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Franco Gualdi Team Cagiva Dakar 1988

Do you have a minute to tell us your Dakar?
I started as a fast assistance, I like Picard, our protected were Bacou and Dalia, to them it was the honor of carrying on of the Cagiva; at one point Dalia had his accident, Bacou instead was below expectations and so I get out of the blue the better placed. I had accumulated much delay to fulfill my duty in the days before, and at that point even if I had the spirit of jumping to mo’ Kamikaze I couldn't conclude that great, so I did my race to get to the end without damage, even psychologically wasn't prepared to become man winning, and overall sixth place I filled me.

Did you find this edition really harder than in previous?
Last year I experienced very little of Dakar, definitely in my opinion the first stages of this year have been far more challenging than last year. From the Middle onwards I would say that the difficulty of the routes not seemed so incredible, some kilometres to-run daily were not few, but in my view it was not a ruthless contest.

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How would you like in the future?
Medical care is definitely the thing that should be better maintained and improved, otherwise the Paris-Dakar rally seems to be so; is the mileage, the hardness of the routes were to my liking, the rest should make it easier would lose much of the charm that has for all of us. If it were up to me I would limit assistance regulations, now is allowed to all, cam-change every piece of the bike or the machines is a habit every night, However in my view limiting substitutions in Dakar would arrive over the pilots better even more hardship motorbikes, of course such a regulation would turn up their noses at Homes, but that is my personal idea.

Your bike was perfect or what avretri wanted more or less?
I think everyone has said that his bike was perfect, and also I, honestly I have to say that after some initial problem with the clutch Cush drive, Once you have arranged the inconvenience, outside of the usual replacement of consumables, chains, pinion, tire covers, other than that the bike has kept perfect-mind until. Our team was super organized; technicians and mechanics and men of assistance typically they didn't miss anything, the bike I had in hand was definitely numero uno, do not hesitate to say that anyone who has been missing in the team were pilots, and when I speak of the pilots I don't mean Picard and Gates…

How many times did you fall and for what causes? Do you think the African rally is more dangerous than other races?
I fell once, in 50 km/h, So basically I've never fallen, that is, I did not make those falls that we have seen repeatedly on TV; the Dakar these risks are commonplace, with the high speeds and the terrain so insidious in 12.000 kilometers would be impossible that doesn't happen sometimes even some serious accident. Surely the Dakar is more dangerous than regularity, especially for high speeds you have to keep out of a terrain where you risk you should go no more than 50 per hour. In regularity speeds are much more limited but still a pilot is always well protected from various accessories like helmet, dog harness, etc. etc. Keep in mind that in the twenty days of this marathon walk many kilometers as in two years of regularity races and with all the starters that there are…

Tell us about the most curious of your Dakar.
Towards the middle of the race I was in a group with Orioli, Terruzzi and Fatemian and did a dirty gasoline supply, pretty much everyone we were in need of repair, but the only bike that was able to digest that petroleum was my surrogate Cagiva so I helped Edy pulling and pushing until his bike is broken down.

Will you be back next year?
In spite of the Paris-Dakar was the most exciting race of my life, I think its not to participate more, to me it came “Mal d'africa”, for this I think I won't come back. To win you have to risk, I realized that while not risking not I accused no dropped, and then if I get resubmit probably would try to cancel the gap with the best and to do that I should risk more than you want.

Source Motocross March 1988