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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #860 on: January 13, 2018, 12:09:43 pm »
Stephane Peterhansel :

While the relentless sand dune stages have resulted in a high rate of early attrition, Peterhansel reckons it's been a personally satisfying beginning to the 2018 event.

He says it's been the toughest he's seen since the relocation to South America in 2009, and that for the first time time the event is reminiscent of the old days through Africa.

"Probably this is the hardest Dakar since we were in South America," he said, "especially because the dunes were very soft and really complicated.

"And there was no transition day; we started and it was dunes, dunes, dunes, dunes, dunes – five days, and every day it was a bit more complicated. [On Wednesday] it was crazy.

"For me, I like these conditions. I remember the old Dakar in Africa. I like the spirit of Dakar like that. For me it's reminds me of the spirit of it in Africa, so it's really good.

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #861 on: January 13, 2018, 12:26:33 pm »
Stephane Peterhansel :

While the relentless sand dune stages have resulted in a high rate of early attrition, Peterhansel reckons it's been a personally satisfying beginning to the 2018 event.

He says it's been the toughest he's seen since the relocation to South America in 2009, and that for the first time time the event is reminiscent of the old days through Africa.

"Probably this is the hardest Dakar since we were in South America," he said, "especially because the dunes were very soft and really complicated.

"And there was no transition day; we started and it was dunes, dunes, dunes, dunes, dunes – five days, and every day it was a bit more complicated. [On Wednesday] it was crazy.

"For me, I like these conditions. I remember the old Dakar in Africa. I like the spirit of Dakar like that. For me it's reminds me of the spirit of it in Africa, so it's really good.

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #862 on: January 13, 2018, 01:09:59 pm »
I could not find a Saffer in the top 40, is this true or am I blind?

I found 4 Americans in the top 40 in bike class  :pot:

Measure the size and population of your country compared to SA and then start stirring  :pot:
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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #863 on: January 13, 2018, 01:20:00 pm »
Picked this up,on ADV:
In 2011 this guy finished Dakar on a XR250 Tornado  :o

I like mad people. I wonder how the hell he got through the dunes?

Remember Sylvain Espinasse in 2016 who finished on a 125 Husky!? 

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« Last Edit: January 13, 2018, 02:46:22 pm by Kamanya »
I wonder where that road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. Appologies to Mr Frost

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #865 on: January 13, 2018, 02:55:40 pm »
First bikes coming through the first WP!

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #866 on: January 13, 2018, 03:03:10 pm »
I saw yesterday that Lyndonn was very frustrated with waypoints not being where they were indicated to be. is this a sentiment shared by others?
41 minutes to make up on Pain. That will only happen if something goes wrong with Pain, still super respectable time from Lyndon.
Who is the Hanswors Liefhebber guy? Did he do well previous years? where does he come from?

Hans Jos-Liefhebber is a Dutchman that has become a regular at Dakar.  He fell and broke his back in 2011 on the second to last stage if memory serves me correct.  He then came back to race the Dakar the following year.  He is also a very hardy bloke and very good rider.  I then bought his 2011 rally bike, imported it from Holland and we have kept in touch since.
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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #867 on: January 13, 2018, 03:14:28 pm »
I wonder where that road goes? And that, has usually made all the difference. Appologies to Mr Frost

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #868 on: January 13, 2018, 03:39:28 pm »
BTW - Sylvain Espinasse is riding in the Africa Eco Race - number 111 again.
The ne'er-do-wells seem to be doing quite well for a change.
 

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #869 on: January 13, 2018, 04:16:14 pm »
Holy Moly - Barreda is pushing hard. He is almost 7 minutes up on leader Benavides and his probably biggest rival Price. And that is on WP2. I do hope that he can keep it together and not end up in another disaster - this would be spectacular come-back if he can pull it off.

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #870 on: January 13, 2018, 04:25:56 pm »
Even Laia is over 1 minute faster than Toby. Has he got lost?

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #871 on: January 13, 2018, 04:34:46 pm »
Those tires have got to last - I trust they're not shredding them too soon.
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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #872 on: January 13, 2018, 04:46:47 pm »
Toby losing already 12:30 on BamBam at WP3. Again, I hope this doesn't end up in tears for JBB.

Edit: I think the leaders at the stage must have gone for sightseeing.
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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #873 on: January 13, 2018, 06:00:15 pm »
JBB still on fire - has taken another 2:00 minutes more or less of everybody. Quite an achievement as on the last WP he was riding With AVB and one would expect that AVB would just stick to BamBam's rear wheel. Lets' see how this pans out...

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #874 on: January 13, 2018, 06:02:06 pm »
At this stage JBB is second in the overall standings, second only to AVB by about 2 minutes. If he continues like this, he will by the end of hte day be either first or out.

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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #875 on: January 13, 2018, 06:25:30 pm »
Sure is on a mission
 

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« Reply #876 on: January 13, 2018, 06:28:03 pm »
David is making up nice time :thumleft:
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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #877 on: January 13, 2018, 07:43:42 pm »
If the bike holds up and he and/or the team don't get it wrong with rules I can see Barreda taking this Dakar with relative ease.  He has always been super fast, almost beyond alien status, but he just need to contain himself.

Having said that, I noticed what Crossed Up said regarding saving the tyres during the marathon stage....
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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #878 on: January 13, 2018, 07:50:57 pm »
Looks like Peterhansel has stopped with a problem. With all the rain probably a good day to have 4WD. Mind you if he cant finish the stage the org will probably cancel it....
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Re: Dakar 2018
« Reply #879 on: January 13, 2018, 07:51:03 pm »
I could not find a Saffer in the top 40, is this true or am I blind?

I found 4 Americans in the top 40 in bike class  :pot:

Measure the size and population of your country compared to SA and then start stirring  :pot:
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BO show us any American that has finished the Dakar in the top 5 on bikes...... :pot: :pot: