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Old 10-29-2012, 09:07 AM   #211
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Don Hatton Dakar 2013

I can confirm I am again in the Dakar. I have teamed up with Simon Pavey, we are riding Husqvarnas. We were originally supposed to be a three rider team with Simon’s son Llewellyn unfortunately he did not make the cut. Though we were all disappointed Llell has dusted himself off and raced a rally in China proving to ASO (the error of the decision) he has gone to work assisting our team.

The bike looks great, I have not ridden it yet, but Simon has and he says it is one of the best r
rally bikes he has ridden.

As I type this my bike is sitting in a warehouse in Toronto hopefully being shipped to the UK today.

The Dakar has been elusive for me, After my huge crash in 2009, I should never have gone in 2010 as I had not fully recovered from my 2009 crash and had not ridden a bike of any kind for most of 2010 compounding this two months before the 2010 Dakar I broke my finger requiring surgery.( I guess Charlie is right rally racers are like heroin addicts we just don't know when to quit)

Now that I have published my 2009 and 2010 excuses I will move on to 2013.

For the 2013 Rally I have returned to the exact training program I used in 2009, I am feeling pretty good considering I am now a little older and much worse for wear.

It is an absolute pleasure working with Simon, he is highly organised and his experience is second to none.

We will see what exciting challenges the 2013 Dakar throws at us, hopefully the challenge of getting the bike shipped are not an indication of what’s to come.

I will do my utmost to provide information to ADV however I usually find it is easier said than done once I am in the rally, survival seems to trump posting. But I will do my best.

Only 68 days to start
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:22 AM   #212
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Awesome.. best of luck!

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Old 10-29-2012, 09:48 AM   #213
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. . . once I am in the rally, survival seems to trump posting.

Don, that's exactly the kind of bad attitude we don't take kindly to here!
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:00 AM   #214
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once I am in the rally, survival seems to trump posting. But I will do my best.
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Don, that's exactly the kind of bad attitude we don't take kindly to here!
I think that the Dakar "snowball" is a far tougher opponentent to fend off, than the virtual f5 version is Dread...

Congats on making the startlist this year (once again) Don... I am sure that you and Simon will give it a good shake... and Llewellyns involvement with the team, will only serve to make him all the more formidable a debutant, when he does get the opportunity!
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:45 AM   #215
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Great stuff Don.

Do you have a link to your stories in 2009 & 2010, I'm sure it would be an interesting read.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:17 PM   #216
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.....Can see myself explaining washing powder to the Peruvian authorities .....
A taxi pulled out in front of me about a block from home, (Tijuana) and I had a few containers of powdered milk in the tailbox that got destroyed. They figured it out quick, but it was funny.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:30 AM   #217
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:02 AM   #218
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can't find any posts from Manuel Lucchese of late ? whats he up to ?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:37 AM   #219
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:47 PM   #220
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Great stuff Don.

Do you have a link to your stories in 2009 & 2010, I'm sure it would be an interesting read.
If you have watched any of the emergency medical shows on TV then add in a little terrorist excitement that pretty well sums up my Dakar experience 2008,2009,2010. lol

Our website www.rallyraidcanada.com has some information although at this very moment our tech is trying to get it to work again.
There is also a trailer from a documentary that was done on our team on youtube just type in "Don Hatton Dakar" and select Chasing a Dream
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #221
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I can confirm I am again in the Dakar. I have teamed up with Simon Pavey, we are riding Husqvarnas. We were originally supposed to be a three rider team with Simon’s son Llewellyn unfortunately he did not make the cut. Though we were all disappointed Llell has dusted himself off and raced a rally in China proving to ASO (the error of the decision) he has gone to work assisting our team.

The bike looks great, I have not ridden it yet, but Simon has and he says it is one of the best r
rally bikes he has ridden.

As I type this my bike is sitting in a warehouse in Toronto hopefully being shipped to the UK today.

The Dakar has been elusive for me, After my huge crash in 2009, I should never have gone in 2010 as I had not fully recovered from my 2009 crash and had not ridden a bike of any kind for most of 2010 compounding this two months before the 2010 Dakar I broke my finger requiring surgery.( I guess Charlie is right rally racers are like heroin addicts we just don't know when to quit)

Now that I have published my 2009 and 2010 excuses I will move on to 2013.

For the 2013 Rally I have returned to the exact training program I used in 2009, I am feeling pretty good considering I am now a little older and much worse for wear.

It is an absolute pleasure working with Simon, he is highly organised and his experience is second to none.

We will see what exciting challenges the 2013 Dakar throws at us, hopefully the challenge of getting the bike shipped are not an indication of what’s to come.

I will do my utmost to provide information to ADV however I usually find it is easier said than done once I am in the rally, survival seems to trump posting. But I will do my best.

Only 68 days to start

2008 shut down by terrorists, 2009 big crash, 2010 food poisining Bike quits, 2011 economic crash loss of financial support, 2012 trailer collapses seperating shoulders 2 weeks before start, I know this is weird and I am trying hard not to be superstitious, but... what are the odds of the biggest storm in history hitting the east, right on the day that my motorcycle was to be shipped and it absolutley must be in the UK this week? ... just saying...
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:25 PM   #222
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Jeepers Don....

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Old 10-31-2012, 01:11 AM   #223
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Elite riders entry list:-

14P2 A.S.O. ELITE RIDERS’ LIST
- AUBERT JOHNNY
- AZEVEDO JEAN
- BARREDA JOAN
- BERGLUND THOMAS
- BESNIER ARNAUD
- BETHYS THIERRY
- BOANO IVAN
- BOTTURI ALESSANDRO
- CAMPBELL JOHNNY
- CASTEU DAVID
- CECI PAOLO
- CODY QUINN
- COMA MARC
- CZACHOR JACEK
- DESPRES CYRIL
- DUCLOS ALAIN
- FARIA RUBEN
- FARRES GUELL GERARD
- FRETIGNE DAVID
- GAUGAIN SEAN
- GOBLET JEAN FRANCOIS
- GONCALVEZ PAULO
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- GRAZIANI MATTEO
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- GYENES EMMANUEL
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- MANCA LUCA
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:04 AM   #224
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ASO "elite" rider listing.... not accepted entry list.

^^^That "elite list" will have some omissions and additions to it, come release of the actual DAKAR entry list in December.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:21 AM   #225
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I think Fish will be included?
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