Dakar: Rally Raid UK update 2005-01-13

News from Rally Raid UK .... Leaving comments from Kayes ... Well here we are just about to leave Kayes ... Bikes are away from 5:30 tomorrow morning, the cars a bit later and then assistance is off for the 300Km's drive to Tambacounda in ...

News from Rally Raid UK .... Leaving comments from Kayes ...

Well here we are just about to leave Kayes ... Bikes are away from 5:30 tomorrow morning, the cars a bit later and then assistance is off for the 300Km's drive to Tambacounda in Senegal.

Pedro has a helmet camera from the Dakar tomorrow -- that's what comes of being top Mexican and finishing 20th last stage.

Dennis fitted another clutch to Mick's Honda XR650 -- don't really know where he gets them from .....

Charlie arrived at Kayes with a rather destroyed front lights, clocks and navigation system, Sid's helping Mike out as you read with getting the bike straight for the morning.

Charlie is doing his road book right now other side of the service area sitting in the luxury Rally Raid camping chairs, he say's " Now I've broken the back of the Rally and the last marathon stage is out the way I'm just after finishing now -- looking forward to a beer at Dakar ! "

Dave also rocked up with a bike in slightly better condition and complaining about his brother -- I think they are always trying to beat each other ...

They will both be off to bed soon to get some sleep and be ready for the morning.

News on Mark Eland is that he's in Cambridge, England for a couple of days before he returns home, he's O.K a bit sore and still has some issues with his shoulder but he'll survive to fight another day.

Mick Hughes bike turned up in camp with the sweeper truck and will be shipped off to France in the next 24 hours ... I'm still trying to find out exactly where he is right now. This is a big problem with riders dropping out -- one moment we are servicing there bikes and chatting over dinner and the next moment they are simply gone and not here and the Dakar organisation really don't appear to know what's happening with them.

Paul Green and Richard arrived in the Rally Raid car with some punctures and broken wing mirrors but otherwise all intact -- Paul's looking really tired these days but they are still pushing on to the end, his service crew are working wonders in getting to the service areas and then dealing with the car at odd hours of the day and night -- I'm sure when he's back in the UK he will look back and appreciate what they have done for him and Richard. Right now he and Richard are sleeping, a well earned rest.

Anyway ... tomorrow is a 600K journey for the competitors and we will all be in Senegal by night fall (I hope) see you all then ....

Regards
Martin Coulson

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Series Dakar
Drivers Paul Green , Mark Eland , Martin Coulson