The Dakar 1995 and “the hammer forbidden”

The Dakar 1995 goes down in history as that of the "hammer borrowed" by Stéphane Peterhansel by the Organization to straighten a dais during the neutralization of a supply. In practice there is no intention to infringe the regulation, but the atmosphere at the stage finish is, as always impregnated with toil and animation.

The pilots are seeking to recover, in that quarter of an hour "stop", maximum energy, and to repair small damages suffered during the first part of the Special. "Peter" has a crooked platform, testimony of a heavy fall. How did he get up there could go, certainly not in maximum comfort, but for a "hard" as the French problem is not serious. The bike is beside the supply truck, and Stèphane borrows a mallet to straighten the footrest and restore it to its original position.

Five hammer blows. The consequences, at the time, He doesn't think anybody.

Then someone suggests the "bias" and, in the evening, Jordi accuses his opponent of having benefited from the strip contains a form of uneven care. After a long discussion, the judge Iberian inflicts a penalty to Peterhansel of 15 minutes, three minutes per shot. The situation is reversed, Stephane passes from chased a pursuer. Tempers are hot, "Peter" bowing to the decision that penalizes ironic smiles. No small.

17th Granada-Dakar you decide between Bakel and Labé, with a stage to make my skin crawl. Peterhansel part heads down, whip his Yamaha twin, a "big beast" powerful but also very heavy, and uses the motorcycle built expressly for the Dakar as a nimble enduro bike, making the most of all its competitive potential and talent, but also of mechanics.

Fly literally on obstacles careless, for once, of the risks to which meets, and maintains the performance always, constantly at maximum. Peterhansel gets solo, He turns, There is no one.

Timescale begins establishing the effectiveness of that attack out of the ordinary, unusual for the "temperate" French champion. "Every passing minute is good, I can wait!” Finally comes the strip contains also, and at that point you might decide that Peterhansel won with 20 minutes of advantage. He slaughtered, disheartened the opponent, and restored the natural order of things. On the shores of Lake Rose, Peterhansel wins his fourth Dakar.

In memory of Peterhansel has no record of the Saffron con, but the memory of a simple and exciting stage in which he attacked as ever in his career. In our memory the memory of an unforgettable, exciting racing Enterprise.

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Gauri today

Beppe Gauri, the professor in the desert

Beppe Gauri said "Gualo", dreamt of Africa and has conquered with the steady pace and tenacity needed to run in the marathon category. She found her amazing solo competition and in any size color gradient of the dark continent.

What was for you the Dakar?

"My Dakar was adventure, risk and above all unknowns on the path, I think I can compare to the adventures of the pioneers crossing America on horseback without knowing of tomorrow. We had mechanical means, but the substance did not change, took a trip along with a gang of lunatics driving means improbable and utterly unreliable. "

The first Dakar and why.

"It's a strange story, What binds me to Dakar, coincidence would have it has crossed the convoy of the first edition in Africa; I was in the middle of the desert of Tenere and I saw a gang of lunatics driving Citroen 2CV, Piaggio Vespa and Renault4 and I knew that was going to be my next venture, without knowing exactly what it was. Thus the year after, in 1983, I attended my first Paris-Dakar. "

Adventure or competition?

"More than anything else personal challenge. The races were very different; I started off with a backpack to 25 kg with everything in it: Crown, pinion, chain and sleeping bag and the Holy card of Pope John. I wasn't hungry for victory, but I had a clear goal: starting to get to the bottom, without spare parts and, especially, without assistance. And so I found myself every blessed day to fix a problem with the material I had available using wire, Scotch and rummaging in the garbage of the field less ruined parts. Liken the Dakar with the challenge of eight thousand. The road is long, the hostile nature, the time tyrant, and, especially, There is the unknown factor of technical failure, because once the race was just one element of adventure. I remember some stages where I left the morning aware of having to travel 1.000 km of dunes and sand, knowing that I could meet a storm or have a thousand contingencies. "

An anecdote to tell us?

"When I decided to participate in the Dakar I asked for help from acquaintances and potential sponsors who not only had never heard about this race and remained speechless when I spoke of 20,000 km race, but mostly I have arsed thinking I'd lost your mind. "

How many have you done and what is the most Dakar all?

"I've been to 10 Dakar and almost certainly hold the record of African rallies: 65 with an average of 5/6 per year. To do this I had to make choices and I left my job as a physical education teacher. However, the most exciting Dakar was the first, the trip in the snow until Paris threatening to drop every single kilometer and, After the polar Cold, the desert, the jungle. Remember that at the start we were in 360 motorcycles and 250 car, almost 600 crews. Each race day we lost a piece, a team, a pilot. At the finish line in motion we arrived in 50, that's where you know the meaning of the word “selection”. And’ as if I survived a war, bringing home the skin ... Was different from what today call Dakar, It is as if you had successfully climbed ten peaks from 8,000 metres. Nobody would have bet on my arrival and instead we are here to tell it.”

Your first bike?

"A Honda XL 600 who lent me the Honda dealership in Milan Sibimotor, I fitted a roof rack, knobbly tires, I started and I won the marathon category. The marathon had strict rules, you could not replace anything worthwhile step in the prototype category, so the only solution was to repair what you broke as every detail of the bike was stamped. More than once I had to adjust the drain using cans of Coke cut in camp. "

How much was that participate?

Madness, Although the total cost I can't quantify it. The inscription was not an issue because the gas in the desert of Tenere I paid even 20,000 lire per liter. Then the return of the bike by boat and return air ticket. In addition various securities for the kit compasses, emergency flares and Balise – tool that enabled the rider's position in an emergency – which was even then a million. Still spending more gasoline: the Dakar I smoke about 5 million pounds of fuel only.”

You believe that bikes twins made it dangerous to Dakar?

"It is a mistake to think that the big twins have brought a greater danger to the rider, in fact the single cylinder with the passing of the seasons I can't any more, Yes “wardens” literally, already at that time the factory had six engines available. To make it more dangerous to Dakar were the arrival of GPS and navigation. Not surprisingly the charts you are shortened so monstrous: now it comes to postings of minutes, at the time between the first and second there could be even hours.”

The absolute best pilot you met?

"They say the results but not only: Edi Orioli. Besides being a great handcuff knew handle the gas and interpret the navigation. He used his head and thought doing a few errors. I remember because his first race, the Djerba 500 in which he participated with a Honda 500 4 times, I stuck up my ass and had professional approach not by enduro champion which was: He wanted to learn. The fastest was undoubtedly Ciro de Petri: had a stratospheric speed and his theory was “the important thing is to risk”: or fell or was lost or demolished him and the bike. "

What do you think of Dakar that takes place in South America?

"I'm no longer interested as then, considers that reflect paths that I have already lived with Camel Trophy and the rally by the Incas. And then condemn the misuse of a name which is related to Africa. I was not feeling well!”

Who wins the Dakar today? The pilot, the team or the reliable motorcycles?

"Today they're all great drivers but the difference is everything goes around, who runs to win has effective assistance. "

The Dakar hypothetically back in Africa, you go back?

Yes, If he comes back the Dakar to Thierry Sabine once rules, where the pilot had a weight and a value. But today there is no longer browsing and whoever has more money and more engines. With the means that I have I have no chance to make the result, Moreover I was born and I finished my private career as he always wanted to Sabine. "

Source: Red-live.it

Photo: Motociclismo.it

Boano 1998

Boano and its Africa Twin up in Dakar in 1998

Who has made a business out of normal is Roberto Boano, forty-seven years and five Dakar behind. Boano, In fact, led to the finish an Africa Twin, a bison to ride on the road, Imagine desert dunes.

"I have a special feeling with this bike, because although heavy is magic, at least on certain occasions.
Certain, with a Honda XR 400 I can also go back to Dakar, but never more with l’Africa Twin. Also because the race has changed a lot and not having fun anymore to ride a bike. But when you get to the Lake Rose forget everything and, suddenly, the 18 days of hell become a beautiful memory».
Roberto Boano finished 38°!

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Later we found an interview in which he spoke of this bike:

Today still uses the Africa Twin to speed?
“The red one by race, not the Marathon, I use it always, why invite me to see the old dinosaur do the donkey around and I soon again, I'm going to do some racing left and right and I must say that I still enjoy like crazy. But the Marathon I gave up using them because I'm sorry demolish them. Then this Marathon 004 He used my little son, Ivan, and basically he demolished. You know, Ivan is the most dangerous, Jarno a little’ He headed, Ivan no”.

What were the weaknesses of the bike, those on which you intervened to go running a Dakar?
“Vacuum fuel pump and regulator to keep an eye on. Otherwise it was a mule, think we brought down always the clutch plates and we haven't changed one…”.

Of controllers you were behind two or three?
“No, No, I have never burned or a pump or a regulator, but the fear was so great that one you were still behind”. Reinforcements to the frame if they were? “No, nothing. Watch the bike, If you had the courage to hold open, She broke you, but she never broke. Then I fell ever, why raise's bike with 50 litres of petrol, It was almost impossible for a saw like me…”.

Excerpt from an interview with Roberto Boano on Motosprint
Thanks to Roberto Pacheco

Thurs Hall 1998-1

Giovanni Sala to Dakar 1998

Very pleased Giovanni Sala, debuting at the Dakar 1998 and the first real experience with road book and GPS.

"After the first week – tells the enduro champion – I thought I had learned all the tricks of navigation; then I got lost a few times and I knew… not understanding anything. But how do they read the notes?».

John still consider the positive experience and the Dakar an interesting race. Here are the differences with the enduro.

«The most incredHow is that I work out every day, I go into motion at least twice a week, then came here and I'll get a big payday from the belly and the cigarette in his mouth! Enduro you always drive to 100% While here you have to strike the right balance between speed and navigation.

Surely it is an experience to be repeated, Although it is the most dangerous discipline I ever made. As soon as you get distracted, and it's normal when you're maybe ten hours in the saddle, cadi. There are of trails in the midst of the stones where vacations 130 km/h and if you're not used to the speed, If you don't have good reflexes, you end up getting hurt».
Source Motosprint

Marinoni Giampaolo 1986   Dakar

The tragedy of Mad

The Paris Dakar remains a tough competition and reach Dakar is a challenge with oneself against fatigue. Remember the story of an unforgettable motorcycling hero, Gianpaolo Marinoni, that his second P-D in 1986, the proved fatal. Just 40 km from the finish, during the final special stage on the Lake Rose, ran into a fall, from the resulting in seemingly innocuous.

Marinoni immediately went up aboard his Cagiva and although youTTO managed to cross the finish line in 13th position. It was still an excellent placement, in view of the large number of competitors, the exceptional selectivity of the race and the huge percentage of withdrawals.

The same evening, However accused a serious malaise, enough to be admitted to a hospital in Dakar, where doctors realized that the severe trauma had caused serious damage to the liver. Was operated of urgency, but she died two days later, following a serious infection over.

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.

Piero Batini Text



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Beppe Gauri Dakar 1984

When individuals were pioneers. Canisters attached with elastic saddle and table number plate holder riveted on the rack. Beppe Gauri on Honda XL 600R at the start of the 1984.
He came regularly to the finish in Dakar finishing in 45° position.

1988- YZE 750T team Sonauto_0

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.

Maximum Chinaglia to Dakar 2007


Cyril Neveu: the first of the first!

Cyril Neveu was 21 years old when she decided to line up at the start of the first Dakar in 1978. Father and brother as assistants, and the only experience in Abidjan – Nice the previous year. He had a past major motorcycle and, by his own admission, was nothing more than a "Slacker". Had the money counted to go, and chose a Yamaha XT500, the same with which Thierry Sabine had participated in the historic Abidjan-nice because it was a means not velocissimo, even for its time, but strong. A British motorcycle built ... in Japan, so reliable.

Despite having been French enduro champion, Neveu had no particular ambitions for success. He wanted to live the adventure, and so we first had to get to Dakar. The rest would come from only. So it was that, from day one, Neveu turned pilot smart and cunning, opportunistic and very "smooth". With this simple race strategy was able to run the least risk and progress even in the ranking.

Neveu, in that first edition of Dakar, won not for driving skills, but because he knew how to use those features unknown in Motorsports that would become crucial to Dakar: wisdom, concentration and perseverance. Neveu went top of the first edition of the Dakar rally during the sixth stage between Gao and Bamako, When the leader Schaal was forced to retire. The next day, between Bamako and Nioro du Sahel, only one competitor arrive in time to arrive, Philippe Vassard.

Thierry Sabine, However, He introduced one of the key rules of Dakar, prolonging the time of arrival until the start of the next leg. Neveu was then readmitted in the race, and remained in the lead up to the arrival in Dakar.

The first victory opened up the doors of Fame Neveu, and with the advent of the great epic of official Houses, even the economic success. Neveu racing with Yamaha and Cagiva, and Honda gave him the legendary NXR bicilindrica.

His record of five victories was able to withstand up to 1998, year in which Stephane Péterhansel won his sixth Dakar official Yamaha. He retired from racing, Neveu remained "in the environment", assuming the leadership of the only Rally that had never won, the Tunisia. (moto.it source)