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Interview with Bruno Birbes

In November I called Fabio, and after giving me of boho and incompetent as has always, tells me which can give me one last chance: We would have to do an article on a certain…
Obviously ended up our games, tells me: «Oh, see that this is one TRUE, is an old-school already, not a wimp like you…». And still: "This has made more than a dozen, among those on motorcycles as a pilot and as an assistance and team manager. Is one of your parts, a Brescia…».

Bresciano who, I am a GAL. My wife, my daughter and my dog are bresciane, but that's a separate discussion… So I go ahead and ask him the name, He tells me he is called Charles Edson, Bruno Birbes. But I know him!!! How Many Dakar? What? That Bruno Birbes? Ah, yes, I had heard… Fabio is right, I'm a scoundrel.
Yes, but is it possible that every time I meet "" Bruno (Note the article before the name, the bresciana) that always seems to be a docile 65-year-old who likes to picnic with friends still at motorcycle rides… What is, a joke? Whereupon began investigating- King, call a couple of friends and I speak- No one who gives the gas for sale, who got behind in classes ca professional riders with names, played of the Pharaons Rally during the first six.

These banks make me angry: is it possible that when you deal with them always seem to newcomers, those who have lived in the hut no yesterday afternoon, then go see below and discover which are dragons that stuff there!?
Now let me tell you a little bit of who we are talking about. We're talking about a promising young champion class 1949, doing her first steps with Gali 50, Italjet 50 and Müller 50 in the early ' 60 gymkhanas. Even in the 1968, the six days of San Pellegrino, won the bronze medal on Müller 50 motorized Zündapp, No at the moment do not buy a Müller 125, Montesa motor, puts it in the hands of the legendary preparer of Borgo San Giacomo, Maestroni (recently deceased), and start the adventure of racing. VA strong little boy, has that Twinkle that makes him stand before, has that sample madness. Thus began to make a name for themselves and friendships begin to arrive and aid.

From 1970 the ' 74 runs with CZ 250 and Maico 500, and alternates Cross regularly, where it collides with the names of that era, the likes of Valerie and Abdul. While he tells me these stories at some point Bruno, serious as a policeman, I cite an episode of 1970 He starred with the Maico 500 in an international competition: take to the skies, wrong speed and Lands on the floor after a crazy flight, folding handlebars, running boards and front subframe and reducing the circle shaped rugby ball. Whereupon tells me: "And from there are as you see me now, before I was tall blond». With this I realized it is one that makes fun alone, like all healthy bikers…

In those years comes the officiality with Puch in regularity and the great encounter with the man of change, Silvio Struggling, at the time assistance workshop Puch and mechanic trainer. In 1973 Charles Edson joined the official team Fernandez and becomes a pilot Puch in all respects. Running with the 180 CC, made to fit the six days of the marches of Camerino 1974, and with the 250 Replica Everest two Carburetors, with which to play the podium end of season rankings in Italian, battling with drivers such as Testori, Nikki t and Ferrari.

In 1975 try putting my head in place and decides to open a dealership Puch and BMW; takes advantage of the very important figure of Struggling, stop running officially and began a flourishing entrepreneurial career. I use the term "proof" because, Racing- mind talking, the head together she pretended to put it, minor races and devoting himself to open the shutters in the morning. He married the daughter of Struggling, gave him of grandchildren, He sold many beautiful BMW boxer, gentle and quiet, It has streaked straight for a few years. The problem is that under the ashes there was still the volcano turned on: one fine day he woke up, He watched a BMW, He turned to his father-in-law, Struggling, and told him: "How about one and we go to Dakar!».

Here's, now I am c… 1984, Rallye des Pharaons, Puch 500 4 times, 24°; the following year the same locations, always jumping controls timbre and taking penalty hours. Then he joined the great adventure: in 1987 you decided to take part in the Dakar. In the wake of the successes of Gaston Rahier, his official BMW and the fact of being dealer, build, He and Struggling, a missile from the desert on a BMW boxer. The Pharaohs of the 86 go to test it and come back with a 6th overall, then off to Dakar. Without assistance, experience and with so much throttle, on the third day without sleep at night soft top and breaks shoulder, ribs, etc…

Moves to an end stage and in his head, motorcycle adventurer's sick, think again… Carlo Florenzano, then
Honda team manager with Orioli and Tade, takes it and makes him understand that his race is over, load it onto the plane in place and bring the bike to Agadez. While he tells me the episode, Bruno has tears in her eyes. The fact is that, Obviously, reorganizes and even create a Team, the Assomoto, with the help of pollen and Girardi determinant (his great friends, two more sick of rally).

So, After buying a Unimog, PA tone for Dakar 1988. In this edition there is a 1.150 km… is an issue very hard, breaks the Exchange in the second stage and after having towed by Winkler to the finish, It tells that he was out of gas (because otherwise they forfeit) and passes the finish line by turning on the bike with the air pulled by pretending that everything is OK… After breaking the frame under the Steering sleeve, He rides a stage and then the firm; in Bamako changes the engine oil now goes, but eventually arrives and also great.

The Rally of the Pharaohs of 88 goes with an XR 600. Very fierce and ready to get a good result, plant a mine than just remembers that after he stopped to give a De Petri… complete darkness until Gauri tells him to sit still that helicopter is coming. Two days in a coma in Cairo. From 1989 just motorcycles, but only to drive. Arrives and he gets run team manager Beppe Cinnamon, also because it's still bagged. Since ' 90 become official assistance for individuals enrolled in the Dakar and Gilera ' 91 Official Kawasaki Team become even with KLE 500 Twins.

Struggling has become a dragon dakariane preparations, and from the 1985 the ' 95 might try something like 25 bike. It is known as a tough character and he knows how to put together a motorbike from the desert, so many rely on "Grandpa". During these years make assistance to various drivers, including Aldo Winkler, and live the adventure of Dakar old-fashioned, the African ones, becoming in effect a major team and recognized as certainty from the Dakar (among the many anecdotes that Bruno tells me I'm struck by the time the arrival of a stage in Mauritania Orioli comes with finished, Marathon stage without assistance; Birbes is there, and with the help of some friends dismounts all in one night, Exchange system and allows the sample to do the next day's stage, get support and finally win his third Dakar).

Up in the midst of a transfer, DAB to smear a truck stopped at lighthouses switched off; in 120 mph they see it on the top and strike him with flank, they tear all wheels that way and start carambolare. To exit down the glass before kicking with truck smoking ready to ignite. To understand this better, Bruno realized that night that the Jokers were over…
His BMW now keeps it at home on the fourth floor, next to toys grandkids, in front of the desk, close to the photographs. He is a kind of good manners and respectful of the House and sixty of his order, never again will you think that devil from Dakar who always threw myself into the adventure, that capital letter.

Among the photos that I find at home by Bruno Birbes, one strikes me as particularly, and so I ask him what he was doing in that picture. Immediately starts laughing and I'll explain that in an edition of the years ' 90 the Dakar during a layover Aldo Winkler comes with broken arm. Charles Edson, that is his assistance, knows he doesn't have the parts there and the next day must start its pilot. Now, Let me quote the definition of genius that is given in the film Amici Miei: "the genius is fantasy, intuition, glance and execution speed!”. So Birbes you look around with his arm broken arm in hand. There at the side there is a Mauritanian kiosk with the tables and chairs of iron. With making furtive grab a Chair, saw a leg and in the divided into two in the inner canals broken arm; rivets all (Obviously in a serious) and the next day Winkler is broken down… and he finished the race. Boys, I swear I sparkled eyes!

Based on an article by Enduro rider Magazine, text by Paolo Silvestri

Rinaldi 1987

My Dakar 1987 by Michele Rinaldi

Perhaps not everyone will remember the fleeting involvement of Cross world champion 125 Michele Rinaldi to Paris Dakar 1987.

The bike was a Suzuki DR 650 standard prepared by the team of French importer, flying at the brothers Joineau.

The race for Michele didn't go very well and by his own admission: "in all the experience was useful, Since I created a wealth of experience that will be useful to me – confirmation Rinaldi. I'm glad the decision even though in some cases I damn the day I thought I'd subscribe to Dakar. It was not only physical problems, down easily overcome, but also of mental and physical problems that underlie a marathon long and exhausting as the Dakar. "

Supports Rinaldi :"in Paris in the prologue I also managed to enjoy myself convinced that this was already the real race. The best to remain aloof, I wonder why? I found out at my expense, they knew that the real race begins after Tamanrasset. I rather like a good freshman staring already and committed my promo big mistake. We would have thought Africa to calm down ".

"I still remember Balestrieri, winner of the second stage, tell me – You Michele did not understand anything about this race ".
Unfortunately the 9th stage, a fall left shoulder dislocated already in 1984 and Michael gave his salute to Dakar.
The experience of Suzuki at the 1987, was not completely negative, as one of the motorcycles he saw the finish line, in an Honourable ninth place in the absolute with Marc Joineau.

Maletti 1987-1

My Dakar 1987 by Guido Maletti

Guido Maletti, Reggiano, join the Paris Dakar 1987 in 29 years. Runs for passion, driven by a passion for motorcycles and adventure. Running with a Yamaha 600, little cared for under the area's look, so much so that friends of Team GR remind him of, often riding the bike more ugly than the entire Dakar. In Tahoua, under the starry sky, for the wing of a Fokker for airport runway asphalt mattress chat before bed.

Guido what is for you the Dakar? «A great adventure that I think is within my reach for which I decided to break the piggy bank of my savings to be here, struggling to get».

And the high score list you don't care? «Little».

Though the Italian rider never fails to make me notice its good positions behind the officers… Inevitable, then, the question on relations between individuals and officers.

«Great respect, they are very good but they have too many advantages, think my bike on sand "fly" around 115 timetables, their far greater speed whizzing instead. In addition they simply have to think only to run, Instead we always arrange».

Maletti has just put its ugly and indestructible Yamaha, eating a hot chicken in sauce fantasy to Africatour and lies down in my sleeping bag with the sky as a roof and the asphalt as mattress.

Guido Maletti will conclude the Paris Dakar at 12° place, third Italian at the finish line.

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Gargate 1987

My Dakar 1987 by Baloyi Grassotti

The Team G. R. Yashica to Paris Dakar 1987 host two pilots, Aldo Winkler and beat Grassotti which will race starts with a’ Honda XL 600 and a Kawasaki KLR 650, both completely standard.

The 31 December the race from Paris. The 4, 5 and 6 January after moving to Africa, you do the first three specials: Ghardaia-El Golea, El Gholea – In Salah, In Salah Tamanrasset. Gargate, with the KLR 650 always hovers around 36° – 37° postor. During the Tamanrasset – Arlit, in Explorer's adventure in the desert happens Gargate, taking the wrong road on the border with Niger.

Gargate 1987

“I realised I was on a wrong path – tells the biker – I tried to go back and find the right references. So I wandered up to finish the fuel. Descended the darkness, with the cold that was beginning to take its toll, I could only hope for a miracle to be found before the next day. Suddenly came out of two lighthouses.

Were those of a car driven by two Tuareg who view my situation, They told me to wait. Are broken down, and with them my hopes. However soon after they came back with gasoline from a vehicle abandoned by another competitor withdrew. The tank is full, directed me to a star and they told me to follow her always. So I did and I arrived at Arlit just in time to see share the other competitors.”-

Ends so the 7 January 1988, for arrival after the maximum time,

cagiva 1987

Cagiva Elefant 850 1987

Is fully faired the Cagiva Ducati 850 CC. they will try to counter the Japanese team and the Teutonic Knights at the Paris Dakar 1987.

The bikes of team Lucky Explorer boast twin engine air cooled, desmodromic, bore and stroke of 92 x 64 mm, power of 80 CV to 8.500 g/m, Weber carburetor, electronic ignition, dry clutch and primary drive helical gear.

The frame is superior in trellis tubes, of metalsI square section and the lower cradle in light alloy square tubes; the fork is Marzocchi 290 mm travel, the mono is a progressive Ieveraggio mounted Ohlins for a wheel travel of 290 mm.
The tanks, feeding the carburetor by means of two electric pumps, have the ability to 33 at the front and 32 liters to the latter; the gross weight is 230 pounds and the maximum speed of 185 kilometers per hour on the trail.

The pilots are deployed Hubert Auriol – Racing, Franco Gualdi, Alessandro De Petri and Gilles Picard

Yamaha XTZ 660 BYRD 1987

Yamaha XTZ 660 BYRD 1987

New colors for Yamaha Belgarda singles from 660 CC. participating in the Paris Dakar 1987, strictly impa-rentate with winning ones at the rally of the Pharaohs.

Technically there is the adoption of the rear disc brake 200 mm in diameter that goes alongside the front from well 300 mm, you have also the recovery of gas that previously was overflowing from the trays of Carburetors, through the vents, adopting a little pump of ric"Circolo.

In fact, power is by means of a vacuum pump which shall withdraw first from the fuel tanks on the sides and then the main. Note that the latter is built in two distinct sections longitudinally hinged at the top; gull-wing opening facilitates maintenance and, in case of a fall, would limit the leakage of gasoline.

In the image from above we can see clearly the location of the air filter cartridge while bareback, It is clear the conformation of side tanks that hold the seat and pigtail; Here there will be space for water supply, to be transferred into the front spoiler only in longer stages.

Aubert Auriol 1987

Hubert Auriol, When the pilot becomes a myth

A root, a root to break both legs.
A root to 20 kilometers from the finish.
A root on the road to victory at the Dakar.
A root in his fate and that of Cagiva.

Marc Joinea found Hubert Auriol just metres from that root prey to cries of pain he was trying to get back on bikes, helped him get back in the saddle, started the bike and agree to his will: getting back on the bike, continue to get to the finish line.
At the start of the stage was seven minutes ahead of second. Seven minutes..
His direct rival for the win, Neveu arrived to the finish line and from there began the count.
Neveu and cronomesti watching them l ’ horizon, to wait for the arrival of Hubert ’.

Seven minutes.
The first in the standings at the end of the stage, having regard to the short transfer to the next day's Rose Lake,would win the Dakar.

Seven minutes.
Seven minutes and that root.

It was Wednesday 21 January 1987 and Hubert Auriol cut the finish line of stage after five minutes of arrival of ’ Neveu: He still had a little less than two-minute head start. Was still in first place.
The motò stopped. Under the helmet you could hear screams and a desperate cry, l initial adrenaline ’, the one who restarted, After those 20 kilometers of suffering may have vanished.

None of all who ran meeting could imagine her condition and the reason for those tears.
Helped him get off the bike, the stretched themselves on the ground and took the helmet. The drama of his condition recur as soon as they were taken off the boots: ankle bones right out of the skin!

Rene Metge, the race Director, squeezed his hand while his doctors injected the morphine attenuated the pain.
Rahier approached him saying something, for his reply Hubert in form of lucid sincerity I drove out with my hand: He had suffered too much in the past.
While it was uploaded sula stretcher Hubert made the victory sign with their fingers while a smile was born out of that mask of pain.
Pernat in an interview with us issued told us that l ’ stronger and intense emotion in his long and intense career the ’ lived on the helicopter carrying Hubert to ’ hospital.
“CALLS THE CASTIGLIONI AND’ THEM THAT WE WON. THE CAGIVA WON THE JAPANESE”.