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Old 01-09-2013, 12:11 PM   #5356
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:11 PM   #5357
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:12 PM   #5358
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And, on cue, Cyril in his own words




The only problems I’ve been having out on the stage are the other bikes riding so close to me. The desert is huge but the others like to stay very close to me. Maybe they think a magician will come and teleport me to the end of the stage but that’s not my secret.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #5359
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #5360
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #5361
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I wouldn't say "chip away" at Cyril but I think it is Coma that makes Cyril perform at his best. They are a pairing in which they make each other better, not break each other down. That is why we have seen bigger gaps in the past.
Been wondering about that.

Think about Rainey/Schwantz. Tied together all their careers, always pushing each other to greater heights. When one wasn't there, the other didn't perform as strongly compared to the other racers. Despres knew that he had to be 100% on his game, to be able to beat Coma. And vice-versa.

I wonder if that same thing is happening here. In each other, they found their drive to excel themselves, to reach 'alien' levels.

With Coma out, Despres seems a little... unmotivated, for lack of a better word.

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:14 PM   #5362
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This might be 205 but a question about the Yamaha Rally bikes. Being YZ based instead of WR based I would have thought that reliability would be a huge concern for the long KM's of Dakar.

Granted that most if not all of the factory bikes are probably getting new top ends every night but I'm still amazed that they are holding together.

Any insight into this?
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:14 PM   #5363
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And, on cue, Cyril in his own words


There was a really steep downhill section on the dunes today lasting for about 4km that was an impressive section to race. The technique for that was to try my best to stay on my bike and not to flip over the handlebars. The sand was soft so I reduced my speed to about 15km/h to make sure there were no accidents.

The way the race is going so far I’m sure the guys who are winning the stages are surprised by their results. During the stage nobody has any idea of the kind of times the other bikers have so they seem to just be going as fast as they can.

The way some of the guys have been riding in these early stages is not so easy to understand. They are pushing so hard and forcing the engine on day four of the race just to try and have one good stage. Dakar is long and I have always found it better to save something for the very end.

I have been avoiding the dust so far in this race so I think that my engine must be in a better condition than the other guys who are rushing on each stage. The reason I can avoid the dust is because I’m usually in front and opening the track. This is good for my air filters and engine.

I don’t push too much because when you increase the speed the navigation becomes a lot more difficult. Also it protects my engine so I guess my mechanic will be happy again tonight.

The only problems I’ve been having out on the stage are the other bikes riding so close to me. The desert is huge but the others like to stay very close to me. Maybe they think a magician will come and teleport me to the end of the stage but that’s not my secret. The truth is I’m just trying to be as sensible as I can with my riding to protect my bike and my chances of winning this race.
This isnt the first time this race he seems bewildered/annoyed at the other racers...
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:15 PM   #5364
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Hello again, I just spoke with Paul Anders, who has had a very bad day.

He says he first got stuck in a pile of rocks up a mountain. And to free the bike at over 2000 meters above sea level, has required some effort by him. When he finally got loose and the bike came over the mountain, he went later to the ground after hitting a sandbank slightly awry. A bike that came behind him at full speed (a Honda is all I know) just managed to slam his rear wheel into the "tower" (the knob navigansjonsinstrumenter etc) the bike Pål Anders, so that all the instruments were smashed. Not only did these episodes time, the cost of effort and not least major damage to the bike.

Hopefully the team over there fixed the bike tonight and Pål Anders get some rest. In the morning, the running back at the 04 o'clock local time and then the participants will undergo a two-day marathon stage where you can not make use of the assistance from team cars. This means that if something goes wrong with the bike or equipment, one is out of this year's Dakar. Pål Anders seems, however, to this marathon leg as his opportunity to get back in top form. His experience and perseverance gives him probably also due to this. Remember it is "only" 36 minutes up to the set and a lot can happen in the next two days.

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:16 PM   #5365
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Been wondering about that.

Think about Rainey/Schwantz. Tied together all their careers, always pushing each other to greater heights. When one wasn't there, the other didn't perform as strongly compared to the other racers. Despres knew that he had to be 100% on his game, to be able to beat Coma. And vice-versa.

I wonder if that same thing is happening here. In each other, they found their drive to excel themselves, to reach 'alien' levels.

With Coma out, Despres seems a little... unmotivated, for lack of a better word.


I see it a different way. Without Coma he seems a little depressed (no pun intended). Does he see the challenge as not being there? Certainly he had to think Joan and Helder were the competition and since they have both lost so much time.... or he is just tired from riding 5 days of the Dakar at stupid speeds, opening the track, etc

Hard to tell based on a few short interviews I suppose
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #5366
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With Coma out, Despres seems a little... unmotivated, for lack of a better word.


He's also not afraid by any rider but Coma.
And in the light of these few days he seems right.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #5367
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This might be 205 but a question about the Yamaha Rally bikes. Being YZ based instead of WR based I would have thought that reliability would be a huge concern for the long KM's of Dakar.

Granted that most if not all of the factory bikes are probably getting new top ends every night but I'm still amazed that they are holding together.

Any insight into this?
The KTM 450RR also has an MX based (SX?) engine rather than EXC.

Finally caught up with 50+ pages since clocking off this thread last night, hard to keep up.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:17 PM   #5368
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This isnt the first time this race he seems bewildered/annoyed at the other racers...
No, it isn't, but I totally get what he's saying about the shadowing. It throws your concentration off, plus, if you make a mistake and want to stop & turn around quick, you always run the risk of some young MX wannabe hothead ramming into you... seen it happen on more than one occasion in rallies
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #5369
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Hello again, I just spoke with Paul Anders, who has had a very bad day.

He says he first got stuck in a pile of rocks up a mountain. And to free the bike at over 2000 meters above sea level, has required some effort by him. When he finally got loose and the bike came over the mountain, he went later to the ground after hitting a sandbank slightly awry. A bike that came behind him at full speed (a Honda is all I know) just managed to slam his rear wheel into the "tower" (the knob navigansjonsinstrumenter etc) the bike Pål Anders, so that all the instruments were smashed. Not only did these episodes time, the cost of effort and not least major damage to the bike.

Hopefully the team over there fixed the bike tonight and Pål Anders get some rest. In the morning, the running back at the 04 o'clock local time and then the participants will undergo a two-day marathon stage where you can not make use of the assistance from team cars. This means that if something goes wrong with the bike or equipment, one is out of this year's Dakar. Pål Anders seems, however, to this marathon leg as his opportunity to get back in top form. His experience and perseverance gives him probably also due to this. Remember it is "only" 36 minutes up to the set and a lot can happen in the next two days.

On behalf of Pål Anders
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Well, now was the time to have that sort of damage, instead of tomorrow.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #5370
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Going 100% would foolish...so yes I believe him when he says that. If he HAS to he will but he doesnt have to at this point...slow and steady
He knows exactly what he's doing.
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