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DAKAR 1996 | Edi's dedication

A great feat – says Edi Orioli – I convinced everyone, even those who wouldn't bet a dime on me. But unfortunately this success tastes a little’ different from the previous ones. I miss a person who has always been able to share this joy with me, my first fan.

Three months ago Bruno died, my father and during this whole race I couldn't help but think that on my return home there would be no more him to welcome me. And’ my fourth Dakar won, with three bikes of different brand, and my dedication goes absolutely to my father: would have been happy to see me fight against everyone and everything to return to the top step of the fateful podium on the shores of Lake Rosa.

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As for the rest, maybe I don't have the right stimuli to get back to competing with this formula. I won the Dakar of the modern era, but I'm hopelessly tied to the one that ran at the beginning, with road-book in hand delivered only a few hours before the start of the stage.

Today there are the satellite, orientation tools and then the medium allows you crazy performance. At one time we had to study how to overcome a dune, now the bike goes anywhere and on any kind of terrain, just keep the gas open. Do you think I've traveled, with cramps in the hand, 350 miles to 174 kilometers per hour: hallucinating!

And’ it was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He gassed me, I'm back to being number one, but it didn't taste like the previous teeth. I owe a big thank you to Nicola Poggio. Without his precious help, this would not have been possible, without taking into account that Belgarda's initiative at Dakar, Yamaha France is his idea, proposed to the top of the House of his own accord. A team manager like him is truly irreplaceable.

 

 

Yamaha 1996

DAKAR 1996 | The Queen is the Yamaha

The XTZ 850 RX won the Dakar 1996; the vehicle available to Edi Orioli was pretty much the same as Stephane Peterhansel. “Ace in the ammortizzatore_1996Sleeve” powerful twin-cylinder 850 cc was a new mono-shock, studied in France in collaboration with a team of US technicians. Traditional type, about aesthetics, can be counted among the new generation of suspensions or those called “Smart”.

A probe within the mechanism, dipped in oil, allows you to anticipate the movement of the same, making the wheel even more tighter, copying and absorbing the harshness of the path. The operation of this shock is mechanical. Actually, if in the first part of the itinerary he did very well his task, then this system went a little bit’ in crisis in the second part of the race (especially on Orioli's bike), when he found particularly rough terrain.

In the last stage Edi even had to finish the race at a very low pace, just because of the head rupture of this shock. The engine is excellent on the contrary, reliable and powerful. And’ an updated and corrected version of the 850 TDM, able to develop about 90 HP. Has liquid cooling, five valves for cylinder and double camshaft on the head commanded by Morse chain. The start-up is electric and the dry-paper lubrication system.

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The frame is the same as last season, motorbeam boxed; the fork is a Kayaba with stems overturned by 46 mm in diameter. Orioli's bike mounted a kevlar paracup. The power problems recorded by the Peterhansel medium, seem to be entirely due to a fuel supply that is not particularly clean; problem also recorded by other competitors. And’ Yamaha's eighth overall victory at the Dakar. In this edition she has climbed to the first step of the podium eight times.

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Dakar 1996 | Edi puts the fourth!

And’ been the rally of adventurers, the outburst of the sick of “Mal d'africa”, the expensive showcase of the international jet-set, the impossible race for real professionals and ended up creating a real fashion on which our industry has lived for some time. Following his example, desert competitions have begun to make themselves known and to grow in importance.

Then fashion is a little’ Changed; the cost of participating in these races has become unsustainable for private individuals and it seemed that they should disappear permanently from the international scene. But the African rally par excellence had the strength of “redo the trick” and re-propose itself as a driving example for other raids. Abandoned the frills and the useless, has returned to being concrete, engaging and spectacular and above all at your fingertips for everyone.

The new edition of the African Marathon hailed the fourth success of Edi Orioli, about Yamaha. The new formula is widely supported and brings this race back to discrete levels of interest. The duel between single-cylinder and twin-cylinder continues.

But unfortunately also tragic. The toll of human lives sacrificed by the Dakar, also for this year, it's sta-to heavy: two dead. Laurent Gueguen, 27 years, married and father of two children, behind the wheel of the Citroen assistance truck jumped on a mine (in all likelihood), during the fifth stage. Marcel Pilet, riding his KTM, crossing the village of Terambeli, in 30 miles from Labé, invested a little girl, killing her.

A breeze, 3 stages won and second absolute: Jordi Arcarons

A breeze, 3 stages won and second absolute: Jordi Arcarons

It goes on like this, Unfortunately, the long list of nefarious days that indelibly marks this competition, as if she were forced to pay a real toll for violating pristine lands. Always fatality or bad luck are the companions of the Dakar and in some ways have often had the upper hand over show and spirit of adventure, positive rally constants.

Over the years, the organisers have been looking for more suitable formulas for the needs of the pilots and the whole caravan that for a fortnight and beyond 10 thousand kilometers of pistes, faced this experience. Unfortunately, the choices have not always been right and often have the purpose of betraying the expectations, without guaranteeing that spectacle related to the adventure that remains the driving reason for this race.

Today, of that billionaire caravan that crossed the desert until a few years ago there was no trace left. Who would have thought. After hitting rock bottom in the years '93/94, almost forgotten, the Dakar, adventure for a few unstoppable lovers of confrontation with “the impossible”, has returned to arouse some interest among fans. And above all, motorcycle racing and motorcycle competition are the new driving force of this race.

The Spaniard Sotelo, third in the absolute

The Spaniard Sotelo, third in the absolute

Merit? Certainly of Hubert Auriol, ex-dakarian of the first hour, winner of two editions riding a two-wheeler and the last one sitting behind the wheel of a 4×4. The only driver capable of imposing themselves in these two categories. The French, current director of the TSO, seems to have guessed the right formula, referring to the rightful role of the queen of African competitions. He took hold of the sceptre of the Dakar in the 1994, after Gilbert Sabine's failed experience.

And soon he managed to give a new identity to this rally, following the principle of return to basics. The race has always lived on the presence of private individuals and those who were basically attracted by adventure and Africa. The current formula, In fact, allowed with an expense “Modest” compared to the recent past of signing up a little bit’ everyone. The experience gained by Auriol in these years and his own great passion for Africa, allowed the Dakar to return to being spectacular, charming and, as much as possible, Safe.

Especially the new director and his staff were able to identify and solve the problems and errors that in the past have conditioned this race. He needed a man with an iron fist, that he could decide for everyone, with responsibility for the lives of hundreds of people. A commitment that is no small feat, the one auriol hired, the newfound leader of this race. This year, the number of enrolments has increased by 25% compared to the edition 1995, reaching a record-breaking figure of almost 300 pilots, 140 bikers.

Competitors, In addition, they were able to discover an untold journey in the 70%, suitable for both the twin-cylinder and the new “Fashion” monocylinders. Few transfers, which according to Auriol deconcentrate the pilots and are often the cause of accidents and especially a particularly varied route, with 15 stages one different from the other. Particular attention has also covered the part of television coverage and press. with over 80 countries interested in live links with the stages of the raid.

Despite everything, the ineffable organization set up by the French ended up clashing with the fatality, the unexpected and the unavoidable event. But the rallies, as indeed all motor racing, i'm unfortunately also this. It is certain that this Dakar seems to be heading towards a new cycle, as well as all the rallies of this kind. La Desert Cannonball, The Tunisia Rally and the Atlas Rally are proof of this; have renewed their formula, taking into account the needs (also economic) of “Private” and having a fair amount of success.

The Houses have organized to sell in affordable numbers prepared bikes, ensuring adequate assistance in the race. This could be the “Track” right to return to give definitive interest to a spectacular motoring discipline.

FOURTH SUCCESSO: EDI INDOMABILE
Lake Rosa greeted the “Poker” by Edi Orioli. The 33-year-old ceresetto driver from Martignacco hit his fourth Dakar. A success that came a little’ to surprise, but explainable by his long experience in rallies. Edi from these races he inherited everything, Success, Money, professional accolades, as much as even victories in international enduro had assured him.

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The latter was one of the toughest editions of the Dakar. The new route was particularly difficult and although the GPS gave a huge hand to the competitors, navigation and especially tactical and race intelligence have had their decisive weight. The return of the route along the slopes of Mauritania, Iguekkateme's pitch, always in that area, and the hard track of Guinea, were decisive.

Only 50 pilots on arrival on 140 motorcyclists who kicked off. The 6.000 miles of special tests have left their mark. To get to the goal it was necessary to save the means and the energies. And then the contestants presented themselves with an unusual scenario, l’“herbe à chameaux” or infernal bushes among the sand and the dunes that broke the rhythm, but above all the arms. In the first and last part of the route, especially, abundant rain has allowed this type of vegetation, literally translated into “camel grass”, to grow lush, creating an additional obstacle.

Many stage covers, it starts with Heinz Kinigadner, the first favorite to leave the stage with his KTM, retired to fifty kilometres from the finish line of stage six. The Austrian had to return home with

Unlucky Heinz Kinigadner, forced to retire

Unlucky Heinz Kinigadner, forced to retire

a success and two second places. Different fate for Jordi Arcarons, KTM Lucky Strike team, the only one able to chase the wild Orioli, even though he finished second in over an hour from the Yamaha rider. Unlucky performance of the Italian team Cagiva CH Racing by Roberto Azzalin. Three official Cagiva Elefant motorcycles under the Kremlyovskaya brand were deployed, rely on David Trolli, Alexander Nifontov and Cyril Esquirol.

Unleashed the Italian Trolli, two specials won, but unfortunately forced to retire

Unleashed the Italian Trolli, two specials won, but unfortunately forced to retire

The Italian was in the race until the third stage, capturing two partial successes, two second places and two thirds. Unfortunately, he had to give up due to engine problems when he was back in the top flight. The turning point of the race took place during the stage leading to Zouerat, when the favorite Stephane Peterhansel had major problems with his twin-cylinder. The complaint

presented by Yamaha Motor France spoke of diesel in the tank instead of gasoline; the findings were not able to fully ascertain the cause and therefore the organisation rejected the complaint. Peterhansel, with almost three hours late on the first, had asked for the trial to be annulled; not satisfied he decided to abandon the race in the form of protest.

At this point began the solitary gallop of Edi Orioli, become the new leader of the general classification. Controlled Trolli and later Arcarons, with a sufficient margin of advantage to drive loosely. A small power problem, probably dirty gasoline for him too, made him lose precious minutes, as a problem with the rear shock forced him to slow down considerably in the last stage.

A win apiece also for Kari Tiainen Husqvarna and Thierry Magnaldi by Yamaha. As for the Italians, In addition to Trolli he has behaved well Fabrizio Meoni riding the KTM with two personal successes and a 39th place finish. There is also good evidence of Guido Maletti Kawasaki, sixth in the absolute, Maximus Church eighth, Emmanuel Christian 13th, Aldo Winkler Nineteenth, Angelo Fumagalli 20th and Alberto Morelli forty-nineth.

 

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Text: Biagio Shirts
Photo: Gigi Soldano DPPI

Trolli 1996

Dakar 1996, the defeat Cagiva

The Ducati twin-cylinder was pretty much the same as the previous season, that is, the tried-and-tested 90-degree V-cylinder, 904 cc cam mast on the head and two valves for demodrobic-controlled cylinder. The gearbox is five-speed, multiple dry disc clutch. The bike brought into the race by Trolli develops about 80 cv of maximum power. The ignition is inductive discharge electronics with variable advance.

Pictured is the support of the engine built on site with an iron bar.

Pictured is the support of the engine built on site with an iron bar.

The Ohlins moshock with compression and extension braking adjustment is also the same, and the Marzocchi fork is also 45 mm with a & #8217; excursion 290 Mm. The changes relate in part to fairing with a more aerodynamic design, different suspension calibration and a slight forward shift of the guide, resulting in different positioning of the saddle and tank.

The platforms have also been moved to the back of the bike, to make driving easier. The capacity of the front tank is 22 liters, while the back one contains 25 liters. The chassis is virtually the same as that of the standard bike with the addition of some reinforcement handkerchiefs in the rear areas and at the height of the fork attachment. And’ at the top trellis in square-section steel tubes and with the lower cradle in light alloy square tubes.

Cyril Equirol

Cyril Equirol

The vehicles in the race recorded the breakdown of the upper support support of the engine. On the official means, this has been rectified by making a change studied and implemented (even with the help of local artisans) on-site. An iron bar reinforced and supported the thruster by tying the carter to the frame in the area under the tank. In 435 km from arrival to Labè in Guinea, Trolli had to say goodbye to the chase to Orioli because of the rupture of the engine.

In the previous stage the pleasure had been unlucky breaking the gas command and lingering further. Also broken Cyril Equirol and Alexander Nifontov, both forced to retire. The first of the ten Cagiva prepared by Azzalin came in seventh place, led by Spanish Oscar Gallardo.

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DAKAR 1996 – KTM: a squadron in the wake of the winner

Four bikes in the top five positions; first place in the Marathon standings, in veterans and in women's. There is no shadow of a doubt, Dakar for the KTM it was a great test and missed (even if it's not cheap)
only victory.

The favourite was Heinz Kinigadner, but after his exit from the scene Jordi Arcarons held high the colors of the Austrian House and KTM1996meoni performed very well with him, Sainct, Jimink and Sotelo. Two types of bikes deployed at the start; one equipped with a powertrain 653 CC, entrusted to Arcarons, Sotelo and Kinigadner, the other of 609 cc for sale to everyone for the price of lilor 21 millions including support.

The philosophy of the Austrian brand, then, was also to allow at very low cost to participate in the Dakar to anyone who wanted to. And the proof that it's the medium “Official” both the one on sale were competitive as evidenced by the final ranking that saw seven “Kappa” in the top ten places. The engine is practically that of the “Duke, No.”; liquid-cooled monocylinder with balance-shaft (both in the version “Increased” both in the standard one).

The gearbox is five-speed; the oil bath clutch. As for the cycling part, The vehicles adopt White Power front and rear suspension. The rear shock has a 300 mm. The chassis is standard with reinforced rear bars to support the gasoline tank.

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Approximately the monocynderic develops a power of about 65 cv with a maximum speed of 175 km/h. The bike was more comfortable in the second part of the track and especially in Guinea, where treacherous and fast tracks, have enhanced the characteristics of this bike, by 148 kg. The cause of Kinigadner's forced stop, seems to have been similar to Peterhansel's, with a refueling “Dirty”.

Husqvarna_1996

DAKAR 1996 – Husqvarna and Tiainen, experiment almost succeeded

The cagiva Group's monocycling team wanted to compete with KTM. The experiment was entrusted to a dean of enduro competitions, Kari Tiainen. The debut was very happy; third in the dispersed acceleration test in Granada and first in the first real stage of the race. Unfortunately, once in Africa the Husqvarna monocylinder disappeared from the scene collecting, until the fifth stage where he then retired due to engine problems, placements only.

The Husqvarna brought to the race by Tiainen was prepared by the CH Racing Team. The experience was not the best. Kari retired in stage five.

The four-stroke CH Racing Team is closely derived from Jacky Martens' mo-to. Less compressed than the world cross bike, has a five-speed gearbox, a special tree balanced differently and mounts a biella a little’ longer so as to push less and consequently-mind strain less on the bench bearings.

The piston has a slightly higher plug, but a race identical to that of the cross bike. And’ oil pump has been installed, absent on the cross bike and the carter underwent an almost total change, just depending on the pump housing. The clutch is eight discs. The frame is reinforced in the area of the steering can-notth.

The Marzocchi fork is standard with a different calibration. The tank 22 litres has a bearing canvas. The electrical system is equipped with a battery, necessary for only the operation of the road book. The engine has a torque at low revs particularly effective and compared to the standard bike allows you to hold higher gears and for a period of time more much ago. The displacement is 650cc and develops more than 62 cv to the wheel. The weight of the single-cylinder 148 kg.

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Heinz Kinigadner – Dakar 1996

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My Dakar 1996 by Aldo Winkler

“On the last day, two special, so much tension, the goal is to get. The bike poor thing doesn't make it more.

The last stage which leads to pink Lake there is a sand chestnut, and hear you screaming in agony of my Kawasaki engine sucks and anxiety, I will always remember the poor Cavandoli that broke the bike 3 km to go.

The arrival is a liberation. Arrived! It was now an obsession, do 20 days with this sole purpose filled with joy, but at the same time feels a void interiore is lacking something.
The feelings after arrival in Dakar are contrasting: You must retrieve a weariness that stays for a while and I get a little existential crisis.
Thanks to Team Assomoto, Bruno Birbes, and thank you because in this Dakar I met a wonderful person, Alberto.”