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Dream, o son desto? Patrick Faure Dakar 1990

I don't know why, but this morning I woke up with this picture in my head: Niamey ' 90, at camp we meet the Dakar bivouac. Gigi Algiers, Fabio Marcaccini, Max Malik, I, a young tourist travelling around Africa with father, and the great lone Luigi Sala (about BMW) serving spaghetti with Italian Dakariani.

Picture taken by my great friend Gianni Lolli (hole of the bells… who can remember?). That mythical journey! Two months of reading total improvising an itinerary day by day between Tunisia, Algeria, Niger and Mali and back. We left in 2, me in motion, On an old Land SWB overloaded with food (that Cook). A couple cannot everyone said, Instead he was one of the most beautiful travel. A leisurely pace, with long stretches alone and he comes along, my track.
Zero gps, map that bought at newsstands, broke the impossible in the Land, but always repaired.

Gathered down the street from the ferry, many tourists loners and small groups of desperate. All fed by the great chef. No a problem in customs, no mention of politics or local with fundamentalism, only nice people, serene and welcoming everywhere… What has changed? That nostalgia… He wants to redo the same path. They tell me: “at least you did these things”… MAh, I don't know if it was a good thing or a bad thing, now who's the lever from the head? I'm going to go back to hidden.

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Gilles Picard Dakar 1990

The “small” but great Gilles Picard brings his big Yamaha Sonauto Team to 6th place of Dakar 1990.

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Team Stalaven Dakar 1990

In 1990 the Team Jean Stalaven He decided to choose an alternative route as far as the motion to be presented at the Dakar: put everything on lightness rather than on the power.
The choice fell on the single-cylinder engine Husqvarna 510, brought to 570 cm3 and softened in the charging curve, as regards the chassis was maintained the stock one.

The shell, designed by Michel Assis, However was revolutionary for a motorbike «African». It was in fact made up of two parts welded together in order to stiffen the whole structure keeping it extremely slim and racy, unusual aesthetics against the mastodons of the era. Result of the whole operation, an engine with around sixty horses for 130 kg dry weight, and 185 kg fully loaded: against the 250 kg of twins. A power-to-weight ratio definitely interesting on paper. Unfortunately none of the three pilots chosen to bring it to the race, Michel Merel, Laurent Charbonnel and rapid assistance Luc Pagnon saw the end of the competition.

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Luigi Algiers and Dakar 1990

The course in Milan had occurred in a setting somewhere between silly and resigned. then in the race showed what we knew then and at the finish line with a motorcycle definitely unkempt.

You were presented with the bike on cart, but then…
«It is true, at that time I had everything with me and I hadn't even partners with none for spare parts.
In Paris I loaded a bag on the truck to Gargate and an engine on a Tatra; This would serve to Agadez, only the truck wasn't there and I wouldn't be able to replace it because I had a fever.

So in the second part of the Dakar I no longer could use the fourth since had become loud and I was afraid to remain on foot: I ran with single shock absorber, practically blown up, I managed to replace just before the finish line.
My bike was a Yamaha TT already employed by Maletti in Dakar ' 87, I disassembled and reassembled as it was originally.

As for my result, (33° in the absolute n.d.r.) I lost some time because, Besides the engine. even the rear suspension gave serious problems forcing me to makeshift repairs».

Special thanks to Alfredo Margaritelli for collaboration.

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Bennerotte Dakar 1990

Departure Dakar 1990, a fierce Bennerotte presentation on his Suzuki DR750!

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Lalay and Gilera together in 1990?

There was a time when Gilles Lalay, winner of Dakar 1989, and the House of Arcore were very close. In these pictures the French paid a visit to the factory and the Gilera Racing Division, accompanied by d. S. Snow Panda, staunch supporter of African rallies. Come to Italy to provide advice right on the Dakar, Anita during those months was still under contract with HRC.

History unfortunately told a different denouement, as Gilles agreed with Suzuki and ran the Dakar 1990 with DR BIG Thumper.

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Laverda OR600 Fabio Guerrini and at Dakar 1990

Perhaps not everyone knows that: the Dakar 1990 He participated in a Laverda OR 600, driven by the Italian Fabio Guerrini. Not much is known about and would love to see more. Who has some info?

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My Dakar by Ermanno Ban

After 13 motocross years pursuing a dream that even came close several times, I've never been able to make it my profession, I thought I would close at least in beauty this interlude of life.

In those years the Paris Dakar held the world attached to television, to newspapers and magazines. And then I thought it was the right race, a dream very tempting, so it become a pleasant obsession by participating in 3 editions, from 1989 at 1991.

Already, but with what money, by what means!?
I remind you that I've always been a worker and cover the 50 millions need has always been an ordeal ... I had one Yamaha XT Ténéré and it was my first bike that took me to the finish 49° on 60 riders arrived at the finish line.
The prepared in my usual cellar 4×3 Mt (who says you need mega workshops are wrong) and just for the tanks I asked help from VRP. The engine was "fresh" only had 18.000 km so I replaced the piston and cylinder covered by “warranty” my friend's pirate dealer. I remember the day I fell and racked up 2 the trip master, so I drove without notes until the end, I followed the tracks, dust and my gut. Just following the traces left in the sand by pilots as Franco Picco and Edi Orioli, I managed to finish, Therefore they deserve in their merit and my highest consideration, Perhaps the strongest riders I've ever met at Dakar.

All would have ended up there after the first edition, having reached my goal, but when the sponsors come knocking at your door and down the street they stop you and ask you for an autograph you realise you can't stop this beautiful dream.
In Dakar 1990 I already had a sale with Crossbowmen to rent one of his Aprilia, then at the last moment everything fell through and my choice fell on an Africa Twin which gave me Boano. The bike was already prepared by HRC with just the instrumentation, the tires and a few other things.

Unfortunately it was not a lucky, a major accident at 4° or 5° round, I don't really remember, compelled me to finish the race in advance (I was on the border between Libya and Niger and cease them my memories, because I woke up in the recovery room at Maggiore in Bologna after 5 days).

For my last Dakar, that of 1991, USAI always an Africa Twin Honda Italy made available to me. Had already been used at the Rally of the Pharaohs, However was in order. Unfortunately that Edition ended too soon, the fuel pump stopped working on the border with Niger (still there, what luck!) and only thanks to a small group of retired pilots, After 3 days we walked up to Tunis where he embarked for Italy.

The bike that definitely gave me more satisfaction and I remember with most pleasure was definitely my first Yamaha, It was the lightest is the most manageable, but he had some limits. Unlike the twin-cylinder Honda, If you want heavier but significantly more in a competition similar.

At this point, What's left of my Africa? I think I've given so much of myself in this race, though it cannot be eternal, I maintain friendships with a few dakariani.
Unfortunately I think the technology has debased the adventure and the political problems did the rest, of old Dakar remained very little. Though it's part of me and I follow with pleasure every time traveling.

A curious anecdote, is when well aware of the importance of physical recovery, of eating and sleeping, to get used to sleeping at low temperatures, problems I encountered in the North to start race, preparing sleeping outside in sleeping bags throughout December!!

Finished my dream I chose another path in sports "much less challenging" he left time to my private life and without giving importance to the competitive side, now to 55 years, a daughter, a classmate and my new passion is triathlon.

Hello everyone.

Ermanno Ban

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Franco Picco Dakar 1990…It's all gone wrong!

Should have been the Dakar success. Instead for Franco Picco became a ruthless contest, where was forced to bite the bullet to resist very strong stomach bug that has knocked down, meant he had to sweat to get, and certainly not in the position he wanted.

"It was my clear choice tactic to begin attacking just after the halfway stage, but when she arrived I was badly explains Mauritania, I struggled to stay on the bike, and I seemed to have a head full of water. Even I was two days without eating for special trial stops me not, toilet paper in hand, but drinking only water you lose completely the forces. I arrived because conclude the Dakar is still a result, but it is certainly not what I wanted. Third, Fourth, fifth or second doesn't make much of a difference». A total disappointment, In short? "Often gets to make the decision to quit just because you've been working like crazy all year just for that outcome, and then see you lose the race for things like: you drop your arms, It makes you think that it is useless to insist. Sudi, struggling, It also risks hurting really and then just nothing to give everything up in smoke. Like that jump where I fell, in the first part of the race: We all have passed without the slightest problem, It took just a small shot of gas and I spilled. A minute and is likely to blow it up in smoke».

There was also the problem to show up with a totally new bike.

"Already, There were to be remade all experience after many years with single cylinder. But to make things right you should be able to start in February with the evidence, because it takes time for testing, and possibly to change what is wrong. It's a problem because a firm cannot work all year just for the Paris-Dakar rally and the evidence always begin in mid-September, but we must do it, Even so I have more time to train with the race bikes: the longer it goes on, and more training is needed, and maybe I needed to have done a little’ more with the twin, This year».

There is a certain rivalry between you and Oberoi: do you mind I've won? "Of course I regret that won him. But only because it means that I didn't win I!».

Source Motosprint

 

 

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The “our heroes”, the Italians at the arrival of the Dakar 1990

Standing: Franco Picco, Alexander Ciro De Petri, Medardo, Mandelli, Petrini, Marcaccini, Cabini and Malik;
Trussed: Gauri, Algiers, Gargate, Signorelli, Orioli, Mercandelli and Abbasi. In the photo lacks only Zotti.