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Old 01-06-2014, 01:22 PM   #1711
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It sounds like a classic scam: at first they appear to help him, one stays with the victim (Pal), the others with the valuables (bike). Then something unforseeable happens allegedly "my brother shot himself! I must go!" and the victim remains alone.

Hard to say if that's how it went down, but that's what it sounds like to me.
This was the scenario I conjured up also...

More f5un and games like the bedouin bike retrieval expers in Mauritania and Mali...

"Yeah sure... we'll drop it right of at the bivouac for you..."

Pål will be pissed if that's so... he pays for his bikes.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:22 PM   #1712
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Cyril Despres - Yamaha Factory Racing
“I arrived a little too quickly on a note in the road book at around kilometre 250 and went over the handlebars. Fortunately it was a soft landing so the bike wasn’t damaged but it took me a while to dust myself down and get going again and inevitably I lost time. Overall a day to forget.”


Olivier Pain - Yamaha Factory Racing
“The stage started off really fast and finished that way too, but in between there was a nice section of dunes, a little like Le Touquet, which was really fun to ride. I got a little stuck in the dust early on but made up some time in the sand and as a result moved up a little in the overall rankings. Now I’m approaching the top 10 and am well placed on the eve of the first marathon stage.”


Frans Verhoeven - Yamaha Netherlands Verhoeven
“Mainly fast today with some dunes and a few river beds, quite technical in places. Like Olivier I got a little stuck in other peoples dust but that’s part of the race. In the past I might have got overexcited in that kind of situation and tried to overtake in an inappropriate place but now I’m older but wiser. My intention here isn’t to take chances and put in a good time one day only to lose it the next. This year my strategy is to build my race slowly but surely and see where that leaves me at the final finish.”


Michael Metge - Yamaha Factory Racing
“It was an OK day until I got into the bivouac and discovered that the officials had given me a 41 minute penalty for supposedly arriving late at the bivouac yesterday evening – something I don’t understand at all as I came in at the same time as Cyril. Currently the organisers are looking at my GPS to check when I actually arrived and hopefully all that should be cleared up this evening. It kind of took the fun out the day…”
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:22 PM   #1713
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We are worried about our friend Jan Vesely, no.68
No SMS, no tracking.. simply strange. If anyone can find out what is going on stage to him, we would really enjoy it.
Hey Tomas.
Could it be that he's in the bivouac?

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068 - JAN VESELY (CZE) YAMAHA 09:50:00 (83) +00:43:17 (107) +04:44:27 (124)
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:23 PM   #1714
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I've got both of those covered, Sandi. - Just wondering who is doing the reporting (CB2) for Dave. -
CB2 is sending me BBM :)
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:24 PM   #1715
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Is that Kevin M I see?!!!
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:25 PM   #1716
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:25 PM   #1717
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Do you have a link or FB page?
https://www.facebook.com/DakarDaveZambia
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:25 PM   #1718
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PlanetRobby retweeted a photo of him being towed but I can't tell if it's from today or yesterday.
It's like deja vu all over again.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:26 PM   #1719
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We are worried about our friend Jan Vesely, no.68
No SMS, no tracking.. simply strange. If anyone can find out what is going on stage to him, we would really enjoy it.
He's in at the finish 135th.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:27 PM   #1720
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Crime of opportunity if a crime at all? Seems like it would not be worth the effort to unload a few KTM bits.
To us perhaps. For whatever they get out of it however, considering monthly income for them, it's worth every penny. Never underestimate the power of despairation.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:27 PM   #1721
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CB2 is sending me BBM :)
We have two there CB1 and CB2 that are sending in emails and BBMs to me :) Great friends of mine, that are David's sponsors and helping support him there!
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:28 PM   #1722
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2. Bandanas are not just for Andorra's favorites, even Laia wears one and that Patronelli dude too.
Yabbut Laia is an actual girl, and Patronelli rides a quad.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:29 PM   #1723
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They are uncertain if they will ever get it back apparently.
A true concern considering the number of people along the course and the length of time before the sweep shows up. Unfortunately people can be opportunistic so leaving a bike unattended is a tough call. It looks like he opted for a local to transport his bike back and it hasn't made it in yet. Hopefully it will make it back before the sweep trucks move on to the next stage. If not, it his responsibility to get the bike to the port.

I was faced with a similar situation when my bike died in the beginning section of dunes with hundreds of spectators around. With the engine on its last leg and knowing it would most likely be finished off under the stress of the dunes I continued because not only did I want to finish but I'd rather the bike be deep in the dunes where it would be very unlikely to be found by locals. Heck the ASO won't even send the sweep in, they use helicopters.
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:29 PM   #1724
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Old 01-06-2014, 01:30 PM   #1725
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Hey Tomas.
Could it be that he's in the bivouac?

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068 - JAN VESELY (CZE) YAMAHA 09:50:00 (83) +00:43:17 (107) +04:44:27 (124)
Looks like. Strange tracking... Thanks.
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