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Race 2 Dakar 2020, Africa Eco rally Race, Team Races to Places Ep. 14 with Lyndon Poskitt

Race 2 Dakar 2020, Africa Eco rally Race, Team Races to Places Ep. 14 with Lyndon Poskitt


You’re not gonna believe it! My
bike has stopped! %&!? thing! I can´t believe it! 20 km to go!! Hi guys, welcome to
episode 14 of our Race to Dakar 2020 series with team Races to Places. Damn, i´m getting a stroke infection or something. All this dust. Last night, Joey and Gregg, they were
really enjoying the scenery in the stage. It was clearly a tough stage and
they had an option of cutting back from CP3 I think it was on the highway, but in
true lion style and the adventure in them, they were like, we’re not taking no
tarmac, we’re going on the stage. So they did the stage in the dark. They got here late and it was a pretty special moment seeing them coming up, and watching them on the tracking for like an hour and a half. Big credit to them for
pulling it off, because it was a big day yesterday. They got another big day today. That’s my time card for today. It gets stamped
on here at the checkpoints. We just fold it up. Stick it in this pocket People put a hole in here. I just don´t bother. It keeps it nice. I had a massive the crash. I hit a bump and
just threw the bike. Not only am I gonna piss everyone because they´ve got to fix it. I’ve got no navigation. I cannot get the brake. I am here with rider 181. He’s just had a
bit of a fall here. He’s pretty shaken up, but I think he’s gonna be
all right. I’m just gonna hook him up here and make sure the guys take care. I am
here with one of the side by side who has stopped. It was just a bit of a corner with a right and a left bend, and I think he probably
high-sided or something like that. He hit the camel grass. I’ve got a
couple of extra water bottles I was carrying for the radiator, so we´re gonna help him
out with a bit of water. Guys, you’re not gonna believe it! My
bike has stopped. %$&!! thing! My bike has stopped right near the end of the stage. The front fuel pump stopped working and we have to quickly take a front fuel tank off and pour some fuel into the back.
13, come on Lyndon, quickly. I am gonna take the front right fuel tank, and I am going to pour the fuel. Come on! Aaargggh! %&!? Why?? Come on Lyndon, quickly. Come on, you can do it. 2 minutes is all you´re going lo loose. Okay, quick. I am gonna pour some fuel
in here, it´s probably gonna go everywhere. quickly quickly quickly…..come on….. I don´t know how much went in the tank and how much went on the floor. There’s 20 kilometers to go. Hopefully that’s enough. I’ve lost a screw in the rush. That’s
five minutes lost already. Can´t believe it! 20 kilometers to go!!! That was great, apart from issues with
the bike: Within 10 kilometers after the fuel stop, the bike started playing up.
I switched to the rear tank, but I knew I didn’t have enough fuel to get to the
end of the stage in the rear tank, so I kept trying. Long story short, I had to
stop for 10 minutes in the stage to pour the fuel from the front tanks
into the back 20 kilometers from the end. I was a bit bummed but I was
like…..ah well…..that´s rallying. Sorry dude. That´s damage there, man! I was going
slow and I hit a camel grass and it kicked me up in the air, and I was above
the bike, and I’ve landed on my knees, like this, and as I
did that, I hit the throttle. I’m sorry man. Don´t worry about it. They´ll fix it. Let’s do a quick feature about
the bike. The bike that all five riders on this team are using, is a KTM 450
factory rally bike. So it’s not an enduro bike that’s adapted for rally. It’s built
in the factory, as a factory rally bike, so it’s available to customers. Typically
they only build about 70 each year, and so they are really difficult to get
hold of. We’ve got four 2020 models on the team and then mine’s
a 2019 model, which I’ve been using for training as well. Those that have watched the series will know that all the bikes, even from new, were fully rebuild
from the frame up. There are reasons for that. We want the best reliability we can get, so we want to check every single electrical connection,
every single nut, bolt, fastener and make sure everything’s lock wired, lock tied. Let’s just talk about the specification of the bike
to give you an idea. It’s a 450 cc engine, it’s a single cam engine from KTM,
but it’s not like your regular engine. It’s very strong. It’s built to be held
wide open for long distances in the hardest, most brutal terrain, and it puts
out about 70 hours power at the crankshaft which is quite a lot for a
450. It’s got a six-speed transmission, a heavy-duty clutch, and the radiator is
big and it’s got an oil cooler on it to help keep the temperature down in the
hot environments and high stress environments that we use it in. So that’s
a little bit about the engine. The suspension on it is WP suspension. It’s
got cone valve forks and a track shock, so again it’s the racing pedigree of
suspension on the bike. All the bikes are set up differently for the riders,
different spring rates, different valving and adjustment on the click
adjustment for the damping, compression, and rebound. It’s all down to each
individual rider what they like. Another thing about the bike is, it’s got a lot
of fuel on board. It holds about 33 liters of fuel. I can show you the fuel tanks. The guys are working on the bikes now at the moment. If I just pick a bike, this one here in the middle, which is my bike.
Tim’s just working on it right now. The front fuel tanks are off it.
This is the rear fuel tank. It holds about 15 liters and then the front
fuel tank holds approximately 8 liters both sides. I´ll show you the front fuel
tanks here. This is a front fuel tank. it’s got a body panel on it as well,
and it holds approximately 8 litres. The reason that I say
approximately 8 litres is because they’re plastic and they expand in the heat and
the more temperature we’ve got, ambient temperature, the more fuel the
bike holds, which is kind of strange but it’s true. So roughly about thirty three
litres. Today we did 400….. let me think. No, we did 315 km and my bike burned 36 litres of fuell. Now you think, well you didn’t have 36
liters: we had a 5 liter fuel stop. We were allowed to stop and put 5
liters in only, and I finished the 315, got to the fuell stop with both fuell
lights on. very close. To do it on any other bike, other than a bike with a lot of fuel, which is a rally bike that’s built specifically for it, you probably
would run out of fuel in these stages. A very hard stage today so it’s hard on the
bike. To fit all the fuel on the bike the exhaust has to be under slung, so if
you look at the bike here, you can see the exhaust system goes underneath the
bike and that’s so you can fit fuel here, low down. The exhaust goes under, comes
out high at the back and that allows you to get more fuel on the bike and get it as compact as possible.
Wheels and tires, if we just talk about wheels and tires quickly. We use Woody’s
wheel Works wheels with hand hubs for this race. They’ve got A60 rims, which
are super strong, heavy duty stainless spokes and nipples, Michelin desert race
tires and Michelin Desert spec mousses, so M02 and M16 mousses. Typically they
get changed everyday. Sometimes if it’s a sandy day, we will run for
two days with the same tires. In the sand, suprisingly, it hardly damages the tires. If there are rocks on the stage, it’ll take the edge off
and we need to change them. Brake discs: Moto Master break discs on all the bikes.
Really solid brake discs and Brembo pads, that’s what we choose to use.
You can see on the bike, I’ve already doneit in a previous episode if you want
to see it,I’ve done a little feature about the navigation tower. We won´t go
into too much detail here now, but this whole navigation tower set up on the
front of the bike here, approximately is about 8,000 euros. Everything that you
see on the front here is the navigation tower which allows us to navigate and
communicate with the organisation. Watch the features in the
earlier episodes of the series, you’ll see all about that. Then I have this
little Enduristan rally pack on the back of the bike. This is my man purse. This is where I put my world book pens, I have a spare set of gloves just in case you lose a
glove on the stage or one blows away, a rag to clean my goggles, some sport tape
from my hands, a little key for my Road book and that’s it. This is the KTM 450
factory rally bike that we are using here. You’ll notice that it´s all painted in
Motorex green and I think that looks sick. The bash plate on the bike is not
like a conventional enduro bash plate, where it’s aluminium and it takes big
hits. Basically they’re just to keep stones and debris away from the engine
and the oil filter housing on the bike. Let´s just have a
look at it. It’s cabon fibre. It’s quite big, It goes on
the outside of the fuel tanks and also it’s got three litres of water inside
which is emergency water for the riders. Just in case you get stuck out in the
desert without any Camelback water, you’ve still got three litres on your bike so
it´s more of an emergency water. It gets pretty hot down there next to the exhaust, so I’m
not sure I would want to drink it in the middle of a stage, but if I was desperate
I would drink it. There’s quite a few
little bits that we spend a lot of time on at Lyndon Poskitt racing to get these
bikes prepped for the race, and one of the biggest ones is the wiring. All the
wiring in the navigation tower, so that you don’t have a problem. All this wiring
has to be so neatly routed, so that when you turn the handlebars nothing binds,
that’s really important. And the same with all this equipment wiring here.
nothing can chafe. It all has to be cable tied into position. You see,
all the connectors have to be tightened up. It’s really important, so that we
don’t have electrical wiring problems on the bike. Something else that we do: we
have these cabon fiber frame covers made, because with the frame being on the
outside, the boot wears all the paint off the frame, and it just looks secondhand.
So we use a carbon guard there that we have made on the frame. On the front, to
give you an example, this Iritrack is mounted on the side and
then this bag that’s mounted on the other side. We make these little
stainless plates here, which bolt onto the
existing navigation tower and allow us to mount the hardware on the side of the tower. That also gives us some space inside for
mounting parts, but again, watch the earlier episodes, there´s more details on that. So
that’s it, a quick overview of the bike. If you have any questions,
fire them in the comments below. They just informed me, that this bit that I have broken,is…..Oh, there we go, a nice shiny one…..it´s only 550 euro? That´s about 32000 CAD. Look at that! All ready to be smashed up tomorrow. That was only 550 euro. Yes, one thing of it. You´re just warming up Matt. 800 euro for the roadbook, When we get to the finish line, I´ll just go full gas into the distance. No one can pick on me, because I don´t break stuff. We have seen your bike today, you don’t
have a leg to stand on. He doesn’t break stuff at all, not at all.
The biggest warranty claim ever! We are at the end of stage 9, of a 12
stage rally that is the Africa Eco Race 2020. So much going on in the last nine days, well the
last two weeks really. Getting ready and prepping for the race, and I can tell you
that all the riders and even the mechanics and the team are getting tired
now. And even the media guys ard tired. It’s been long, long day’s, long
nights, and it’s really catching up on us. Three days to go, a really interesting
day today, three of the bikes came back with damage which means that the
mechanics have to stay up longer. Then they get more tired, they’ve got a big
distance to drive tomorrow, and it’s like this big chain of events that happens
which is constantly dragging you down, but the moral within
the team and the attitude of everyone in the team is absolutely
top-notch. We’re all having fun, and we’re all upbeat and looking forward to the
last few days and more importantly looking forward to getting to Dakar. Let´s look at the other side. Yes, there´s soup! No, come on, you´re kidding me. That´s gonna have to do. I am gutted, no soup. You took the last of the soup. You´ve eaten all of the soup man. Look, that´s all I got. Well, I had three. I’m full of soup. You´re full of sh…… that’s what you are.

100 comments on “Race 2 Dakar 2020, Africa Eco rally Race, Team Races to Places Ep. 14 with Lyndon Poskitt

  1. Poskit already had an issue with the fuel pump earlier. As far as I know the only real mechanical issue on his bike. Which means this was that one moment the mechanic could proof himself worthy of flying his ass over al the way to Africa (beside doing the usual maintenance). I already got agitated when he called being awake for 19 hours a 19 hour work day.

  2. To save you time why doesn't KTM ship you all the parts they assign for a bike build in a big crate? Oh and throw a couple tea bags in your man purse for the hot water if needed HeHe

  3. I would like to know what chain and sprocket you use? ๐Ÿ™‚
    You might have mentioned it on a video with Basil, but is it the same ones for the 450's?

  4. Shit happens Matt keep going ..nice to see you can all laugh it off …have you found out why the fuel pump failed on lyndons bike …why do ktm have so many issues with fuel pumps ? Really bad luck buddy I am sure you will make it up tomorrow GO TEAM RACES TO PLACES

  5. This is better than Long way around! I mean, it is becoming the highlight of my day! (I need to make better life choices)

  6. Not sure if I missed this in one of the early episodes, but am I right in assuming the boys paid a certain amount of money to get the team package of bikes, gear and support? I know the main Dakar race cost a fortune just to enter, is there any chance a round sort of figure can be mentioned to the view so we can get a real appreciation of the sacrifice to do one of these events?

  7. You had a fuel pump problem a yesterday or the day before … is this still the same issue?
    Hope you didn't behead your mechanic.

  8. So great to be able to ride along with you guys from the comfort of my couch. Thanks goes out to your media team for all their hard work! I can't wait to get back at it on the bike once all this snow disappears here in Canada.
    Love the run down on the bike. I'm a bit of a gear nut and it's great to see what goes into the KTM rallye bike set-up. Can you do something similar on the rider gear from braces, pads, suite, etc?

  9. The bike walk around was amazing, thanks for explaining the Rally Bike! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผโœ…

  10. Sooo, wearing headphones, I watched Lyndon's trailside fuel stop. When he lost the tank bolt in the dust.. I yelled "Dammit" out of sympathy… waking my peacefully napping girlfriend.. Dammit… I'm not sure whats worse, losing time in a race due to fuel or waking her up…

  11. Maybe I missed it or forgot it, but it would be interesting to learn how the mechanics prep for the return of the bikes. Are they monitoring race communications to know what to expect or do they just deal with the surprises as the bike limp into the paddock?

  12. I am completely loving the all the videos you guys are so working so hard to deliver. If I had more to give I would have because it is worth it. Thank you all for the amazing work and dedication. As a new rider with 1 year of experiance I am dreaming of my first race, albeit on an Africa Twin but It will have to do. lol. Rock On!

  13. Joey and Greg are heroes! Grit, Grind, and Finishers! Love the love of riding. The whole team is freaking awesome, just sayinโ€™.

  14. biggest Warranty Claim ever! Joey and Matt – Too Funny! What your Tired? ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL I can't Imagine why you guys are Tired 3 hrs of sleep eveyday – get up ride 300 to 400km in Offroad dune and rocky conditions… Tired! I'm tired sitting here watching… ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. @Lyndon: why the modern rally bikes are so different from the old Paris Dakar bikes?
    450 cc versus 780cc, 800cc, 900 cc.
    33 liters of gasoline versus 50 and more liters.
    The bile are smaller, the tanks are smaller, the engines are smaller?
    Why?

  16. Lyndon make sure to bring a couple bags of Yorkshire tea with you when you're out on stage. Hot emergency water = emergency tea.

  17. Many of us forget about the support team and vehicles. They have long days and receive little credit except w/ R2P videos. Kudos for showing how hard they work to keep the team competitive. Joey and Greg, you guys deserve a medal of honor for being true sportsmen. Always lending a hand where needed. LP racing team is top shelf!

  18. Another Awesome episode! This one got all my emotions going!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ˜ญ
    Q. Lyndon thanks for excellent info on the bikes.l was just wandering when you mentioned that your bike is 2019 and other 4 are 2020 if you had a faulty batch fuel pump on your older version bike?๐Ÿ‘

  19. Such a massive undertaking to get a team and 5 bikes through a rally like this, great effort. But a special kudos to the 2 lads doing the media work; absolutely top notch – particularly editing the on-bike in with the heli shots, loved that. Can't wait to see you all on that podium in Dakar, you'll have deserved it.

  20. you guyz are rad .. keep it up …you can do it …. since i was a kid i have always wanted to do what your doing .. thank you for riding the dream.

  21. Nice to see more detail on the bikes mate โ€ฆ What rear sprockets are you using? Steel or 7075? And if 7075 how often do you change them (and the chains) in that sand?

  22. Impressed with the quality of the bike builds, making 5 bikes ultra reliable for an event like this must take a lot of work and planning, especially working to a budget, not like a factory race team. Hats off to Lyndon Poskitt Racing.

  23. Thanks for the commentary and info on the bike. Iโ€™d be interested to know how you manage the fuel in the tanks, ie. start using front fuel to lighten front and then rear and how do you manage left and right tanks as bike will feel pretty weird having 8 kilos on 1 side and not the other or is this not an issue?

  24. Question what soup did you have and why 3 people of given you thumbs down? Great stuff chaps and good luck for the next stage. Mick

  25. Indeed, congrats to Joey and Greg for keeping on the stage. And for helping a fellow competitor by sharing fuel! That is the true spirit of rally racing! And great going to all of Team Races-2-Places!

  26. Such a great series lads, fantastic content. I've never had much interest in riding offroad, but these vids and your Dakar series last year have got me wandering now… ๐Ÿ‘

  27. Where do you get get used Rally bikes and/or used Rally bike parts? Great vid, great episode, and I envy your drive and desire (whole team) to finish no matter what. ๐Ÿ‘

  28. I now understand why Matt apologized when he got back with the navigation unit smashed 8 grand, an eye watering crash for both of you. Fantastic videos by the way, I have been watching the official Dakar videos and yours are far better.

  29. Hi, it would be interesting to hear more about the roles and responsibilities of your team members. And also some more about the navigating as you promised. Otherwise these videos are extremely interesting. It is the best time of the day when you know that there is a new video waiting. Good luck for all of you.

  30. Dear rider you miss something in Africa rally raid spirit…..think you are better for formula 1 in that place paper are more important than drive skills….I m going to cancell my iscription…have a nice life

  31. I'd love to hear lyndon on the Joe Rogan podcast, he has plenty to talk about and it would get him some great exposure.

  32. Ik want to dat that i realy like the wat the media Guus make these films. Top, super. Keep on doing thuis great stuff

  33. Iโ€™ve got two questions on the bike: how are you setting up the steering damper for stages in which youโ€™ve got sand and stony sections? Second questions, whatโ€™s the brand of the road book reader? Iโ€™m pretty sure F2R builds Dakar spec readers by much less than 800 euros ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. So you say those bikes are available for customers, how much do they cost? And do you have to invest anything else or can you use it as you get it?

  35. Lyndon I love the race coverage, sooo good! That's what I want to watch, not the slow bike build, organizing, parts bins, lorry assemblage and tripping to ferries. I want that gut busting racing. That part is awesome. Just sayin.

  36. Each of you are so unique. Great bunch. I like the banter you have shown together. Fun times. A brotherhood of sorts. From what the vids show you are all becoming family. Thanks for taking me on your journey through your media. Ride safe gentlemen

  37. Congratulations, Lyndon to your 3rd place of the whole race!
    You are one of the best worldwide…!
    All the best from
    Thomas in Klagenfurt – Austria

  38. Hey Lyndon, if you ever were to read this comment, this could be a useful tip (not trying to teach anything):
    1 meter of plastic tube, 8mm inner diameter should do the job
    plastic bag/can/anything to fill up temporarily with fuel
    slip the tube right down the "faulty" tank, start sucking through the tube and when fuel comes out, stick the tube in the bag/can/device you are using to temporarily store fuel
    keep said device lower than the fuel tank, fill it up
    when filled, take it up to the tank's fuel level, slip out the tube and block it with a finger, so not to lose the suction created
    empty the device in the tank you need
    repeat!
    in any case, super mechanic skills in the middle of nowhere, and to all the team, keep up the good job, you are definitely rocking it!!!

  39. This coverage is awesome! I'm following every episode with rabid interest. Thank-you for making this possible.

    Suggestion: When showing the stage results and the overall results, it would be really interesting to also see the first 5 or so positions of riders not on the R2P team. I'm very curious how Lyndon and Matt doing in the overall field. How much faster is the #1 rider? How much time did Lyndon lose to the 3rd place rider today? Etc.

  40. Question: In a long stage as this and so much fuel on the bike, in which order do you empty your fuel tanks? Any measure to make sure tank expansion due to heat does not cause problems due to air/bubbles blocking the tubes?

  41. Wheres EP 15 Iv been hanging out for all these EPISODES ITS BEEN DAYS ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž Love your work boy Keep it up

  42. Lyndon – I am a car bloke, sorry! But I love R2P and want to paint the calipers on both my cars motorex green. Where would be the best place to look for the paint code?

  43. Where is the next video hiding?!? I`m pretty sure it was there yesterday,but did`t find the time to watch it, now it is gone. Hope everybody is fine and well off?!?

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