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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #40 on: April 05, 2013, 03:41:27 pm »
Ride fast - take chances!!



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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #41 on: April 05, 2013, 04:00:52 pm »
Some links:

Home page: http://www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com/index.aspx#2
Live tracking: http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/eviewer/abu13/  :biggrin:
Checkpoints: http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/posi/abu13/web/index.php/display/index

Interesting points:
Marc Coma is back after injury - We have tested in the desert of Tunisia but it has been a long break because of my injury and this is the right opportunity to see how fit I am, how quickly I can find my rhythm and get a good feeling for the bike. It will be difficult to win after such a long break but as always I will do my best.

Sam Sutherland is riding. He wrote on Twitter "Ready to go :)" entered, but I havn't found out of he is actually riding after his injury woes.

The Speedbrain team are now going it on their own as a manufacturer.
Speedbrain Team principal Wolfgang Fischer: "Weve worked hard since returning from the Dakar and we are very well positioned for the 2013 season. We have a brilliant bike, top-notch riders with Joan and Paulo and a proven team setup."

"Additionally, we will have U.S. rider Quinn Cody further strenghtening our programme in Qatar. Many of the worlds best riders are competing at the first two rounds and we intend to be front-runners"


This could be very interesting...... and that Husky remains very sexy  :3some:
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« Reply #42 on: April 05, 2013, 08:02:07 pm »
The opening round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies takes place in Abu Dhabi from April 6-11. Among the best rally competitors in the world, USWE ambassador Taddy Blazusiak will contest the race. Keen to sample a taste of true rally racing, the endurocross specialist will be a competitor to watch out for at round one. We caught up with Blazusiak to find out more about what brought him to Abu Dhabi

Why have you decided to race the first round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies in Abu Dhabi?
Taddy
: When I looked at my calendar of events I realised that I had a small window of opportunity to give this a try. I spoke to a few people about my idea and things quickly took shape. One of my sponsors, Orlen, actually runs a team in the series, so together with them, KTM, USWE and the rest of the guys that support me I was able to make it happen.

Your first taste of rally was at the Desafio Litoral in Argentina during July 2012. But racing here in Abu Dhabi will be your first true taste of rally. Are you excited about that?
Taddy
: Yeah, I cant wait to get out there. I really enjoyed the Desafio Litoral, but there were no sand dunes to contend with. Here in Abu Dhabi there are only sand dunes and some of them are huge. This is what rally racing is all about and why I wanted to make this race.

Have you ever raced in sand like this before?
Taddy
: No  :o, not even on my enduro bike! On Wednesday, of this week, we did some testing and I began to get a feel for things. We only rode for about 50km so its hard to learn anything in that short amount of time but I felt comfortable and Im confident in what I can do on the bike.

What goals and expectations have you set yourself for the event?
Taddy
: Im just here to have fun and enjoy the experience. This is not my sport so I wont be risking anything to win. My main goal is to learn as much as possible and get a feel for things. In Argentina my main issue was navigation. Reading the road book at high speed is still alien to me. If, by the end of the week I can get comfortable reading the road book while racing in sand then Ill have achieved a lot.

Given your interest in rally, are thoughts of a possible start in the Dakar Rally in the back of your mind?
Taddy:
As soon as I sat on a rally bike people immediately asked me oh, what about Dakar. Of course its something that interests me. Its a race that every guy that ever raced an enduro bike wants to do. But for now those thoughts are buried in the back of my mind. Endurocross is my only focus - it takes up all of my time. Its not possible to jump from my endurocross bike to a rally bike and be competitive on both.

With X-Games Brazil just around the corner many people might question why youre here racing rally. How has your preparation been for X-Games?
Taddy
: Im ready. Ive been working my butt off to be ready for Brazil and I cant wait to get there. Racing the SuperEnduro World Championship was a big part of that preparation and since the final round of that series in France Ive put a lot of laps in on my test tracks. Im really excited about going to Brazil. X-Games series is going to be huge and Im in it to win it.
 

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #43 on: April 06, 2013, 09:16:01 am »
Skaiidawg will be off at 17h03 this afternoon, on the Super Special Stage.
 

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #44 on: April 06, 2013, 04:03:18 pm »
Skaiidawg will be off at 17h03 this afternoon, on the Super Special Stage.

Here is a pic of his Quad after scutineering.... # 144
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #45 on: April 06, 2013, 04:06:25 pm »
I think that Taddy Blazusiak... mentioned by SteveD was also the oke who rocked up at Ertzberg as a spectator in 2007..... then got given a bike and some kit by a KTM rep that knew him from AMA and MX...
... and ended up winning the whole thing and about 4 times since ... not 100% sure.
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #46 on: April 06, 2013, 04:57:36 pm »
Taddy is amazing. Its a different thing racing rally though...
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #47 on: April 06, 2013, 05:00:49 pm »
Taddy is amazing. Its a different thing racing rally though...

100%... just to make sure of what I mentioned above I went to Google him...

He has pretty much cleaned up everywhere else !!!

Some okes just have it in their Genes !!
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #48 on: April 06, 2013, 05:10:50 pm »
Taddy is amazing. Its a different thing racing rally though...

100%... just to make sure of what I mentioned above I went to Google him...

He has pretty much cleaned up everywhere else !!!

Some okes just have it in their Genes !!

Yah, him and Coma are my fav. riders. I just love watching video footage of Coma riding, his adopts this hunched stance but he just flows where the rest of us afkak big time.
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #49 on: April 06, 2013, 07:07:58 pm »
Are you Guys Ready for a Photo fest?
 Took about a 1000 Pics today. Unfortunately I missed Skaaidawg~
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #50 on: April 06, 2013, 08:13:41 pm »
Are you Guys Ready for a Photo fest?
 Took about a 1000 Pics today. Unfortunately I missed Skaaidawg~

Let rip! Post till it hurts.....

Bike results:
Sam Sutherland        Honda  :thumleft:
Hedler Rodrigues       Honda
Joan Barreda-Bort     Speedbrain  :thumleft:
Jeremias Isael           Honda
Marc Coma                KTM  :thumleft:
Paulo Gonglaves         Speedbrain
Pal-anders Ullevalseter KTM
S.santosh Chunchunggu Suzuki
Jakub Przygonski        KTM
Juan-carlos Salvatierra  Honda
Tedeusz Blazusiak       KTM  :thumleft:

Not too many KTMs, Honda and Speedbrain looking good, but it's only the prologue.

Skaaidawg was 11th quad in :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Who is Nicolas Black? Riding a quad, listed as from RSA. Did well, third quad today.
There is also a Jacobus Potgieter? Listed as from RSA, riding a KTM 450.
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #51 on: April 07, 2013, 12:06:17 am »
IM over ready for a photo fest, come on Al! :thumleft
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #52 on: April 07, 2013, 06:02:32 am »


Who is Nicolas Black? Riding a quad, listed as from RSA. Did well, third quad today.
There is also a Jacobus Potgieter? Listed as from RSA, riding a KTM 450.

Nick Is a Saffer that Lives Here in Dubai With us. Very compitent on the Quad!

If i have the Right Person Jacobus is renting a bike from KTM and it sounds like the KTM guys dropped his bike on one side of the pits and left it there for him to get through Scrutineering on his own. He chatted to Sean yesterday and wasnt  impressed.


Photos are uploading .................. Some Chop cut the underwater internet cable near Egypt and things are at snails pace!













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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #53 on: April 07, 2013, 07:38:54 am »
I just Got a message from SkaaiDawg, The start is delayed due to low visibility.

We had a huge Sandstorm yesterday followed by Buckets of Rain last night.  Today is going to be a blast when they get going! :biggrin:
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #54 on: April 07, 2013, 07:43:00 am »
I just Got a message from SkaaiDawg, The start is delayed due to low visibility.

We had a huge Sandstorm yesterday followed by Buckets of Rain last night.  Today is going to be a blast when they get going! :biggrin:

Just got word that they are going to ride in convoy to the refueling point. Skaaidawg reckons this is the biggest outride he has ever taken part in!  :3some:
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #55 on: April 07, 2013, 10:09:34 am »
What shitty weather. I went out on the route for today. Visibility down to a couple of meteres in some areas. Nice and cool and perfect for riding if only they could see the track. The sandstorm is terrible. I have sand in everywhere, and that just from standing outside for a couple of minutes.

After an hour delayed start, the riders where routed to the refuel point for the second section of the stage. based on the current weather it looks as if this will be cancelled as well.

If the chopper can't fly they cannot race.

These storms usually last for 2 or 3 days, hopefully it will be over by the end of the day.


I would really hate to be on a bike in this weather, not to mention trying to race.
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #56 on: April 07, 2013, 11:06:04 am »
Second section of day one also cancelled. Must be very frustrating for international teams that come all this way and then not able to race.

Would they make the stages longer for the rest of the days to make up the shortfall? Can they do that?
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #57 on: April 07, 2013, 12:00:24 pm »
Nooi this is not good!

So I suppose Sam is Still in the Lead then!  :peepwall:
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #59 on: April 07, 2013, 12:29:17 pm »
Video of 2 of the Quads that I help build!


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