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Old 10-30-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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2013 Dakar - go the Aussies !!

For 2013 Dakar there will be the strongest field of Aussies EVER with at least 5 guys who are regular winners or podium placers at the Safari and other desert races in Aust.

Ben Grabham - HSE KTM Australia

Matt Fish - Husky Speedbrain official waterboy for semi-factory team

Rod Faggotter - with the EU Yamaha team

Todd Smith - GHR Honda

Warren Strange - GHR Honda


Its gunna be a corker of a Dakar for Aussie rally fans


Any punts out there for where our guys will place ??

Top 10 finish ?
Top privateer finish ?
maybe another factory or semi-factory ride for 2014 ?

Cant wait
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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Grabbo's Dakar 2013 Kato



There will be regular updates between now and the start on 5th January 2013 in Lima Peru, and during the rally on Grabbo's Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/#!/ben.grabham.5?fref=ts



After his first race back since Condo in April, Grabbo pulled 10th Outright and 4th E2 class at the A4DE last week while just cruising and riding safe, Grabbo is feeling strong and almost 100% race fit...........look for a form guide at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco next week http://www.merzougarally.com/?lang=en Ben is using it as a Dakar style dune and GPS navigation shakedown run.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:52 AM   #3
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:18 AM   #4
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My wife just looked at that bike and said "That looks fast.... you're not having one"
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:57 AM   #5
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Go Ben!

Grabbo should go great, there's no roo's in South America either.

Isn't Paul Smith going on his quad also?
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:30 AM   #6
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Isn't Paul Smith going on his quad also?
Yes Paul will be the first ever Aussie Dakar quad competitor

With 2 Safari wins to his credit he's among the best in Oz

I may be wrong but I think he may at the pace the Patronelli boys run at
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:35 AM   #7
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I believe that another Aussie from Newcastle will be having a crack as well. Keep an eye out for Troy Oconner. KTM mounted.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:45 AM   #8
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Andrew Scott from QLD is in as well, riding a KTM450RR rental bike from team San Lorenzo based in Chile

http://www.cabalservice.cl/

This will Andrew's 2nd Dakar, with his first being 2010.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:47 AM   #9
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List so far

Ben Grabham - HSE KTM Australia

Matt Fish - Husky Speedbrain official waterboy for semi-factory team

Rod Faggotter - with the EU Yamaha team

Todd Smith - GHR Honda

Warren Strange - GHR Honda

Paul Smith - GHR Honda quad

Troy OConnor - KTM

Andrew Scott - Team San Lorenzo KTM450RR

any others ?
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:26 AM   #10
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Don`t forget the ex-pats. Simon Pavey is having another tilt, this time on a Husky.


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=833133
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:28 PM   #11
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Ben Grabham - HSE KTM Australia

Matt Fish - Husky Speedbrain official waterboy for semi-factory team

Rod Faggotter - with the EU Yamaha team

Todd Smith - GHR Honda

Warren Strange - GHR Honda

Paul Smith - GHR Honda quad

Troy OConnor - KTM

Andrew Scott - Team San Lorenzo KTM450RR

any others ?


No Aussies on Bergs..........Bugger.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:32 PM   #12
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No Aussies on Bergs..........Bugger.
As far as I know so far only 2 bergs

Thomas Berglund Sweden again and a Dutch guy, both on 70 degree FE450's
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #13
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any others ?
Is David Schwartz racing the Dakar again in 2013 ?
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #14
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Is David Schwartz racing the Dakar again in 2013 ?
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:11 AM   #15
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Gawd, that year went fast, it's almost Dakar time AGAIN?????
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