Once again bad luck hit Serge Bacou, and without waiting for the Ténéré, this time. Tamanrasset and Iférouane, the road book indicates the presence of a deep groove. L ’ previous year Marinoni racing was terminated at that point. Hubert Auriol l ’ saw on his roller but…
«I arrived very fast, in 120 or 130 kilometers all ’ now, l ’ I saw too late. I flew to at least two metres, for a moment I also believed to be able to recover, Instead the front wheel is planted and did a fall from the bike fell on me fearing judoka.»
Just returned to standing, Hubert gesticulates to warn Cyril Neveu following him closely. Retrieves the bike and starts up again. Shortly after also Gaston Rahier is a victim of the double ditch. Stays ashore woozy and meanwhile appears the great Serge pushing at the most trying in this way to bridge l ’ handicap of power of his Yamaha Thumper in this stage fast. Like those that preceded it de-glue and falls ill, remaining ashore square leg. Rahier recovers and rushes to rescue him and Serge informs him:
"I have the broken femur.»
You won't be ’ to win the eighth Dakar Bacou…
The reputation of the Ténéré, one of the world's most impressive deserts, is justified. "The sand is soft, very compact, much more difficult of ’ last year. Some obstacles are hidden by the dunes which run continuously to the wind. Don't miss the track, Please don't turn away; Don't miss d ’ eye.»
Thierry Sabine clarifies the Wiles of leg while not wishing to overdramatise the situation.