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The Cagiva Elefant of Giampaolo Marinoni

The story of the tragedy which ended with the disappearance of Giampaolo Marinoni is b.s.. One of those that we wouldn't have wanted to tell. A series of terrible coincidences, all despicable, all unavoidable. Cagiva rider had hitherto a Dakar 1986 quite satisfactory, 13th in the absolute and winner of a stage, the Dirkou-Agadem. But he was not satisfied. Inside was convinced he can achieve a better result, If only he could attack before. He felt that that last damn special could have win to give satisfaction to the Castiglioni. The final day of competition consisted of two stages made especially for twins, a fast stretch of sand that would see one winner among the Favorites: Rahier, Neveu, Olivier or Giampaolo Marinoni. The first was imposed upon Gaston Rahier and Giampaolo was finished second. The second stage saw the street determined to win.

But this desire for glory and harsh reality stands the fate, in the form of a ruinous fall in 20 km from the start of the Special. He was rescued by his companions, and stoically despite severe pain, and when his will a man becomes hero, He decided he could continue. Aided by Crossbowmen to climb into the saddle and escorted by Picard until, Giampaolo eventually rose Dakar Beach. Unfortunately we all know what happened after a few hours.

Many times we wondered how worthily and with a friendly smile this unfortunate driver who left a beautiful memory in the hearts of all lovers of enduro, and when the grandson of Giampaolo, Fabio and his son Michele have contacted us to let us know your intention to send us pictures of his Cagiva Elefant Dakar 1986, who jealously guard home, We did not feel right. What better way to remember, by publishing the photos of his bike, to commemorate the exploits of a pilot that after 30 years is still alive and immortal.

Thanks to Fabio and Michele.