended often to be these last five or six years.

So far Dakar 2014 has delivered exhaustion - both physical, mental and mechanical during week one... week two starts now...
Originally Posted by Flood View Post

Originally Posted by Misery Goat View Post
It's the Bolivian altiplano, it's rare not to freeze your ass off there.

Originally Posted by tserts View Post
Found the ASO background images of today, they are from the salar

Originally Posted by redhat View Post
Better late then never, was out for a while

WP1 @ 33km
WP2 @ 71km
CP1/WP3 @ 104km (customs)
WP4 @ 151km
WP5 @ 179km
WP6 @ 218km
Start Neutralisation @ 232km
WP7/End Neutralisation/refuel @ 240km
WP8 @ 250km
WP9 @ 272km
WP10 @ 311km
WP11 @ 355km
ASS @ 401km

According to map:
WP5 : Start neutralisation @ 232
WP6 : End neutralisation @ 240

Originally Posted by Quietus View Post
Absent from this morning's tracking, Joan Barreda appears to be leading the motorcycle pack at km 195. Since he started fourth, behind Duclos, Coma and Metge, this would also put him in the lead of today's stage. We will find out more when he finishes this sector in a few minutes' time.
Originally Posted by Misery Goat View Post
Why is it the best live footage I've seen yet is coming from Bolivia?
Originally Posted by Bluebull2007 View Post
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriba Tupiza!!!!
Originally Posted by DaCat
Originally Posted by Ruffus View Post
They're going ballistic on that feed, Luv it
Sounded like Salvatierra was winning
Originally Posted by Drif10 View Post
To our Bolivian friends:

Well done.

For all that it cost to make this event happen, the effort is paying off. This kind of national image going out to the world is the best any could ever want.

Please pass on to your fellow countrymen a congratulations from Canada.
Originally Posted by Myway View Post

Originally Posted by Flood View Post
Barreda waiting to leave the refuel stop:

Originally Posted by EKIN View Post

CHACHACHACHACHA.......CHAVO RrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrIBA!

Originally Posted by Myway View Post

Originally Posted by Myway View Post

Originally Posted by too old View Post
14:11 Bikes: Km 170: Barreda in front of Coma?
Joan Barreda, still absent from the tracking system, appears to continue ahead of Marc Coma, who is 1'22' ahead of Cyril Despres, 2'27' ahead of Kuba Przygoński‎, and 4'44' ahead of Hélder Rodrigues. Juan Pedredo García clings on to his top 5 spot.
13:04 Bikes: Finish 1: Barreda flexes his muscles
Spain's Joan Barreda Bort (Honda) has dominated the first part of the special, beating Marc Coma by 4'27' and Juan Pedrero García by 4'51'. Cyril Despres sits in fourth, 5'48' back. Alain Duclos has lost time in spades and is now 16'21' behind the leader.

Got that one now Flood - I was still seeing 13.04

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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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