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Dakar Rally 2013: Interview Robby Gordon - "Off-Road Racing is awesome".







Rally Raid Media Group Partner [ RACE-DEZERT.COM ] recently sat down with Robby Gordon to talk about what’s in store for the 2013 Dakar Rally, as well as his plans for the future.

RRMG: Do you think you are going to be competitive for the overall win in the 2013 Dakar Rally?

Robby Gordon: "If you look at last year we won half of the specials. We had one mechanical that cost us a bunch of time. If you take that mechanical out of the equation there’s no reason we won’t compete for the overall."

RRMG: You only have one vehicle this year, why is that? Could it be a disadvantage for this race?

Robby Gordon: "Well if I am going to base it off of last year I think it will be an advantage because we would have personally won three or four more specials if I didn’t pull Nasser out of the mud or pulled him through finishes because he over-reved the engine and popped the alternator belt off of it.

You know, if we didn’t help him for the first three days we would have won every special right in the beginning as well. I would like to run two cars, it’s good for business, but as far as the performance side of it I’m going to say last time was a total distraction."

RRMG: With last years issues with the ASO do you feel there are any bad vibes with them going into this rally that could cause any issues?

Robby Gordon: "I don’t foresee any issues, the ASO has been to our facility and we’ve had numerous conversations with them. Obviously last years last year´ you know they can still say whatever they want but our stuff was approved prior to the rally starting.

We shared our whole installation. The difference between this year and last year is this system doesn’t have a vacuum off the engine. It’s not a big deal. If you look at some of Peterhansel’s comments, and some of these other comments out there, the day we disconnected the system we beat them by 13-14 minutes, so I don’t see the inflation process going into the engine hurting our performance at all.

We worked on our normal deflation system that deflates into the air and we’ve got that system working better than the vacuum deflation from last year so we feel we’ve learned from that. We’ve challenged ourselves and we’ve tested it at NORRA, we tested every problem we had. We had zero mechanical issues at the NORRA rally. We tested the parts in Baja, we tested on a sportsman buggy, we have been putting allot of miles on them."

RRMG: Speaking of NORRA, do you see the NORRA Mexican 1000 as a similar style event to Dakar with the multiple day format?

Robby Gordon: "Dakar is so much more difficult than anything we do. I just don’t think you can relate NORRA to it. NORRA was a lot of fun, the guys did a great job promoting the rally, nothing against them. With Dakar, in some sections they will just tell you to turn left and go off road into the bushes for fifty miles.

The challenge is much more difficult. And I’m sure Mark McMillin or anyone else that’s done the rally would concur with that. And if you’re one of the first cars on the road you are making trail which makes it even harder."

RRMG: What advice would you give to other Americans who want to race Dakar?

Robby Gordon: "I welcome the challenge. The biggest thing is the logistics challenge to just be able to do it. People have been all over Race-Dezert.com talking about it and they have no idea what it takes to be honest with you. I hear people talking about how a Trophy Truck program at the Baja 1000 is equal to a Dakar, that makes me laugh. Because it would really be three seasons of Baja to equal the distance of one Dakar.

RRMG: What is the toughest race in the world, Dakar or the Baja peninsula run?

Robby Gordon: "The Baja peninsula run is a breeze. It is because you get to work on your car throughout the race. At Dakar you don’t get any pit support during the race. You’re on your own, there’s no pit area you come cruising into where the guys change your tires or give you another spare.

You’ve got to cary enough equipment on the car to compete every day without support. So it would be like running the Baja 500 every day with no support, no pit stops, no support at all, and in the sand. You know, I think Damen Jeffries and Nasser are really going to get a wide awakening this year on what it really takes to do Dakar."

RRMG: Can you explain the classes or categories that run the Dakar?

Robby Gordon: "You race for the overall together, the only thing that really matters is the overall. We race against Peterhansel for the overall, we’re racing against Nasser even though it’s a 2wd. But there’s four categories; the motorcycles, quads, T1 is a production based car and there’s the unlimited class, like SCORE should be just one big unlimited class and then there is the big truck class.

"So there isn’t a bunch of different classes at this thing. I don’t see Dakar creating any new classes like they have in off-road desert racing. I think we have too many classes here in America. I think it should be simplified like the Dakar."

RRMG: What are your long term plans for Dakar beyond this year?

Robby Gordon (laughs): "Well I would like to run an ad on your classifieds because you can buy my whole team."

RRMG: You can buy your whole team?

Robby Gordon: "Yeah the team is available."

RRMG: So I’m guessing you will be focusing on Stadium Super Trucks in the future?

Robby Gordon: "Well we’ve obviously competed in the Dakar. And I think it’s time to shift our focus. We are in a position to win the Dakar, we need to capitalize on all the hard work we put in the last seven years. This will be eight years for me total, one year with Volkswagen and seven as a race team. And I think it’s time to look at other stuff.

I told Kevin to put one of the Hummers on [ RACE DEZERT ADVERTISING ], so one can go up for sale now, and I would be willing to rent that same car as well. The rental for the car and the rally would be 1.5 million dollars, and the price of the car is one million dollars. If you want to buy the team, you can write a hefty check for five million bucks and you can take everything.

RRMG: What do you think it would take to attract more international teams to race in America and Baja?

Robby Gordon: "I honestly don’t know - I do know but I don’t want to tell you. When we race for a few bucks we’re kidding ourselves right? Legitimize it. Television, prize money, notoriety, etc. Off-Road Racing is awesome and that’s what we’re trying to do with our stadium truck deal. Off-Road Racing in America is the best kept secret in motorsports. Our goal with SST is to give people an opportunity to learn about Off-Road.

As far as Stadium Super Trucks we are progressing forward rapidly. Chassis number fifteen is complete. We’ve pretty much got fifteen rollers around the facility here. Tickets are out for sale for the first few events. And we’re working hard on getting all the event tickets up by Christmas, and April 6th in Phoenix is going to be awesome."

2012/12/11 | 14:59 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/RASCH/RACE-DEZERT.COM











Desafío Inca: German facturer battle - X-Raid Mini All4 vs SAM Mercedes CC. | 27.08.2014 19:26 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 | NEW




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 | NEW




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 | NEW




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 | NEW




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Equipe Mitsubishi Petrobras crews in the first stage | 26.08.2014 00:53 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Second victory of Overdrive´s Varela/Gugelmin in stage 01. | 25.08.2014 20:01 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily CARS & TRUCKS SS01 on Sunday | 25.08.2014 00:04 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily BIKES & QUADS SS01 on Sunday | 24.08.2014 23:32 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: HRC´s Rodrigues "Think that has been a good day for us". | 24.08.2014 22:57 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins SS01 in front of Rodrigues and Goncalves. | 24.08.2014 21:43 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard NWM Ford Ranger X-Rally Team prologue | 24.08.2014 21:32 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves, Azevedo and Coma fastest in bikes Saturday | 24.08.2014 21:27 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of the prologue Saturday | 24.08.2014 20:57 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team in the prologue Saturday | 24.08.2014 20:54 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Varela, Baumgart and Spinelli fastest cars in the prologue. | 24.08.2014 20:29 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Team Facco meeting rolled Cestari in the prologue | 23.08.2014 21:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily CARS TRUCKS Prologue Saturday | 23.08.2014 21:16 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily BIKES & QUADS Prologue Saturday | 23.08.2014 20:41 |




Rally dos Sertões: HRC Honda Paulo Goncalves fastest in the bikes prologue. | 23.08.2014 20:22 |




Rally dos Sertões: Rally started with Press Conference - Prologue on Saturday. | 23.08.2014 18:03 |




















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