ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Racing
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-07-2012, 09:27 AM   #61
luckychucky
Studly Adventurer
 
luckychucky's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: SE Missouri
Oddometer: 904
Fast

I'm saying they were both having fun, you only get to die once. Having fun is the way to go! Sorry for the family and friends. The two are blessed and the lucky ones. Short and SWEET! Be happy for them. Cheer up and have some more fun.
luckychucky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #62
mxmum
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2011
Oddometer: 157
Quote:
Originally Posted by doyle View Post
I just posted this on my blog, a bit of my tribute to a real sportsman.

Rest in Peace Desert Tiger

Kemal Merkit 06/07/1960 - 09/07/2012



It is devastating to report that today the rally world lost a true hero, a true sportsman. Turkish rider, Kemal Merkit, the ‘Desert Tiger’, rider, runner, cyclist, all around positive influence for all whose lives his presence touched, was killed doing what his fans may like to think he loved best, on a bike, in a rally stage. The discipline is a cruel one and sadly, Kemal joins many of the greats that gave everything for a sport so loved, so revered, so feared. Sainct, Meoni, Caldecott, the list goes on, hauntingly now appended with Merkit.

The details are emerging, but on stage 6 of the TransAnatolia Rally, Kemal and Italian rider Mirco Miotto slowed to check on their navigation when they were hit from behind by young Dutch rider Wouter Vaarkamp, who emerged from the dust without time to react. Sadly, Vaarkamp was also pronounced dead at the scene. Miotto received minor injuries and has been treated.

While I was familiar with Kemal from his earlier Dakar’s, he really came to my attention before the 2007 edition through the postings of a friend of his on ADVrider. Kemal became a defacto inmate, one of the riders we virtually supported year after year. His enthusiasm for racing was infectious to those of us who became his fans, an enthusiasm that never wavered and never diminished.

Unstoppable is a word that comes to mind and I challenge anyone to find a photo or a video clip where his is not smiling. Choosing to take on the toughest rallies in the toughest way possible, Kemal was the embodiment of a sportsman. I never heard a single story from anyone, that portrayed him in any other way than a helpful, enthusiastic racer, eager to help anyone and share the delight he derived from his passions.

I never had the privilege of meeting Kemal in person, but early on I became a fan and my admiration for his feats never faltered. From RallyRaidReview, only the deepest of condolences for his family, his loved ones, and his legions of rally fans. Rest in peace Desert Tiger, you will always be, one of the greats.
That is such a lovely tribute and puts in to words what the rest of us are feeling, so, so sad. My thoughts go out to both familes in this sad time.
mxmum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 09:50 AM   #63
Stagehand
+/- V TDSPP
 
Stagehand's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Shawangunks
Oddometer: 24,999
That really choked me up, Doyle. It does seem unfathomable...

Wheels to the sky, brother.
__________________
Unintentional psychokinesis.
Stagehand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 09:58 AM   #64
Aybars
Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Oddometer: 26
Funeral will be tommorow at Levent Mosque / Istanbul on afternoon prayer around 16:30. Religious ceremony is just a tradition, so all friends are welcome without any hesitation.

A video after accident...
Aybars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 10:05 AM   #65
BRO63
BRO
 
BRO63's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Marmaris-Turkiye
Oddometer: 17
R.I.P Wouter Vaarkamp !
BRO63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 10:08 AM   #66
Flood
F5lood.
 
Flood's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Austria
Oddometer: 10,161
Only today I read that Kemal seems to have graduated high school in Austria; I miss meeting him even more now. Here's a (bad) photo I took of him going by at the Central Europe Rally in '08.



According to the video, Tina Meier was at the scene of the accident as well.
__________________
TEAM F5

RallyRAIDio on Twitter
RallyRAIDio on Facebook
Flood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 10:14 AM   #67
A_KLR97
Adventurer
 
A_KLR97's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Oddometer: 28
RIP Kemal Merkit and RIP Wouter Vaarkamp.

__________________
"You see in this world there's two kinds of people,
my friend. Those with loaded guns,
and those who dig. You dig." Blondie.
A_KLR97 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 10:19 AM   #68
Brodovitch OP
Team ⌘R
 
Brodovitch's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Athens, Greece
Oddometer: 3,171
Friend and fellow Serres competitor Andreas Glavas is at the TransAnatolia on reporting duties for a Greek motorcycle magazine, from his email this evening:

I am in shock. I saw the internet & forum posts but I still don't know what to write. It has been 4 days now that I met Kemal, he never stopped smiling once, I gave him a hoodie from the Serres race and he hasn't taken it off since. He is constantly laughing and joking, saying how much he enjoyed last year, he would get up from his Turkish pals and come ask me to join them all the time. This morning at 6 we all got up, there was Kemal again, laughing and joking...

What is there to say? We went to catch them at a fast dusty section in the Special, he was pushing today for a result and to lessen the difference from the first 3 days, and while everything seemed normal we were suddenly announced the terrible news. It's as they report it, he had stopped with the Italian when the Dutch kid slammed into them with no time for braking. This was a section where bikes were going at least at around 120km/h. The first riders were on the scene shortly before the ambulance, but there was nothing that could be done
__________________
TALES FROM THE BIVOUAC
TWOONEZERO
Brodovitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #69
Robb Mc
what?
 
Robb Mc's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2004
Location: San Francisco, CA
Oddometer: 1,560
Godspeed

Terrible news. Kemal was one of the good guys.

First met him in 2006 Dakar, we helped him out with some parts..which I think every team who has run a KTM in the last 10 years has probably done.. Kemal was always wandering around the bivvy, big smile on his face, looking for this or that the other thing.. I think he even won the 450 unassisted class a few years back with one of our spare 525 motors in his bike (shhhhh).

Godspeed my friend.
Robb Mc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 12:54 PM   #70
zenjen
Go Outside
 
zenjen's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Quartz Mtn. West end of the Wichitas
Oddometer: 2,597
Sad day in the rallye world.

R.I.P & Godspeed to Kemal Merkit and Wouter Vaarkamp.

Condolences to all their family and friends.
zenjen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 01:08 PM   #71
neduro
Addict
 
neduro's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Oddometer: 11,764
I'm heartbroken to hear of this. Kemal, to me, represents the Dakar even more than the front runners. Determination, perseverance, and courage.

__________________
Doubletake Mirrors- Folding D/S mirror that is both useful and indestructible.

Dual Sport Riding Techniques DVDs: Clear instructional DVDs to improve off-road skills.
neduro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 01:19 PM   #72
biggles0449
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: West Africa / UK
Oddometer: 177
Terrible loss

I saw this news first thing this morning and couldnt believe my eyes. I never had the pleasure to meet Kemal, but since my first introduction to rallying through Patsy Quick, he has always been talked about by her, as a true gent and the spirit of rallying.

Wouter was a really nice guy, who i had the pleasure to race against this year at Tuareg, many days we were neck and neck, and had some good banter on the start lines. Such a waste of a young talent.

RIP guys.
__________________
'10 KTM 450 Meca Rally,'09 KTM 250 EXC, '98 CCM R30M Supermoto prototype
biggles0449 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #73
ian408
Oh?
 
ian408's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2003
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Oddometer: 13,774
Very sad news.

RIP to both riders and condolences to their families and friends.
ian408 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 01:41 PM   #74
Drif10
Accredited Jackass
 
Drif10's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2003
Location: Gates of Moscow
Oddometer: 45,304
Quote:
Originally Posted by neduro View Post
Kemal, to me, represents the Dakar even more than the front runners. Determination, perseverance, and courage.

Well said. He was exactly what I thought Dakar was about.

Vaya con Dios, Sir.
__________________
I guess your get up and go needs a coffee. - Drif5
Drif10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #75
lastplace
Studly Adventurer
 
lastplace's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: San Francisco
Oddometer: 891
Kemal was always in an infectious good mood. Even in the thick of rally challenges, he brought a positive boost to everyone he met. Working unassisted on his bike, mooching parts, picking over broken bikes; he still had time to smile and say hello. It was obvious that Kemal loved rallying and was having fun. Most riders, like him, made big sacrifices to participate. Few of them enjoyed it as much as him.

Touring in Turkey in 2002, I needed a crank rebuild for my KTM 620 Adventure. The KTM shop in Istanbul looked questionable, but they had a poster of Kemal on a similar bike at the finish of his first Dakar. They had helped him, so I trusted them with the work. (The bike made it home and the crank lasted quite a few miles before it broke in Baja.) I took one of those posters and kept it in my garage. Kemal looked down from the poster as we prepped for many Dakars as if to tell us, "If I can do it, so can you." He was probably my biggest inspiration for keeping at it, especially the first few times.

We'll miss him.

Charlie
lastplace is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 11:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014