DAKAR 1983 | Le Morini Camel 500 three specimens were at the start of the Paris-Dakar.

Source: Messaggero Veneto and Desert Pistons

The tormented path of Transafrica 80 (the race of six thousand kilometers through the African savannas and deserts) was the best development for a prototype of the Morini motorcycle from which the Carne model was obtained! 500, today offered on the market. The preparation of that prototype for the African test was carried out by Antonio Valentini, the same preparer as the three Camels 500 sponsored by Za nussi and participating in the Paris-Dakar. The machine is the result of the competitive experience of Valentini and his team and the technological evolution of the Bolognese company (founded in 1937 by Alfonso Morini) and the collaboration of Zanussi Elettromeccanica which provided the electronic ignition system.


Faced with the difficulties of a route such as that of the Paris-Dakar, that puts a strain on all parts of the vehicle and some specific needs imposed by the characteristics of the race, the twin-cylinder from 500 CC. has undergone some modifications and has been subjected to careful checks on the. First of all the engine organs were controlled at the metalloscope, after a thorough examination of the size. The compression ratio has been adapted to the quality of the petrols available in Africa, poor octane.

The tank has been increased and has a capacity to 34 liters: it is also equipped with an anti-slip sponge. The air filter has been completely moved and is in a dust-sheltered position, sand. stones raised by wheels The saddle, Car. has been equipped with double padding and the lighting system of a double front light. But the most interesting novelty is the elimination of the battery with the adoption of a transistorized system for ignition. A system produced by Zanussi Elettromeccanica of Bologna, company belonging to the Zanussi group of Pordenone.


There are two functions that the plant is called to perform: electronic ignition and power supply of light loads. The system provides electronic adjustment of the most effective value in the alternating voltage provided by the flywheel-magnet-alternator. In electron-ca ignition. the procedure is structured as follows:: the flywheel-magnet-alternator produces alternating voltage, which is partially straightened to charge capacitors placed on high voltage electronic transducers. An electrical signal, which originates from the collector, controls the discharge of the capacitor on the primary of the transducer's high voltage coil.

In this way,. on the secondary connected to the candle, the voltage necessary to make the spark necessary for ignition is obtained. With regard to the supply of light loads. The flywheel-magnet-alternator generates an alternating voltage whose effective value is controlled by the electronic regulator in alternating current on which the light loads are inserted. On these it is established, starting from a minimum number of engine revolutions. an almost constant voltage that is not affected by changes in the number of the engine.


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The Italians to Dakar 1983

Did we mention that the Italian athletes have been unlucky, but until it can speak of bad luck and not of disorganization? Two Italian teams were present at the Paris-Dakar, the Morini assisted by Valentini and composed by Massimiliano Flyers, Gianni Gagliotti and Leandro Caruso. with the addition of Marcus Foligno, a private aided by official team and that of Yarnaha-Belgarda which could count on three XT 550 led by Crossbowmen, the only one who is rated, Baez and Freeman.. Between the two Teams without a doubt the most unfortunate was that of women in Parma.

Balestrieri, Zanichelli, Foligno and Baguio

Balestrieri, Zanichelli, Foligno and Baguio

Paolo Bergamaschi is out of the picture already in Les Garrigues, in France, for a fall and when Balestrieri and Zanichelli traveled to preserves in Ténéré the second had to stop for the breaking of the shock. The biggest limit of three of the Yamaha was the assistance, developing friendship of the famous pilot ensured Gianfranco Bonera who actually did what he could but he had so many cats to skin from losing touch with his own pilots when they began to need him.

Roughly the same fate of the trio of Morini that behind its façade as professional or (Thanks to Zanussi who had them

Marcus Foligno on Morini

Marcus Foligno on Morini

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Fiat Campagnola team support V

sponsored could count on two means of support, (a Fiat Campagnola and Datsun Patrol) HID also organisational failings not due so much ill will as to a workload aocessiva. In fact, when the race entered into the three yellow Morini have some’ lost touch with their assistance and the result was what we saw, the first serious mechanical problems have had to withdraw; even the bravo Valentini who at the beginning of the Paris-Dakar rally seemed really could do well.

The fate of the fourth man Morini, Marcus Foligno, It was even more unusual at the start of the stage Dirkou-Agades involuntarily Bonera trying the bike is finished in ground breaking the fuel tank. Nevertheless, Foligno is riu-SAGRES to share, albeit late, But even for him when the late hours have become too many, and there was the possibility to recover them, came on removal.

Source: Motosprint

The Morini on departure

The Morini on departure

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Cyril Neveu: in 1984 I'll drive!

At the end of the Fifth Edition (1983 NDR.) the Paris-Dakar race won by Auriol, its main antagonist, Cyril Neveu, Maybe has given the biggest news of the day. Neveu 1983

"I don't know if I'll return to ride a bike — said the pilot 26 enne — riders in this race are forced to risk too much and testimony are the large number of crushed not to mention due to the possibility of fatal accidents. as unfortunately happened this year. This situation got me thinking so I hope that someone in 1984 Decides to put myself in his hands a steering wheel rather than a dumbbell”.

ertaud 1983

Marie Ertaud Dakar 1983

Marie Ertaud, first woman to reach the milestone of Dakar in 1983, not for honor of signature but well in 15th position! Chapeau Miss Ertaud!



Balestrieri, Zanichelli, Foligno and Baguio.

The three “Parmigiani” the Dakar 1983

Taken from an article in the 1982, an abstract presenting the team “Parmesan cheese” who participated in the Dakar 1983.
Note the language with which it is treated the subject Paris Dakar, that at the time, the 1982, It was still an unknown argument to large crowds of fans.
We thank the friend Alfredo Margaritelli who sent us the material of this article.

A great big adventure among the most fascinating and challenging slopes of Africa. On the one hand the natural elements and their laws on the other riders, the bikes, the machines, trucks and their technique, create a great challenge.
It's a test of moral and physique of each participant, more than just a rally, is first and foremost a race "total", especially not a raid. Among the events of this kind is undoubtedly the most important in the world. A race of great prestige to both racers and automotive motociclstiche homes, in its preparation and as it unfolded with passion by sportsmen, with more and more interest and curiosity in the press and from television. The next edition of this incredible ride will also be attended by Alexander Freeman., Paolo Bergamaschi, Vinod B. Driven by a passion and supported by a great motorcycling experience these three pilots will address the 10.000 Km. the race with the intention of bringing a prestigious result. If the race is difficult, preparing to deal with it will be absolutely accurate.. Well trained and reliable motorcycle riders are the conditions that will. But not enough: will be prepared and entered the race a car 4×4, that will take place an experienced driver of African roads and a mechanic can intervene both on bikes on the car. This car will be very important. It will be entrusted with the care and transportation of spare parts of motorcycle. Bike, cars and men will be tested beforehand in a survey in Algeria next October (1982 NDR.).
No detail will be overlooked; a small defect becomes a big problem in aggravation of a ride i n Africa. The costs of preparing for and participating in this race must be covered by adequate sponsorships.
Hence the concern to make this event very well known and interesting.
There will be a presentation through both the local and national press either directly in an evening that will be projected slides and movies of last year. A national industry magazine will publish a report directed by three pilots and a photo shoot by a professional after the race.
Who are the 3 pilots? First of all they are three great friends: they know each other's strengths and weaknesses of each. Circumjacent, they understand each other and seamlessly; There should be no need to stress the importance of these things in certain situations.

Born in Parma on 10.1.1960, student in engineering. Motocross and enduro rider from q974, When he won the Italian Championship of motocross youth games.
Regional Champion in 1980. Great motorcycling experience obtained in raids in Europe and Africa.
Stopped by an accident when it seemed were to explode, After two years of inactivity has been able to start over with great willingness and enthusiasm. Fast driver, whimsical, spectacular, of great presents of mind, is considered to be the Joker of the Group.

Born in Parma on 20.1.1959, student in architecture. In 1976 He began to devote himself to the ropes of enduro that alternated some motocross race. After a few seasons of little commitment, increasingly plagued by the "illness" of motorcycle wanted to jump the gun in order to engage in the most important races and challenging.
Regional enduro champion in the 1980 and in 1981 He played all the Italian championship competitions, enduro European and world.
While not seizing yield spectacular results, demonstrated, clasping regularly completed also most difficult races and getting regular placements, great reliability and capacity. It's methodical, very accurate and determined: a safety.

Born in Parma on 2.5.1959, student in economics. Regional Champion and Italian enduro in the cadets 1979. Regional Champion, Runner up in the Championship's junior national champion Italian enduro and motocross of University students 1980, 13St place at the European Championships and the World Championships of enduro 5° 1981. So much experience and so many results: confirmation for a rider who showed great skill and great will to arrive at these levels.

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Andrea Balestrieri Dakar 1983

Not everyone knows this, but the first Italian to see the goal as part of Dakar, Fu Vinod B in 1983. On a Yamaha Xt 550 with few changes from the standard model finished in 24th place in overall standings.

The bike after a thousand vicissitudes is finally in good hands, Angel and Philip of Dune motion the care with the care and respect it deserves.

Mingels 1983

J.P.. Mingels Dakar 1983

J.P.. Mingels Yamaha Sonauto Dakar 1983

1984 BMW

BMW 980 Dakar 1983

The 3 BMW 980 officers of Auriol, Fenouil and Loizeaux in a moment of rest to Dakar 1984

Anquetil 1983

Veronique Anquetil Dakar 1983

Really messed up the Yamaha XT 550 by Veronique Anquetil to Dakar 1983


Gianni Gagliotti Dakar 1983

Gianni Gagliotti launch riding his Moto Morini Camel 500 Valentini Team to Dakar 1983