From Tim Morton on FB:
Our Husky is out. Lack of oil & water after hole in case and water pump ripped off. Bill arrived (healthy but beyond tired) into camp at 4AM, his bike still in dunes (will be picked up by helicopter today).
Niles, Jonah, and I stayed up to about 1AM waiting for him and ready to swap his engine if needed. Niles fell asleep in a chair, Jonah grabbed a tent, I figured the dirty & oily shop mat was good enough. Woke up at 5 and there’s Bill in his gear asleep in the dirt.”
I havent listened to this one yet, but it was recommended to me:
Here is the link to the call:2012 Dakar 05 — Bivouac chat with Ned
Here is a link that will get you to the most recent rallyraidio call, whichever that may be:
Edit: Hmm. It didnt like that bit of code. here is the relevant bit: http://player.wizzard.tv/player/o/i/x/132548150646/config/k-db73a94bf51fd515/uuid/root.m4v/episode/
Looking forward to posting Bill’s call, when we can get one. Bill! I have the number to call into- just let me know if you can when you might be able!
News from the bivouac is Bill is at km 261 on the stage and not moving. Theoretically he has a bike with no oil or gas. I’m sure he’s fine, and just digging into the side of a dune, popping a cliff bar and enjoying the stars. There’s an outside chance that somebody will be able to bring him in, but most likely he’ll get picked up in the morning. This Race is relentless.
This info came from a competitor, James Embro, via Ted (Deadly99) who’s helping support.
James Embro just came by our camp……
“At km 174 Bill slide his bike going threw a gate, his skid plate came off and cracked his case and tank. There was oil and gas spewing out, he tried to use some putty on it but it did want to stick ”
That was a long time ago, Bill has been moving since then. I hope he got through the dunes before it got dark. Just for reference he has now been on his bike for 16 hours.
Not the best news ever, but really glad he’s moving. Provided the bike holds together (and this was his main concern about the event all along) then he begins to “fight the snowball” as they say. When he does get in, they’re going to have to use the spare engine, already. 8-0
It was well over 100F in the desert all day long. A lot of competitors have dropped out, even today. One poor Frenchman hit a cow! Even Jonah Street was forced to retire, with a bike that failed to proceed.
OH, and here is the Stage 2 summary!
This is a cool link- Its a phone call from Ned Suesse, a fellow competitor alongside Our Hero. RallyRaidio is a place where rally competitors and event people in general can call in and leave a message. Its almost a live feed 😀 only slightly pre-recorded. Our friend Nate (Packmule at ADV) is responsible for its idea, inception and upkeep.
I include it for two reasons, A) you can get a better idea of what its like for the guys on the trail right now! and B) I’m hoping maybe Bill can call in, and then everybody can hear how he’s doing. Its basically a 1-800 number he can call from his Sat phone…
Check out http://www.rallyraidio.net
This is a press release from team Husqvarna/Speedbrain:
Dakar 2012, Stage 1
Mar del Plata – Santa Rosa de la Pampa
763 km in total, 57 km special test
Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain takes no chances
Avoiding unnecessary risks and finding one´s feet in the race – that has been the motto for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain in the opening stage of the Dakar 2012. The first special test proved to be fast, dusty and littered with holes. Because of the sometimes dangerous conditions it was important to ride cautiously.
The time differences after 57 km were small. Joan Barreda headed the five-man team, placing sixth on the day.
The 28-year-old Spaniard came from 23th position early on. Teammate Paulo Goncalves rode defensively.
“I wanted to avoid any risk and rather warm myself up for the following days,” the Portuguese said. This smart approach was also taken by Zé Hélio, Ike Klaumann and Jose Manuel Pellicer, who all completed the inaugural stage not far behind the leaders.
Tomorrow marks the first real endurance test. The riders have to cover a distance of almost 800 km. The special stage alone offers 295 km. The course is expected to be fast at first, then leading through the dunes of El Nihuil and a spectacular volcano area.
Although Bill smoked the stage like a true champion, there was a sad reminder that accidents can happen anywhere, and anytime.
Buenos Aires, January 1 (NA) – Argentine rider Jorge Martinez Boero (#175) motorcycle this afternoon in Necochea died as a result of the serious injuries sustained in an accident while strongly disputed the first stage of Dakar Rally 2012. The pilot had a serious accident and suffered a chest injury and had to be rushed into a helicópero.
The worst news of this kind of competition where the risk is always latent.
It was the second time Boero Martinez participated in the Dakar, with much effort.
The latest victim was in the 2010 edition when he died a Frenchman, in Argentina.
In 2010 there was also a death, but a spectator, Cordoba and last year a driver who collided with a truck in the Dakar, in Catamarca
Very sad news, and our hearts go out to friends and family.
Bill’s pace in the first stage showed him pulling through the 57 kilometers of beach at an average of about 43 miles per hour. Thats FLYING for us regular folks, but a good safe pace for finishing. Ride more safely than ever, bud!
EDIT AND UPDATE
It appears that instead of thoracic trauma, Jorge crashed 55kms into the 57km special stage (basically a mile from the end) and suffered a heart attack following his fall. He was 38 years old. He was reached within 5 five minutes by the race medical team, who tried in vain to resuscitate him in the helicopter on the way to the hospital.
Ted, or Deadly99 (on ADV) is down with Bill, Ned and Jonah in Mar Del Plata. the boys just got back from the start, and Ted got some great pictures 😀
Going over the road book for Day 1.
ALSO I have just located a great site to follow the results of the race:
Apparently Bill just wheelied past the news crew on TN :lol
the “Lagarda Simbolica” which I take to mean: Ceremonial Start:
From Bill’s ADV thread: