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Old 06-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #31
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #32
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:18 PM   #33
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:20 PM   #34
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Hey Ben doing well mate, keep on pluggin
Had an up and down day yesterday. Morning stage was unreal. Great riding. In the mountains with lots of rocky steep hill climbs. Nav was tough.

Afternoon stage no so great. Drifted off track slightly and hit a big rock hiding in the grass. Had to ride nearly all the stage with no clutch as I broke the lever.

I've managed to get 1 last night off another rider. We have no assistance at Biviuoc as its marathon stage. I can only get go bike 10 minutes before start time. Have to install maps and do a clutch lever. Should be ok.

Best be going as its ten minutes till my start time.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:57 PM   #35
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:13 AM   #36
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Had an up and down day yesterday. Morning stage was unreal. Great riding. In the mountains with lots of rocky steep hill climbs. Nav was tough.

Afternoon stage no so great. Drifted off track slightly and hit a big rock hiding in the grass. Had to ride nearly all the stage with no clutch as I broke the lever.

I've managed to get 1 last night off another rider. We have no assistance at Biviuoc as its marathon stage. I can only get go bike 10 minutes before start time. Have to install maps and do a clutch lever. Should be ok.

Best be going as its ten minutes till my start time.
Have fun mate.
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H We have no assistance at Biviuoc as its marathon stage.

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in 2011 after the overnight marathon stage but before the start of the next Special there was a hell of a lot of "living off the land" going on I tell you, pretty much down every laneway there was a van that just happened to be parked there

The Italian Supp Regs must have been different to the English ones I saw

Still only a little niggle to one of the best and most scenic rallys ever had the chance to race
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:50 AM   #38
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in 2011 after the overnight marathon stage but before the start of the next Special there was a hell of a lot of "living off the land" going on I tell you, pretty much down every laneway there was a van that just happened to be parked there

The Italian Supp Regs must have been different to the English ones I saw

Still only a little niggle to one of the best and most scenic rallys ever had the chance to race
Seems no one has the same interpretation of "marathon stage".
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Bike has shat itself today in the first stage. Just stopped running. Got towed by quad rider 205. Nice guy from Qatar. Tried jump starting it while been towed but nothing. In the sweeper truck heading back to the Bivouac
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Bike has shat itself today in the first stage. Just stopped running. Got towed by quad rider 205. Nice guy from Qatar. Tried jump starting it while been towed but nothing. In the sweeper truck heading back to the Bivouac
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Bike has shat itself today in the first stage. Just stopped running. Got towed by quad rider 205. Nice guy from Qatar. Tried jump starting it while been towed but nothing. In the sweeper truck heading back to the Bivouac
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bugger !

what was the quality / age of the bike like ?
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If anyone's interested, here's a quick recap on the first half of the rally.

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Sardegna Rally Race – Mid Rally Wrap Up Pedrero Rises While Botturi Drops Back

Christopher Doyle | 03-June-2013

The Sardegna Rally Race is run more like a long distance enduro rather than a cross country rally along the likes of Dakar, Abu Dhabi, or the Pharaons but that does not diminish the effort required to perform. In fact, for some riders, the terrain is so far removed from the rest of the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship calendar they find themselves expending much more energy due to the shorter, more technical arrangement of the stages. Sardegna consists of five legs, each broken into two special stages.



Arranged throughout the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, the stages are considered by many as some of the most scenic in the championship. Sardinia, its English name, is an autonomous region of Italy has a rich history and culture. With a population of just over a million, its small size remains disproportionate to its stature in the motorsports world.

Riders have fought diligently to remain near the sharp end of the field and the leader board is dotted with the usual suspects, Coma, Despres, Rodrigues, but also adorning the top of the time sheets are big team refugees Alessandro Botturi and Joan Pedrero who have found themselves scrambling for competitive rides of late. Botturi from the defunct Bordone-Ferrari team and Pedrero from the factory KTM squad are now astride Yamaha and Beta bikes respectively and are proving their mettle against the factory heavyweights.

After winning the prologue, Honda’s Helder Rodrigues has tumbled down the time sheets to a relatively dismal, 10th in the overall standings. Surely not the way the Portuguese rider would have wanted to begin the first rally since the announcement of a renewed HRC team. KTM’s Marc Coma wasted no time to place his stamp of authority on the rally by taking the wins on both stages of Leg 1 and thereby easily assuming the overall lead.

The perpetually consistent Italian, Alessandro Botturi took his Franco Picco prepared Yamaha to the top for special stage 3 during Leg 2 of the rally and after stage 4 of the same leg, assumed the overall lead from Marc Coma as the Spaniard faltered, if only a little in the stage finishing 5th. Botturi’s tenure as the overall leader would be short however, with the Italian eventually falling to 3rd at this point.



Beta newcomer, Joan Pedrero has set out like a rider hell bent on proving KTM wrong in their decision to let the Spaniard go as water carrier to Coma. Pedrero took his little Beta to the lead on special stage 4 and has not looked back taking commanding wins also on special stages 5 and 6. Steadily climbing the overall ranks, Pedrero sits in 5th place overall, his progress stymied only by the consistency of his main rivals.



Surprise entrant, Cyril Despres, expressing a deep admiration for the Sardegna Rally Race proclaiming it, “one of my favorites”, has been using the rally to become more familiar with his new bike after recently announcing a two year deal with Yamaha France. The Andorran has flirted with the lead and currently sits 2nd overall, 5’03” behind rally leader, Marc Coma.

Top Honda spot goes to Paulo Goncalves, the diminutive Portuguese proving a mighty force in rally. Having placed 2nd in both the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Sealing Qatar rallies by mere seconds, Goncalves has shown a drive and consistency rivaled only by series leader Coma and currently sits in 6th place overall.

Sardegna always brings out the local specialists that mix it up with the series regulars. Paolo Ceci, no stranger to the global rally scene sits in a very comfortable 4th overall and Andrea Mancini occupies the 7th position.

The over 450cc class is nearly being dominated by Italian talent familiar with the terrain. Six of the top seven riders are Italians with the odd man out being class points leader, Juan Carlos Salvatierra aboard his Jolly Racing Honda. Admittedly unfamiliar with the rocky, rutted, mud-filled route so far, Chavo is doing what he can to keep pace with the lead in order to retain his series points lead. The over 450cc class stage wins have been split between a few riders with TM’s Alex Zanotti starting things off in Stage 1. Italy’s Luca Vecchi has taken three stage wins on stages 2, 3, and 6 with Fillippo Ciotti and Matteo Graziani taking the wins on stages 4 and 5 respectively.



With a promise by the organizers of changing terrain ahead and the possibility of some sandy conditions, expect things to shake up a bit before the end. With 3 special stages remaining including a mammoth 211 kilometer final stage 9 on Wednesday, all eyes should remain on the time sheets to see who rises to the top. Can Coma hang on or will he face stiff competition from those seeking to prove their worth for the remaining season? Stay tuned to RallyRaidReview for the latest updates.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:44 AM   #44
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If anyone's interested, here's a quick recap on the first half of the rally.
Fantastic summary Chris, considering he crap (English for shit) web site coverage and that I am travelling also - keep up the good work
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Bike has shat itself today in the first stage. Just stopped running. Got towed by quad rider 205. Nice guy from Qatar. Tried jump starting it while been towed but nothing. In the sweeper truck heading back to the Bivouac
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