Meoni 2002

DAKAR 2002 | Fabrizio's second

Text by PIERO BATINI – (MOTO.IT)

When Fabrizio Meoni wins his first Dakar, in 2001, the history of the famous African marathon turns the page to open one of its most beautiful chapters. Fabrizio gives KTM his first win, and in the Mattighoffen Factory the enthusiasm for the Dakar explodes, until then nourished above all by the passion of Heinz Kinigadner. Stefan Pierer, the owner of KTM, flies to Dakar to hug his Champion on the Pink Lake Beach, and with tears in his eyes for emotion he lets go, announcing not only that the Factory will engage even more on the legendary competition but also that KTM will even descend on the Moto GP tracks.

We're talking about 20 years ago, and only now can we say that that of the Austrian Boss had not been a unseated end in itself, but the anecdote only serves to make us understand what enthusiasm generated that victory of Fabrizio Meoni. Back in Italy, Meoni expected to be confirmed in a team with the same set-up as the one that had won the race for the first time, and instead received the proposal to develop a motorcycle intended for a new series of road KTM. An ambitious project, even more so when compared to the Dakar of which Meoni had become the emblem.

 

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Fabrizio's primary task was to test the robustness and reliability of solutions to be developed quickly, and give to the draft frame, in which a brand new 75° and 950cc V-twin was housed, designed by Claus Holweg, a definitive functional form. The development work was carried out by Meoni together with ktm's historical technician, Bruno Ferrari, called Iron, and the mechanic/pilot Arnaldo Nicoli, that alternated with Meoni in the tests. There was no hurry, and, I think, not even too much certainty of outcome, in Stefan Pierer's proposal, but there was total in the challenge collected by Meoni and the Iron. In October, KTM 950 Rally was ready.

Meoni took her to her victorious debut in Egypt, and was ready to play the Title in that edition of the Dakar that started from Arras on 28 December, to end the 13 January on the shores of Lake Rosa. Batini and Meoni With the single-cylinder KTM won, one after the other, De Gavardo, Rome, The strip contains, up to the eighth stage, when the Dakar entered Mauritania. Between Tan Tan and Zouerate, Meoni led to victory for the first time his big and heavy, but also very powerful and exploitable, 950 Rally. With the single cylinder they then continued to win De Gavardo, Cox and Rome, but Meoni remained at the top of the Rally, albeit with Rome only one minute late.

 

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The Dakar number 24 became a private affair between Meoni and Rome, that was getting closer and closer. The stage between Tichit and Kiffa was Meoni's masterpiece that managed to mock Rome, to make him lose his head and direction, and to force him to surrender and, Finally, at the retreat. KTM won all arras-madrid-dakar specials, Meoni only two stages and, for the second time in a row, the legendary race. It was a memorable victory, and for Meoni perhaps even more significant than the first, obtained the previous year. was, In fact, a moral victory even greater than the sporting one, with which Meoni demonstrated how it was possible, as long as you have a strength of character and determination certainly not common, win any challenge, including that of a motorcycle on the paper unlikely.

This exclusivity of Meoni's strength was also demonstrated by the very short sporting career of the LC8 950 Rally. Roma chose her for the World Championship season, won in Tunisia but then, frightened by the difficulty of controlling the beast, refused then to drive her again. That bike, In fact, could be guided with complete mastery only by Fabrizio Meoni and Giovanni Sala.

Source La Stampa
https://www.lastampa.it/motori/moto/2016/01/07/news/magia-dakar-edizione-2002-la-seconda-volta-di-meoni-1.36547084?refresh_ce

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Dakar 2002 | The regret of Giò Sala

Concluding the “Dakar” 2002 Sixth Giovanni Sala scored its best performance since, in ' 98, He began his adventure in the most established and hard African rally. At the onset had in fact concluded 17°, in ' 99 he was rated 7° and had grasped the first stage win, in 2000 He had been forced to retire and the past year had placed only 14° but had centered four partial victories.

On return from Senegal: “i'm satisfied but i still commect too much naivety”

“I am satisfied with my result, There is no doubt” He told us the champion of Gorle upon his return from the senegalese capital “Although the eve I had set as a goal to finish in the top five. I went very close, I got two stage wins, and I gained so much experience that I can leverage in upcoming occasions that may happen. In this area I think much and although I already 38 years I think I can still give a lot. The winner of the race, My teammate and friend Mahmoodi, of years has just turned 44, Yet at present is certainly the best and most complete of all”.

 

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He had two days of glory but also several setbacks, It's true?
“In fact, especially in the first few fractions of African race, those in Morocco. Our new Ktm twin had been prepared especially in Tunisia and had raced in Egypt, so soft and sandy terrain. On the stones and rocks of Morocco has created some difficulties, especially with the clutch, but when we have identified the cause of the problem and we fixed it up, everything went smooth away. Any anger he then procured the foreign traffic penalty by exceeding the speed when exiting a village but was suddenly anything but dangerous and I don't really remember going so strong so much that I even thought it had been traded my number 7 with the number 1 by Mahmoodi. Him at that point he confessed he had given a lot of gas. A big job in the third last leg I instead naivete, the marathon between Tichit and Kiffa. I had won the day before and then had to leave first and then lead the way. I've gotten pretty well but I took the control stamp secret and I suffered another heavy penalty. The next day I could win again but I lost a couple of minutes to help a competitor cadutomi front and are so finished second behind half a minute while the last brief sojourn on the pink Lake Dakar, that well knew, allowed me anyway to top it off”.

How do you judge this “Dakar” compared to those in which he participated in gio-sala-dakar_2002_01Earlier?
“It was a bit ' special, sharply divided into two. The first part, up to to Atar, undemanding and selective than ever so that the rest day of the Epiphany proved almost useless, at least for us beginners. The next stages instead really infernal, able to wear anyone. Absurd, then, in my opinion, the villages at night. We must consider that there are potholes and pitfalls everywhere and then over there across the street dozens of animals, all difficulties in the dark it is not easy to evaluate, particularly for us bikers who we will arrange fixtures still limited”.

Riding a Thumper would go maybe better?
“In fact I suffered a great deal on twin-cylinder weight. Even Meoni had similar problems but he drives motorcycle rally all year, I for several months step those enduro, decidedly more agile, and so I find it more difficult to adapt. In any case it is hard to say how it would go and, in any case, If I can compete again in this race, I'd like to try again with the twin. You've got discomfort at some stage but it gives great satisfaction in many other”.

In this race you only grows as pilots or even as men?
“It is true, It gives you much also from the human point of view. Explore deeper into yourself, outbursts of solidarity that inspires you in everyday life are not as spontaneous, You also hardening in the spirit, allows you to know reality so different. Also in the relationship with the other competitors you create something special which is not the case in other races”.

After five world titles in the enduro his current dream is just win once the Dakar?
“I can't deny that this competition has for me a remarkable charm. I really want to do well in rallying and because the Dakar is the Queen of the rally is clear that I would be able to conquer it. However, realist and I must admit to not being probably not ready yet, too often do I incur in blunders, in crap that someone like Meoni wouldn't. However, taking advantage of each new mistake also feel to improve and who knows that sooner or later you don't learn all the tricks and can put them into practice at its best”.

In the short term, what are its programmes?
“After this meal of about ten thousand km riding sleeping little or nothing, I really think I am going to give ten days to stop. I will dedicate to the affections and the fans, then at the end of the month there is the rally enduro blues and then testing with the 520 with whom I will participate to the Italian enduro Championship and in 600 4 times, the displacement that I longed for some time. Finally was accommodated. The first major race will be the opening of the Tricolor, at the beginning of March, While the next rally should be the one in Tunisia, in April”.

Interview by: Danilo Sechi
source: http://www.motowinners.it/fuoriclasse Bg/Sala/Sala.htm

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Luciano Carcheri, I'll tell you my last Dakar 2002

When the race becomes almost insane, mainly due to bad weather, the whole thing verges on madness. That in this edition GI_112the Paris-Dakar I knew there was something strange in the first European side having spent the first four days of competition in the rain. In Madridho had to remove the Fender bass on stage because the mud I was blocking the front wheel, so once landed in Morocco, I started the real Dakar from bottom of the League. Addressed the first part of the race very carefully because of the treacherous slopes and numerous stones, I started after the rest day in Atar from 50° place overall.

I ran eight I finished six. After 100.000 kilometres in Africa I feel satisfied. I would say that is enough.

As race tactics and how my habit, the ride “Vera” for me it would be game to Atar, but instead of there began my physical problems. Trying the bike, in the evening, a chill provoked me intestinal problems, I have walked so Atar's stage of 404 km in disastrous conditions. At the finish line are literally collapsed and there were loaded on to a means of & #8217; organization that brought me into the medical tent. Cures & numerous IV (about a dozen due to dehydration) I put it together, but in the morning at dawn I had to prove to doctors who had treated sufficient qualities of driving safety in order to continue the race. After removing the IV, I “exhibited” in agility skills (style Cada Fracci) and only after they are convinced I was allowed to leave for the next stop Atar-Tidjikja of 502 km. At that point I rushed to eat, to fix this in the chest that is transported by air to the next bivouac, and to retrieve the bike Meanwhile my mechanic Ramon, had placed.

GI_097I kept so my eighth Dakar recovering day after day and in Tichit-Tichit stage, stage without Gps points and where many have not found the CP3 (I to find it I did 50 km in over night in & #8217; grass “camel”) and proceeded to Tichit to 19.30. That night I slept about five hours and are broken down by the second Marathon stage Tichit-Kiffa-Dakar (a total of 1.472 km) that for me was the hardest one especially because it rained constantly and c & #8217; it was very muddy. In order to take this part, I had to disassemble in special stage the Fender bass with mud blocking the wheel and as a result I was falling, so I had to go well 600 km of off-road almost everyone in the mud, at night with no lights, because the mud splashed from the front wheel is deposited on the lighthouse, on glasses, on the helmet and quant & #8217; else reducing myself a mud mask.

GI_034In order to continue the transfer of night, I thought of exploiting the headlights of trucks, but this system worked fine until it came to one of the many intersections and Bifurcations: at that point I had to many times to stop and wait for the next truck since the fork had chosen different paths. Upon arrival to gasoline around 3.00 At night, I was exhausted, I closed my eyes to tiredness. At that point I decided (also because it had finally stopped raining) to rest a & #8217; now, so I lay down on the ground in the shelter of drums of gasoline. Finished this nightmare, I stopped at the border with Senegal a wash that in addition to wash the bike was propitiatory for the pilot. The next day the stage Dakar-Dakar, footbridge over the Lake Rose, was a veritable formality.GI_001

I have to say that I finished this eighth Dakar low ears; before leaving I assumed that arrive at the pink Lake, aside from mechanical problems, It would have been much easier. I have to say in this regard that my KTM worked great as usual. This twenty-fourth edition was one of the toughest disputed by me; I'm definitely satisfied with being high on arrival six times out of eight investments. I thank all those who have helped me over the years and especially Emilio Giletti, great man and great sportsman, who by his immense passion and willingness allowed me to be present at the world's hardest Marathon Rally against riders and teams more organized and prepared for this big event.

The Paris-Dakar for me retires. With this eighth edition I have walked more than 100.000 kilometres in Africa between rallies and excursions, and I feel really satisfied for everything I've done. Farewell to Dakar, doesn't mean I'll just sit on our hands or TVs with ve-der run others. A new extreme challenge is plaguing me… now I think a little’ to rest and soon after we talk about.

Luciano Carcheri
Source Motosprint

 

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Nani Roma and “fear of winning”

Dakar 2002 – From the fourth to the seventh stage Nani Roma is leading the General, at Zouerate in the eighth, Meoni takes the lead. Nani starts his pursuit: the twelfth the two are in close proximity and with minimum detachment reaching Tichit in Mauritania. It takes only two decisive stages for the final victory of the Dakar 2002. And this is where amazing happens.

14th stage Tichit-Kiffa Municipality 473 kilometers. Nani turns around and keeps on going, He turns again and continues on his way, don't know if you missed it or if it is the right way. Because there is no one? Where are the others? Yet the track is here, the GPS says so, even the roadbook. Or maybe not?

"I was supposed to do a half turn and go look for the track good, It was clear that it could be the one. I felt that I was wrong but I didn't have the clarity to come back ".

A few meters after Nani is over the crest of a mountain, tries to climb, trying to find an opening, Search a valley in which slip, find a hole to exit the tunnel. Nani is in cage, bangs his head against the bars and looking for an exit as a tiger at the zoo. Where is stuck cannot be a ground to Dakar, is a path of trial!. The bike falls from his hands, the slips down the mountainside, try to climb, get out but still falls. His bike is too heavy and bulky, No one would be able to get her out of there. Does not pass anyone. Fabrizio is a few meters from him Crow, but down at the side of the mountain and travels in a piston diameter 120 per hour. While the other goes, Nani tries to make impossible Mule.

A helicopter of the French television, follows the whole sequence, the cameras follow the efforts of animal crazy. The aircraft remains on the scene, It cannot relinquish himself. And try, try, and try again. The mountain is bigger than him but Nani continues, coughing up blood, trying to climb over. Then drops to the bottom of the Valley, Slow down, is sitting, the bike stutters and is out of control, He walks with difficulty because it is unmanned, Nani is clinging to the handlebars but semi-passed out. The bike moves forward slowly to inertial force, then bends to the ground with his helpless pilot. The helicopter comes to rest at his side. Nani trembles, She's cold, is terrified. "You didn't hurt", the surrurra inside the helmet Gerard Roltz, France Television journalist. No, you haven't done nothin', fell from a standstill. But inside you that bad: "stupid! It was enough to make half a turn, Instead I tried to climb Everest!”

The Grand Champion, hope that seven years earlier had caused to be written by himself, is once again on her knees.
Thanks to Guido Conter for representing in words what the video couldn't.

 

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Pujol Isidro e Giò Dakar Room 2002

In this video of the Dakar 2002 We highlight some very exciting aspects related to this race: the first is the extraordinary solidarity that exists between the bikers. GIO Sala does not hesitate a moment to succor Isidre Pujol found along the track, While there are those who Dodge at the last and doesn't stop.
Not least is the extraordinary tenacity that characterizes the bikers: Hall asks whether it should operate the Balises to get relief efforts, but that estrometpartnership opens up automatically from the race, but Pujol despite being clearly in pain and in shock from the fall, asks him not to enable it to continue. The caresses of the Hall are from goosebumps and require no comments. For the record, both arrived in Dakar, Pujol in 5th position and in Room 6a.

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My Dakar 2002 by Giò Hall

Concluding the “Dakar” 2002 Sixth Giovanni Sala scored its best performance since, in ' 98, He began his adventure in the most established and hard African rally. At the onset had in fact concluded 17°, in ' 99 he was rated 7° and had grasped the first stage win, in 2000 He had been forced to retire and the past year had placed only 14° but had centered four partial victories.

“I am satisfied with my result, There is no doubt” He told us the champion of Gorle upon his return from the senegalese capital “Although the eve I had set as a goal to finish in the top five. I went very close, I got two stage wins, and I gained so much experience that I can leverage in upcoming occasions that may happen. In this area I think much and although I already 38 years I think I can still give a lot. The winner of the race, My teammate and friend Mahmoodi, of years has just turned 44, Yet at present is certainly the best and most complete of all”.

– You had two days of glory but also several mishaps, It's true?
“In fact, especially in the first few fractions of African race, those in Morocco. Our new Ktm twin had been prepared especially in Tunisia and had raced in Egypt, so soft and sandy terrain. On the stones and rocks of Morocco has created some difficulties, especially with the clutch, but when we have identified the cause of the problem and we fixed it up, everything went smooth away. Any anger he then procured the foreign traffic penalty by exceeding the speed when exiting a village but was suddenly anything but dangerous and I don't really remember going so strong so much that I even thought it had been traded my number 7 with the number 1 by Mahmoodi. Him at that point he confessed he had given a lot of gas. A big job in the third last leg I instead naivete, the marathon between Tichit and Kiffa. I had won the day before and then had to leave first and then lead the way. I've gotten pretty well but I took the control stamp secret and I suffered another heavy penalty. The next day I could win again but I lost a couple of minutes to help a competitor cadutomi front and are so finished second behind half a minute while the last brief sojourn on the pink Lake Dakar, that well knew, allowed me anyway to top it off”.

How do you rate this “Dakar” than those which he attended previously?
“It was a bit ' special, sharply divided into two. The first part, up to to Atar, undemanding and selective than ever so that the rest day of the Epiphany proved almost useless, at least for us beginners. The next stages instead really infernal, able to wear anyone. Absurd, then, in my opinion, the villages at night. We must consider that there are potholes and pitfalls everywhere and then over there across the street dozens of animals, all difficulties in the dark it is not easy to evaluate, particularly for us bikers who we will arrange fixtures still limited”.

Riding a Thumper would go maybe better?
“In fact I suffered a great deal on twin-cylinder weight. Even Meoni had similar problems but he drives motorcycle rally all year, I for several months step those enduro, decidedly more agile, and so I find it more difficult to adapt. In any case it is hard to say how it would go and, in any case, If I can compete again in this race, I'd like to try again with the twin. You've got discomfort at some stage but it gives great satisfaction in many other”.

In this race you only grows as pilots or even as men?
“It is true, It gives you much also from the human point of view. Explore deeper into yourself, outbursts of solidarity that inspires you in everyday life are not as spontaneous, You also hardening in the spirit, allows you to know reality so different. Also in the relationship with the other competitors you create something special which is not the case in other races”.

-After five world titles in the enduro his current dream is just win once the Dakar?
“I can't deny that this competition has for me a remarkable charm. I really want to do well in rallying and because the Dakar is the Queen of the rally is clear that I would be able to conquer it. However, realist and I must admit to not being probably not ready yet, too often do I incur in blunders, in crap that someone like Meoni wouldn't. However, taking advantage of each new mistake also feel to improve and who knows that sooner or later you don't learn all the tricks and can put them into practice at its best”.

What are your short term programs?
“After this meal of about ten thousand km riding sleeping little or nothing, I really think I am going to give ten days to stop. I will dedicate to the affections and the fans, then at the end of the month there is the rally enduro blues and then testing with the 520 with whom I will participate to the Italian enduro Championship and in 600 4 times, the displacement that I longed for some time. Finally was accommodated. The first major race will be the opening of the Tricolor, at the beginning of March, While the next rally should be the one in Tunisia, in April”.

Interview with Danilo Sechi
http://www.motowinners.it/fuoriclasse%20Bg/Sala/Sala.htm

Coma-2002

Suzuki CSV 650 Dakar 2002 – The bike of the debut of Marc Coma

A few years ago, Bastella Motorcycle Museum has exhibited an impressive number of motorcycles returning from Dakar of all vintages. For fans of the genre, the Prado and the Louvre were annihilated, faced with this. And we were amazed to this twin-cylinder engine with Sotelo and frame Suzuki SV650: a nice sturdy twin-cylinder power delivery solution for V2 from off-road, We'd buy again, If there was a production tell series.

But even more amazing was see the pilot: Marc Coma, Today the number one, at that time unknown. Yet, It was just the 2002, We do not understand how we run a motorcycle so interesting since it, every Dakar, We always try to find out if there is anyone in riding motorcycles strange.

(Off-road Motorcycling Source – Museum of Motion Picture, Bastella, Spain).

Special tkanks Gianni Uomodighiaccio