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DAKAR 1994 | CIRO SAYS ENOUGH

Photo Gigi Soldano
Text by Biagio Maglienti from Motorcycling

Ciro said stop; enough with the Dakar and the races. "At the age of thirty-eight," says Alessandro De Petri, in art "Ciro” — it is also necessary to be able to stop.. Knowing him we know how much this decision may have cost him. So much so that he wanted to end an important parenthesis of his life in an un traumatic way, siding at the start of the 16th Dakar as a simple participant, almost a tourist. "But do not think it was still easy — continues the bergamot - to repress my instincts. I had to impose a form of self-control. In the first stages, De Petri prevailed as a driver. I didn't make it.; i opened the handcuff as usual, risking like a 10458928_10203400208157276_1120159053910473021_n - CopyCrazy. Absurd! At the end of the second special I was 35th; I left and started pulling. I've overtaken almost everyone, coming a minute from the first. I passed them in the most unexpected places, Difficult, risking the whole thing. Then I reflected; i realized that wasn't the reason why i had decided to take part in this race again. In the next stage I started and, routes ten kilometers, i stopped. I put the bike on the easel and waited a quarter of an hour. It was a real pain to see others pass by and I stood there still; but in the end I did it. Curbed competitive instinct I started my real Dakar; a Dakar from “Explorer”, to appreciate everything in these eleven years I had missed. New emotions, places and people; i photographed everything in my mind and soon, indeed very soon I will tell it in a book. Of course, not for protagonism or for profit (the proceeds will go to charity). Only to give once and for all the real face of a race too often not understood..

 

Alessandro De Petri said enough at thirty-eight years old, after winning for three times the Pharaohs Rally, two tunisia, collecting a total of 67 partial stage successes. For years he was the Italian symbol of this type of competition. He missed it, perhaps more out of bad luck than for other reasons, the important victory. The Dakar daydreamed on several occasions, of which he heard the scent several times and which adverse fate has always denied him. But De Petri doesn't seem to care about this “small” Particular.

"It is clear, it weighs me never to have won a Dakar, because as a professional pilot as I was, don't win this competition it's kinda’ See 11140119_10204842355488178_6697427028410064163_nfade the dream for which you have committed all your strength and part of your life. However, by objectively analysing the problem, without making any illusions, i'm equally satisfied. If I had run this race with another head I probably wouldn't have missed the success. My exuberant character prevented me from. With this I deny nothing of what I have done in recent years. I'm so in the race and in life, I couldn't have behaved differently. If I were to go back I would do everything, I would not change anything and above all I would never change my partial successes with a final victory".

The Dakar is a tough race, Unlivable, but that's why fascinating. "It is unique in the world," continues Ciro, "and only those who participated in it can really understand the motivations that drive pilots to face superhuman efforts, putting a strain and sometimes exceeding the limit of endurance for any living being". And ten years of Dakar don't forget so easily. Especially if, as in the case of De Petri, were an integral part of his life as a pilot and inevitably as a man.

I didn't make it.; i opened the handcuff as usual, risking like crazy, Absurd!

So Ciro begins: "What an incredible adventure. My past is inextricably linked to the motorcycle. I started competing very early and with good results, in the cross and enduro. Third in a world cross 125 and European enduro champion. Then I decided to abandon racing to devote myself to my main activity, that of dentist. But the future was about to reserve me something extraordinary. At twenty-eight I heard about a race with a “Crazy” that crossed the entire desert to Dakar, starting from Paris. He competed against cars and won.".

For the record, the “Crazy” it was Neveu and the race the Paris-Dakar "I had no doubt and embarked on what would later become, shortly, my true profession. I went to Farioli and asked for a motorcycle; then I bought a used Range-Rover and hired Felicino Agostini (Brother of Giacomo and brother-in-law of De Petri) and Giacomo Vismara. The adventure had begun..

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You look at him and his face betrays the emphasis. The first experience and the last one are undoubtedly the ones that involve him the most on an emotional level. Memories fill it up and overlap. He remembers to Claudio Towers, an illustrious stranger, but… "The Dakar, i wouldn't fall into the rhetoric, it's a real school of life. It teaches you to fight, to get away with it yourself and help you understand people. One character in particular remained in my heart. A “Private”, the Milanese architect Claudio Torri. He showed up at the start with us in the 1983. It was for everyone the first experience, but for him it was even more so. He had already half destroyed (Physically) prologue and continued his work of annihilation in the continuation of the competition. When boarding for Africa he risked not expatriating; had laid his papers and wallet on the saddle of the bike. When the helicopter got up in the air the air shift lifted the documents and money that ended up in the water. Then, a few days later, bordering on the comedian and the grotesque, in an attempt to straighten the handlebars of my bike, helping Agostini, took the hammer in his hand and absent-mindedly hammered himself in the head. For almost the entire race Torri was the protagonist of a continuous event of this kind. Never a lament. Consecutive hours and hours in the saddle without saying a word: fantastic and amazing!».

Among the memories also the myth, sabine's. Dakar is linked to this name for better or for worse. De Petri remembers him like this: "It is not DePetri_1994_1he was never wrong, was able to make important decisions, on which depended the safety of the entire caravan of the Dakar He was always right and the pilots, the mechanics and all the entourage following the race began to blindly trust this French out of nowhere, until his figure has become a constant point of reference for all of us, a beacon to follow. And when he missed, when the news came that the helicopter had crashed to the ground, the whole caravan in silence has returned in its own footsteps going to the site of the tragic event. It was night; when we arrived there was an apocalyptic scene: sheets scattered everywhere, there was not the slightest sign of life. I can never forget..

This is the Dakar, in its strongest accents, remembered by Ciro De Petri. The terrible accident at the Pharaohs in the 1992 convinced him to abandon. "Yes probably the spring that triggered in me the decision to stop also came as a result of the accident. Two months in a coma is no joke. But, it's going to look weird, a nonsense, the accident was an opportunity to get back in the saddle again, for the last time. Coming out of the horns I slowly recovered, but I was left with a kind of numbness and tiredness; a real torment. One morning, three months ago, i decided i'd come back to run. I resumed training and immediately i passed all the ailments; i'd already won, even before starting the race".

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Yamaha XTZ 850 R, The end (almost) of prototypes

In 1994 Yamaha decided not to participate in with the official team as opposed to the amendment to regulation that sanctioned the end of prototype category and not having time to prepare a bike to conquer decided not to participate in, first time since he started Paris-Dakar. Yamaha 1994 presents the new bike XTZ 850 R.

With production costs limited to 140.000 Francs for at least fifteen motorcycles produced identically.

And together with the XTZ 850 R was also presented the XTZ 660 Super Production. The price wanted to encourage private pilots and crews who could purchase motorcycles ready to officially fixed price.

However, experts have secretly assessed the production price of the XTZ 850 R much higher! The patron Yamaha Motor France not denied this assertion, indeed confirmed that the bike was a bike race in every respect and that was worth more than its price. A bargain for the private buyer.
Peterhansel had prepared perfectly his motorcycle and had made an identical series and was almost unbeatable.

Of 15 bikes prepared ten were sold to private individuals, as Tais Sport and the team Les Copains, the bikes were presented and sold in white livery and front aluminum tanks. The XTZ 850 R were very few riders were able to fully exploit these performance, nEl 1996 Orioli won with the White Lady, While nEl 1995, 1997 and 1998 Peterhansel won the XTZ 850 R to derivation TDM passed to the engine TRX, in fact the bikes were homologated for road use with the initials 3VD, as TDM.

 

Jean Claude Oliveir, Patron of Yamaha Motor France with Stephane Peterhansel to the presentation of the model 1994

Jean Claude Oliveir, Patron of Yamaha Motor France with Stephane Peterhansel to the presentation of the model 1994

A special feature, the bikes were sold to customers with the white frame, While the internal team had the blue frame as the bike. The bike In addition to those at the home of Perterhansel (Dakar 1998) one is on display at the Museum in Japan that is not 1997 (is a disguised clients) one pair at Yamaha Motor France, one or two in Italy the others are one in Spain and a couple between France and Germany.
Almost all XTZ 850 R are still in very good shape and fully functional.

Text Giovanni Mug Fantazzini

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Yamaha XTZ 660 Super Production

To try to avoid the excessive power of prototypes to Dakar, race direction towards the end of 1993 will changing the rules, and introduce the category sports prototypes, motion of derived from the series. The Yamaha having little time to prepare and divergences with the race direction, no sign up no team to Dakar 1994.

During the 1995 the Yamaha Motor France could no longer count on prototypes from Japan, in his own Studio prepares two small motorcycle series, 15 two cylinders and 15 single cylinder. The twin cylinder directly derived from the prototype in 1993, Barigo frame and TDM motor, as featured on the registration certificates of motorcycle, bike suitable for professional pilots and experts.

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The single cylinder engine derived from the XTZ 660 with chassis modifications, suspensions, the airbox and abutments, adapted and prepared for amateurs who were in the sphere of Yamaha France.
The important changes were been tested by Stéphan Peterhansel at Nevada Rally. 25577234_ 10211073917748227_1633602844_o

The fuel capacity was increased to 37 litres with two aluminium front tanks (an optional rear 5 liters), The Paramotor receives a water reservoir in aluminium, the removable rear subframe is steel, the fork is a Kayaba from 43 mm the range YZ prepared in hydraulics and the springs, the shock is an Ohlins dedicated measures and in the tank, the box section aluminium swingarm is made to measure with a chance for quick removal of the rear wheel, the silencer is a First Racing, the airbox is original but amended (with a wider aperture and a second filter, Some were equipped with dedicated aluminium filter case).
The windshield and side covers are in polyester reinforced with carbon fiber, front and rear fenders come from WR 250, the saddle is specific polyester. The navigation equipment is required and includes electric Trip MD and triple ICO.

18817906_ 10209548817781681_103864442_oThe sale price included the bike, But even a kit of parts provided, assistance and transportation of meals during the event. The 15 motorcycle will quickly find buyers, including the Team "Les Copains” composed by Christian Sarron , Pierre Landereau, Philippe Alliot and Raphael de Montrémy. Jacques Laffite will race on a TT 350 and Thierry Magnaldi on XTZ850R.

Among the other drivers even the pilot famosl/sailor/journalist Thierry Rannou, Egfried Depoorter and others.
About half of 14 Moto also raced in the Dakar 1996 with Marc Troussard, Michel Servet and others.
Saw the request, and the high price of Super Production, the Yamaha Motor France, prepared in 1995 two sets of bike for racing raid, the Marathon and the Marathon Rally, both made to base XTZ 660 but with few and targeted changes. The Marathon: tanks and suspension. The Marathon Rally: suspension tanks and filter box. For both no changes to the chassis.

Special Tks Giovanni Mug Fantazzini

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Cagiva elephant Marathon Dakar 1994

The wealthiest enthusiasts, celebrated the birth of the regulation Marathon for Paris-Dakar 1994, that would make it to the use of means of direct derivation by means of series (choice who slew the expensive official prototypes).
Cagiva set up then the 944 Marathon, that was the basis for the motorcycle driven by CH Racing team Roberto Azzalin and that went on sundries varesina the second Dakar with Edi Orioli.

The Marathon regained several fine details of the previous 900 IE but went even further: Apart from just the return of coupled Marzocchi Magnum – Ohlins, on this special version was adopted a front rim from 21 ", best suited for use in off road (comprehensive measures 90x90x21″ and 140x90x18″) but especially the unprecedented (series production) engine 944 CC powered by refined Carburetors Keihin FCR flat valve capable of delivering 75 horses and 7, 25kgm.

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ERI Orioli Dakar King… and Paris 1994

Big changes to Dakar 1994. The ride passed into the hands of the ASO Group, changing the rules, penalizing the “formula one” of the desert. We left from Paris and, After a turning point in Dakar, the 16th Edition ended again in Paris.

The Yamaha, contrary to the change in regulation, He resigned in protest. Orioli came running with a Cagiva, still prepared by Azzalin, a version “mortified” derived from production motorcycle went into production in the meantime. The Dakar that year was at least “discontinuous” due to a series of organizational problems that led to the cancellation of some stages.

KTM, which presented for the first time an official team organized around its ACE Heinz Kinigadner, He won the first stages enduristiche, then it was a triumphal March of Cagiva. The strip contains, MAS, Gallardo, but especially Orioli.

The Dakar 1994 focused with a riveting duel between Friulian and Jordi strip contains, just a few months away from that, victorious, of the Pharaohs. Yet in Bordeaux Orioli had to already change its engine, and in the night gives Boutilimit, halfway through the stage “Marathon” that would have ended at Atar, was with sixth gear that wouldn't fit more: everything seemed to have put back in play. The regulation prevented a second change of engine, and it is here that entered the scene Pattono and Minelli, two mechanics Cagiva from great qualities and great-hearted.

The mechanics will make a difference, all night they alighted a motor (the retired Goffoy) and then another (to Orioli), to perform the transplant Exchange gear. A night spent in white, where you worked hard and without interruption, but it was worth the effort, the bike was ready for the next morning.

Orioli would do the rest, outclassing poor strip contains, that on that occasion went down in history as holder of second place with less detachment, Orioli joined like a King, triumphantly on the Champs Elysées.