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  1. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    What's your take on these "map men" and the notes Benavides was busted for? I hear this guy and find I'm not sympathetic. The spirit of the rally is you figure out the course using the road book while you're racing the course and not the night before with your "map men."
  2. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    So then it's Price, Walkner, Short?
  3. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    More from Scott Whitney on Benavides's cheater-gate Here is another analysis of another pair of the "shortcut" directions in the "non authorized" gas tank notes from 2019 Dakar stage 7. On this one the "shortcut" is longer in distance, but likely much shorter in time since it looks to be a FAR smoother path. It's interesting to see the things these guys have been doing for years, but we never knew about! And given the limited space on his gas tank notes, and the much greater space available in a roadbook, with the added notes correlated to the correct kilometer, you can imagine how much more "shortcut" type stuff they are probably used to having!
  4. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    @kcposty I'd go to their FB page maybe and say you're open to volunteer either for the race organization or in the pits for a rider or as an extra set of hands for another pit crew. Garrett and Skyler and I used these two guys from Baja, Beto and Chando and they were AWESOME. Beto is albertooikion on Instagram. It's mostly wrenching and doing stuff like air filter replacement, chain cleaning, wiring, tire changes, troubleshooting, getting the gas cans filled for gas stops, setting up/taking down at each bivouac.
  5. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Great question! I see @chadzu posted Manuel Lucchese's video which does a great job. Skyler and Garrett were talking "$80k" to do Dakar earlier this year but not sure what they ended up at. Manuel is really quite a character and I'd suggest you follow and watch more of his videos. I think he was the youngest rider ever to compete in a Dakar back in 2011 at 19 or something. You can see it is definitely an addiction for him. He has a LOT of passion and yes, balls to do this type of rally racing. He has a funny story about a stripper girlfriend of his loaning him some money to race. He was also the guest speaker at AltRider's first Taste of Dakar event in Shoshone, NV back in 2011 that I attended and got to meet him. My other Italian friend Carlo Boffi (who rode to Ushuaia with his wife on a motorcycle and back) is good friends with Manuel. I'd recommend volunteering as pit crew for either Baja Rally (Oct) or Sonora Rally (Mar) to get an idea of what is required. As for bike builders I really have no idea. Manuel referenced one of those in his video. So onto another topic here... I saw this post by Scott Whitney on Facebook who does the tracks for Sonora Rally talking about the penalty assessed on Benevides for some notes he had on his bike. This is a problem as teams at that level basically employ these "map men" who get the roll book the night before a stage and then mechanically try to lay it out on Google Maps to see what course the stage is going to take and then they strategize on the best tweaks to the course possible. I kind of see this as cheating but putting these notes on your bike is definitely not cool with the ASO. There's always going to be "local knowledge" and that helped me at Baja Rally but planning it out like they do is kind of ridiculous and is an effort to get around the spirit of a rally which is figuring out the course as you ride it and not before. "Here is my analysis of the notes found on Kevin Benavides' bike (taped on the gas tank) that got him the large penalty today in Dakar Rally. He had "shortcuts" described in those notes indicating the kilometer to take action, and the compass heading (cap) to take at that point. ASO deemed those notes "not allowed". In the case illustrated here in Google Earth view of the course, 3 notes describe a "fast line" by diverting from the roadbook defined course at 37.1km, going down to the beach, and riding along the beach to the next control point at 43.6km. Though it doesn't look much shorter in distance (both paths are about 6.5km), I would expect it to be a fair amount faster on the smooth beach than following the course on somewhat rougher terrain. Since the roadbook point at 39.1km is not a control point, they don't have to go through that point. While the ASO clarification bulletin indicates no such notes are allowed "in the roadbook", the original regulation says "It is only authorized to carry on the Rider and his Machine . . ." certain items (not these notes). I am thrilled that ASO is finally taking real action to cut down on the use and value of the "map men". The whole mapping thing is not in the spirit of what rally is supposed to be, i.e. you don't know where you are, where you are going, or what is around the next bend."
  6. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Poignant moment here where Garrett comes up on Skyler after he tapped out due to shoulder injuries. What I can say is that this hurt Garrett just as much as Skyler as the two have been right there at every step of the way from Baja Rally to Sonora Rally to the Baja 1000, etc...
  7. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Pablo Quintanilla: “Everything went according to plan for me today. After the mass start in the morning I found myself racing alone for some time, before starting to catch up with the riders from the first wave. Today’s stage was not easy. It was physically and mentally tough but I did my best pushing all the way to the finish. We’re nine days into this race and we’re all starting to feel the effects of these tough stages on our bodies. I’m really happy with where I’m at in the overall. The gap with Toby is small and we still have two more days of racing. I will try to stick to my plan and continue giving 100% until the end of the race.” Andrew Short: “It was interesting to start the stage alongside the cars. A few kilometres into the stage I got passed by Nani Roma’s car and he was going really fast on the roads. But then once it got bumpy I was able to pass him and do my own race. After the fuel stop we entered the dunes and they were massive. I got to ride alongside a few other riders and our pace was good. Today there were lots of riders struggling with bike issues or making mistakes in navigation. For me personally I felt really good. I was going as hard as I could for most of the stage and for the last 30 kilometres I felt fatigued so decided to keep it steady. I’m trying to get better on every stage and every day and that’s what matters the most for me.”
  8. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    @eastreich those are very valid points. I hadn't heard the podcast but on the other side of this issue I'd heard others raise an eyebrow at Brabec's talk during that podcast about how he'd spent a lot of his own money preparing. And then the same voices were wondering how good of a team player he was being by whining about potential sabotage to his bike. Kind of like "shut up already, Ricky." Two sides of the same coin but they both point to team issues at HRC and aren't a good thing. It's hard to argue KTM doesn't have their you know what together. Now if I can just get added back on their PR email list lol
  9. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Really sorry to see Brabec out with engine trouble (yet again). Does one detect any glee here or is that just me? "Bad luck for Brabec Ricky Brabec is genuinely unlucky on the Dakar. Indeed, in 2018, the HRC rider was forced to drop out on stage 10 after the engine on his Honda broke. The same fate has befallen him and the world’s leading constructor has lost its best chance of winning the Dakar, a race that time and again slips through the grasp of the manufacturer with the winged logo…"
  10. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    @logmaster correct. On the special you can typically go as fast as you like unless in cases where the stage may go past or through a village or have to cross a highway (usually a full stop required). Most speed violations are in the liaison sections where you're limited to something like 60 mph and because there's no cruise control, it can be easy to hit 61 for just a second. Or coming off a special stage into neutralization area that has a speed zone attached to it then you need to be sure you see on your road book where it says "DZ" and then whatever the speed limit is (in kph). All the symbology in the road books are based in the French language given Dakar basically developed it (there were other international rallies before it). It seems daunting but can be memorized in an afternoon of practice.
  11. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Yes I raced it last Mar and have ridden through there twice before on an adventure bike headed to Copper Canyon and back.
  12. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    and then there's this tour of Sonora Rally in March
  13. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Story over at ADVPulse written by Jamie Elvidge on the controversy surrounding Nicolas Dutto, the paraplegic rider DQ'd the other day. So Brabec still in the overall lead finishing 3rd today. Sunderland sure earned it though today. Garrett 37th and Angelo 54th. Not bad at all. Rafferty back around 70th but I'm sure he'll finish today.
  14. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Try Simon Rodriguez who is simonenmoto on Instagram. Super nice guy. He can do a tour for you or point you to others.
  15. fudgypup

    Dakar 2019 Updates, Pictures & Video

    Shot of Garrett end over end. Not sure if this is from today but I doubt it. As far as I know he's fine
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