The missing day.
Yesterday (Day 6) was supposed to be an easy day with a relaxed, scenic transfer to Country Trax, our camp for the night.
But lurkers took a toll on riders and machines. Lurkers are what locals call rocks protruding above the surface of dirt roads, and combined with poor visibility due to dusty conditions they wreaked havoc on rims and claimed one motorcycle.
Brit journalist Warren Pole hit a lurker at about 100 km/h, got into a tank slapper and then hit the ground. The bike slid, bounced off an embankment and sailed into the air. It was totalled by the time it stopped flipping.
Fortunately, Pole sustained only minor injuries to his arm and was able to ride on the last day on a replacement bike.
There were three special tests for the day, but one was forfeited after there was some confusion in the instructions received by riders.
Team Canada managed to hold on to fourth position overall, with 107 points. They were trailing team Nordic and Team South Africa, who were tied for second place with 129 points, and maintaining their lead was team UK with 134 points.
It’s a wrap!
Today (Day 7) began with the final and most difficult special test on a course with eight obstacles. Pat Horan, Dominique Lemaire and Brian Kiely combined their riding skills to score 148 points, placing them in fourth position for the test, which combined with a first place for the day’s photo contest (over 2,900 votes!) to nail down their fourth place ranking in the 2010 GS Trophy with 124 points.
Congratulations Team Canada!
Team Nordic finished third with 149 points, Team South Africa follows with 151 points and the winners of the 2010 GS Trophy are Team UK with 152 points.
Excellent work from all involved, look for a complete write up upon my return. Off to the airport now.
1 Team UK 152 Points
2 Team South Africa 151 Points
2 Team Nordic 149 Points
4 Team Canada 124 Points
5 Team USA 107 Points
6 Team Alps 105 Points
7 Team Spain 101 Points
8 Team Germany 95 Points
9 Team Italy 86 Points
10 Team Japan 54 Points