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Old 01-05-2014, 02:31 AM   #106
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Originally Posted by troy safari carpente View Post
Manny could end up going through more used "rubber" than he did last year...?
Maybe he had those spare mousses recycled?
What could possibly go wrong?

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Old 01-05-2014, 02:38 AM   #107
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Originally Posted by Dekatria View Post
I don't think CD will be on it right from the start. It doesn't matter if you win the first stage, it matters if you win overall. Let the nothers go too wuickly too soon, and then smother them as the rally progresses.

You say that and it would normally be true and probably is with Yamaha - but if KTM and HRC are running a policy of suck it and see before deciding who will ride in support of the others in a few days time then there may be an extra push from some early than expected?

Members of HRC have also gone on record as saying they are going to push from day 1 also, although Barreda knows nothing else
What could possibly go wrong?
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:41 AM   #108
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:44 AM   #109
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My little Stage 1 preview:

Dakar 2014 Stage 1, What to Expect

It is with a great degree of expectation that we finally find ourselves at the start of another Dakar Rally. Stage 1 begins with a long, 405 kilometer liaison that the riders are projected to cover in about six hours. Bearing the number one plate, Cyril Despres leads the pack from the Bivouac in Rosario, Argentina at a bleary eyed 4:20 am local time for the slog to the start of the 180 kilometer special stage.

In usual, early stage Argentina fashion and as suggested by the stage profile below, gravel/dirt roads look to be the only option on the menu. Leading the pack is rarely an ideal position, but Argentina can often mean singular roads with little passing opportunities and if the area remains dry, the dust he kicks up may be Despres’ best friend.

Usual Dakar start times are in play, Cyril leads followed by KTM’s Marc Coma, and then Honda’s Joan Barreda each two minutes apart for the first ten starters after which the interval drops to each minute and then eventually riders further back in the pack start in tandem, two at a time.

What is different this edition is the newness of many situations. New bikes at Honda and KTM, and a new team in Yamaha for the reining Dakar champion, Cyril Despres. Each will want to stamp their mark on the rally and perhaps more importantly, strike some fear into the hearts of their competitors.

Look for a quick pace on stage 1, perhaps not a 100% pace, but at least a 95% pace as the top guys look to either hold on to past glory, or knock the kings off their thrones.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:45 AM   #110
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And in the start list:


9611:12:30 - -

9711:12:30 - -
Just great for them, being able to start next to each other at the same time.
I hope they get through all this without too much trouble
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:50 AM   #111
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From Brett Cummings #59:

""Hey all. This will be my last post until I manage to hack into someone's wifi in the bivouac. Today was filled with lots of excitement and I think we are all overwhelmed with the hype of the event and the spectators. The Argentinians are crazy about this race! Roadbooks are marked, 3am rise for an early start. First bike at 4:30. Last bit of comfort in my hotel bed for the next 2 weeks.

A huge big thanks to Trevor from Strocam Mining for making this possible. Thanks to Barry and Ray Ogilvie from Wewa for their contribution, A big thanks to all my other sponsors for all the help. Without these guys, it would never be possible.
Lets get this show on the road.

My office for the next two weeks"

What is that black thing cable-tied to his right handlebar, just to the left of the ICO switch?

Then we just got this from David Reeve's support team:
"Brett Cummings 59 past us again at 07:20 on 191km mark. Had stopped earlier for the call of nature"

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Old 01-05-2014, 02:51 AM   #112
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Do we know where the flock the riders are?
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:58 AM   #113
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Goog morning, from Portugal!

I´m a bit late joinning you guys (I was waiting for Pizzolito... ) but hopping to get a seat in the F5 thread!

Let´s do it!
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:01 AM   #114
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Originally Posted by Carlos M View Post

Today I have 900 km to drive myself, no cell data on the first 3/4 but hopefully I will get in GPRS territory before ASS and will try to figure out the 1st stage result! GO Helder, GO Ruben, GO Gonçalves, GO Sam!
Morning, CM!

Another year, same place, same faces... The usuall suspects...

900 km without GPRS? WTF, man?
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:05 AM   #115
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:07 AM   #116
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Checking in, morning all, here we go again.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:12 AM   #117
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:13 AM   #118
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According to Twitter, Gordon is already stopped at km41 of the liaison meeting with his assistance truck.

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Old 01-05-2014, 03:16 AM   #119
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And the CP/WP distances, if anyone is interested:

CP1 & WP1 @ 29km
WP2 @ 66km
WP3 @ 105km
WP4 @ 145km
ASS @ 180km

This is off course when ASO didn't screw up with their scaling too much as this is taken from the drawing.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:17 AM   #120
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G' Morning all from Peru! So close and no cigar (THIS year!!)

Sun comin' up over the mountain... Let the firehose rip!!!!

Reminds me of a game we'd play in the Amazon as a kid. We'd build a seat on a cart w/ ball bearings, then in the middle of an Amazonian rainstorm (the kind you can hardly stand up in!) we'd put some poor sap on the seat and stick it down in the brick drainage ditch an LET 'ER GOOOO!!!

Only trouble is that you had to bail before the culvert!!

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