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Old 03-28-2013, 02:19 PM   #1
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Addc 2013 - Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Ok - first one for the first rallly of the new season - Abu Dhabi desert challenge - and that is not a large plate of pavlova

Not going to say too much just yet, but I know where my money is this year and about time

http://abudhabidesertchallenge.com/c...th%20logos.pdf

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Old 03-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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entry list available.. for bikes too

http://abudhabidesertchallenge.com/2...try_Lists.aspx

no Despres around (but Blasuziak tries again!) and moreover... no Italians at all

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Old 03-28-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #4
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Quite a few Hondas in various forms also - Helder and Sam should have the Dakar 2013 HRC, the HT Rally boys will have their variant - Dakar X, there are the other Honda's also and Chavo, if he is coming, not sure why his number is in yellow highlight or is down for a CRE 500? - can you update us Chavo?

It will be interesting to see which model comes out on top from the Hondas?

Not the biggest of fields, but going to be pretty tight race amongst the top 10 or so

From the race itinerary no specials with more than 160k without a refuel, so hopefully Helder will be able to go at it flat out
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:41 PM   #5
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Quite a few Hondas in various forms also - Helder and Sam should have the Dakar 2013 HRC, the HT Rally boys will have their variant - Dakar X, there are the other Honda's also and Chavo, if he is coming, not sure why his number is in yellow highlight or is down for a CRE 500? - can you update us Chavo?

It will be interesting to see which model comes out on top from the Hondas?

Not the biggest of fields, but going to be pretty tight race amongst the top 10 or so

From the race itinerary no specials with more than 160k without a refuel, so hopefully Helder will be able to go at it flat out
The yellow highlighted riders are on bikes larger than 450cc and therefore not eligible for world championship points. That is also why they are together separated at the end of the field.
ADDC stages tend to be reasonably short between refuels, but the sand can be pretty thirsty for power and fuel. One little mistake can use a few litres of fuel very quickly.

Best of luck everyone but especially Richard Brewer, the lone Kiwi!
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:11 AM   #6
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The yellow highlighted riders are on bikes larger than 450cc and therefore not eligible for world championship points. That is also why they are together separated at the end of the field.
ADDC stages tend to be reasonably short between refuels, but the sand can be pretty thirsty for power and fuel. One little mistake can use a few litres of fuel very quickly.

Best of luck everyone but especially Richard Brewer, the lone Kiwi!
I thought that was the case, but couldn't understand why Chavo was on a 500?
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I thought that was the case, but couldn't understand why Chavo was on a 500?
I think he's testing the new HRC Dakar bike, the CRE450FR, but in 500 form to fly under the radar. "Factory Rally" based on the old two stroke CRE500, but will be sleeved down for the Dakar. They couldn't get a genuine HRC team rider to do it because that would be too obvious. It'll look like a home made, old clunker with a big tank and a few stickers but will be full on factory under the disguise. I'm not sure whether it'll get the oval piston technology that was shelved a couple of decades or so ago - that's likely to wait for the 450 version.
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I think he's testing the new HRC Dakar bike, the CRE450FR, but in 500 form to fly under the radar. "Factory Rally" based on the old two stroke CRE500, but will be sleeved down for the Dakar. They couldn't get a genuine HRC team rider to do it because that would be too obvious. It'll look like a home made, old clunker with a big tank and a few stickers but will be full on factory under the disguise. I'm not sure whether it'll get the oval piston technology that was shelved a couple of decades or so ago - that's likely to wait for the 450 version.
That's exactly it.

He's chasing the overall position rather than just the 450 class position. His reasoning is that the 500 private bikes are closer to the factory 450's of KTM and Speedbrain than anyone is able to get the private 450's. He feels the factory guys have a good 20kph or so over the privateers and he wants to make some of that back up. I am not sure he is doing every world championship round so the 450 points don't completely matter to him. He wants speed and power and the Jolly bike is a 499cc that should start getting him that speed and power.
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So the kid podiums in the first rally he enters after having two broken arms...
Claps are the order of the day and a lot of them. Penalty or not this is a fantastic performance.

As has been said rules are rules and as long as everyone is painted with the same brush that is how it should be. Cruel way to learn a lesson in this case indeed but lets not let it tarnish an otherwise stellar rally ride.

Way to go Sam!

Oh and Speedy and Marc and Pau and ...
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