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Old 10-12-2012, 06:03 AM   #1531
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:19 PM   #1532
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After I read that Jason was given the Caldecott Award I was thinking perhaps advrider could unofficially bestow some awards at the end of the 2013 Dakar. Nothing that has the seriousness of tragedy, like the Caldecott award, just a few fun designations that reflect our experience following the race here on ADVrider.

I propose The Snowman Award, for the rider who gets the farthest despite swallowed by the snowball.

Other possibilities:
- the most scandalous behavior (some reference to a moustache) or poorest sportsmanship (mud)

and . . . well, I can't really think of anything else right now. Maybe just those two.
I like this idea

I suggest we keep it simple and have just two:

1) Snowball award: For the toughest and longest suffering privateer that finishes.

2) Kemal Merkitt Award: For the competitor who remains the most positive and full of beans.

Maybe the two should be combined into the Kemal Merkitt award?


I did not know Kemal all that well but thought that would be something he would have supported being an inmate himself.




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Hi Troy - I'm sure it's purely political, and to a lesser extend financial... as I'm sure you are aware, nearly all of those rallies you list above have at one time or another been part of the FIM Cross Country World Championship - The NPO Maroc was until two years ago, and NPO also ran the Tunisie FIM event up until 2011 of course, until last year when it was cancelled...

Des Sertoes was also an FIM round up until 2010 (when Bluebule raced it, albeit in the non-FIM class), but, like the Australia Safari perhaps - I imagine the logistics/cost of the top teams [who primarily reside in Europe] shipping their whole [factory] crews to South America and Australia meant the 'International' representation wasn't as high in those two events (as opposed to domestic entries), which is why the FIM dropped them, or don't affiliate them?

Personally I totally agree with you - not only is a World Championship pretty lame when it currently consists of just 4 rounds (It used to be six of course), but the appeal of the 'World' championship is exactly that - it ought to be diverse in terrain and culture (which is why I think Sardinia offers a nice alternative, but only within a 6 round championship at least), and be held on at least 4 continents to make it truly 'World' class...

Perhaps with the emergence of all these new events being held in Eastern Europe and Asia, we will see a new CCRWC round there in the near future? And if Brazil don't get a few Dakar Stages for 2014, then the reinstatement of Des Sertoes, or at least something in South America...

Of course what we all really want is a USA round I'm sure...

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Actually I came 8th in the Sertoes 2012 FIM WC class, I just did not compete in any other WC events.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:43 AM   #1533
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I imagine the logistics/cost of the top teams [who primarily reside in Europe] shipping their whole [factory] crews to South America and Australia meant the 'International' representation wasn't as high in those two events (as opposed to domestic entries), which is why the FIM dropped them, or don't affiliate them?
All points well taken, both Troy and JMo.

I would add that for many world championships (not all) shipping is something that the promotor handles. Of course this is more complicated on a rally than for a team that will operate entirely within a paddock (like WSB) and needs no mobile machinery of their own... but IMO, if they want a proper world championship, the way to accomplish that is by integrating events all around the world, and using economies of scale to make that affordable. It's a lot cheaper to fill containers in bulk, than for each team to have to one-off ship everything individually, and the promotor could arrange that and share the cost.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:18 PM   #1534
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Good points Ned. One small issue is that the Dakar really needs to be a part of the series. Why? Because for any team/sponsors/etc the Dakar is really the only rally that has a huge exposure to the non f5 fans of the world. Return on investment (which is even debatable for Dakar). So a FIM race has to be included, would this mean FIM need to "run" the world series? With ASO trying to get a Dakar series off the ground...would this mean ASO would need to "run" such a series? And from here the politics begin sadly........
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:32 PM   #1535
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Morocco ...

Man the Mitsubishi 's got alot of miles clocked on em..

SO .. who is gonna step in after both Mitsu and VW are now gone?

Be a good chance for say.. volvo, subaru or any maker really...
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #1536
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SO .. who is gonna step in after both Mitsu and VW are now gone?

Be a good chance for say.. volvo, subaru or any maker really...
This would be cute... if it could carry enough fuel!



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Old 10-15-2012, 07:45 PM   #1537
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This would be cute... if it could carry enough fuel!



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or spare wheel/tires for punctures!

Either way, that's probably the coolest Fiat 500 I've seen
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:47 AM   #1538
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Confirmation from Repsol Media Service:

Marc Coma retires from Moroccan Rally after injuring shoulder in third stage crash - He is currently en route to hospital, where tests will determine the severity of the injury.

We are 2 and a half months away from the Big One...
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:18 AM   #1539
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Bivouac thoughts, Now Maroc rally is going on.
Dakar 2013 is coming.


Is it a idea to set up a site, unfortunatly i can not do that.
where after login dakarlunatics can place waypoints on a map with description and time of event.
on a map with satellite background.

DSS ASS CP crossings visitor area bivouacs assistence routes.



Hoping also Peruan Chilian Argentian people, give that extra information for us or dakartourist on ther way.

So everyone give a stone to the event, and we see a overview, the biggest event happings on the map.
Time table from cp to cp with description. What happend between this, cp's.

Or send gps coordinates with messages.


LETS COMMUNICATE DAKAR 2013

Fire your comments.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:47 AM   #1540
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:37 PM   #1541
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or spare wheel/tires for punctures!

Either way, that's probably the coolest Fiat 500 I've seen
or a daily commuter for me
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:41 PM   #1542
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I have a question for the rules guys.. is anyone still using a 690 say Jacob Przygonski whom i recall rode one when others were running their 450's? Or to phrase it differently...is it legal for a top level pro to actually run a 690 in FIM world rally's other than the dakar?
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:03 PM   #1543
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I have a question for the rules guys.. is anyone still using a 690 say Jacob Przygonski whom i recall rode one when others were running their 450's? Or to phrase it differently...is it legal for a top level pro to actually run a 690 in FIM world rally's other than the dakar?
Not any more... there was a transitional period (maybe 2010 and 2011 I think) where pros had to be on 450s but in the SP class you could still run 690s (or 530s)... from 2012 onwards it has been mandatory 450s for everyone IIRC
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:08 AM   #1544
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Not any more... there was a transitional period (maybe 2010 and 2011 I think) where pros had to be on 450s but in the SP class you could still run 690s (or 530s)... from 2012 onwards it has been mandatory 450s for everyone IIRC
For all FIM races or just Dakar ?
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