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Lyndon Poskitt - Malle Moto

y2kbaja

Well-Known Member
#3
I just started watching his "Races2Places" youtube series. I can see why he has fans around the world.
I would like to see him race the thousand Iron Man, or V2R. I would be happy to chase for him.
 

BANNEDFROMBAJA

2317 Cherimoya Drive Suite A Vista, CA 92084
#6
His vids have been in a few other threads.
Super cool coverage of his 2018 Dakar adventure on his channel.

Pre Dakar EP 1

Dakar 2018

"scrutineering"

His Dakar 2018 racing footage starts from stage 5-13


His baja rally Vid and lots more older stuff on this channel
 

JDDurfey

Well-Known Member
#11
On Lyndon's FB page he wrote out a long review of the Rally and had some issues with the way ASO handles some of the rules concerning Malle Moto and the podium at the end of the race.
 

y2kbaja

Well-Known Member
#12
I thought I read the winner of his class changed engines. Was that stuffed in his box?
 

JDDurfey

Well-Known Member
#13
Below is what Lyndon posted on his FB account, Lyndon Poskit Racing. Apparently the guy that changed his engine was the winner. That should not have been allowed!



Folks, I just completed the official Dakar post race questionnaire and wanted to share my input. On the whole, this Dakar Rally 2018 was the hardest race I have ever done. The terrain was brutal and relentless, just how it should be! The organisation did a sterling job to keep everything rolling and keep everyone informed at all times. The only two points I was dissatisfied with are below and here are my words:


1) Your satisfaction with the FIM / officials and their decisions during the race.


For me the spirit of Malle Moto / originals was lost. The officials just change the rules or twist the rules to suit their moment or their desires within the race. Last year we were told that if a fork seal was to fail, in the spirit of Malle Moto the competitor must repair the fork themselves. This should be the same for engines. If a part of the engine has broken and can be replaced, the competitor should have the mechanical knowledge to repair the item himself. This year, they allowed Olivier to change his complete engine without repairing the damaged one. The engine only needed cylinder and piston as a result of not cleaning his radiator out on the marathon stage and thus overheating his engine. The category lost its way. Upon challenge, I was then told the rules are not clear. When I challenged what was made clear the previous year where items have to be repaired wherever possible, I was then told this year that it is OK to replace your forks with a new set from a different team, just like it is OK to change your engine (a completely different message to that given last year). This whole change in approach without any change to the regulations made a mockery of whole category. This is a big disappointment and something that needs to be resolved for future years. The officials cannot just change the rules from year to year to suit the outcome they want. Very sad to see this.


2) Your thoughts on the finish / podium celebrations.


I thought we had been robbed of one of the most special moments a Dakar finisher has, their time on the podium. I don't even have a podium photograph to remember my Dakar 2018 finish, very disappointing. Also, the Dakar Rally speak so highly of the "Originals" being the true heroes of the Dakar but their category was excluded from the podium. So sad to see that the only people that got to go on the podium were those with tens of people supporting them, massive teams investing lots of money into the ASO to be part of the race. The only people worthy of podiums this year were those with support teams and air conditioned motor homes to sleep in, all the others were forgotten. Disappointing.


Finally, just for points of clarity as its been brought to my attention that this was discussed during the race:


a) I had a media vehicle and crew with me to do just that, make media. Before the race we discussed the operation of the team and they were informed that under no circumstances do they touch the bike or my tools or help me in any way. The only interaction they could make with me was to do with filming or cameras (fresh batteries and cards etc). They respected that throughout the race.


b) While I received my race forks before the race, the spare forks removed from the bike were given to Nomad racing (Emmanuel Braga) to carry for me and take back to Le Havre after the race and this save the cost of shipping them. They are still in his truck and on rest day in La Paz I cleaned and prepared my forks myself, the same ones I had on the bike for the entire race.


Finally, the day before the race started I noticed that the regulations stated that no Malle Moto competitor could have any association with any other team or crew in the race, not even media. Obviously I had paid tens of thousands of Euros to have my media team at the event and needed this to be explained. I was told it was a new change to the regulations. I managed to get an amendment to the regulations with the help of the ASO (who obviously had accepted my money to make the media) so I was able to continue with my program although it looks like it will be going back into the regulations for future years so we are unlikely to see another Malle Moto competitor with a media crew.


Just sharing my feelings and thoughts. Super happy with my performance and finish / results. For the record, Olivier Pain was a great competitor, a faster rider than me in a lot of terrain and he worked hard to stay in the race and get the win, nobody is questioning that. I enjoyed racing with him and sharing the experience.


Right, what next.....I have to go do some work. I have some engines to build, back to the workshop :)


Lyndon
 

PBR Overall

Well-Known Member
#14
Wow that's pretty nuts about the engine swap and a bummer for Lyndon's result of second. I watched every single episode that Lyndon posted and really thought he did a great job documenting the experience for those of us who are watching from our computers. There was a moment in one of the episodes where he bought parts off the KTM truck. As much as I'm sure this is necessary it seemed strange for the Malle Moto class, or at least my understanding of the class. My understanding was that they had to carry EVERYTHING on them or in their parts box for the entire race. If that is not the case then maybe you could buy a complete motor, frame, suspension, etc. and swap it yourself during the race?? Sounds like this might be a grey area in the rule book.

Either way, I really LOVED the series and already can't wait to follow Dakar 2019 from my computer next year!!
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
#15
I followed LP closely as well. I really enjoyed his adventure. This is a very cool class and I hope the French cats clarify the rules. Plus I hope he can continue doing the vids. Not sure how an engine swap is ok buy having some guys follow him and upload video is less so.
 

JDDurfey

Well-Known Member
#16
Wow that's pretty nuts about the engine swap and a bummer for Lyndon's result of second. I watched every single episode that Lyndon posted and really thought he did a great job documenting the experience for those of us who are watching from our computers. There was a moment in one of the episodes where he bought parts off the KTM truck. As much as I'm sure this is necessary it seemed strange for the Malle Moto class, or at least my understanding of the class. My understanding was that they had to carry EVERYTHING on them or in their parts box for the entire race. If that is not the case then maybe you could buy a complete motor, frame, suspension, etc. and swap it yourself during the race?? Sounds like this might be a grey area in the rule book.

Either way, I really LOVED the series and already can't wait to follow Dakar 2019 from my computer next year!!

I believe the only things they don't have to carry are tires and oil. They can use as much of those two items. But everything else must bee in their "Malle" I know Lyndon rebuilt his forks on the rest day and did it himself both last year and this year.

I don't understand why they won't let him have a media crew following him. I wonder if they think it takes away from their TV broadcast which the ASO makes money on. I don't see how it takes away from the broadcast show, but you never know what they are thinking. The ASO bends the rules almost every year it seems and they 100% did that in Malle Moto with allowing the engine change. But who can a rider protest to? FIA doesn't officially govern the ASO even though they do follow their rules to some degree.
 
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