As some of you will now know, Robert is currently lying in 36th Place.
What you will not know is that he “lost” 3 hours searching for a bike shop that could change his tyre. His message was not clear as to whether he lost 3 hours of rest or 3 hours of the second leg. If it`s a loss of rest, that`s not too bad. If he has lost some time out of his second leg, then he will have to ride a little bit harder to make it up.
His messages to me already indicate that he knows that “leg 2” is “massive” (his words).
I still have plenty of confidence in Robert, but his machine has so far had more problems than I think he anticipated. If he has already used one tyre in 3000 miles of north-east USA / Canadian roads, then the South west desert conditions will be equally hard on the tyres again, even though it`s slightly less miles in leg 2. I am in contact with him regarding this and will report back just as soon as he lets me know.
He will hopefully be able to deal with the continuing fuelling issue, although hopefully it was just poor petrol.
By simply achieving what he has done already, he will have impressed many American Iron Butt riders, many of whom cannot see past a BMW or FJR for these kind of competitive rides ….. Us Europeans are already more than impressed by this mad German no matter how the IBR 2013 ends up for him !!
My confidence remains high in Robert and although the bike is clearly suffering, as I reported earlier, the fact that he has overcome them will only boost his confidence.
Okay, I should be hearing from him within the next 12 hours as to how leg 2 is progressing for him. I will report asap …..