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Old 01-17-2013, 05:43 PM   #15316
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Helder Rodrigues just announced that he's renouncing HRC next year. Here's his new bike:

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #15317
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Faria on dakar com

I was 10th to start today and what's more, I broke my wheel trim on the link stage. I thought, ‘well this is a really good start to the day'! I rode carefully at the start because there were a lot of stones and rocks, then I attack in the dunes. I finished 2nd on the stage, so it actually has turned out to be a good day. I'm very happy with the work Cyril did and I'm happy with my personal result.
However, there are still two days left to race and on the Dakar, you can be smiling one day and then unfortunate the next day. It's happened to Casteu and to Pain, so I'm saving my smile for when we reach the end of the rally. For the moment, it's going fine.

and Verhoeven

Today was quite a hard special. We had a lot of dunes. We also had a lot of stones and rios – it was very technical. There was also a lot of work on navigation, you had to be very precise on navigating not to get lost. I did quite well all day. I kept on pushing from the start to the finish and I caught about three guys: Faria, Jakes and Duclos. We were riding really hard and really good. I'm very happy to have won this stage and also thanks to Yamaha who gave me this wonderful bike, I couldn't do without it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:49 PM   #15318
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Helder Rodrigues just announced that he's renouncing HRC next year. Here's his new bike:

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Old 01-17-2013, 05:53 PM   #15319
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:56 PM   #15320
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Potted history of the Chinese Jincheng team:

2008 - Lined up for the aborted Lisbon-Dakar on XR250's - one badged "NEW MOTOR" and the other something else ( can't recall ), the bikes were as rough as guts, very poorly prepared.

2009 - Same 2 XR250's from Lisbon, but badged "JINCHENG" and better prepared, I don't think either finished and the Czech guy on the monkey bike rounded them up on at last one day. Just one support guy in a rented ute, several times later into the bivouac than both riders.

2010 - 2 Chinese riders on kitted Yamaha WR450's, nicely presented in red livery - badged as JINCHENG and entered as JC450's. ( I wasn't there personally in 2010 )

2011 - Same 2 WR450's as 2010, plus a western rider on a KTM530 - all in red Jincheng livery. The WR450's had all Yamaha logos removed but oddly, the KTM still had KTM logo on the clutch cover ( later in the rally anyway - maybe after an engine swap ? ).

2012 - I wasn't there, but only 2 bikes from memory, maybe one Yamaha & one KTM ?

2013 - One Chinese & one westerner on KTM450 Rallye's apparently ( I'm stuck in Oz ).

So why do they do it ? As with anything in China, you can never get a straight answer. I have met with Jincheng several times for an unrelated project and they are very proud of their Dakar team - when i asked them why they use Yamahas instead of developing something themselves, you just get a blank stare - like "Who told him we use Yamaha's...". So who knows, maybe they will come up with something of their own, maybe it will look not a lot unlike a certain Austrian Rallye bike ??

You can see the progression though, with typical Chinese logic - enter some XR250's, good reliable bikes - didn't finish.
Enter some Yamaha's, good reliable & fast bikes - finsihed at back end of field. Enter a KTM 530 with a western rider -
finsihed mid field. Enter the bike the won the Dakar the previous year.......
next time you're talking to them, show them the 2x2x2. put a big tank on that and point them in the direction of some big dunes.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:56 PM   #15321
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:08 PM   #15322
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #15323
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:11 PM   #15324
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #15325
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Any word?
Heard via SMS from Dave that he may have a blown head gasket in the dunes.

Potentially fixable. If he's out of water, the Dakar sweep truck will provide that...

Damn does Luis go the long way around the Dakar!

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:15 PM   #15326
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:16 PM   #15327
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Anyone ripping on the Dakar officials for not helping out sure looks nuts after seeing this gentleman dabbling in helping all comers.

Hats off to people that take pride in their work... whatever it may be. They make the world a better place. We obviously need a lot more of them with the current world situation ;-)

Ahh! No wonder. He's the big boss... and I can see why. Bon travail!

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:18 PM   #15328
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Heard via SMS from Dave that he may have a blown head gasket in the dunes.

Potentially fixable. If he's out of water, the Dakar sweep truck will provide that...

Damn does Luis go the long way around the Dakar!

Dambn. Nobody knows how to get his money's worth like Luis.

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #15329
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:21 PM   #15330
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Anyone ripping on the Dakar officials for not helping out sure looks nuts after seeing this gentleman dabbling in helping all comers.
And yet somehow his white shirt remains spotless. How does he do that!?!
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