Dakar: Rally Raid UK update 2005-01-03

So sending email taking pictures and driving an assistance truck all at the same time is not that easy ....... We have had several traumas over the past few days, Pedro started off well and then destroyed the mouse on his rear wheel 25 Kms...

So sending email taking pictures and driving an assistance truck all at the same time is not that easy .......

We have had several traumas over the past few days, Pedro started off well and then destroyed the mouse on his rear wheel 25 Kms out of Barcelona -- the good news was he picked up his sat phone and 20 mins later he had a new rear wheel and mouse complements of the support Nissan and F350 and off he went.

Lots of KTM bikes in the Rally are destroying batteries and it looks like there is a world shortage of batteries or at least in Africa, Mark Eland is now running on a KTM factory battery thanks to his KTM support package and KTM's help.

Mick Extance's Honda is running well and Dennis is painfully attentive to every need of the bike -- he also checks on Mike once in a while.

Our resident Aussie, Mark Eland, continues to have a bright and sunny outlook regardless of how late he gets in and what happens to him on the road -- a man always with a smile on his face.

Paul and Mark Round missed the boat from Spain by a couple of seconds and had a long wait before getting across, they did get to wave goodbye to Paul Green and Richard as they left on the boat Paul had missed.

Paul Green's assistance crew appear to be able to operate on no sleep at all !! They arrived at Rabat at 7AM -- stopped for coffee and then set off again for the next day -- I did catch them having half an hours sleep at Agadir airport but once Paul's car arrived from that days stage they were up and at it again.

Michael Hughes continues to quietly persist at a steady rate despite a brand new KTM with clutch problems but Sid Milton spent some time tweaking and fiddling in Granada and things got better from then on.

Francisco's wrist is giving him problems but his Dad's keeping a careful eye on him and trying to hold him in line.

The Americans Charlie and David -- well there Americans and keen as mustard ! along with there support crew Mike and Zoli they definitely operate as a mobile party -- we are all trying to train Zoli to understand British.

Watch this space for more from the 2005 Dakar but remember we are off to Smara ......

Regards
Martin Coulson

-www.rallyraid.co.uk

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Series Dakar
Drivers Mark Round , Paul Green , Mark Eland , Mick Extance , Martin Coulson