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Old 11-19-2013, 09:18 AM   #3271
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Keep drinking the Red Bull kids - it pays for silliness like this:

http://www.redbull.com/en/motorsport...l-desert-wings

Looks like the countdown to Dakar has officially started in the Red Bull camp!

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:21 AM   #3272
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Botturi uses the Speedbrain bike, but has his own team structure, mechanics, etc... I believe they make a lot of their decisions independent of Speedbrain.
I don't think at all Botturi has his "own" team! As far as I heard/read around Speedbrain has two teams, one for Honda and one for their own bikes. Quite likely the second one won't be as strong as the first one.

About his bike at Morocco/MErzouga rallyes, Botturi says it was the bike used by Goncalves (and maybe another rider? have to listen to interview again later) in two previous Cross Country Rallies, and he discovered this only after his return from Morocco (where of course he was not in fight for any title). The reason was Speedbrain team was testing new materials in view of the Dakar 2014 (as Balkan Boy wrote!). But of course if you have more info that Botturi himself please let us know
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:46 AM   #3273
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Glamour shots!

You have to love the redbull marketing department:








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Keep drinking the Red Bull kids - it pays for silliness like this:

http://www.redbull.com/en/motorsport...l-desert-wings

Looks like the countdown to Dakar has officially started in the Red Bull camp!

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Old 11-19-2013, 09:47 AM   #3274
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http://www.redbull.com/en/motorsport.../cyril-despres




Fresh start for Cyril Despres in Dakar 2014
By Tim Sturtridge on 18 November 2013 in Rally Raid
Our exclusive interview with the five-time Dakar Rally champion finds him ready for the fight.
Redbull.com: The seconds are now ticking away on the countdown towards the 2014 Dakar Rally, how are things with you and your new Yamaha team?

Cyril Despres: "We have had to act fast since starting out on this new challenge with Yamaha. It only really got going in May so we have had no time to waste in getting in shape for the Dakar. After the first test we made a few adjustments to make the bike more comfortable, such as altering the position of the seat and the handlebars. Since then there’s been more details added, for example we have increased the volume of the fuel tank. I wanted to be able to carry an extra three litres in the tank, this may not sound much but in my experience it can make a big difference."



RB: It sounds as if you have put your stamp on the Yamaha 450 YZF Rally and made it your bike?

CD: "I took the decision to use Yamaha’s bike from the 2013 Dakar because it had proven to be competitive. With the short space of time we had to work in it seemed reckless to kick off a project to build a completely new machine. We have made some small adjustments to improve performance but nothing major has changed. Nothing too ‘sexy’ has been added to the bike but I believe the materials are there to allow me to do my job at the Dakar."

Nothing too ‘sexy’ has been added to the bike.
RB: How is your working relationship with your new Yamaha team?

CD: "There’s been a good flow of ideas and great discussions in the garage to help us improve. We have guys at Yamaha that worked with Stéphane (Peterhansel) during his successful years on a bike at the Dakar. This kind of experience is invaluable and we are all pulling together to get this bike in the best shape it can be. I’m very precise when it comes to setting up the bike, there’s no ‘more or less’ about it.



RB: Has there been much discussion about tactics for the upcoming race?

CD: "My strategy will not change because I have joined a new team. My way of racing has been designed by myself to suit myself. It may not work for other riders but it has worked for me so I don’t feel any need to change my style just because I have changed my bike. It’s clear to me that the team around me at Yamaha have a lot of trust in me. They just want me to be as comfortable as I can so there’s certainly been no pressure from them to alter the racing style."

My strategy will not change because I have joined a new team.

RB: What are your personal goals for the 2014 Dakar Rally?

CD: "I know we have everything we need to win this Dakar. I think it’s going to be a tough Dakar, my toughest Dakar for quite some years. I think an advantage I have this time is my determination to show that it’s not just the best bike that wins the Dakar, it’s also the best rider. I don’t know if I will finish this race with my 6th Dakar title and a third consecutive win but I want to show the difference that an experienced Dakar rider can make to a team. Of course it’s vital to have a good mechanics and staff behind you but I want to show Yamaha what I can personally bring the team."
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:03 AM   #3275
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You have to love the redbull marketing department:
Not really.
It seems unlimited money and resources can buy anything except creativity and imagination.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:13 AM   #3276
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We have made some small adjustments to improve performance but nothing major has changed. Nothing too ‘sexy’ has been added to the bike
Well, except a new rider with a damn sexy Redbull headband.
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:34 PM   #3277
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:51 PM   #3278
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Since when is Putin part of the team?


It is him, right? The one that looks like Dobby the House Elf?
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:26 PM   #3279
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Come on, no one is gonna mention Nasser's terrible technique at spitting?
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:22 PM   #3280
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Jeff's bike is ready.....Le Havre tomorrow!

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Old 11-19-2013, 03:44 PM   #3281
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Come on, no one is gonna mention Nasser's terrible technique at spitting?
I was thinking the same thing about the spitting. Didn't know who's face it was though.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #3282
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ROFL!!! Chagin does look like Putin!!

Vladimir Chagin, arguably the best truck driver on the Dakar. Has been running Kamaz trucks for quite a while...


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It is him, right? The one that looks like Dobby the House Elf?
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:12 PM   #3283
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. KTM Rally Bike pic... NSFW
I need a moment.... Having a crisis over here...
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:17 PM   #3284
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As I watched the Red Bull video I turned the volume up in anticipation as they all got on/in their vehicles... only to hear nothing but annoying music. I suppose the marketing is obviously not aimed at people who actually ride but it still disappoints me every time I watch a video and the engine noise is replaced by music.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:16 PM   #3285
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Anyone notice the KTM bikes change to the new 450's halfway thru?

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