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Old 01-02-2012, 07:23 PM   #1576
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Great interview!

....also...Ned may have built his engine to last the entire rally, the top guys are used to changing theirs out a time or two.

Although the organizers did come up with some heavy penalties for changing engines mid-race this year...that does a lot to level the field between the big teams and the privateers, I think.
Ned plans to change engines on the rest day, and has one more "just in case". His is a stock enduro (450 XCW) engine, and the factory boys are on 450 Rally bikes; completely different bikes, engine and all, and built specifically for this. I'm sure they have MUCH more horsepower.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:27 PM   #1577
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Great interview, PM. I didn't get my peanut gallery question in on time, but here it is:

Is Ned getting passed by any of the cars? If so, I wonder how that interaction has been -- as scary as in Baha?
That was on my list, but we didn't get to it. Felt like I needed to break the call off once we got to the 20min point. I'll definitely ask him next time we do a live call.


Looking at the timing, Ned finished at 15:18, exactly 10 minutes before Holowczyc who was the first car physically through the finish (15:28). So I'd think it hasn't happened yet, but it almost undoubtedly will at some point.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:28 PM   #1578
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wow, what a rollercoaster day-great day for Ned , crushing blow for Jonah , now where is Bill? I sure hope he's alright! Did I miss it?

He had a crash that cracked his case and gas tank. He's still out on piste. Going to be a long night. Get the ADV slow clap going...


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Old 01-02-2012, 07:34 PM   #1579
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He had a crash that cracked his case and gas tank. He's still out on piste. Going to be a long night. Get the ADV slow clap going...


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Hi Nate Thanks!! I just finally got caught up the details in the other thread...I sure hope he's alright and can manage to get back to the Bivouac and get his bike back up to par-or is he now officially out?? It's past 11:30 over there already. Crikey!
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #1580
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Hi Nate Thanks!! I just finally got caught up the details in the other thread...I sure hope he's alright and can manage to get back to the Bivouac and get his bike back up to par-or is he now officially out?? It's past 11:30 over there already. Crikey!

He has until the start of the special tomorrow morning to make it in, though without major wrenching he'd still be in the same boat.

Timing may not update between now and then, so keep an ear peeled for the first hand reports from D99.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:47 PM   #1581
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Ned plans to change engines on the rest day, and has one more "just in case". His is a stock enduro (450 XCW) engine, and the factory boys are on 450 Rally bikes; completely different bikes, engine and all, and built specifically for this. I'm sure they have MUCH more horsepower.
Did I hear him say in the interview today that he pushed the motor harder than he had ever pushed a motor before?

Here's hoping it makes it to the rest day!
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:48 PM   #1582
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Wow, great interview Ned and Nate! It's great to hear his voice and he sounds in good spirits.

GO NED!
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:54 PM   #1583
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He has until the start of the special tomorrow morning to make it in, though without major wrenching he'd still be in the same boat.

Timing may not update between now and then, so keep an ear peeled for the first hand reports from D99.
Oh boy, fingers, toes, boobies, everything possible crossed!
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #1584
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #1585
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Thanks for the interview, that was outstanding. Hearing him talking about having fun while doing that in 45C heat, so not worthy....
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:01 PM   #1586
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Looking at the timing, Ned finished at 15:18, exactly 10 minutes before Holowczyc who was the first car physically through the finish (15:28). So I'd think it hasn't happened yet, but it almost undoubtedly will at some point.
Yeah, and on the live Eurosport coverage Gordon and some of the other cars were passing multiple bikes coming in to the end of the special so it could definately happen. That having been said, the passes that I saw looked very polite.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:02 PM   #1587
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Fat chance!

well...are you single, tall, dark and handsome? :grin
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #1588
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #1589
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YAY NED ROCK ON!!!
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:28 PM   #1590
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Watched it on Eurosport, the wife was say Between that and immediately starting into "they are letting retard chariots race this!" when the quads came on... I was very happy.
Hate to go off topic here for a sec, but I've got a quad question. What's the deal with the quad rule changes this year and do the quads have to do the long road liasons as well? I'm !bout to listen to Ned from tonight. Glad he killed it today! Go Ned!
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