Gilera: the challenge of 125

Was the 19 December 1987: two French boys, Gilles Valade and Christian Grelaude, They presented themselves to the entrance gates of the factory Gilera Arcore asking for help in preparing the engine: you were enrolled at 10° Paris Dakar, that would match the 30 December following from Paris, with two Peugeot 125 and together formed the Team Defì 125.

This endurino was equipped with an engine built by Gilera on specific Peugeot but was basically the same that equipped the Gilera RX Arizona.

Evidently what must have been a lucky day for the two boys: not only they were shown the door and picked up bad words because of their request to limit of the absurd,
but thanks to the good offices of the volcanic Gianni Perini, Gilera welcomed them willingly and provided them with even two flaming R1 (just presented on the market), that would have been set up in record time in the ten days remaining, blasting Christmas holidays at a good number of technicians in the testing Department!

But the unexpected good fortune had not exhausted. The boys were followed up in Paris from truck Racing Division, and from there until boarding for Africa, to the port of Sete. In addition, If they were able to get up to Agadez, for the day of rest expected in the middle of the race, a technician Gilera (probably the ubiquitous Silvano Galbusera) He'd achieved with fresh pieces, to help the one mechanic that the two boys had predicted in tow.

Despite the almost insane program, the bikes were suddenly ready for pre-departure of Milan Flowers: Needless to say the bikes were indeed very nice, the codon/serbatoio, single piece that was saved from the Peugeot of boys, painted in livery R1, integrated very well and made this enduro, one of the most elegant ever seen at Dakar.

In a timed Prologue Cergy-Pontoise, usually little more than a parade on a small muddy circuit our two boys behaved just fine: Grelaude He made 39° time and Valade the 98° (on 187 registered drivers!) The test was not completely trivial, in many they had problems because of the mud and even some prominent pilot took the minutes of delay, especially those who had departed with tyres and low at the front mudguard.

Once in Africa, our heroes made little headway, during the second stage, El Oued-Hassi Messoud, a stage remembered as one of the most difficult of all Dakar despite being relatively short (250Km, for the timed), because of the many areas with high sand dunes and spongy withdrew failing to reach the end stage in time to start the next day!

A very tough stage, so much so that even other 6 Motocross bike 125 CC. matches from Paris to retire (two Peugeot, 3 Yamaha and KTM famous because his pilot had mounted a whole engine spare tire underneath the mega tank).
Those who came farther were the Brothers Auribault that came just after the middle of the race! Incidentally, the tenth edition was remembered as one of the most exhausting, If not the most grueling ever.

Text taken from: www.desertpistons.com


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Suzuki DR 800 BIG 1988

Gaston Rahier on Suzuki Big 800 Marlboro at the Paris Dakar 1988, where he finished 9th place behind Fatemian.

4_ Orioli

Edi Orioli 1988, the champion

You get, Therefore, the Dakar 1988, the tenth anniversary edition. Hubert Auriol, following the accident the previous year, decide to ride in cars. for the first time, After ten investments, Cyril Neveu is forced to retire. for the first time, with a Yamaha, There's Stéphane Peterhansel. Yamaha and Honda line up each two official teams, and both the Japanese motorcycle industry giants are represented by an Italian team. At the end of a “pyrotechnics tussle” the initial Dakar records, sandstorms and of Peugeot by Ari Vatanen disappeared overnight from the bivouac, lights of Italian duel between Franco Picco and Edi Orioli. Peak runs with the Thumper Papi team, While total confidence in her for Orioli Ormeni “Discovery” results in the right to drive the only Honda NXR assigned to Italian team. The battle between the veneto and Friuli has nothing to envy to the epic clash the previous year which saw the protagonists Auriol and Neveu, and ends to keep all Italians with bated breath. The Dakar enters forcefully in the popular imagination, subtracts “expert commentators” to football.

Until Arlit, He won two special peak and is leading the race. But Edi Orioli won the special stage of Agadez and, At last, jumping over the opponent winning, in a move of cunning, the next one, at Tessalit. In this on bare profitably puts all his duel Orioli potential technique and talent. For him it is even more important, Basilar Artery, do not commit the slightest error, always stay perfectly focused. What you gain with the perfect stopover is nothing compared to what you can lose with one mistake, a fall, a navigational error within twenty days. The Dakar one must be able to take fast decisions when necessary, and be able to sneakily whenever the opportunity. And it is precisely M this occasion that Orioli plays masterfully his first trump card. l 22 January, on the beach of the Lake Rose, the Dakar the crowns winner. For the first time it's a Italian. The magic of that victory is rampant and Orioli was consecrated in dual role as champion and character. On his return to Italy the champion is greeted like a star and for months he is the athlete more invoked by the media, from newspapers and TV.

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André Malherbe, the luckless champion

This time we like to remember with great fondness a pilot unforgotten, the 3 Motocross World Champion 500 (1981-1981-1984) André Malherbe.
Kicks off the Paris Dakar 1988, but Bordj Omar Driss during the stage – Tamanrasset remains a victim of a serious accident causatao by blockage of the front wheel of his Yamaha Sonato. After the fall he was diagnosed the fracture 3 cervical vertebrae which will oblige the wheelchair. A true Champ.
# B. André Malherbe in the official photo of the Yamaha Sonauto is the #81 in background.


Yamaha YZE 750 Sonauto 1988

In 1988, Yamaha Sonauto betting again on a single cylinder for Dakar, but the 750YZE has little in common with the previous year's XT680. The engine, that brand's Genesis technology, is a 757 cm3 5 valves (3 of aspiration, exhaust system 2) with liquid cooling. YZE-750-1988-3

Heavier but is also more powerful at all engine speeds (56 HP) and consumes much less. Tested in rally of the Pharaohs, in 450 km of slopes, saves 8 litres compared to XT680. The frame is a simple double swinging from a Kayaba fork at ohlinssingledamper front and back and Michelin mousse. Dry, the new Ténéré pesa 158 kg on the scale and allows the loading of 53 liters of fuel, of which 35 in the front.

During the Rally of the Pharaohs in 1987, the bike has technical problems due to the double switch engine that creates overheating problems.
Peak and Charbonnier are both forced to retire, While Stephane Peterhansel breaks a head gasket the day before arrival. Two days of testing in Tunisia and nearly 8.500 miles traveled continued to report big gain in reliability.

Four of these bikes will be entrusted to Sonauto Yamaha, supported by Mobil, and another four for the Italian team Yamaha Belgarda. Around Franco Picco, undisputed leader of the team, There's Medardo, Fat and Alborgetti. The French part, Thierry Charbonnier, Andre Malherbe, Stéphane Peterhansel and the patron Jean Claude Olivier.

YZE 750 1988

The Dakar 1988 seems to condense the difficulties of previous editions: in this harsh environment, very fast, the Yamaha 750 YZE suggests that both the bike ready for a big hit. Franco Picco remains in the lead for nearly two weeks, while Carlos Mas, Peterhansel and Charbonnier won several special.
This edition will also be remembered for the dramatic incident André Malherbe and for the announcement of Jean-Claude Olivier, He finished seventh overall and will announce his retirement from competition in controversy with the organizers.

Jordi strip contains the debut of 1988

The debut of Jordi strip contains

The year of the debut of Jordi strip contains the Dakar is the 1988, Edition in which it participates on a motorcycle of Catalan origin, the Merlin, which of 31st overall and first in the category 500 CC.

Jordi Arcarons, fast rider in the desert, won 27 stages in 14 editions in which he participated, almost a record considering that better than he did just a sacred monster of Dakar, Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel who won well 33.

A formidable rider who despite never having won the competition, He finished on the podium well 5 editions (3 times second and 2 third times).

Suzuki 750 88

Suzuki DR 750 BIG Dakar 1988

TIME MACHINE – Our sent have discovered in France the Team Suzuki who was testing the new single with which the House of Hamamatsu will attempt to play the lead role at the next Paris Dakar ' 88.
The rumors seem to have a record of displacement 750 CC and a power of about 65 HP. Interesting mixed air/oil cooling type. From the pictures the bike does not have a definitive livery, but it seems, by rumors well informed that a generous sponsor of cigarettes is interested in putting his stickers on that large tank.
The drivers who will replace the brothers Joineau and Michele Rinaldi will be the Belgian Gaston Rahier, Andre Boudou and Italian Giampiero Fatemian.