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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #60 on: April 07, 2013, 12:30:08 pm »
Looks like the cars are on the racing stage, one of the guys clocking 170km/h on one section, freaky stuff.

Bikes are almost at the bivouac. Nice easy day for them.

Roma in the lead on the road, should also be on time.
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #61 on: April 07, 2013, 12:30:43 pm »
Will Upload a Couple more a little later!
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #62 on: April 07, 2013, 12:42:18 pm »
Looks like the cars are on the racing stage, one of the guys clocking 170km/h on one section, freaky stuff.

Bikes are almost at the bivouac. Nice easy day for them.

Roma in the lead on the road, should also be on time.
Its a KAK day for them. They spent so much cash getting here and then they ride in Convoy!

Hey lets hold thumbs for tomorow! Weather forecast looks ........... I wont say it but its not pretty!
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #63 on: April 07, 2013, 06:06:15 pm »
Thanx for pics and videos !!!!

It is a bit like a well needed fix after the Dakar........  reason to surf the internet again  :thumleft:
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #64 on: April 07, 2013, 09:33:07 pm »
Yip, keep those pics coming Kenisis - Only 991 go to go!   :deal:  That's your penance for not participating this year  :imaposer:
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #65 on: April 07, 2013, 09:36:34 pm »
Yip, keep those pics coming Kenisis - Only 991 go to go!   :deal:  That's your penance for not participating this year  :imaposer:
Not friends with photo bucket at the mo. I have run out of size so I am trying to choose what to delete!
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #66 on: April 08, 2013, 06:20:21 am »
And they are off, nice clear day today. Should be fun out there after the rain.

I see Tady has someone to follow so he should be OK.

Skaiidawg is off, nic midpack start should help some with the navigation.

Good Luck boys, have a blast
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #67 on: April 08, 2013, 07:25:58 am »
Coma is flying, geez these guys are super fast.

Our boy still going stong, 6th on the road, nice ride.
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #68 on: April 08, 2013, 01:37:09 pm »
Results of today's stage.
Sam Sutherland retains his lead.  :thumleft:
Marc Coma definately back from injury.  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Mr Barreda stopped after the second checkpoint, dunno why  ???
SkaaiDawg looking good.  :blob3: :blob5: :blob10: :blob6:
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #69 on: April 08, 2013, 02:22:21 pm »
Well done Eugene, all the best for tomorrow.

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #70 on: April 09, 2013, 04:28:42 pm »
I just found out that Skaaidawg had a terrible crash today. Details are sketchy, Sounds like 3 broken ribs and stiches where he hit the road book!

Sam was Flying today. Sounds like he may be getting a penalty for speeding in a controlled zone!
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #71 on: April 09, 2013, 04:35:06 pm »
Interesting results today.
Overnight leader Sam Sutherland back in fourth, Coma down from second to third, but less than four minutes covering the top five riders.
SkaaiDawg is either having a really, really long day, or he is out. He doesn't show up on the tracking site and more, so it looks like the latter.  :BangHead:
 

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #72 on: April 09, 2013, 04:36:15 pm »
I just found out that Skaaidawg had a terrible crash today. Details are sketchy, Sounds like 3 broken ribs and stiches where he hit the road book!

Sam was Flying today. Sounds like he may be getting a penalty for speeding in a controlled zone!

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #73 on: April 09, 2013, 05:37:56 pm »
Been chatting to Skaaidawg on SMS. Says he is Fine, Had to go and get some stitches, he will be out tomorrow but he will start on Thursday! Great Spirit to not quit!  :thumleft:

I'll leave all the Juicy bits for Eugene to tell! I am really glad he is OK!
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #74 on: April 09, 2013, 08:49:25 pm »
Been chatting to Skaaidawg on SMS. Says he is Fine, Had to go and get some stitches, he will be out tomorrow but he will start on Thursday! Great Spirit to not quit!  :thumleft:

I'll leave all the Juicy bits for Eugene to tell! I am really glad he is OK!

Broken ribs, and he still plans to ride. Mal donner.

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #75 on: April 09, 2013, 10:31:19 pm »
Via FB:
Speedbrain inside the top three and moving up

The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2013 remains an extreme challenge for men and machine. Following Monday´s brutal stage through the Liwa desert another very tough test awaited the riders today at this opening round of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship. Tuesday in the Qasr al Sarab region saw temperatures rise above 40 degrees celcius, providing more soft sand and tricky navigation as well.

Paulo Goncalves aboard his Speedbrain 450 Rally bike delivered another brilliant ride as he followed his strategy. The Portuguese had aimed to gain time on the two riders in front of him in the standings, Sam Sunderland and Marc Coma. Goncalves bravely fulfilled his mission thanks to an error-free ride, as he improved in the provisional ranks from third to second place.

Paulo Goncalves: "Today it was important to stay in touch with my main competition and make up time on Coma and Sunderland. Things went fine despite the difficult circumstances. I was able to surf the dunes perfectly and could rely on my bike. It works flawlessly and I had a lot of fun out there. There are two more days left and we have to stay concentrated. There´s not much time separating us at the front. The conditions here are very difficult for the amateurs. They have a hard time with the sand getting hotter and softer as the day goes on. The guys have to fight very hard in the blazing sunshine at noon."

Team principal Wolfgang Fischer: "It was important to ride smart and tactical today. Paulo was doing a perfect job and able to move up a spot in the classification. Congratulations to the whole team, well done."


Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2013
Result Leg 3:
1. Przygonski (POL, KTM) 3h37m16s
2. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Speedbrain) +00:01:56
3. Coma-Camps (ESP, KTM) +00:02:56
4. Ullevalseter (NOR, KTM) +00:03:00
5. Sunderland (GBR, Honda) +00:03:52

Overall Standings after Leg 3:
1. Sunderland (GBR, Honda) 7h22m08s
2. Paulo Goncalves (PRT, Speedbrain) +00:00:58
3. Coma-Camps (ESP, KTM) +00:01:17
4. Ullevalseter (NOR, KTM) +00:13:46
5. Przygonski (POL, KTM) +00:15:46
 

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #76 on: April 09, 2013, 10:32:12 pm »
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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #77 on: April 10, 2013, 10:44:22 am »
First 16 riders are already finished today.
Looks like the top five rode close together so they ended up trading places, with the overall staying similar.
Sam Sutherland first today, and remains first overall.
Mr Blazusiak is having an impressive debut in dunes. Maybe one day I will be able to ride like that  :imaposer: Or not!
 

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #78 on: April 10, 2013, 11:08:49 am »
Taken the day off tomorrow, will be chasing the rally on the last stage. Early (06h00) out to Liwa from Abu Dhabi tomorrow morning. Should be about 6 hours for "racing" to get to the viewpoints in time to see some real action.

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Re: 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
« Reply #79 on: April 10, 2013, 02:03:46 pm »
I spoke to Eugene this morning...

He was just leaving the re-fueling area and was doing about 30 - 40 Km/h when he crashed.

He was adjusting his roadbook and resetting his Icom when he hit the lip of a dune.  He says he was riding with one hand and was not looking and "suddenly the world just went missing" :ricky:

He went partially over the bars but the roadbook hooked him under the chin and cut him open on the helmet strap.

He went to the medics and when they were washing out the blood from his mouth the found that he was "leaking" from another hole just under his lip.

He got 23 stitches and was also diagnosed with 2 cracked ribs.

The quad is OK and he reckons he will go again tomorrow as he wants to complete the race and receive his award for doing so !!

Hats of to him for having a bit of "Vasbyt"...................  and remembering that   "Ou Manne can take the punch" !!!!
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