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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #40 on: August 29, 2015, 06:55:40 pm »
So its seems Brian Bontekoning is the guy who withdrew.

Its seems to be official that one of the riders is going to miss the first couple of stages because his driver's licence expired!  :eek: The plan is for him to get his new licence and then join the rally later. Sad situation but the Amageza Rally has to follow the law very carefully, with independent oversight from the  Federation International de Motorciclisme (FIM) and its local representative the MSA of South Africa.

-> Moral of the story is that you should take scrutineering seriously guys. :deal:

So we have 83 bikes ready to roll with the briefing being moved to 7:30 pm so riders have time to do their road books.

According to one of the officials the JEEP warehouse was a fantastic facility for the event to start at. Scrutineering was largely very smooth, but I was told that there was a LOT of focus on the required fixed watertanks on the bikes. Riders had to drink from their tanks to prove it was pure, sparkling water and not pure, sparkling motor fuel. :imaposer:

Needless to say everyone drank their water without issue. Tough boys. ;D

I also spoke to Bill the Bong. He is riding with some top guys. Chris Opperman, the famous Willem du Toit, Jacques Greef, and Gerhard Hanekom - the brother of Amageza winner Hentie Hanekom, who is not racing this year, but instead nursing a broken femur after testing the suspension of his new Husky. I understood he hit an anthill at pace, and now Gerhard is riding his bike.

The riders are apparently all calm but anxious to get their road books. Bill tells me there are a lot of very well prepped bikes here, no weekend rides. He says the manne are serious, and many are saying they have prepared well. Goes without say that this group represents the cream of long distance dirt bike riding in South Africa.

All the best guys! :thumleft:
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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2015, 07:06:50 pm »


Howzit from Team 525 at rider's briefing. Everyone wishes it would just start now....!

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« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2015, 07:20:38 pm »
Thanks for the pics and updates BB  :thumleft: all the bike porn makes me wish I was there :'( the tention must be running high. Calm before the storm... :lol8: ...
 

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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #43 on: August 29, 2015, 07:26:42 pm »
Great to see John is recovering well :thumleft:
 

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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #44 on: August 29, 2015, 07:54:22 pm »
Great to see John is recovering well :thumleft:
Haha, mugshot on the bike right next to him  :imaposer:
No favours from officialdom, OK?  ;D
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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #45 on: August 29, 2015, 07:56:27 pm »
some very nice pics on the amageza facebook page loaded https://www.facebook.com/amageza.rallye?fref=ts
 

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« Reply #46 on: August 29, 2015, 07:56:56 pm »
Saw that  :lol8:
 

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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #47 on: August 29, 2015, 07:59:42 pm »
Great to see John is recovering well :thumleft:
Haha, mugshot on the bike right next to him  :imaposer:
No favours from officialdom, OK?  ;D

Hehe, but its worth saying that John is a person of very high moral character - he would never allow a sponsorship get in the way of his work. :thumleft:
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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #48 on: August 29, 2015, 08:03:22 pm »
Great to see John is recovering well :thumleft:
Haha, mugshot on the bike right next to him  :imaposer:
No favours from officialdom, OK?  ;D

Hehe, but its worth saying that John is a person of very high moral character - he would never allow a sponsorship get in the way of his work. :thumleft:
Agreed...
 

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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #49 on: August 29, 2015, 08:24:06 pm »
Here are the boys just ahead of the briefing. Hot off the press courtesy of TEAM 525. Thanks guys!!

Ever seen a bunch of nerves like this?  :snorting:  :lol8:


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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #50 on: August 29, 2015, 08:32:32 pm »
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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #51 on: August 29, 2015, 08:37:12 pm »
And some more pics of team 525 in their preparations. :ricky:

Looking very good indeed. Who is your brolly girl this year? (I see Justine is racing this year) ;)

I recognise that trommel Andrew!

Guys :all the best for your Roadbooks:

EAT, DRINK, PRAY, LOVE, ENJOY, FEEL, FOCUS, FLOW, FINISH. :thumright:

Love you all long time!!  :-* :laughing7:















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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #52 on: August 29, 2015, 08:58:27 pm »
Briefing over/

They only got road books of the special stage. Tomorrow morning they will get the road books for the liaison. This is very clever surprise move by the orga, so that people cannot use the internet to check out the route ahead of time. Alexander wins the first round - hands down. :thumleft:

Now everyone is going to be playing color-in-with-crayons as they mark up the dangers and more important of the tulips. Marking them up properly helps with the concentration: Imagine you have been riding for 7 hours already, following a detailed route every step of the way....its easy to miss out a small detail pointing out a big washout or hole in the road - So this is why we mark road books. Dangers are normally highlighted in red. Navigational points blue or green. Each rider has his own style and methodology. Its actually bit of an art to do it properly.

The stage tomorrow:

608 km long.


The start is at 06h00. All the riders will go out in sets of two, two minutes apart, each with their own time.
So people will be leaving in their designated order every 2 minutes from 06h00 until 06h45.

Initial liaison:

Will be long probably 300-450km. That's before the racing starts. They have minimum time to get there, obeying the traffic rules, riding at a reasonably relaxed pace with allowable time for refueling only. If they arrive early, they will be penalized.

If they arrive late, they will be penalized.

The SS (special stage) start time is from 11h16-11h48, where once again the guys will leave in sets of two. They are timed in this section and their times less any penalties will be used to calculate the stage winner, their start order on Monday, and the overall winner at the end.

The SS is 192km long and then there is a final liaison of X km. I know what it is but I'm not going to tell you until tomorrow! ;D

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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #53 on: August 29, 2015, 09:13:59 pm »
Rock stars....
 

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« Reply #54 on: August 29, 2015, 09:19:18 pm »
 :drif:
 

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« Reply #55 on: August 29, 2015, 09:23:48 pm »
Hi all, we had a rather busy day but we're all done. Early start tomorrow for the marshalls, then the real pressure starts.
The gees was great today, a real pleasure.
Rudie lost his GPS at doc checks early in the morning. He apparently spent the whole day searching, even trying to organise another GPS. When he heard I had it he was so relieved he offered me sex as payment.
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Re: 2015 Amageza Rally - Official Thread
« Reply #56 on: August 29, 2015, 09:30:20 pm »
Hi all, we had a rather busy day but we're all done. Early start tomorrow for the marshalls, then the real pressure starts.
The gees was great today, a real pleasure.
Rudie lost his GPS at doc checks early in the morning. He apparently spent the whole day searching, even trying to organise another GPS. When he heard I had it he was so relieved he offered me sex as payment.
 :imaposer: :imaposer:
:lol8:
 

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« Reply #58 on: August 29, 2015, 09:36:33 pm »
Aha thanks SteveD  :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #59 on: August 29, 2015, 09:53:58 pm »
All the best to all the riders, crew etc. I hope you guys have a blast. :thumleft:
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