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Just keeps getting better and better for Don Hatton

Don Hatton has finished Stage 2 of the 2010 Dakar Rally today in La Roija Argentina. The 626 km route today from last nights bivouac in Cordoba included 332 km of liaison and 294 km of special stages. Due to technological challenges we will not know of Don’s official overall positioning possibly till tomorrow

Today’s stage was over fast mixed terrain as the competitors took two different routes. Motorcycles and quads took one route while the cars and trucks took another. This makes for a safer (no cars overtaking you on your motorcycle) and faster stage for the bikes and quads. The unseasonable rain in the area made for a much trickier stage than expected. Most bikes and riders are set up for the hot, dry dusty conditions; not the wet, rainy, muddy ones like today.

Don was afflicted with a stomach ailment today that kept him awake most of last night and it is serious enough he may have to seek medical attention. According to Patsy Quick, team owner of Dessert Rose Racing who is supplying logistical support to Don in Argentina, that although he is not feeling well “I don’t think a bad stomach would keep Don off the rally”. Nor do we.

This, along with the Stage 1 mix up of Don not getting his time card and having to return 89 km back to the start of the stage to get it, is making a challenging Dakar for Don. It is a grueling endurance rally for many reasons with numerous pitfalls. So far he is taking them all in stride and is concentrating on finishing the 2010 Dakar race !

Dakar Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of:

When we all travel oversees we tend to get upset stomachs. It is due to a variety of things such as the stress of traveling, different foods and water supplies, heat etc. Known by various names: Montezuma’s Revenge, Delli Belly, etc it is not fun for a traveler to have to miss part of their vacation due to this ailment. But if you are a competitor in the Dakar race that is even more challenging. There is not a lot of restroom accommodations in rural Argentina and if nature calls you have to answer it. Immediately. So off you go to try and find a private place, stop, remove all your safety gear and go about your business. Oh did we mention that your are surrounded by crowds of spectators ( there were apparently 800,000 spectators on the first day of the Dakar race in Buenos Aires). Challenging to say the least.

For more information and photos check out the Destination Dakar website.


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