Final standings for our favourites
Nani Roma got the overall victory.
Team XtremePlus’ both Polaris, were 1st and 2nd in the SSV class!
Our Rescue Angel Truck finished on pos 39.
(Scroll down to list at bottom.)
|Polaris #350 & #364||Truck #552
Photos: Team ExtremePlus
|41||#350||Alcaraz (Fra), solo||Polaris||083:30:56||+34:45:11|
|Nani Roma||Laia Sanz|
Photos DPPI/F.Flamand (Dakar.com)
Photo DPPI/F.Flamand (Dakar.com)
|1||#506||Karginov (Rus), Mokeev (Rus), Devyatkin (Rus)||Kamaz||052:36:12||–|
|2||#501||De Rooy (Nld), Colsoul (Bel), Rodewald (Nld)||Iveco||052:43:37||+00:07:25|
|3||#500||Nikolaev (Rus), Yakovlev (Rus), Rybakov (Rus)||Kamaz||054:14:50||+01:38:38|
|39||#552||Piana (Fra), Cangani (Ita), Trote (Fra)||Mercedes||113:54:10||+61:17:58|
STATS & MATHS
|Amount of vehicles||Total||Cars||Bikes||Quads||Trucks|
|Completed||47,3%||41,5 %||44,8 %||37,5 %||71,5 %|
The withdrawal rate was very high this year. Everybody had lots of technical mishaps, many so bad that the vehicle broke down beyond repair, or even burnt to ashes. Bodily injuries were not too severe, except one rider and 2 journalists who died – that is always a tragedy.
This rally was worse than “normal”, usually about 50% finish the rally.
Congratulations to all who made it all the way!
These photos tell the end of story, after the damaged oil line.
|The helping truck arrives…||… with the handymen.|
Adios amigos… 😦
GARRY CONNELL and ANNIE SEEL with the trophy
SSV-Rally Class winners with the Polaris RZR Xtreme+ 900 XP40
“The rally is finished and I am so grateful that I got a shot as a co-driver in Garry’s buggy. We did well. Two newbies to the vehicle and to our tasks, as well as being in a team, the Connell/Seel team. Both of us very experienced on the motorcycle back, but it is different to do racing in a buggy and doing it together. A win in our class, and a fourth in the total, a result of our teamwork. Makes me proud.
It has truly been yet another great adventure and competition which has given me more experience of desert rallying, a lot of new first-time situations technically, mechanically and physically. Those flat tires really wears you out, let me tell you. But all in all I feel that I am still learning and developing for the future.
I really don’t think that I’ve realized just how much I’ve been missing it all until I arrived here last weekend. I do believe this is me – the rally, the desert, the race. It will always be a part of me. And I want more of it.”
“When we took the start, we started ‘attacking’ the soft sand small dunes… Everything was going well until I took a hole a bit fast and got trapped in the sand… We lost about 25 minutes, but happy to have made it in spite of the problems.
In front of the dunes of Merzouga, we deflated our tires. But… one of us pushed a button with the helmet and launched the fire extinguisher and we took a shower of dust!
The Rally of Merzouga was a great training for the Dakar, last week I was in the Rally of Morocco – makes two continued races. Next goal: The Dakar, next January!”
This has been a great experience for both,
learning a lot, much training – and preparing for The Dakar…
Breaking the finish line
The start, last stage – quite a show off:
Cars at 2:20 min (total 3:30 min)
All finished! 2 specials and then 2 short super specials. Total result 14th general, time 34:35:45. So happy!!!
Congratulations to the winner Todd Smith, who now claimed the victory ahead of his brother Jake Smith (who did Dakar 2011). Two years ago it was the other way around.
And also congrats to third Rod Faggoter, who will go Dakar 2012 with Team Husaberg!
Great event, I didn’t think I’d finish this high in the result. It’s been the toughest starting field in years… And this time I am almost unscratched.
And I’m the best international rider 😉 yeeaaah!
This was my 20th rally and the 20th I finished – keeping up my statistics 100%! It is even a greater record than my 14th position.
The tracks were difficult with sand, stones, tall grass, deep ruts and hidden obstacles… yet the speed was very fast. I rode carefully and attentively, still fell a few times, but luckily got no severe injuries. Just a tiny scratch on my elbow.
It has been very tough, many competitors had accidents and about half of them couldn’t make it all the way.
Big thanks to team Husaberg Australia, and especially Garry Connell for putting the team together. My thoughts are with poor Garry who had a bad crash yesterday – still in hospital (get well soon).
Also to my friend and now rookie mechanic Rikard “Eppis” Epstein, who never has worked on bikes before and was thrown into this only 2 weeks before start.
More on thanks to the entire Safari Organisation and all officialls at checkpoints and time controls etc, for arranging this great event.
And last, thanks to all my fellow competitors for contributing to a great spirit out here – it’s been so fun racing with you (even if I HATE the dust some of you make… thinking of the two KTM 950, #75 and #89 that I’ve been having a great time with).
All the results are on the Australasian Safari website.
Oh dear … is this a girl who got lost in a rally!!?? Not me!
Great event. Here is a great video from Transmoto.