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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #40 on: August 10, 2010, 04:05:05 pm »
BB, all the very best of luck, enjoy and most importantly, take care.
There is nothing you can do about the past and you can't predict the future...all you have is the now...live it to the fullest.

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #41 on: August 10, 2010, 04:20:32 pm »
dang, that looks like fun!
 

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #42 on: August 11, 2010, 11:15:01 am »
And he is off   :ricky:

As with everything of this nature, a lot of running around till the last minute.
Some electrical problems still to be sorted, hopefully by tonight as the first days racing was more of a "round the houses" prelim, the first official stage tomorrow, a liason of 130 km, special stage of 130km followed by a liason of 160km.

Took the first day easy and survived !

Very upbeat and in awe of his undertaking...voice report by Neil:

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For those not familiar with the rally, the official release:

Having the date set, Sertões 2010 finish line will be in Fortaleza

Being the world’s second largest off-road race, the great Brazilian adventure will happen between August 10th and 21st

The 18th edition of Sertões International Rally in 2010 already has a scheduled date, and places to start and finish. Dunas Race, organizer of the event, has confirmed that Sertões – world’s second largest off-road race, only behind the legendary Dakar Rally – will start in Goiânia, Goiás state, on August 10th, and finish in Fortaleza, Ceará state, on the 21st.

Being out of Sertões International Rally route since 2004, Fortaleza (CE) is once again hosting the competition’s finish line. Along its 17 editions, Ceará’s capital has hosted the party in six other opportunities – 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004. Juazeiro do Norte (1994 and 2009), Quixadá (2000 and 2001), Crateús (2002 and 2008) and Ubajara (2004) were the cities that received the huge caravan. In 2009, the caravan had 1,700 people.

Bigger and stronger – “In 2004, the last time we finished in Fortaleza, we were not in the Rally World Championship. Now the number of foreign competitors has grown significantly, and this will be one more attraction for the city. After six years, Sertões is back in Ceará capital, bigger and stronger. We are a much more complete and powerful event than five years ago, and this will surely be noticed in commerce, tourism and services in Fortaleza”, added Moraes.

“Sertões International Rally has settled as one of the most important in the world. In 2010, it’s 18th edition, Ceará will once again figure in the calendar. This will be an excellent moment to show a new Ceará to Brazil and the world”, said Arialdo de Melo, Secretary of the Civil House from Fortaleza.

Dry season – In Sertões’ last edition, the competitors traveled 5,045 kilometers between the end of June and beginning of July. In 2010 the race will be organized in August, and this change happens due to the rescheduling of Dunas Race’s events, and also with the concern to avoid the rain season in northeastern Brazil.

“The date change meets the needs of Dunas Race to reschedule businesses and events, and the trend is that from next year on, Sertões International Rally will always take place in August. This will also favor the competition, because we will have better climate conditions this time of year”, completed Moraes.

Check out the event website: www.sertoes.com




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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #43 on: August 11, 2010, 11:25:52 am »
"kin brilliant BB....awesomeness personified.

go like hell :thumleft:
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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #44 on: August 11, 2010, 11:31:57 am »
Good luck BB give it "horings"
 

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2010, 12:22:04 pm »
From an email Neil sent me 2 days ago.

Im officially through. I have the right licencing now and I passed the last test of scrutineering, so my number remains the same. Wahoo! You can see them painting the engine, exhaust, triple clamps etc of my bike to make sure thay I dont replace it with other parts during the race. This is what Production class is all about. Its hard because I have only one engine I need to make it last- on crap fuel-. We will be adding 1% 2 stroke oil to help soften the alcohol in the fuel, as well as octane booster.

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What a beaut!




Scrutineering and the painting of the engine and parts he is not allowed to change during the race.





And some other random pics





And he is off!!!!!!!!!!


Good luck Neil

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #46 on: August 11, 2010, 12:32:53 pm »
That my new Desktop Backround!!!!

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #47 on: August 11, 2010, 12:41:35 pm »
Right click, save

AWESOME

Bets of luck!!!!!
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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #48 on: August 11, 2010, 01:43:16 pm »
Just got Goosies!!!!

Whataa booitjie!!

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #49 on: August 11, 2010, 01:57:02 pm »
All the best.

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #50 on: August 11, 2010, 02:21:39 pm »
All the best!!!!

Enjoy it and have fun :thumleft:
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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #51 on: August 11, 2010, 02:42:59 pm »
Live tracking website has been set up as well (will update every 10 minutes.)

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #52 on: August 11, 2010, 02:52:54 pm »
Just got Goosies!!!!

Whataa booitjie!!


+1

I also got goosies when I saw that pic!
 

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #53 on: August 11, 2010, 02:55:32 pm »
Live tracking website has been set up as well (will update every 10 minutes.)

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #54 on: August 11, 2010, 02:57:39 pm »
Live tracking website has been set up as well (will update every 10 minutes.)

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Your link seems wonky  :(

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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #55 on: August 11, 2010, 02:59:45 pm »
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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #56 on: August 11, 2010, 03:09:59 pm »
Live tracking website has been set up as well (will update every 10 minutes.)

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Your link seems wonky  :(

Fixed... doesn't work in Opera

I get "feed not found" in both IE and Chrome

Fixed again, still doesn't work in Opera :)
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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #57 on: August 11, 2010, 03:15:52 pm »
Live tracking website has been set up as well (will update every 10 minutes.)

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Your link seems wonky  :(

Try again, fixed my original post.
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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #58 on: August 11, 2010, 03:30:07 pm »
Farking awesome !  8)

Good luck Neil !  :thumleft:
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Re: Living the Dos Sertoes Dream - Racing 4,500 km across Brazil
« Reply #59 on: August 12, 2010, 07:22:37 am »

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Prelim stage:

Neil had some electrical issues on the preliminary stage, and couldn't use the starter motor, so had to kick / bump start it every time. Has to fit a new stator before the start of the next stage tomorrow. But then they're off -

Apparently the problem is caused by the fact that the bike's regulator / stator can't handle the load of the HID light, Spot, roadbook, etc - so they are doing the first stage with it as it is, and then rebuilding or replacing the stator and regulator before the SECOND stage. He says their mechanics are quite jacked, and with the added help of the Lazard team, they should be able to sort it out.

He got Ludo to bump start him down a ramp at first, and then he stalled the bike on the start line for the prelim! But adrenaline was pumping so he got it running on the first kick and all was well.



Hot on the the heels of you know who.. ;)

  :o

He finished last in the prelim stage, so will be starting at the back of the pack in the world championship class - FA R R ahead of the trucks.



If you know what I mean.



He says the nerves were killing him before the prelim stage, but things have calmed down a little for this first main stage.
Electrics sorted for now, beefier reg/rectifier from a Honda and a rewound stator now works well.

Some of the other interesting competitors.. apparently the machinery is awesome

a Sherpa



Mitsubishi



The competition:





Some on a shoe string budget.




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