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Old 01-07-2014, 03:04 PM   #2956
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This is utter insanity. Just caught up after 6 hours of absence, and what a day it has been. On one hand, this is the kind of adventure that embodies the Dakar. On the other hand, it's almost to much at once I mean, this is just the first half of a marathon stage?!?

Hope everybody gets home safe - and that those who had to be flown out are not too badly hurt. Now I'm off to bed to catch my own rolling snowball in the making.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:06 PM   #2957
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I imagine the ELF truck is there to distribute oil (and take away the old stuff)...

Interesting that this year, the ASS is directly at the marathon bivouac - therefore no chance for the service teams to tweak the bikes before the enter the bivouac like last year... However, I notice there is a short liaison tomorrow before the DSS...

I wonder if there will be eyes on the ground tomorrow to ensure noone get's new tyres (for example) after all?

Jx

Didn't somebody quote a rule change that specifically out-ruled outside assistance on marathon liaisoins?
Could just be my memory playing tricks on me, though...
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:09 PM   #2958
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"It was a very bad day that compromised my result. I made a small mistake following other drivers, we ended up down the mountain and when I saw it was the wrong way I could no longer climb to the right track. I tried to climb several times, often fell trying to climb and I damaged the bike, the road-book and navigation instruments.


"Once I saw Ruben's crash I stopped immediately and called medical care, staying with him until the arrival of the helicopter. There seemed to be nothing serious, I know he is ok and he will have to stay one or two days in hospital just for observation, "

(the mudboy incident comes to mind)
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:09 PM   #2959
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Didn't somebody quote a rule change that specifically out-ruled outside assistance on marathon liaisoins?
Could just be my memory playing tricks on me, though...
Yes - I believe that is the case... however, that doesn't mean they won't try!

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Old 01-07-2014, 03:12 PM   #2960
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Anyone got any news on Clayton Jacobsen #129 ?

last seen at CP1 today ?
No but I text him some encouragement about an hour ago. No reply, no idea where he is, just hope he is safe. He's been through a lot, raced Sardinia with me last year, then broke his back in Morocco, missed 2013 and worked hard to get fit and prep for 2014. He deserves to get there.

Even if he did not get my text, I feel better for trying. If he does get it, even if he does not respond, I hope it gives him some encouragement.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:14 PM   #2961
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strange .....the article says the other German Jörg Majoli made it in and they interviewed him....even the Dakar site doesn't have him in yet.....
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:18 PM   #2962
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Who is riding Paolo Libralesso's bike? Surely not another nicked bike eh? Maybe a withdrawal and somebody else riding the bike out for him? or maybe that is him, pre-Dakar? Curious minds...
Maybe he is the guy with an helmet at the beginning of the clip...
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:18 PM   #2963
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And the carnage has begun....

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Old 01-07-2014, 03:29 PM   #2964
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Hi friends!! First part of my mission for today and tomorrow accomplished. I'm very happy for my race and for my result and the overal position. The stage was very very difficult!! Too technical track!! Many people have suffered today. Tomorrow, more!! Goooooo!!!
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:29 PM   #2965
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Text from Robbo puled from his FB page.

"Today was the toughest day of my life!!! It's extreme." He also said "It's boiling, it's dusty, my arse is raw, coping ok I guess."
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:31 PM   #2966
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Didn't somebody quote a rule change that specifically out-ruled outside assistance on marathon liaisoins?
Could just be my memory playing tricks on me, though...


The only time assistance crews can help a racer on liaison is when the assistance route and liaison are the same.

They didn't change the rules this year just made the two route different.

Why some teams have, in recent years, been allowed to show up at the marathon camp is beyond me...they must have found a grey area in the rules or something?

Now....the big teams have "ghost" cars. Support crews that aren't registered and are not allowed in the bivouac. These ghosts can and do help factory riders....

Take for example Kevin. His support crew was not allowed to assist him. A ghost car could have come in handy, even though it would have been against the rules to receive outside assistance.

I sometimes wonder how frustrated the aso get trying to stop the big teams from bending the rules versus everyone assuming they are simply letting it happen. Likely a mix of the two
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:33 PM   #2967
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Hi friends!! First part of my mission for today and tomorrow accomplished. I'm very happy for my race and for my result and the overal position. The stage was very very difficult!! Too technical track!! Many people have suffered today. Tomorrow, more!! Goooooo!!!
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:36 PM   #2968
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I am going through withdrawals.

Last couple of years we were all hanging in the evening waiting on Nate to post link to Neduro & Pyndon's phone calls from the rally.

Those calls would crank up the hose for at least two to three hours every night.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:37 PM   #2969
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Una dura etapa y como viene siendo normal con muchos problemas: el sistema de navegación ROTO, la bomba de gasolina rota, he estado perdido durante más de una hora completamente solo, hasta que vi cables y encontré la pista de nuevo. Cuando he llegado a meta la ASO me dice que me penalizarán por no encontrar un WP, y aunque yo dije que pasé por él, porque estoy convencido de ello, la bandera no se bajó y para ellos fue que no lo encontré. Una locurraaaaaaa de día y aún no acabó ahora toca preparar todo sin más asistencia que yo mismo y ayudar a Rafal. Mañana mássssss y esperemos que mejor!
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An endurance stage and as it is normal with many problems: broken navigation system, the broken fuel pump, I have been lost for more than one hour completely alone, until I saw the wires and found the track again. When I reached goal the ASO tells me that penalize me for not finding a WP, and although I said that I went through, because I am convinced of this, the flag is not lowered and for them was that I did not find it. A locurraaaaaaa of day and still not finished now plays prepare everything without more assistance than myself and help Rafal. Massssss tomorrow and hopefully better!
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:41 PM   #2970
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Hey Ludo

good to see you still pay attention here
good shots too

and glad to see you have a good rally raid roster
ahahah it's not because I retired from racing rallies that i don't care about them!! :-) I just think you must be crazy to race that stuff!!
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