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Old 12-21-2012, 08:57 AM   #1036
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JC will be in the TOP 10
BOOK IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:32 AM   #1037
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+1 - 10th .

Personally I think he has been holding back and will be quicker come the event!

JC is a champion, Morocco was a test, this is the real thing
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:56 PM   #1038
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Don't forget he has raced the Dakar before and had a pretty high finish... But that was in 01 (I think)...

Edit, it was 01, and he got 8th on a XR650, but I would be surprised to see him in the top 20 this year.


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Old 12-21-2012, 01:35 PM   #1039
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The dude can win this race .. before he didnt have any roadbook savy and couldnt play the game .. I can see him in the top 5 barring injury or breakdown
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:43 PM   #1040
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I hope you guys are right but I am am concerned he pushes too hard with all the pressure and does a Cody on us. I remember Quin Cody rode outstandingly well in 2011, and in 2012 he was aiming for a top three for sure, the way he was riding was very different to the year before, you could see it on the cameras everyday before he crashed on the 3rd day.

Its one thing to ride 100% in an enduro or even the Baja but to do it for 8 hours/day 14 days in a row is asking for trouble.

If Kurt can hold himself back a little, ride fast when the opportunity arises but within his means, and navigate flawlessly, then he could do very well. Without taking anything away from his ability I just think coming 9th 11 years ago is a little different to 9th today, when the top 30-40 guys are all champions.

Not that I am really qualified to say any of this - its just my observation. Wish I could ride like Kurt myself.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:53 PM   #1041
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I think JC's too experienced a racer to throw it away in the first few days of the race. I think the only thing that would derail a top 10 finish would be if he had to give up bike parts etc to Helder or Javier in an emergency,( which is his job as the "water carrier" ).
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:10 PM   #1042
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I hope you guys are right but I am am concerned he pushes too hard with all the pressure and does a Cody on us. I remember Quin Cody rode outstandingly well in 2011, and in 2012 he was aiming for a top three for sure, the way he was riding was very different to the year before, you could see it on the cameras everyday before he crashed on the 3rd day.

Its one thing to ride 100% in an enduro or even the Baja but to do it for 8 hours/day 14 days in a row is asking for trouble.

If Kurt can hold himself back a little, ride fast when the opportunity arises but within his means, and navigate flawlessly, then he could do very well. Without taking anything away from his ability I just think coming 9th 11 years ago is a little different to 9th today, when the top 30-40 guys are all champions.

Not that I am really qualified to say any of this - its just my observation. Wish I could ride like Kurt myself.
Kurt has multiple International Six Days Enduros under his belt (more than JC). He knows how to pace. Kurt also has much more experience than QC, (I'm a huge QC fan). JC is NOT in as good of physical condition as he has been in years gone by and he has said so himself.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:41 PM   #1043
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After riding with Robby I think JC has learned some of the things not to do.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:16 AM   #1044
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While yes Johnny is smart, talented, & experienced I'm not so sure he'll be running in the top 15.

Eric (lead mechanic at JCR for those of you who don't know) is not JC's personal mechanic there. Eric will oversee certain aspects of all 3 bikes but not technically concentrate on any single one.
But that being said and if you know Eric, he'll take care of the Boss.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:26 AM   #1045
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JC is downplaying playing it. This is his big comeback moment. Cue "Eye of the Tiger."

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:44 AM   #1046
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When I spoke with JC in Zagora, Morocco in the bivouac, he also downplayed his role saying he was the water carrier and getting too old at 41 to being going so fast. And I thought, yeah right, when he gets out there he's going to nail it.

It's in his nature!
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:02 AM   #1047
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Coma Out Of Dakar, Kurt Caselli In!
Caselli Will Ride Coma's Factory KTM
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AMA National Hare and Hound Champion Kurt Caselli will make his Dakar Rally debut as a replacement rider for rally legend Marc Coma, who is still suffering from the effects of the shoulder he injured in the Morocco Rally in October, KTM announced this morning.

"We always took the precaution to have a reserve rider properly registered in case of such circumstances and it will be KTM USA's Kurt Caselli who will step in to ride Coma's bike," said KTM factory team manager Alex Doringer. "We want him to ride the Dakar without any pressure, embrace the adventure and learn from the experience."

In addition to his numerous wins in all sorts of domestic off-road events, Caselli was a member of the KTM team that recently finished second in the 2012 edition of the Baja 1000. Caselli's start number is yet to be confirmed.

"It has always been a goal in my career to compete in the Dakar," Caselli said. "There would be no way possible for me to achieve this without the ongoing support of KTM. To be able to race the greatest off-road race in the world aboard the best bike in the world is truly a blessing. This is not only a milestone in my career but also in my life."

KTM has won 11 straight Dakar Rallies with Coma winning three of those. The Spaniard's last win in the race came in 2011.

"We worked really hard with the doctors and the physiotherapists right up until the last minute but we have to be realistic," Coma said. "One of the muscles in my shoulder is still giving me problems and there is a lack of movement. This is the logical consequence and we must be honest and clear about the situation."

The 5000-mile race will start in Lima, Peru on January 5 and will take competitors through Peru, Argentina and Chile.

"Marc is one of our key riders and together with his teammate Cyril Despres has giving KTM the last seven Dakar titles," Doringer said. "While we are disappointed that he is unable to ride, the health and welfare of our factory riders is the most important consideration. If he is not 100 percent fit, it is better for him to sit out the 2013 rally."

Coma, who will now concentrate his efforts on regaining complete fitness ahead of the rest of the 2013 season and looking forward to the Dakar 2014, said he was sad for the team but underlined that the Dakar is a 'winning project' for KTM so there was no alternative than to make this announcement. Doringer said he hoped Coma would be at the start in Lima to wish the team well and see them launch their attack.
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:38 PM   #1048
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When I spoke with JC in Zagora, Morocco in the bivouac, he also downplayed his role saying he was the water carrier and getting too old at 41 to being going so fast. And I thought, yeah right, when he gets out there he's going to nail it.

It's in his nature!
In 2002 I bougth a XR650 due to JC victory's at Baja 1000. The guy is my idol since then...As Zanol won't be racing, JC is the one I'll follow.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:08 AM   #1049
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Many may consider JC too long in the tooth, but if I was any other top contender in this field... the last person I'd want riding on my heels is JC, PERIOD.

If you haven't seen him when he's riding in his zone... Watch The F*&k Out!!!

Many accomplished Dakar veterans say that the road books favor those who read french. And that the navigational language can make or break any good rider's Dakar campaign.

What JC may lack in youth, he makes up for in his navigation experience from last year, and his competitive desert riding pedigree.

I don't think JC expects to win the Dakar... but there's a serious Dakar slaying monster resting inside of his helmet that could get unleashed at any moment.

And you can bet Robbie Gordon will create helpful interference any opportunity he can.

I'd want to be on the right side of both of those two.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:09 PM   #1050
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Many may consider JC too long in the tooth, but if I was any other top contender in this field... the last person I'd want riding on my heels is JC, PERIOD.

If you haven't seen him when he's riding in his zone... Watch The F*&k Out!!!

I don't think JC expects to win the Dakar... but there's a serious Dakar slaying monster resting inside of his helmet that could get unleashed at any moment.

And you can bet Robbie Gordon will create helpful interference any opportunity he can.
I'd want to be on the right side of both of those two.
JC is there to support and assist the HRC team and Helder, that he will do 100%

One thing he will do (machine permitting) is to stay with Helder to the finish - job done

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