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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2016, 12:51:35 am »
Found this on Facebook - Hope it is true  :thumleft:

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fantastic news my friend!!!!

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1 April at 09:30 ·

Finally, my dream of doing the Dakar is going to come true!! Jan 5th I'll be on the start ramp in Argentina.
Can't believe it's finally happening!
After months and months of deliberation, we are a Go.
Massive thanks to Peter Wilkins and Yamaha Motorcycles Southern Africa for this dream come true!!
And to my wife, for allowing it!!"


Jirre you guys are gullible - of course this is an Ape 1 Fools joke  :imaposer: Capper can ride but let's get real before Yamaha SA drops a bar on his wet dream.
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2016, 11:21:41 pm »
Well maybe you can tell us who he is. :P
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2016, 07:11:58 am »
Well maybe you can tell us who he is. :P


Best known by many for his stunts … this another  ::)

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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2016, 10:18:05 am »
Okay, so he probably has thought about the Dakar at some point. Like us all. ;D
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2016, 12:18:09 pm »
Okay, so he probably has thought about the Dakar at some point. Like us all. ;D

Indeed … We all dream …  ::)
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2016, 12:02:53 pm »
From http://heromotosports.com/index.php/news/2-hero-and-speedbrain-join-forces-in-rally-sport

HERO MOTOCORP AND SPEEDBRAIN JOIN FORCES IN MOTORCYCLE RALLY SPORTS

Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, today forayed into the world of motorcycle rally racing by forming a strategic partnership with Speedbrain GmbH, the German off-road racing specialist. The newly formed ‘Hero MotoSports Team Rally’ will make its debut at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco later this month, a Dakar series race.
The team will be riding on the upgraded version of the successful Speedbrain 450 rally bike. The Merzouga Rally will be held from May 21 to 27 2016. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will also participate in international rallies across the globe, leading up to the Dakar rally 2017.



Flying the new colours will be the riders CS Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues.

Santosh, the off-road motorcycle star from India, has participated in several international rally events and is poised to make a mark in the global racing arena. His teammate ‘J-Rod’ from Portugal is a rookie in rally sport. However, being a former Motocross and Supercross factory pilot, he is extremely professional with strong determination to prove his talent. The team will be headed by Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director, Speedbrain.

The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Hero MotoCorp, and will work in close collaboration with his team at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will also assist in development and testing of new Hero vehicles concepts, using the data collected from the races.

Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, MD and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said, “In the recent past, we have rapidly expanded our global footprint and also made significant investments in enhancing our R&D capabilities. Motorsport is a natural progression for us, as it will allow us to bring value-added products with top-of-the-line technology for our millions of customers. This initiative is also reflective of our consistent support to sports and sportspersons. I welcome Santosh and Joaquim on board and wish them all the very best.”

Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said, “Hero products are known for their robustness, reliability and quality. It is, therefore, a logical step for us to engage in International Rally Sports – which is the ultimate proving ground for any product and its components. In Speedbrain we have a very professional and technologically capable partner and we look forward to a fruitful journey together.”

Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director, Speedbrain GmbH, said, “After several successful years in the rally raid sport, collecting tons of experience and creating a very specialised, motivated and loyal race team and the conceptual skills on how to build an efficient and competitive bike, we are more than happy to form a new, strategic partnership with Hero MotoCorp, to realise our common vision for the future.”

About Hero MotoCorp Ltd.:

For the past 15 consecutive years, the New Delhi-headquartered Hero MotoCorp has remained the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold by a single company in a calendar year. The company sold over 6.63 million two-wheelers in the last financial year (FY’16). Hero MotoCorp currently sells its products in 30 countries across the world.

Hero MotoCorp has been associated with various disciplines of sports including golf, cricket, field hockey and football for over two decades now. 14-time major winner Tiger Woods is Hero's Global Corporate Partner. Hero is a long-term partner of FIH, the apex body of international field hockey, and was earlier one of the Global Partners of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

About Speedbrain GmbH:

Speedbrain GmbH is an owner-operated company located in Germany, developing and producing innovative rally competition bikes. Since 2006 Speedbrain has been running racing teams in multiple worldwide motorcycle championships and individual race events.

About CS Santosh:
CS Santosh is one of India´s top motorsport athletes. The two-time Dakar participant – and first ever Indian - has won pretty much everything aboard a dirt bike in India for nine straight years. Santosh took victory in the Raid-de-Himalaya (2012) and the Maruti Desert Storm (2014) in his maiden attempt. He finished the Dakar 2015 in 36th position as a rookie.

About Joaquim Rodrigues:
Joaquim Rodrigues is a truly decorated racer. The 34-year-old Portuguese has won titles and races in Motocross, Supercross and Enduro. The versatile and likeable offroad rider, nickname J-Rod, is now setting his sights on ‘Dakar-style’ rally raid competition. Looking at his achievements in over 15 years of professional racing, there are high chances Rodrigues will do alright in his rookie year at the Hero MotoSports Team Rally.



 

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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2016, 02:18:20 pm »
Yeah saw this a day or two ago. Honda finished with Speedbrain I guess. I think it will be an affordable entry level full rally option for some.
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2016, 03:52:47 pm »
"Finally" the BMW G450X has a new big money boss with I hope a real will to go offroad race winning !
 

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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #28 on: June 03, 2016, 03:01:10 pm »
Argentina and Peru added to the calendar
Argentina and Peru added to the calendar
Desafio Ruta 40
The Argentinean round is now the rally of reference in the rich calendar of cross-country races organised in the country. Held broadly around the legendary Ruta 40 along the Andes is a five-day rally, which ventures into the regions of San Juan, Jujuy, Mendoza, La Rioja, Catamarca and even Neuquén, depending on the year. Its history, linked to the development of the Dakar in South America, has been highlighted by the wins of Nani Roma and Orlando Terranova in the car category. The hopefuls chosen under the banner of the Dakar Challenge have also stood out in discovering the Dakar, like quad rider Jeremías González, who went on to become the youngest finisher in 2014, or more recently Martin Duplessis, 25th in the bike category this past January. Once again, this year, one bike, one quad and one car will win their Dakar passage in demonstrating their skills on the “Ruta”.

Baja Inka
The memories of Peru live on in the minds of Dakar raiders… and the Dakar memories still animate the competitors and enthusiasts of Peruvian cross-country competition. The Desafío Inca has inspired the national movers and shakers of the sport to create a new event, proposing a double-dose of sand! The Baja Inka Series has two distinct portions, with three days of racing on each and a combined classification. Clearly based on dune crossing and navigation, the first event will be held in the neighbouring regions of Paracas, Ica will then follow. At the conclusion of the two races, a combined classification will be established, with a winner in the car category, the victor in the Dakar Challenge will win a ticket for the 2017 Dakar.

The 2016 Dakar Challenge season calendar:
3-7 April: Sonora Rally (Mexico)
21-27 May: Afriquia Merzouga Rally (Morocco)
19-23 June: Desafío Ruta 40 (Argentina)
23-26 June: Baja Inka - Paracas (Peru)
29 September-2 October: Baja Inka - Ica (Peru)
5-12 November: Amageza Rally (South Africa)
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2016, 08:06:40 pm »
Good news BB !
 

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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2016, 08:41:20 am »
I know the Amageza is the next big thing on the calendar, but I am totally suffering from Dakar withdrawal symptoms at this stage . . .
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2016, 05:16:45 pm »
I know the Amageza is the next big thing on the calendar, but I am totally suffering from Dakar withdrawal symptoms at this stage . . .

Yeah this time of year is hard
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2016, 08:04:15 am »
I know the Amageza is the next big thing on the calendar, but I am totally suffering from Dakar withdrawal symptoms at this stage . . .

Yeah this time of year is hard


Still slow going . . . even the Dakar.com page hasn't had news since the 18th of July!!! . . .  :(
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #33 on: September 06, 2016, 02:30:21 pm »
A little bit of a teaser . . . (from Dakar.com)

RECCE IN BOLIVIA: SURPRISE, SURPRISE!

Following 27 cumulative days in Bolivia, Marc Coma and the reconnaissance teams partially reveal what is in store competition wise on next year's Dakar. Exploration, overcoming obstacles, adventure and the unexpected will be at the heart of a challenging course.

Lots of surprise…
One objective: the unexpected. A daring and surprising course has been outlined for the five days of competition in Bolivia. “The competitors will be surprised by the landscape and the difficulty of the terrain they will face in Bolivia”, says Dakar Sporting Director Marc Coma. “We will indeed explore together what everyone thought they knew after three previous editions in the Uyuni region."

Sand
In total, six days of sand zones, dunes and overcoming obstacles will enliven a very “African” like environment during the Bolivian section of the 2017 Dakar.

Off-road
In addition to sand, a tremendous amount of lost or forgotten tracks and large off-road areas will spotlight exploration and the sharpest navigators.

Long stages
As of today, several timed stages longer than 450km have been drawn out, while a special stage of 620km will be one of the highlights of the 2017 edition.

Marathon stages…
The town of Uyuni, at 3200m above sea level, will host the marathon bivouac for all the categories. Deprived of their assistance staff, the riders and crews will have the chance to help one another carry out the needed repairs and wear checks in what could look like a large workshop.
During the opening week, an all-new type of marathon stage could see the light of day, primarily concerning the leaders of each category. The details will be revealed during the press conference on 23 November, 2016 in Paris.

Make navigation more specific
Traditional Dakar navigation instruments (GPS) will be limited: some functions will be banned to spice up navigation. The WPCs (Way Point Control), successfully tested during the newest addition to the Dakar Series, the Afriquia Merzouga Rally last May, will be used. Already dreaded by navigators, their role is to guarantee that the itinerary is respected and to make navigation more precise.

All the details of the 2017 Dakar, which promises to be daring, difficult and surprising, will be revealed on 23 November.
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2016, 04:02:09 pm »
This makes my heart take a jump and I'm not even competing... :ricky:
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2016, 04:21:08 pm »
Side note: I saw Giniel de Villiers' Hilux last week. 2x4 (rear wheel drive), bigger tyres and a Lexus V8. I'm not sure if it's the same engine as last year and for some reason they wouldn't let me drive it...  ;)
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« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2016, 04:22:42 pm »
Side note: I saw Giniel de Villiers' Hilux last week. 2x4 (rear wheel drive), bigger tyres and a Lexus V8. I'm not sure if it's the same engine as last year and for some reason they wouldn't let me drive it...  ;)
And Nasser Al-Attiyah is now also driving for Toyota

Same V8 with a bigger restrictor and apparently the whole package is almost 600kg lighter.
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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2016, 04:31:39 pm »
And Nasser Al-Attiyah is now also driving for Toyota

Hmmm, this has been a long time coming.

I spent some time with Nasser while I lived in Qatar. In 2013 he told me that they are working on a Toyota that him and Geniel will drive. He really rates Geniel as one of the toughest competitors he has ever raced against. He also told me that he is working on a "team" that will include himself, Geniel and Sebastian Loeb. They all race Dakar (Loeb only started in 2016). It seems the "team" thing did not work out, but Geniel and Nasser both in Toyotas.

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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2016, 05:55:28 pm »
For those who haven't seen the thread.......
www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=192244.0

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Re: Dakar 2017
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2016, 06:12:28 pm »
Ja Sebatien Loeb is a little bit full of himself. I think it might take him a while to work out how to race a Dakar. Hoping Geniel gets a win again next year.

The Toyotas were simply no match for the Mini's or Renaults which where much mush faster. Despite this Geniel managed to keep up in the front of the field. He must be be of the best drivers in the world now.
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