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The debut of the Dakar 1979 There were also the Moto Guzzi!

The V50 TT was set up by the French Team SEUDEM, that was five and entrusted its drivers, four men and a woman: Bernard Rigoni #83, Alain Piatek #84, Alain Le Grand #85, Eric Breton #86 and Martine Renier #86. The bikes prepared for the inaugural Dakar had the engine and the transmission completely taken directly from the V50 series. Some parts of the frame in particular were strengthened in particular the V50 attacks the anchor points of the shocks on Wishbone.

The drains as from prototype passed between the two cylinders under the tank, trend that had to put away the collectors from bumps and scratches with stones or other (We can only imagine the temperatures that could reach the canister and gasoline!).

The fork was a magnesium with Marzocchi 240 mm stroke. The front wheel is an Akront, While, paradoxically, the latter one was to road model series alloy! Rear shocks were the Marzocchi gas 105 mm of travel. The tank was borrowed from model V7 Sport and had 30 liter capacity.

One Moto Guzzi, of the five matches he arrived in Dakar. Bernard Rigoni is the pilot that will be classified 48° on 74 come to the end, very good result considering that in the Edition 1979 the ranking auto-moto was unified.


Cyril Neveu: the first of the first!

Cyril Neveu was 21 years old when she decided to line up at the start of the first Dakar in 1978. Father and brother as assistants, and the only experience in Abidjan – Nice the previous year. He had a past major motorcycle and, by his own admission, was nothing more than a "Slacker". Had the money counted to go, and chose a Yamaha XT500, the same with which Thierry Sabine had participated in the historic Abidjan-nice because it was a means not velocissimo, even for its time, but strong. A British motorcycle built ... in Japan, so reliable.

Despite having been French enduro champion, Neveu had no particular ambitions for success. He wanted to live the adventure, and so we first had to get to Dakar. The rest would come from only. So it was that, from day one, Neveu turned pilot smart and cunning, opportunistic and very "smooth". With this simple race strategy was able to run the least risk and progress even in the ranking.

Neveu, in that first edition of Dakar, won not for driving skills, but because he knew how to use those features unknown in Motorsports that would become crucial to Dakar: wisdom, concentration and perseverance. Neveu went top of the first edition of the Dakar rally during the sixth stage between Gao and Bamako, When the leader Schaal was forced to retire. The next day, between Bamako and Nioro du Sahel, only one competitor arrive in time to arrive, Philippe Vassard.

Thierry Sabine, However, He introduced one of the key rules of Dakar, prolonging the time of arrival until the start of the next leg. Neveu was then readmitted in the race, and remained in the lead up to the arrival in Dakar.

The first victory opened up the doors of Fame Neveu, and with the advent of the great epic of official Houses, even the economic success. Neveu racing with Yamaha and Cagiva, and Honda gave him the legendary NXR bicilindrica.

His record of five victories was able to withstand up to 1998, year in which Stephane Péterhansel won his sixth Dakar official Yamaha. He retired from racing, Neveu remained "in the environment", assuming the leadership of the only Rally that had never won, the Tunisia. (moto.it source)

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Thierry Sabine 26 December 1978

Everything was born from the imagination of a French visionary. After organizing several African competitions, the 26 December 1978 started from the capital to the first edition of what later became a myth: the famous Paris – Dakar.

“Upon arrival on the beach of the Lake Rose will be another man who will throw his helmet” supported Sabine who subsequently founded the T.S. or. (Thierry Sabine Organization), until his death during the edition of 1986 the African race, When rushed with his HELO.