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January 3rd, 2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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Dakar Husaberg, Go! Gazza Go!

Hey!

I would think most of you guys are aware that Dakar started on New Year's Day. You may also know a forum member from Australia, Garry Connell, aka Gazza is running it on his Berg. There is a write up on his Dakar build on this site.

Three days in and he's holding his own.

The rule change for cc's on bikes is keeping things tight.

Casteu is leading over all on a Sherco 450 after his first stage win yesterday and 2nd today.

Fretigne took the win today on a Yamaha 450.

Depres is 2nd over all on his restricted KTM 690 2:10 behind.

Coma was penalized 22 seconds today for speeding through a town.

It's early so as we all know, anything can happen, even on the last day.

Sadly Dakar had its first fatality. A female spectator was standing outside a designated spectator zone and was run over by one of the German drivers in the Desert Warrior. I think that is one of the nightmares of every racer.

It's the nature of the business, both for participants and spectators.... and the bull collar locals that have minimal say about their home being used as a race track.

Update:

Germany's Mirco Schultis and Swiss co-driver Ulrich Leardi did not start today's race after being involved in the accident involving the 28 y. o. woman.

It must have been about as horrible an experience one can have as a racer. Standing over a spectator you ran over and trying to help as her life is slipping away.


I hope the holidays find everyone well.

My winter set up for city riding has proved to be exceptional so you all know the big smiles I'm having daily

This beast is awesome!

Cheers!
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RE: Dakar Husaberg, Go! Gazza Go!

watching it at the moment and have got it programmed into record.
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January 3rd, 2010, 05:51 PM   #3
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RE: Dakar Husaberg, Go! Gazza Go!

While watching the telecast of the start of Day 1 on Foxsports, I caught a quick glimpse of Gazza.

Today's very wet conditions in the mountains made it very dangerous for the competitors, most whom I am sure only wanted to get through in one piece. You can't win the Dakar on a day like today but you sure can loose it.

Shame about Coma getting a time penalty..he was penalised 22 MINUTES for speeding on day 1... going to be hard to fight back from that.

At this stage I will be putting my $$$s on Despres for the win. It is a long way to go and he knows how to win the Dakar. He and Coma are currently the only previous winners of the event to be riding this year.
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do us all proud gazza !
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Go Gazza !!!!!!!!!
Keep your chin up and make it till THE end !
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January 4th, 2010, 02:36 AM   #6
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Yes,
I managed to ring Gazza before he left and wished him luck(jealous as anything mind you), what an opportunity to ride in an event like that, something you only dream about at times! lots of planning , preparation, both bike and riders,time and 100% commitment to the event.
Reading up on yesterdays Dakar stuff over there , he looked like he had battery issues and had to take another battery and jumper leads to see him through that day.seemed like they are not allowed to change batteries or something??

Watch the Aussies section on the Dakar Site and it has a bit of a write up on how the Aussies are going over there.
Another Aussie from WA, Rob Pollard on a KTM 690 will be giving it his best. Had some penalties for speeding some where which set him back a bit apparently. I will be watching his progress also along the way also.Should do well!

Well got to go, SBS update on shortly on tv..
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Any chance of a link to the Aussie part of the Dakar sie? I can't find it.
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I cant seem to find where the info was on the dakar. here is some of the info i had on their progress. A few beers under the belt when I found it last night.



Garry Connell did well to claim 109th spot. On the eve of the race start Connell Dakar debutante suffered from a battery issue on his bike while it was in parc ferme. With rules preventing him from changing the battery, Connell was forced to run a secondary battery strapped to the back of his bike and jumper leads to make the liaison stage.

A few small problems with the positing of instruments and dash ornamentation kept his attention on a day he says was not about heroics but about riding to conserve energy. Connell's approach to his debut Dakar is one of concentrated competition, and the 53-year-old is relaxed about his Dakar debut.

Ahead of Connell, fellow debutante Rob Pollard set a solid pace, coming home 48th in provisional results, and first of the Aussies on his first real run in the Dakar. Pollard was surprised by his result.

"I took it pretty easy but still seemed to pass a few people," he explained.

"Obviously a few people out there have had troubles, even now on day one."

The 39-year-old likened the Stage 1 course to the Australian Safari saying, "It was all farm land and tracks, sort of like Australian enduro terrain. I like it a lot, but not on this bike, it's too heavy."

Sadly for Pollard, a 17-minute time penalty for an incredible 17 separate 'speeding' infringements on the liaison stage relegated him to 105th position on official standings. Pollard was notably distressed by the penalty, recorded on the bikes 'Tripy' GPS tracking system. The system is mandatory for all vehicles and tracks speed and direction at all times. Pollard said he couldn't understand where he was speeding, but has copped the penalty on the chin.

Might have been in the news section?
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Looks like hes retired on stage 3, the first real desert stage, not sure why.

http://www.dakar.com/us/DAKAR/2010/stag ... bikes.html
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Props to Gazza for the effort. What an ambitious undertaking.

Reading the above story--a race with speed limits seems a bit silly to me. I can go out my front door and get as many "speed penalties" as I want to. No need to cross the globe to line up in a race. I mean seriously, SEVENTEEN speed penalties in a single stage?
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