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2011 Dakar Rally Photo Gallery Wrap Up
Joe Bonnello Photos from 2011 Dakar Rally
The 2011 Dakar Rally has come to an end and now I have to get back to the regular schedule of things. Twice a year I spend a couple of weeks religiously getting up early and hitting the computer first thing to catch up on race results. In January it is for Dakar and in July it is for the Tour de France. They both bring chaos to my rigid daily schedule (LOL).
I am sure that nearly every one of us dreams what it would be like to do Dakar. But then reality sets in and we realize that it is really only the play ground for the very talented or very rich. The rest of us will just have to watch.
It was a fantastic year for rookie Quinn Cody, I wonder if he will make it to the National Hare & Hound this weekend. It was a tumultuous event for perennial American hopeful Jonah Street. If it wasn’t for the fact that he grabbed a stage win, it would probably be better described as a disastrous race for the rider from Ellensberg Washington. Clearly his Yamaha WR450 needs a little more development work and then he just had a number of bad luck situations. But a stage win is a huge accomplishment for anyone and we hope Jonah has some more great stages in his future.
So before moving on, lets take a look at the last pics to come in from our man in Argentina.
From JCR Honda:
The 2011 DAKAR is complete and Quinn Cody takes home 9th place overall and becomes the rookie sensation of the 2011 DAKAR!
Huge Congratulations to Quinn Cody on completing a fantastic ride in the 2011 DAKAR! It cannot be overstated that Quinn was nothing short of spectacular in his first DAKAR Rally effort and earned top rookie status!
2011 was a tough DAKAR, more than half of the competitors that started on January 1st didn’t make it to the finish. The specials were long and hard until the very end, and unexpected weather like heavy rainfall made for dramatic day to day changes in the conditions and tested the competitors to the limit every day. The 2011 DAKAR course provided the most demanding conditions since it’s relocation to South America. The group including Honda Europe, JCR/Honda and American Honda have delivered a massive success proving that the Honda CRF450X with Lucas Oil and Dunlop tires has the durability to race in the harshest conditions that the world’s greatest Rally has to offer. Quinn finished in the 9th position with a Total race time of 56:17:10 in 14 days. Congratulations to all the participants that made the 2011 DAKAR rally a huge success.
“Quinn did a spectacular job for his first rally. It was really key to our strategy for the future that Quinn finished everyday and every mile of the Dakar. This event is nothing like the racing we do here in North America. It truly is a test of spirit and perseverance. In 14 days and over 6,000 miles of racing, there will always be some trial or obstacle that will prevent the competitor from having a perfect “race”. Quinn proved he has what it takes to overcome the adversity and difficulties of the toughest rally in the world. I am very proud of Quinn, the Team Honda Europe- HT Rally crew and all the hard work they did to keep Quinn rolling day after day. I am very thankful to have the opportunity to show case Quinn and the Honda CRF450X in the biggest rally in the world. Special thanks to Lucas Oil, Dunlop and Super B for supporting us in this exciting endeavor. JCR/Honda is looking forward to Dakar 2012”.