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Old 10-25-2012, 02:54 AM   #766
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My feelings exactly, it's not that I don't want HRC to win it, but I see them battling more with the SpeedBrain Huskies than the KTMs...

I hope I am wrong and we get a thrilling 3 way battle for the podium between the manufacturers.

Most anticipated Dakar of the last 5 years? Could be ...
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:06 AM   #767
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Most anticipated Dakar of the last 5 years? Could be ...
After the "battle royal" that the Maroc Rallye provided us last week... if the DAKAR top 20 entry list holds the same standard (plus the extra sprinkling of "guest stars" and international hero's from around the globe it usually features), then I'd be prepared to say the most awaited (and diversely competitive) DAKAR of maybe TEN years.

Not since the early 2000's with the multiple rider KTM Gauliose/KTM Repsol/Moviestar squads (8 riders) faced off against the BMW squad (four riders) have there been so many "big hitter" teams únder the start banner...

5 HRC's Hondas, 2 KTM aliens + 2 Waterboys & supporting cast of semi-privateer/factory assistance, 3 Speedbrain Husqvarnas, 3 official Yamaha entrants + the flock of JVO kit team supported, GasGas making a solid effort, Sherco on a smaller scale... but potential...

"Formula 450" is kicking at the factory end of the scale... and the "Malle Moto" is keeping the solidarity and spirit of the grassroot Dakar motorcycle competitor alive... in true "Kemal" fashion.

I believe DAKAR 2013 will be an immensely interesting year. Will there be a change of the guard, with the new Jedi coming through the ranks... or have the established Aliens still got some "zap" left in their light sabres?

Mat the F5orce be with you in January!
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #768
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After the "battle royal" that the Maroc Rallye provided us last week... if the DAKAR top 20 entry list holds the same standard (plus the extra sprinkling of "guest stars" and international hero's from around the globe it usually features), then I'd be prepared to say the most awaited (and diversely competitive) DAKAR of maybe TEN years.

Not since the early 2000's with the multiple rider KTM Gauliose/KTM Repsol/Moviestar squads (8 riders) faced off against the BMW squad (four riders) have there been so many "big hitter" teams únder the start banner...

5 HRC's Hondas, 2 KTM aliens + 2 Waterboys & supporting cast of semi-privateer/factory assistance, 3 Speedbrain Husqvarnas, 3 official Yamaha entrants + the flock of JVO kit team supported, GasGas making a solid effort, Sherco on a smaller scale... but potential...

"Formula 450" is kicking at the factory end of the scale... and the "Malle Moto" is keeping the solidarity and spirit of the grassroot Dakar motorcycle competitor alive... in true "Kemal" fashion.

I believe DAKAR 2013 will be an immensely interesting year. Will there be a change of the guard, with the new Jedi coming through the ranks... or have the established Aliens still got some "zap" left in their light sabres?

Mat the F5orce be with you in January!

I totally agree...I haven't looked forward to a Dakar the way I look forward to this one in a while.

Imagine how insane the "F5isphere" is going to be with KTM and honda swapping positions throughout the stages and days...Phew...better make sure that work is light for those couple of weeks...

I'm also going to buy an extra keyboard for the rest day, and swap my F5 keys every day....
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:15 AM   #769
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I'm also going to buy an extra keyboard for the rest day, and swap my F5 keys every day....
15 minutes penalty for the first key swap, 45 minutes for... well, you know the rest
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:10 AM   #770
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15 minutes penalty for the first key swap, 45 minutes for... well, you know the rest
I dont recall what an entire keypboard swap was worth..automatic dnf ?
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:41 AM   #771
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I dont recall what an entire keypboard swap was worth..automatic dnf ?
Only if you're caught...
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:17 AM   #772
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Only if you're caught...
Or self confess like Flanny did
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:29 AM   #773
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But my keyboard was muddy from an unmarked hazard...surely a ruling can be done to alleviate any penalties I occured due to the switch ?

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:29 AM   #775
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But my keyboard was muddy from an unmarked hazard...surely a ruling can be done to alleviate any penalties I occured due to the switch ?

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:51 AM   #776
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But my keyboard was muddy from an unmarked hazard...surely a ruling can be done to alleviate any penalties I occured due to the switch ?
I can help you out of that mess, but you have to PROMISE to help me out of mine.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:18 AM   #777
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:21 AM   #778
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Nerds.

No wonder we don't have girls in the F5 class.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:43 PM   #779
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Nerds.

No wonder we don't have girls in the F5 class.
Not saying the two lovely ladies are nerds (well JMo will probably confess anyway... seeing she "outed" herself over in the bivouac )

... but Jenny and MXMUM might take exception to that comment BB...

(make sure they don't virtual brake check you in the first turn at the f5 prologue mate... )
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #780
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Yeah, but they are mates.

I meant more in terms of groupies...
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