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REMEMBERING 'LE PETIT GASTON'

February 8 2005 Gaston Rahier passed away. A champion small in stature but great in talent and numbers. 'Le petit Gaston' was a multi-purpose pilot, able to triumph in the most famous off-road competitions. From 1975 at 1977 obtained the trio world championship in the Cross World Championship 125 Dominating, far and wide, riding the Suzuki.

In 1978 lost the title to japan's Akira Watanabe. The following year he joined Yamaha, but he couldn't do better than the final third place. The 1980 he saw it happen to the Gilera. In the debut season with the Italian manufacturer, affixed his last signature in a GP. On the Yugoslav track of Trzic he obtained, In fact, absolute success thanks to a second and a first place. He stopped at 29 successes in the eighth of a liter, a record that will last until the last year of existence of the minor class, before the advent of the new categories.

Rahier 1984-2

In 1982 returned to Suzuki, but it was also the year that sanctioned his farewell to Motocross. A serious hand injury sustained during the World Cup 250 did not decree, Anyway, the end of his sporting career, because shortly thereafter he embarked on the adventure at the Paris-Dakar. Riding the BMW, in the two-year period 1984-1985 the Flemish hit the big target, entering once again in the legend. But Gaston didn't feel full enough. At that point he put the Rally of the Pharaohs in his sights..

Also on that occasion he returned to his homeland victorious, winning the edition 1988. A new incredible goal that further enriched his palmares, already vast like few others. Among the various Titles, we must not forget the successes he achieved with the Belgian Team at the Motocross of Nations 1976 and the Trophy of Nations in four editions. The passion for two clawed wheels accompanied him until the last day of his existence.

Seventeen years ago Gaston Rahier passed away defeated by cancer, in 58 years, leaving a void that persists with intensity even today. Many enthusiasts continue to remember it, to keep alive the memory of a man who dedicated his life to off-road, marking this world forever.

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Ciro De Petri Dakar 1984

Ciro De Petri hurtling toward the finish line of his first Dakar, in 1984. End 37° on KTM GS 560.

Gilles DESHEULLES 1984-3

Gilles DESHUELLES Dakar 1984

Gilles DESHEULLES on “Bison” 2T the Husqvarna 500 WR in Dakar 1984. In contrast to his teammate Bernard Rigoni who arrived 28° at the finish, Gilles withdrew before arriving in Dakar.

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“Ciro” Dalia debuting Dakar 1984

Completely private even novice Alexander De Petri, Although well assisted by the excellent Vismara who took care of his KTM Farioli.
Sixth at the Rally of the Pharaohs, Dalia had embarked on his adventure with Towers, then came out of the race for a fall that cost him the fracture of the femur.

"To talk about the Paris-Dakar, to explain what you should write a book — says Dalia (It will then ndr) ' it's a beautiful ride and gives a lot of satisfaction, but it is also a dangerous race, full of incidents and that requires great experience. What I've learned this year is that you can also run a race to wait trusting in the inconveniences of others ".

How did they perform your KTM race?
«The bike went quite well; certain, the current state of affairs is not definitive but if I were to try again next year would know where to put your hands. Would not be ever at the BMW and perhaps also of Honda and Yamaha».

Mrugalski 1984

Paul Mrugalski Dakar 1984

Lighted lighthouse, sleeping bag and departure in the night. The Dakar 1984 by Paul MRUGALSKI Thus began and ended in IFEROUANE – CHIRFA. Epic of brave individuals!

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The sorelle Baloch alla Dakar 1984

Girls Power! Nicole and Marie Claire Bassot, two indomitable protagonists of the first Dakar. Here prior to departure of the Edition 1984. For the record, both arrived at the finish line, Marie Claire 19a and Nicole 25a! Pride!

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Gaston and Hubert Dakar 1984

Authentic matadors of the Edition 1984, Gaston Rahier and Hubert Auriol

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Serge Bacou Dakar 1984

Serge Bacou rears during a stage of Dakar 1984 where he finished 9°

Mrugalski 1984

Paul Mrugalski Dakar 1984

Lighted lighthouse, sleeping bag and departure in the night. The Dakar 1984 by Paul MRUGALSKI thus began and ended in IFEROUANE – CHIRFA. Epic of brave individuals!

Babu N and MC

Baloch sorelle, Dakar 1984

Girls Power! Nicole and Marie Claire Bassot, two indomitable protagonists of the first Dakar. Here prior to departure of the Edition 1984. For the record, both arrived at the finish line, Marie Claire 19a and Nicole 25a! Pride!