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Title: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 01, 2019, 04:14:01 pm
I'm not picking up a thread on this rally this year despite a good few Saffas racing. Looks like Ross Branch got 6th and King Kenny 12th provisional on Stage 1  :thumleft: Nothing on Taye and Kirsten yet, I guess they're still out on the stage. 
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 01, 2019, 05:38:05 pm
Looks like Ross got 3rd on the stage... WOW  :o :thumleft:
Kenny 13th  :thumleft:
Kirsten 37th
Taye 48th
Robert Gibbon showing no time yet, hope all is okay.

What makes this rally interesting is that the guys who won the KTM Rally Raid comps in Austrial, SA and NZ are racing the new KTM790'ss in the rally  :thumleft:

Photo credit to Enzo Danesi

Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 02, 2019, 07:05:15 am
Seems I was too optimistic, Ross eventually given 6th on the stage. Sounds like the navigation was very tricky and poor Rob Gibbon had road book issues so ended up having to scroll manually which was difficult in the sand. He mentioned he hit the deck a few times in the soft stuff.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Malibu on April 02, 2019, 07:33:42 am
I'm holding thumbs for Kirsten & Taye... Dakar is calling!

Comment from one of Taye's supporters:

Taye Perry had a good 1st Stage at Afriquia Merzouga Rally but got lost with some guys on the last section and lost 40 minutes. Today she's gonna open it up and hang cable and get back on pace.
It's been rough for her as she is on her own over there, she has finally found a room 15 min from race HQ and has very little help getting her bike ready for the next day but we know how tough she is and that finish will be only that much sweeter! 💪
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: gser on April 02, 2019, 08:07:31 am
....sub...
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Kortbroek on April 02, 2019, 08:29:03 am
I've been following what I can on facebook. Unfortunately a crazy week for me so not able to go into full on couch racer mode.

so Sub  O0
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 02, 2019, 08:38:09 am
I'm really hoping some of the saffas help Taye out where they can, she's going it pretty much alone. Her bike also only arrived the day before the event so she wasn't able to get in the dune practice that Kirsten and the rest of the SA crowd where able to before the start. But we know she's tough as nails so I'm expecting her to fight back strongly as the week progresses  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 02, 2019, 09:24:02 pm
Another good day for the saffers in th dunes, looks like Ross got another 6th, Kenny 12th, Taye ahead of Kirsten today in 42nd & 46th, Graham Sharp in 54 and Rob in 68th. I haven't seen Robs feedback but I'm assuming he had some grief again today with his tracker or road book.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 02, 2019, 09:28:15 pm
Getting back to the two saffers riding the 790's, they're Greg Hodgskin and Christiaan Odendaal. They're racing in a class called Special Adventure (12 riders in the class) and whoever wins that class gets to keep their sponsored 790  :ricky:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 03, 2019, 09:42:33 am
A few pics snatched from FB. The quality photos credited to the Merzouga photographers..

1. First 3 of Rob. Getting sand out his boots. He got in so late yesterday that the medics insisted on checking him out so he had to explain to then that there's nothing wrong with him, he's just an amateur trying to focus on getting it right... which he didn't by doing 188km's instead of 88km's on the one special section  :o Watching his FB video updates he comes across as a very chilled out and humorous character  :thumleft:

2. Kirsten doing some sand surfing.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 03, 2019, 12:42:44 pm
Some cool pics of the pilots on their new 790's ripping some dirt & dunes  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Malibu on April 03, 2019, 01:02:54 pm
Sweet pics!
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 04, 2019, 10:36:09 am
So yesterday & today is the marathon stage and they slept out in the dessert last night so not too much feedback. Generally it sounds like everyone had a good stage yesterday except maybe Rob Gibbon. He had an off, dislocated his shoulder and was forced to pop it back himself. After seeing the medics last night, it sounds like he's torn 2 ligaments so today he'll be riding the dunes pumped full of voltaren. He's still very positive so that's a bonus  :thumleft:
Ross & Kenny are styling and Taye & Kirsten are learning how to dune surf very quickly. Nothing like the deep end to get you swimming  ;D
Van Beveren is still leading the rally for Yamaha  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 04, 2019, 03:15:46 pm
Masekinners luister gou... The Kalahari Ferrari (Ross Branch) just took the Stage win ahead of Van Beveren... WOW.

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Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Malibu on April 04, 2019, 04:04:31 pm
 :occasion18:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Crossed-up on April 04, 2019, 07:43:24 pm
Incredible effort! Well done, sir.  :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Kortbroek on April 04, 2019, 09:28:15 pm
Bloody good show  :ricky:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on April 05, 2019, 09:41:37 am
Ive been following this.. its an amazing race.

TP has gained a lot of places, she is doing really well and can be proud of how she is riding, as for the other okes, they are in a league all on their own

GO lads and lady
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 05, 2019, 10:41:27 am
Both Taye & Kirsten are doing very well  :thumleft:

I'm just hoping Rob can pull through. The oke's been super positive all week but on last nights vid feedback you could see he was kakking off with pain big time. His shoulder popped out again in the stage and he was forced to ride like that with his throttle hand duct taped to the bike for support. Hard core stuff.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: wiledog_X on April 05, 2019, 01:18:24 pm
Just in from KTM SA:

"Kirsten Landman just crossed the finish at the Afriquia Merzouga Rally... which means she has officially qualified for the 2020 Dakar Rally!
She will now attempt to become the first African woman in history to finish the iconic event."  :ricky:   :hello2: Well done lady!!!

(https://scontent-jnb1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/56173353_10157121725725818_7771227097107791872_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ht=scontent-jnb1-1.xx&oh=d50e284d743d9fa5ee2b2920a6c683ed&oe=5D48B839)
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 05, 2019, 02:34:58 pm
Well done Kirsten... and so has Taye Perry  :thumleft: So it'll be the two of them duking it out for the 1st South African woman to finish Dakar  :ricky:

And in other news Ross Branch has placed 2nd Overall behind Van Beveren  :thumleft: That's a pretty amazing result from Ross considering the amount of experience he's got at this sort of racing.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: tulips on April 05, 2019, 02:42:06 pm
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Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on April 05, 2019, 02:57:02 pm
Both Taye & Kirsten are doing very well  :thumleft:

I'm just hoping Rob can pull through. The oke's been super positive all week but on last nights vid feedback you could see he was kakking off with pain big time. His shoulder popped out again in the stage and he was forced to ride like that with his throttle hand duct taped to the bike for support. Hard core stuff.

Where are you accessing the vid feedback?

Ya nee.. these okes have big brass ones and a dedicated determination like Ive never seen, its crazy.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 05, 2019, 03:40:26 pm
Both Taye & Kirsten are doing very well  :thumleft:

I'm just hoping Rob can pull through. The oke's been super positive all week but on last nights vid feedback you could see he was kakking off with pain big time. His shoulder popped out again in the stage and he was forced to ride like that with his throttle hand duct taped to the bike for support. Hard core stuff.

Where are you accessing the vid feedback?

Ya nee.. these okes have big brass ones and a dedicated determination like Ive never seen, its crazy.

You can follow Rob on his FB page called Amateur 2 DAKAR - Robert Gibbon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on April 05, 2019, 08:27:24 pm
Thanks for the updates Buff.  :thumleft:

Do you perhaps know how the big teams decide between competing in the Merzouga and the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge which runs concurrently?
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 08, 2019, 09:18:43 pm
@Kobus Myburgh ... I'm not too sure to be 100% Kobus but I think there were more World cup points on offer at the AD rally, that's why more riders chose to ride it.

Here's some feedback I copied from Taye Perry's FB page. How hardcore is this young lady??? I just can't help but love her spirit & tenacity. She wasn't born with a golden spoon and I get the idea that her racing career has been a case of "I'll make do with what I have and prove the whole damn world how good I am". Like old Naas once said "it's not the dog in the fight, it's the fight in the dog"  :thumleft:

***

Merzouga Rally 2019 has come to an end, hereís a bit of a summary;
 
After everything, achieving 2nd place female was a surprise to me...I didnít think Iíd make podium at all after my equipment and navigational troubles in the Prologue and on Stage 1, placing me around 2 hours behind the leading female. But I put my head down and got straight back to business, the hunt, the comeback, winning every stage thereafter in the female category (stage 2, 3, 4 and 5).
It wasnít enough, but I managed to claw back over an hour and 20 minutes on 1st place, and over 20 positions in the general standings.
 
I was on a rented enduro build bike (a ďliteĒ rally version) which had its advantages and disadvantages (lack of top end speed being a frustrating disadvantage to me)... I also planned for this race with a rather tight budget. Dunes and a ripped up tyre are a bad combination, haha... but I loved every moment of the race, the struggles, the competition, every kilometre, in fact, it was over too soon for me. And Iím already itching for the next one.
 
Off track and off the bike was another battle on itís own... I was alone. Hotels were full everywhere. Every night was a hunt to find a place to sleep, let alone shower and all, after marking my roadbook and sorting out my kit for the following day, catching local taxiís, finding a place or something to eat (I wasnít eating right, off and on the bike). I lost over 4kg.
I was lucky if I got 2-3 hours of sleep a night... thanks to a few awesome people though, Patsy, Bart & crew, Ross B, some nights were easier than others...
 
Itís been a tough start, but itíll take a lot more than a few (many) problems to stop me, Taye Perry... canít wait for more!
 
...and with ProTouchGlobal coming onboard with me, believing in me, and having made the Merzouga Rally happen for me, everything and more is now possible.
 
Dakar qualifier done.
And so it has begun!

#merzougarally2019
#Merzougarally
#merzougaheroes
@protouchglobal
@merzougarally
#tayetodakar2020
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Kortbroek on April 08, 2019, 09:43:30 pm
Off track and off the bike was another battle on itís own... I was alone. Hotels were full everywhere. Every night was a hunt to find a place to sleep, let alone shower and all, after marking my roadbook and sorting out my kit for the following day, catching local taxiís, finding a place or something to eat (I wasnít eating right, off and on the bike). I lost over 4kg.
I was lucky if I got 2-3 hours of sleep a night... thanks to a few awesome people though, Patsy, Bart & crew, Ross B, some nights were easier than others...

This is for me the most impressive part of it all. As if the race itself isn't tough enough.

Looking forward to seeing her at Dakar.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: gser on April 09, 2019, 08:35:55 am
Off track and off the bike was another battle on itís own... I was alone. Hotels were full everywhere. Every night was a hunt to find a place to sleep, let alone shower and all, after marking my roadbook and sorting out my kit for the following day, catching local taxiís, finding a place or something to eat (I wasnít eating right, off and on the bike). I lost over 4kg.
I was lucky if I got 2-3 hours of sleep a night... thanks to a few awesome people though, Patsy, Bart & crew, Ross B, some nights were easier than others...

This is for me the most impressive part of it all. As if the race itself isn't tough enough.

Looking forward to seeing her at Dakar.
Just so  . . .WOW !
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Warren Ellwood on April 23, 2019, 12:57:54 pm
No DSTV anymore, but there is a fairly good program on this years race currently on catch up. Found it quite by accident.

Only problem is they have turned Kirsten Landman into some oke with a pom accent, well he was being interviewed and they claimed it was Kirsten.

But all the folks from Africa got a decent amount of exposure, so quite cool.
Title: Re: Merzouga Rally 2019
Post by: Buff on April 24, 2019, 08:45:04 am
Thanks for the heads up @Warren Ellwood , that was a pretty cool highlights package  :thumleft: