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Offline Mooch

Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #40 on: March 18, 2016, 12:55:01 pm »
Rainer (White Rhino)
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2016, 12:58:54 pm »
Chris
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2016, 01:00:43 pm »
Bikes scrutineered and impounded
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #44 on: March 18, 2016, 01:21:43 pm »
Part of the Northern Cape Crowd. Chris Opperman, not sure of his forum name

A really really fast guy! He's won a stage or two before.

Last year, on his newish KTM450RR you see here, on stage 4 I think, he did an extra 400k's ontop of a 700k day. He took a wrong turn aided by a fault in the roadbook. Then, when he tried to work it out and chose to push on instead of backtracking, he was too far in to turn back because of fuel issues. 450RR's have massive fuel tanks so he got himself properly lost! Then he had to make a massive detour to get fuel and then head back to the Bivvy in Kang. He came in at about 9pm cold and hungry. He was nearly in tears that evening thinking that he was out of the race because he'd missed so many way points. I said to him before you pack your kit and go, let's go talk to Alex. Alex heard his story and said, "It's a rally, you got lost. Why would you be out? You're here aren't you. All that happens is that you pick up a ton of time penalties. You're still in the race. You won't win but you can still get a finishers medal" Chris nearly kissed him!

The next day on stage 5 he won it but killed his new rear tire in just 250k's of sand with another 400k's of liaison to go. Those factory 450's are as quick as a 690! He made it to the bivvy but had to do 80 the whole way!

He'll probably be in the top 5

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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #45 on: March 18, 2016, 01:25:20 pm »
A lot more yellow and blue these days...



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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #46 on: March 18, 2016, 01:31:49 pm »
Supporters?



Scrutineering

There are multiple stations where everything is checked

Licences - MSA and bike
Bike Road legality and race prepared
Bike has all the required stuff on it
Kit check - ATGATT!
first aid check
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #47 on: March 18, 2016, 01:40:29 pm »
Andrew.
I see some of the race numbers on the Amageza website does not correspond to numbers on the bikes.

Why would that be?

ie. The Red Honda above , no 23, is defined as Geoff Peterson on a 690 KTM on the website.
 

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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #48 on: March 18, 2016, 01:44:39 pm »
Andrew.
I see some of the race numbers on the Amageza website does not correspond to numbers on the bikes.

Why would that be?

ie. The Red Honda above , no 23, is defined as Geoff Peterson on a 690 KTM on the website.

Not sure, but in the past, you could pitch up at the sticker table and choose the one you wanted. For the last Amageza you were assigned a number and you couldn't easily change it as it was also locked to your spot tracker.

Maybe this time it is a first come first served?
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #49 on: March 18, 2016, 01:45:28 pm »
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This is one of my riding mates Kurt Kapeller (Prop on WD) and my other mate Chris Kruger (Speedmetal) is also there on a CRF450X. Chris has done a couple of Amagezas - Kurt is new to navigational racing but a solid rider and I think both will do well.

Good luck guys - I will hold the fort up here  :xxbah:

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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #50 on: March 18, 2016, 01:47:56 pm »
Superman!

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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #51 on: March 18, 2016, 01:53:00 pm »
Andrew - you there, or you got a very cheeky media feed?

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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #52 on: March 18, 2016, 01:55:08 pm »
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #53 on: March 18, 2016, 02:02:45 pm »
:o :o :o
keep it coming - I'm in no mood to work!!!!

Werk...wat de moer is dit?  >:(



Paar pics vanaf Team Woema/MEFO - op die website is dit listed as "WOEMA RACING"
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #54 on: March 18, 2016, 02:02:46 pm »
It's gets stranger than fiction....

Kobie can't see so lekker - he's farsighted, life right in front of him is a bit of a blur. So Gideon has this flashing light taped to his bike so he can pick him out. Kobie can't navigate either so he has to stick with Gideon. Gideon for those that don't know is lighting fast, he won one of the tougher stages in 2014. Kobie was a factory KTM rider in his day. Both are national champions. I've ridden a bit with both. They are nuts.

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Hahahahaha... my training mates, these's two are as crazy as they come and Gideon recons Kobie is even faster on that new 701 than he was on his old 690.

I've got these two bullets penned as a 1 - 2 in the Lite class if they don't get lost, which is unlikely because GJ tracks like a homing pigeon  :thumleft:
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #55 on: March 18, 2016, 02:12:19 pm »
Andrew - you there, or you got a very cheeky media feed?


Sadly not. Various WhatsApp groups. Out team is being a bit shy keeping us up to date. Maybe they're helping Robert find or fix something?
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #56 on: March 18, 2016, 02:28:26 pm »
A lot more yellow and blue these days...






Eben Mocke from Upington.  Started racing last year only.  Quick and consistent enough for maybe a top 5 in the lites.  There with his younger boet, massively fast.
 

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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #57 on: March 18, 2016, 02:28:33 pm »
As to who will win it?

Never can tell but there are some finer considerations that are factors;

As this is short a rally, speed will be important but navigation rather than outright speed is going to do it. Everyone makes mistakes. It's not so much the wrong turns but more the navigation infractions for speeding or missing hidden waypoints.

It's very easy to be belting along catching up some dust and miss the 60kph for 800 meters instruction. These penalties can take you from being in the top 10 to 10 more places back.

Being fast doesn't win rally's. Being consistently good at navigating at speed does. Most pretty decent riders would win the stage if they didn't have to navigate and knew the track.

Peter How (Bonova) is probably one of the better ones in this field. He's very quick, fit and has regularly figured out the route more accurately than most. Plus he's won the Amageza before.

Then there's another factor - the course.

If it is technical then the bigger bikes won't have the advantage. The 690 is a fabulous weapon and for the wider open stuff is brilliant. The little bikes do better when it is slower and require less effort. Also, they are a bit safer. When the poo strikes, bigger bikes don't slow or turn as quick.

Sand is another. It's interesting that many very quick guys who don't come from the Western/Northern Cape don't like it at all.
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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #58 on: March 18, 2016, 02:29:18 pm »
Part of the Northern Cape Crowd. Chris Opperman, not sure of his forum name




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Re: West Coast Baja 2016 Updates
« Reply #59 on: March 18, 2016, 02:33:49 pm »
I think another Northern Capie, Willem du Toit

If it is him (I seem to remember him on a 500?), He is massively fast. On a richtersveld stage in 2013 he was 20 minutes ahead of the next fastest okes. The next 7 were only separated by 15 minutes and none of them were slow. How he did that must have been epic to watch! Tough man.



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