Orioli-1996-7

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.