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Old 01-01-2012, 09:55 AM   #751
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RIP Jorge Boero

Just catching up, very sad news, and sorry to hear about Alfie out.

Glad to hear our USA guys are safe have moved up.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:01 AM   #752
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Dakar 2012, Stage 1
Mar del Plata – Santa Rosa de la Pampa
763 km in total, 57 km special test

Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain takes no chances

Avoiding unnecessary risks and finding one´s feet in the race - that has been the motto for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain in the opening stage of the Dakar 2012. The first special test proved to be fast, dusty and littered with holes. Because of the sometimes dangerous conditions it was important to ride cautiously.

The time differences after 57 km were small. Joan Barreda headed the five-man team, placing sixth on the day.
The 28-year-old Spaniard came from 23th position early on. Teammate Paulo Goncalves rode defensively.
"I wanted to avoid any risk and rather warm myself up for the following days," the Portuguese said. This smart approach was also taken by Zé Hélio, Ike Klaumann and Jose Manuel Pellicer, who all completed the inaugural stage not far behind the leaders.

Tomorrow marks the first real endurance test. The riders have to cover a distance of almost 800 km. The special stage alone offers 295 km. The course is expected to be fast at first, then leading through the dunes of El Nihuil and a spectacular volcano area.

1. Francisco Lopez (CHI) Aprilia
2. Marc Coma (SPA) KTM, 0:14 min behind
3. Javier Pizzolito (ARG) Honda, 0:27
6. Joan Barreda (SPA) Husqvarna by Speedbrain, 0:57 16. Paulo Goncalves (POR) Husqvarna by Speedbrain, 1:57 28. Zé Hélio (BRA) Husqvarna by Speedbrain, 3:32 33. Ike Klaumann (BRA) Husqvarna by Speedbrain, 4:56 37. Jose Manuel Pellicer (SPA) Husqvarna by Speedbrain, 5:29
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:02 AM   #753
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:03 AM   #754
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I was always under the impression that Meoni died of an aortic rupture (from chest contusion...most likely with his nav. equipment).


A dumb question, but one that I've always wanted to ask...

What's goin'-on under most of those rally jackets...roost protecter?..."Koerta"-type jacket?...???


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Old 01-01-2012, 10:03 AM   #755
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:04 AM   #756
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Dont talk about MEoni's death. You have no idea and nobody will talk about it for good reasons.
450 is safer and lighter and DOES carry less fuel my friend. Check your facts. Dont see the relationship between his death and the 450 Vs 690 subject. ASO told you450 is safer yes. but does that make the dakar a walk in the park? no of course. Sorry but Your post annoys me.
Sorry Ludo. I don't want to annoys nobody.

Maybe I've mixed some facts...

I don't understand why I could not speak about some basicly facts about Meoni...
You're speaking like just you know the real facts. (And this is not so good in a forum)

I spoke about the Neck brace basically... Don't you think is safe?

Surely 450 is MORE safer than 690, but is not for this fact that ASO switch to it...

Is not in my intention to see relationship between his dead and CC...and if this was the shown: sorry with you all.

Obviously Dakar is not a "walk in the park" but here we was spoke about safety.

It's just my opinion, hope you're not still annoyed by me.

Focus on the race, now.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:06 AM   #757
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KTM SS1 newsletter.

Maybe I shouldn't post those, I still think the gentlemen in Mattighofen should have their own representative to inform Team ADV F5 live every day, but here's today's KTM newsletter:




We bring you news following the opening short special of Stage One of the Dakar 2012. Riders start their 9000 km journey from Mar Del Plata on Argentina's Atlantic Coast to Lima, Peru on the Pacific Coast in the first ever coast-to-coast South American Dakar Rally. Topics
Dakar 2012: And they’re racing!



01/01 2012
Dakar 2012: And they’re racing!

Mar Del Plata, Argentina, January 1 2012: New Year’s Day 2012 and KTM’s Dakar riders opened their bid for the eleventh consecutive Dakar Rally victory for the Austrian sports motorcycle specialists.

Starting their engines under picture book summer skies on Argentina’s eastern coast riders absolved a 57 km special just after the start followed by another 763 km hard ride liaison to Santa Rosa de la Pampa.

While the timed stage, supported by thousands of Argentinean fans was more festive than challenging, riders were very much aware that this was a mere crumb in the torturous journey that takes them for the first time from the coast of the Atlantic to the coast of the Pacific to finish in the Peruvian capital Lima after nearly 9000 km.

Dakar title-holder and KTM factory rider Marc Coma was in the best of form, finishing the special in second place just 14 seconds behind Chaleco Lopez of Chile. Cyril Despres, mainstay of the KTM Factory Team and like Coma, a three-times Dakar winner, took it easy in the warm-up and was 1:48 behind the leader in 13th place ahead of the long liaison into the interior of the country.

Coma and Despres in good spirits
Clearly in a confident spirit, Coma said after the brief dash of the timed special: “The first special was breathtaking: next to the seaside and with beautiful little dunes. It really was a fantastic warm-up. But we still have a long day ahead of us, with a lengthy liaison.” Despres was also happy to be back on the bike and communing with his road book. “I took this special quite cautiously because there were a lot of potholes, fesh-fesh, dust... and spectators, so I kept it cool at the beginning!”

The ‘Water Carriers’
The so-called ‘water carriers’, the riders whose job it is to support the two key factory riders also had a solid start. KTM’s Rubin Faria of Portugal, the support rider for Cyril Despres had a good opening session finishing 1:18 behind the leader in eighth place while Joan Pedrero, Marc Coma’s support rider was 2:24 behind in 18th place.

The KTM newcomers
KTM Enduro factory rider Johnny Aubert of France is making his first Dakar appearance riding the KTM 450 Rally bike and supported by the KTM Customer Service. With a mission to ‘learn and enjoy the Dakar experience’, Johnny finished 20th just 2:29 behind the leader. Felipe Zanol of Brazil, who finished a close second to Cyril Despres in this year’s Dos Sertoes Rally in Brazil was 26th and trails the leader by 3:15 minutes. New Zealander Chris Birch, who races in Extreme events for KTM, such as the Red Bull Romaniacs and the notorious Red Bull Hare Scramble at Erzberg, Austria is also tackling his first Dakar and was 5:51 behind the leader in 39th place. Moh Balooshi, KTM’s UAE rider and the first Arab to contest the bike category, ended the day trailing by 16 minutes 20 seconds and must now settle down to some steady riding to make up the deficit.

Serious racing begins tomorrow
With less than three minutes separating the first 20 riders it is clear that they get down to serious business in Stage Two. They leave Santa Rosa to tackle 300 km of timed special that starts on firm terrain and ends in dangerously tricky soft sand. As they get closer to their destination at San Rafael they will encounter the grey volcanic sand that slows down their bikes and requires absolute concentration and physical effort from the riders.

Stage One Results: Mar Del Plata to Santa Rosa de la Pampa: 57 km Special; 763 Liaison

1, Chaleco Lopez, Chile, Aprilia, 32 minutes 37 seconds

2, Marc Coma, Spain, KTM at 14 seconds

3, Javier Pizzolito, Argentina, Honda, at 27 seconds

4, Quinn Cody, USA, Honda, at 30 seconds

5, Jakub Przygonski, Poland, KTM, at 49 seconds

Other KTM

8, Rubin Faria, Portugal, KTM, at 1:18

11, Pal Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM, 1:41

13, Cyril Despres, France, KTM 1:48

18, Joan Pedrero, Spain, KTM 2:24

19, Jordi Villadoms, Spain, KTM 2:25

20, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM 2:29

21, Alessandro Botturi, Italy, KTM 3:03

26, Felipe Zanol, Brazil, KTM 3:15

39, Chris Birch, New Zealand, KTM 5:51

130, Moh Balooshi, UAE, KTM 16:20
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:06 AM   #758
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You all are going to have to explain to me again this year.....how do I see when bikes are in for the day? Mark #121 had fuel problems when he left this am. I know today was "long" but don't know how long it should take. Would like to know when to expect our 3 riders to be in for the day. I think support should still be about 45 minutes from biv.
This post is from the wife of Team Freedom Rally Racing's mechanic, Scott Spears.

#121 Mark Davidson (AUS)

#147 Michael Stanfield (USA)

#150 Luis Belaustegui (ARG)

Maybe someone that's a little better at timing than I am can help her out.

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Old 01-01-2012, 10:07 AM   #759
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Maybe he is just difficult to work with/drive with? I've seen him lose his temper a couple of times in the last couple of years.

As I stated earlier, he's achieved diety-like status in Baja. The leg-humping is almost ridiculous, and seems to have gone to his head.

He's a very talented man. However, I think he needs Dakar, in his life, right now...a little humble pie never hurt anyone.


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Old 01-01-2012, 10:08 AM   #760
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Where is Anne Steel???
http://anniedakar.wordpress.com/

Use som translate tool for the sweedish language and you will know what she will be upp to.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:09 AM   #761
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I don't miss the 690s, they were just pigs anyway. I do miss the fire-breathing 1000cc twins though.

But I don't miss the deaths.

I also want to go on the record and say that I never thought the SA Dakar would work in 2009. But it love it more than ever.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:16 AM   #762
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Folks we all now Troy has some Sith like Jeddy powers.
But he fully predicted this in a PM to me weeks ago.


gutted for Alfie but absolutely floored by Troys forsight


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Good to hear the crew is okay...

the car is toast?


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Old 01-01-2012, 10:19 AM   #763
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:20 AM   #764
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I spoke about the Neck brace basically... Don't you think is safe?

Racing dirt bikes without a neck brace is a bit crazy in my eyes.

And to this day can only see three of them : Leatt, Astars and Atlas. And of course I personally believe the Leatt outperforms the Astars in many ways, Then we got the newly created Atlas shows great form!

if a neck protectpr device doesnt protect you from hyperflexion then it shouldnt be called a neck brace. I see some that are more like neck collars. They protect your neck for the side and back movements of the head but nothing prevents your head from moving forward (hyperflexion) which is the most common type of neck injury on dirt bikes.

I believe I was the first one to own and wear a Leatt in the States.
With my old company I owned at the time (ONE industries) we did help spread the word of the LEatt brace with David BAiley (his brace on the video was the one I gave his son), We also did nationwide contests here in the states that raised awareness of neck brace. We bought 100 of them and gave them to people who won that contest by explaining why they wanted one badly and how they would help spread the word.

so, trust me I do believe in neck braces as it also saved my life probably 3 times in rally.
People who dont feel comfortable riding witht them probably didnt take the time to learn them and see how they could adjust them and create some tricjs to fit better with jackets and protectors.


Cheers and hAppy new year

Now back to Dakar.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:21 AM   #765
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Woke up to the worst news... Been a real Dakar finish to the day. Rip Jorge. Wishing his family peace that he went out doing what he truly loved.

Pewano burnt to a crisp? Followed their build all year. Gutted they are out on the first special...
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