Dakar: Team Rally Pan America stages one-three report

Team Riders Jonah Street ...

Team Riders
Jonah Street #25
Casey McCoy #232

Pre-race:

Team Rally Pan America has the most experienced and best team from North America. Jonah and Casey are both experienced rally riders. Jonah finished 17th in his first Dakar, and was labeled a 'revelation' after multiple stage podium finishes. Casey, a Dakar first timer, has vast experience in rallies, most recently competing in the Australian Safari Rally for Yamaha.

January 6th, 2007

Stage 1... Jonah finished 6th, Casey finished 28th. We are very happy with these results. The stage ended in Portimao, Portugal.. We had to rush service the bikes, as in Portimao they had Parc Ferme, where the race vehicles check in after an allotted time, and cannot be touched until the start of the next day.

January 7th, 2007

Stage 2... Jonah finished 17th, as he intended to cruise. It was a short stage and he didn't lose much time. Casey finished XX, as the stage was muddy, and Casey is a desert racer, very much out of his element in mud. Tonight we are all on ferries, to Africa, and the rally really gets going tomorrow.

Jonah finishes 5th in Stage 3, moves up to 4th overall

Jonah had a great time today, finishing 5th. He was stuck in the dust of the lead riders for a long time, but still did awesome. He felt comfortable, never going too fast. The PAI Rally Pan America bike is working great.

Jonah said of today's stage "Basically I tried to get into navigation rythym and work through the dust. I did really good and didn't get lost. Just had to slow down a few times to make sure I was going the right way. It was kind of hard because I was behind some guys going slower, and I had to get past them. But it was fun, I had a great time."

Casey finished in 59th today now stands in 42nd overall, and is getting the hang of the Dakar Rally quickly. He says "other than the dust, it was a fun stage. I enjoy riding that type of terrain... but I got stuck in a freight train for 80 kilometers and couldn't do much about it.. Once it opened up I got by quite a few people..."

-credit: www.rallypanam.com

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Series Dakar
Drivers Casey McCoy , Jonah Street