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Richard's Dakar Diary Updated

Chapter Three

I have just returned from the Dakar series, the first leg was the Central Europe Rally. You may have seen it on Eurosport, 7 days riding through Hungary and Romania.

We started in Budapest, then onwards through Romania before turning back to Lake Balatonfüred in Hungary. It was a hard rally of 3000 kms in wet and windy conditions. For my first rally this was a good test.

The 660 KTM I have is built for the sand and at 200 kilos it was a hand full in the wet, rocky mountains and snow!

I did surprise myself and a lot of people after the first day, I started in 40th place and it just got better from there.

It was fast, at times 170kph for 200kms at a time. I just tried to stay safe and ride at my own speed.

I did not get tired or make any navigation mistakes, it's the first time I have had to read a road book and a GPS while riding at those speeds.

In the end I finished in 28th place, in my first world rated rally, that's not so bad!

I would like to thank all the people and companies who have made it possible for me to do this. I have learned a lot from this rally, it was very good experience for my next plan.

And that is to finish what I started, and do the Dakar! It's in Argentina and Chile next year and I have a guaranteed entry.

Once again, thank you all.

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Gallery Updated

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Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Day 7.

Richard rings in with a wrap-up after the finishing ceremony. Thanks for letting us ride pillion for the rally, Richard! Coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Sat, 26 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



26 April 2008 - Vezsprem - Balatonfüred - Stage 7

Central Europe Rally Route 08 [Website opens in a new browser window]

Start Finish Special Liaison Total
Vezsprem Balatonfüred 155km 11km 166km
Richard's Time   02:05:35   02:05:35
Stage Position   29   29
         
Overall Position   28 Total Time 14:33:24




Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Day 6.

Richard calls in with a report of his afternoon's stage, and news that everyone's GPS has been "reprogrammed", most likely erasing any anomolies from the morning's special. Feel free to speculate on why that may be... Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Fri, 25 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Midday Day 6.

A frustrated Richard Kaye rings in after the first special of Day 6. The body count is mounting, and Richard's seen quite a few riders crash out right in front of him. Additionally, there have been some irregularities with the GPS waypoints (which Jonah Street and other front runners are all too aware of). Hopefully Richard's afternoon will go a bit better and he'll be able to bring it safely home. Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Fri, 25 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



25 April 2008 - Vezsprem - Vezsprem - Stage 6

Central Europe Rally Route 08 [Website opens in a new browser window]

Start Finish Liaison Special Liaison Liaison Special Liaison Total
Vezsprem Vezsprem 11km 157km 0.5km 35km 54km 61km 317km
Richard's Time     02:14:41     00:45:13   02:59:54
Stage Position     51     47   48
                 
Overall Position 28 Total Time 12:27:49          



Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Day 5.

Richard calls in with an absolutely awesome update on Day 5's activities, the state of the rally navigation (or lack thereof), and his race mindset. Keep up the great work, Richard!! Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Thur, 24 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



24 April 2008 - Vezsprem - Vezsprem - Stage 5

Central Europe Rally Route 08 [Website opens in a new browser window]

Start Finish Liaison Special Liaison Liaison Special Liaison Total
Vezsprem Vezsprem 11km 157km 0.5km 35km 54km 61km 317km
Richard's Time     02:10:11     00:44:38   02:54:49
Stage Position     32     33   33
                 
Overall Position 24 Total Time 08:43:17          



Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Day 4.

Richard Kaye checks in after the stages of Day 4, and has some interesting commentary on the state of the rally organization (or lack thereof). Apologies for the wind noise at the end -- that's live reporting for you! Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Wed, 23 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



23 April 2008 - Debrecen - Vezsprem - Stage 4

Central Europe Rally Route 08 [Website opens in a new browser window]

Start Finish Liaison Special Liaison Liaison Special Liaison Total
Debrecen Vezsprem 213km 62km 210km 5km 88km 110km 580km
Richard's Time     00:51:37     01:14:22   02:05:59
Stage Position     51     44   45
                 
Overall Position 30 Total Time 06:33:06          



Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Day 3.

Richard Kaye gives us the details on Day 3's stages, again shortened, and forecasts a long day tomorrow with lengthy liaisons and multiple shorter race stages. He expects tyres to be a critical issue for most. Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Tue, 22 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



22 April 2008 - Baia Mare - Debrecen - Stage 3

Central Europe Rally Route 08 [Website opens in a new browser window]

Start Finish Liaison Special Liaison Special Liaison Total
Baia Mare Debrecen 30km 76km 70km 76km 227km 437km
Richard's Time     01:14:08   00:32:01*   01:46:09
Stage Position     28   31   27
               
Overall Position 28 Total Time 04:27:07        

* = Shortened Course



Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Day 2.

Richard calls in after the completion of day 2, with some interesting commentary on the rally. Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Mon, 21 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



21 April 2008 - Baia Mare - Baia Mare - Stage 2

Central Europe Rally Route 08 [Website opens in a new browser window]

Start Finish Liaison Special Liaison Special Liaison Total
Baia Mare Baia Mare 40km 76km 70km 76km 30km 393km
Richard's Time     01:15:22   00:33:33*   01:48:55
Stage Position     33   43   34
               
Overall Position 37 Total Time 02:40:58        

* = Shortened Course



Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Midday Day 2.

Richard Kaye checks in after running the first stage of Day 2 (If you think that's confusing, you're not alone). Stay tuned for continuing coverage of the Central Europe Rally from RallyRAIDio.net.

Mon, 21 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



Listen to this Podcast  Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Day 1.

Richard gives us a great look at the first day's activities - a whooped, forested, sandy 60km special, and a long, 400+km liason into Romania. Interestingly, it was a good day for the big bikes - we'll see how it plays out in the days to come.

Sun, 20 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



20 April 2008 - Budapest - Baia Mare - Stage 1

Central Europe Rally Route 08 [Website opens in a new browser window]

Start Finish Liaison Special Liaison Total
Budapest Baia Mare 58km 63km 410km 531km
Richard's Time     00:52:03   00:52:03
Stage Position     45   45
           
Overall Position 45 Total Time 00:52:03    



End of Day 1.

With a time for the 1st special of 52 Minutes 03 Seconds (00:12:03 behind leader Marc Coma) Richard ends day 1 in 45th position overall. Follow Richard's progress on our Rally Route page.



Richard's Start Time.

Having passed scrutineering, Richard is all ready to go with a start time (special) of 10:15:30 (GMT +2) - Good Luck from all your supporters & sponsors.



Listen to this Podcast   Central Europe Rally : Richard Kaye - Scrutineering.

Through scrutineering, Richard Kaye checks in from Budapest (as only he can!). Looks like much of the field will be running 450 machinery, which with the muddy conditions, may be the ticket to the podium.

Richard calls it like he sees it (especially where the ASO are concerned), and we look forward to his reports from the rally.

Sat, 19 April 2008 | Published on RallyRAIDio.



Bike passes scrutineering.

Richard and his bike are through scrutineering and ready to race.

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Richard entered the first round of the Italian Rally Championship last week in order to brush up on his navigating skills before he departs for the Central Europe Rally on Friday 18th April.

Richard said "The 660 KTM is all ready to go but I'm a bit concerned that it's not the right bike for this rally, there is lots of snow and mud with twisty roads. A 450 would be much more suited for the conditions but I will try and I'm sure I'll have some fun in the rain!"

Richard plans to keep fans up to date with his progress via daily phone calls to RallyRAIDio.



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