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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #40 on: October 17, 2013, 09:47:53 am »
First rider leaves in 10 minutes, with Riaan off at 10:16 our time.  Confused  ???m Nobody moving yet....
Go boy  :wav:


http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/eviewer/NPOMAROC2013/
http://vulcain.iritrack.net/tdcom/posi/nporally2013/web/index.php/display/index/pstart/1
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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #41 on: October 17, 2013, 11:40:52 am »
Tracking seems broken  :angry4:
 

Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #42 on: October 17, 2013, 11:53:22 am »
Now we're rolling :thumleft:
 

Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #43 on: October 17, 2013, 01:02:41 pm »
Looks like Riaan picked up a few places. Watching the tracks live, it appeared that some riders battled a bit with nav, Riaan not  :thumleft:
 

Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #44 on: October 17, 2013, 01:36:48 pm »
Race to the line.
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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #45 on: October 17, 2013, 01:42:30 pm »
 :thumleft:
 

Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2013, 01:50:39 pm »
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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #47 on: October 17, 2013, 02:24:26 pm »
Mielies gegooi
 

Offline Biker Al

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Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #48 on: October 17, 2013, 03:03:29 pm »
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Offline Buff

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #49 on: October 17, 2013, 07:24:25 pm »
Just read Darryl's FB update and Riaan had a big wipeout today, destroying his nav tower. He still managed 17th in the stage though and they'll get the bike sorted for tomorrow. Sounds like Riaan's okay as well.
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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #50 on: October 17, 2013, 09:43:12 pm »
Just read Darryl's FB update and Riaan had a big wipeout today, destroying his nav tower. He still managed 17th in the stage though and they'll get the bike sorted for tomorrow. Sounds like Riaan's okay as well.

Riaan's OK, the tough bugger. Just got this from Darryl:

What happened yesterday:
It was a rough stage, Riaan had some pain in his hand from the crash he had in Botswana earlier in the year. His rear brake failed in the special and he rode the last 140Km with no rear brake. Ruben Faria withdrew from a similar injury, Barreda took the win. Riaan moved up in the overall rankings to 14th. The team gave Riaan a Factory WP Trax rear shock, this will improve the handling dramatically.

Todays stage: 49Km Liasion, 295Km special, 17Km Liasion
It was an unlucky day for Broadlink KTM’s Riaan van Niekerk as he crashed heavily  :eek7: on the stage today at around the 240Km mark, it was super dusty and Riaan had chased dust from the start, he had managed to pass Frans Verhoefen and was stuck behind Botturi in 12th place. The handling of the bike was way better with the Factory rear WP shock that they had fitted the night before, but that was not enough to save the dip in the track that Riaan hit. It was shortly after a refuel and how the riders measure the fuel is to fill the rear tank up first then switch the tanks to level the fuel out. Riaan had forgotten to switch the fuel tap and this probably contributed to the crash. The navigation equipment was completely smashed and he also picked up a speeding penalty on the way home. Riaan rode out the stage and the liasion to Erfoud with a buckled front wheel  :eek:. This is the nature of rallies and when you go down, its normally big. He is a bit bruised but will start day 5 tomorrow.  :hello2:
Paulo Gonzalves took the win on his Honda today ahead of Marc Coma on the Factory Red Bull KTM, they were followed by Helder Rodrigues, Olivier Pain and Sam Sunderland. Riaan finished in 17 today despite the crash and will still maintain his 14th overall.

Tomorrows stage: 14Km Liasion, 310Km special, 25Km Liasion
Stage 5 will be the longest stage of the rally, a winding track between the hills will lead competitors to a spectacular palm grove where photographers will be waiting to get the best shot. The descent of the river will be along the Chebbi dunes toward Merdani, where they will make the crossing of the dunes from east to west, where they will find the service point in Merzouga.Tricky navigation to the finish on parallel tracks.
 

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Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #51 on: October 18, 2013, 09:51:10 am »
Well done Riaan :thumleft:

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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #52 on: October 18, 2013, 10:19:45 am »
Riaan's rolling  :thumleft:
 

Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #53 on: October 18, 2013, 11:02:58 am »
Riaan at CP2  :thumleft:
 

Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #54 on: October 18, 2013, 12:03:41 pm »
First riders at the finish
 

Offline wiledog_X

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #55 on: October 18, 2013, 12:09:00 pm »
question: why didn't Cyril Despres and Yamaha compete in the Rally Maroc? all his main rivals are there -  seems a bit stupid for Yamaha not to enter, so close to the Dakar???
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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #56 on: October 18, 2013, 12:16:35 pm »
Riaan at CP3, holding his place  :ricky:
 

Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #57 on: October 18, 2013, 12:19:40 pm »
question: why didn't Cyril Despres and Yamaha compete in the Rally Maroc? all his main rivals are there -  seems a bit stupid for Yamaha not to enter, so close to the Dakar???

He chose to race Desafio Incas, but had to retire.

From FB:
Cyril Despres (Yamaha Racing / Yamalube) was forced to retire just before the finish of the second day of Desafio Inca and is out of the rally.
“About 20 kilometres from the end of the second 183 kilometre loop my bike started to lose power and shortly after that stopped. I couldn’t see anything obvious at the side of the track and we’ll have to investigate further to find out what the problem was. For sure myself and the team are disappointed, but in motorsport these things happen…”
 

Offline wiledog_X

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #58 on: October 18, 2013, 12:37:07 pm »
question: why didn't Cyril Despres and Yamaha compete in the Rally Maroc? all his main rivals are there -  seems a bit stupid for Yamaha not to enter, so close to the Dakar???

He chose to race Desafio Incas, but had to retire.

From FB:
Cyril Despres (Yamaha Racing / Yamalube) was forced to retire just before the finish of the second day of Desafio Inca and is out of the rally.
“About 20 kilometres from the end of the second 183 kilometre loop my bike started to lose power and shortly after that stopped. I couldn’t see anything obvious at the side of the track and we’ll have to investigate further to find out what the problem was. For sure myself and the team are disappointed, but in motorsport these things happen…”

mmm.... not a good start for Despres/Yamaha. hopefully they get it sorted and are competitive come Dakar time!
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Offline SteveD

Re: Rally Maroc starts this weekend!!
« Reply #59 on: October 18, 2013, 02:33:55 pm »
Riaan's been in for a while.
Looks as if he had up a few places today, incredible after a big crash yesterday.  :thumleft: