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A tanker-load of midnight oil later and the Scousers were back on the road this morning, albeit with a slightly scruffy machine.  Dave did a 62 and Ken a cautious and wind-affected 40-something.  Further wrecks for Bluenose and Velox V though chiz.  Nothing really special this morning but the big kids are all running tonight and the weather is looking much better than it has of late.
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Good luck lads, well done for getting it back on the road. Let's have a 70!
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Much warmer this evening and the wind was friendly enough that everyone who completed the course did so with a legal wind speed.  Dave made a solid run in AR1 but Ken went on the side of caution and pulled up mid-course - a flawless catch by the crew.  They are celebrating by heading back out into the desert to nick the wheels off Mark Mueller's MX5[1] which, after a bit of over-enthusiastic dirt-road hooning, is in a ditch with two fewer working tyres than it had this morning.

Communications problems meant the third of the evening heats was later than we'd hoped so neither Damjan nor Jan-Marcel got their hoped-for 80 mph hats; Ellen had a good run with a 69.  Earlier Andrea went over 70 to increase his Italian record and, chiz curses, put it higher than Ken's BRITISH one from earlier in the week.

First run of all tonight was that pesky Reichert fellow, who only went and banged the world record out to a scarcely believable 86.50 mph, or 139.18 km/h if you prefer.  The bike has a design speed of 140 km/h, there's still one evening to go and the weather forecast for tomorrow is for even better weather.

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Bloody hell. 
That's a giant leap for mankind... 

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Herewith Mr Reichert receiving the congratulations of my chums at Team Cygnus:

Can you tell what it is yet?

I keep seeing the shiny-headed twit in photos this year Ying Yang
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Dave went 64.47 mph
Ken had a mechanical according to the spreadsheet on Jun's blog
 
Come on guys - fingers and toes crossed for you.


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60.10 for Dave and 63.26 for Ken this morning.  They changed the tyres last night; both riders said the handling was better with the new ones and please can they have the ones with lower rolling resistance back for tonight.
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A great final session by the looks of it.
Dave does 70mph in Arion
Ken does 75mph in Arion
World record further pushed to 86.65mph in Eta!

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Wow!!

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Just back in from the final evening runs and the awards bash.  Todd edged his world record out to 86.65 mph and Damjan finally got his 80 mph hat with an 80.01.  And then crashed Eivie 4.2 in what was apparently a deeply spectacular way.  He's OK but the bike is almost certainly a write-off.

Dave in the AR1 set a new BRITISH record with a 70.60, but it didn't last long before Ken trounced him with a 75.04.  Which puts BRITAIN ahead of Italy - since Andrea only managed a 72.19 tonight - and Australia (not playing this year).  Some of the Scousers would have been bouncing off the walls while still out in the desert if there were any but Dave and Ken both just told me they're too knackered to party any more.  Top work by the whole team to get the bike back together and running with the big boys.

My grate frend Jan-Marcel only managed a 76.49 tonight (cramp with two miles still to go) but still bagged third overall behind Todd and Damjan.  Erika says this is his fifth third place in six years.

No photos from this evening uploaded yet coz I'm going to bed.

P.S. The tyres they tried this morning were Kojaks.


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