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Edi Orioli, the strategist

The curiosity of the unknown has blood running in Rivulets, given the choices made in his long racing career. But Orioli-1998-1What emerges from the list, long, He has participated in competitions and achievements, is the strategic capability. Without whose talent may not even succeed. Of experience it has to sell: in total she traveled in Africa, in the race, duecentoventimila km. And it is perhaps the only one to have participated in the first eleven editions of the Dakar without ever retiring and closing almost always in the top ten. Inevitable then talk about most known rally, especially considering that dark period of 1998, When he turned up at the start with the colors of the brand with a German team Schalber Thumper. But the story of Edi Orioli is made of choices against the tide, of rationality and passion. Because the DNA is written also a fondness for cars, for perfection. As thirty years ago prepared minutely every detail of his bike, checking that the style, Today she wants to beauty around him.

Edi Orioli, from pilot to entrepreneur. How did this step?
“My story is not that there are steps. My story is made up of many things. As a child I had the passion of bike and then the bike. Went to my bike to the fields and the evolution was taking the Hi my uncle and use it off road. I came back every night with some broken piece. Then my dad took me a Gori 50, the only bike that gave me. From here onwards I started racing in regional competitions and my motorcycle escalation occurred so: I taught myself without following courses and special techniques. You see that I had it in my blood. In addition to racing, over the years I have always remained within the family business, the Pratic, a reality that in recent years has become a leader in its field. See, in 1995 My dad died, the head of the company. I couldn't finish the Dakar anyway, was the issue of 1996, winning it, and then I riavvicinai to the company in which I have always been. In 2007 then I stopped all competitions, Although the bike is always part of my life. But in a different way. The world of events and spotlight doesn't interest me much anymore. I prefer living my passions and my private moments and use the bikes for leisure”.

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What are the highlights of your life?
“Certainly the choice to participate in the African raid. That was the change of direction in my career as a sports instructor. I decided to go to Africa even though I had a gig and I had to run with a team Puch Honda Rally Sardinia. I left the gig and went to do a race in Africa: I fell immediately in that way fuoristrada. I had a gig with Honda and from there went my career. Then I'd tell the switch to auto: my other hidden passion were the rally cars. With whom I raced and won. When I ran the Dakar, in the evening I put down the bike and went into the tent of team auto. I've always been fascinated by the car. And then the last editions of the Dakar I did drive”.

In Africa I have walked 220.000 km race!

Face and win the Dakar has marked you?
“I am not one who tease. I always going for the pleasure of running. To let you know what I think of the victories of the Dakar I tell you what I told a friend a long time ago: “EDI, do you understand how do you win”. In these few words in fact it seemed clear my situation. Understand how do you win is something subtle, You can't tell. They are moments that follow a long preparation. Are moments of decision. Is strategy. And once you try it you know how to present it again. Just so you get the results. And I have to say that I miss the adrenaline rush of an event like the Dakar and today I often go looking for emotions like. For example I've just been to the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy where I finally breathed real adrenaline. There it all makes sense: It is not an event, is a rite”.

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What is the toughest challenge you've faced?
“For me the challenging time was switching from Honda to Cagiva. I was crushed three vertebrae at the Rally of the Pharaohs and the doctors had given me a six month prognosis. But I had to run the Dakar! Dr. Costa came up to me and started therapies and training. I spent three months hard, where I never resigned to not being able to participate in. Every day I used magnetic therapy and then I was lying on a bench in order not to load your back. Eventually I starting, its not in place. I couldn't really think of not being there to Dakar, I had won the year before. I left and I finished the race in the top ten. But it was really a hard moment”.

Car or motorcycle?
“Watch, I just bought the car: an Audi RS6, and I enjoy every time I light it up. How do I answer that “bike”? Despite everything I did on two wheels I love cars. And then I like the Nice: as in my preparation technique. When I had to leave I was accurate: everything had to be in order, from aesthetics to mechanics. For me this was the basis for a good race. And even now I like to be in place. I have my beautiful bike and my lovely car. And I go looking for adrenaline: the RS gives you adrenaline. If you're not using it you miss and you can't assuefarti. I don't like show me but I like nice things, and sports”.

Well, you said what's your car, now tell me what is your current Bike Park.
“In box I have a BMW R 1200 Gs Adventure, a BMW HP2, a Husqvama 300 enduro, a trial Honda Montesa Honda RC30- Vfr750r. And Gori 50 with that I started”.

And what do you think of motorcycle special, customized ones that are going crazy for a while?
“At first I could tell you that I'm happy in this fashion because so bikes that were abandoned in the stairs come to life. Although customized. And then I appreciate those who customize because it is a little’ an artist regardless of whether one if the face or the face do to other. Conversely maybe sometimes the result doesn't mean just use the bike, but only create an image. Anyway I don't mind this fashion, She's nice. Basically everyone tries the uniqueness of the piece, sometimes with obsessive attention”.

Today in which reports are under the brands with which you took?
“I'm one of the few who has endeared him to all my sponsors. I had my philosophy: If someone gave me I had to return at least as. I have also maintained excellent relationships with journalists”.

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And your story with BMW?
“With BMW I have a strange relationship. I have been more hondista, for the beginning of my career. But I had a strong liking for BMW. I did the development of their single cylinder for a year, In addition to race to Dakar. After this came a youngest, Richard Sainct and Monaco I was offered terms unacceptable. I left then. Today, however, I continue to love and appreciate this brand. The rest I could never do without a motorcycle BMW in box. And my philosophy I believe in line with that of BMW: I like things minimal, but well done, solid. I believe in this motto: the desert brings out the most solid things. He told me a tuareg when I stopped after a long layover. Seeing me in motion asked me where and when I had started: I described to him the path, that day I had six hundred kilometers route. He asked me: “How is it possible? I put in two and a half weeks, with camel!” The tuareg made me much thinking. But as former BMW I've never had a relationship like I had with other brands. For example with Cagiva and Honda Italy I had direct relations and engaging: I spoke directly with whoever had decision-making power. With BMW the relationship was cold, I have been dealing only with executives who often changed and so it never created a relationship, all very impersonal. I must admit that the Organization was impeccable: from pilot had everything I could possibly need and I was treated very well. The human connection was a little’ less satisfactory. Thinking about it I'm sorry I didn't try to be part of the myth of Gaston Rahier and Hubert Auriol, and you can even write my name in albi d'Oro di Monaco. I would have loved to try the boxer”.

What was the single driving?
“When I raced with BMW was official but unofficial: my contract was with Monaco but I strongly supported Orioli 1998at the start of the Dakar team Schalber. BMW did not want to appear because it was the first edition and did not want to risk a fool. I retired for a break just incredible: He had slipped a rock between the sump and the paramo-tore. And I noticed that the engine was already melted. All singles were nonetheless moto more fragile compared to twins. Slower even though it had no however reached a good level. But we were forced to use the Thumper for regulation, for-because in those years had been forbidden to bicilindrica. And with the mono were always hang-to instead with twin you had margin of power and speed”.

Bicilindrica, then?
“Twin life. Although it weighs more the pleasure of a twin-cylinder configuration has an unmatched delivery. The single cylinder at the call “vibrators”. Speaking of GS off-road, I have to say that the main limitation is the cardano”.

And what were the greatest difficulties for a motorcycle racer at the turn of the years 80 and 90? And now what do you think are the greatest difficulties?
"Then they could not know Africa. It was organized ,in bullfighting as regards the territory: they put wheels on ignore and constantly changing. Dune, fesh fesh, rocks, Africa is unpredictable. And then you face fatigue less prepared: for example, we knew we had to drink a lot more than we. There was the difficulty of saving the head and the Middle: who didn't came with the air ambulance. And you had to learn navigation and strategy. For the drivers of today's difficulties are not these. There is navigation, There is the saving of the medium: the evening l bike is redone from scratch if it requires shorter milestones and it becomes hard to get lost. Now the fix is take all the trait in focus; the race is tighter. Here's, I could say that today is a real race, So instead it was an adventure: It was only by your own car. Today there are many people who support ".

You traced routes, crossed uncharted lands, organized raid around the world. Today what is the travel for Edi Orioli?
"The journey for me should be interactive. When I leave I have to enjoy the country from traveler and not as a tourist. I face a trip last year. More can't I miss the time. You think that if it were up to me, After this interview, I'd put a shirt and a pack of Tan in a bag and I would start in motion. But I also like to play it safe: having little time I want my outputs are certain to enjoy myself. When childbirth so plan well the trip because I also want to have fun. Motorbike trip fully charged on the dunes wouldn't: This would wipe out the driving fun”.

Of Dakar yesterday and today's developments have broadened quite a bit in the interview appeared on volume of February 2018 Motocross. I wonder: If I could arrange it your way, what would be the key points of competition?
“Definitely would go back to basics. Of course you can't return to Africa, today for various reasons will not be able to organize the race there. But speaking of regulation I ispirerei to adventure and navigation, the nature of the place and safety. For security today we come to very advanced levels. I'd then geolocation systems. But stay here as much as possible to the roots, with camps far from the villages, stretching, and then decreasing, the stages. I would reduce the comfort, leaving more room for adventure. Of course we must reckon with the budget, with sponsors and visibility. I should think about this. At the bottom of the race gave rise to, so I think it might be appreciated by many. It would be a real challenge, I think. Because those who tried, just look at the Africa Race, struggling to take off because the official teams go into making the new Dakar. With respect to Africa Race should be able to invoke multiple teams that differentiate a little’ the set of drivers, results and solutions. Even for journalists today I think it's hard to tell the Dakar. The technology then has a little’ distorted this competition”.

Difficult, however, to imagine a race out of time: banish the technology can?
“Difficult Yes, but maybe it might work. I wonder if the pilots would agree to leave home on cell phone?”

Taken from: About BMW
interview by Lisa Bailey
Photos of Orazio Truglio & Web

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Hau and Crossbowmen Dakar 1986

Heddy Hau chasing a leathery Vinod B on the podium in the final standings of the Dakar 1986.

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Jutta Kleinschmidt Dakar 1992

Huge Jutta Kleinschmidt, that led to the finish of The Cap the heavy BMW in a prestigious 23rd place in the absolute Edition 1992. Heroic dakariana!

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The official BMW Dakar team 1981

Official BMW team at presentation of the Dakar 1981: Fennel, Auriol and Neimer.
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The withdrawal of the Warrior – Edi Orioli Dakar 1998

Many problems as in Dakar 1998, EDI Orioli he never had, and a crack of basement – caused by a stone (!) that has transfixed the carbon protection – He put an end to the race of champion friulano. And the long-awaited return of BMW, that after so many investments and victories with old twins boxer, began developing a single derived from BMW-Rotax of the F650.

A motorcycle, that for reasons of image was fielded in unofficial form, Although it is clear that behind the beautiful prototypes used there is the will of the German House of return to be a leader in the African Marathon.

But the Dakar is no longer what it once, When experience and above all sense of direction and navigation made the difference.

"With the introduction of GPS (the satellite receiver for orientation) now there you lose more – confirms Oberoi on his return to Italy – and basically traveling continuously to throttle. I saw riders pull from morning until night as damned, and I am surprised how the various Rome, Haydon, Cox are still in one piece. With the GPS provided by the Organization this year we had ten way-point.
Too many, so do not lose anyone. I asked for the next edition down to three, because otherwise it completely alters the philosophy of this race. I'm not saying delete the GPS, all in all it is an extra security, but you should not reduce the Dakar to a motocross race».

If you hadn't soon retired you could round off?
«For sure. At the end with a little calm and experience I could easily climb on the podium. Unfortunately we at BMW we had problems with GPS (provided by the Organization) Since day one and, After trying all the possible connections, We tried to replace it with the version intended for cars. Nothing to do. On the BMW is triggered electrical interference that we haven't yet included.
Then a stone is passed between tank and engine protection plate and he cracked the carter. I noticed the control stamp, When I saw the boot in dirty oil. I will have at least 80 km at full throttle and oil was up. Stopping the engine, no longer divided».

After this first experience with the single-cylinder BMW, thou wilt ask German technicians for next year?
«A little’ more power, and especially a chassis with better weight distribution centered and a slightly more limber uploaded. Even the setting is to fix because I couldn't move forward as I would have liked. A streamlined tank solves the problem-rebbe. Besides, these were things we already knew before leaving, but you have not had time to develop new superstructures».

But you can win the Dakar with a Thumper?
«No, at least until the twins will be entrusted to riders like Peterhansel. If cylinder prototypes next year will no longer be allowed at the start, things will change. So I think in BMW and in its development programme. And participate already this year was a correct choice, so we already made the field. And only those who have participated in the Dakar can understand how this is important».

With Peterhansel you could still fight, even if everything had worked the best?
"No, Why drive a twin as the Yamaha means you always have a margin to handle. On the sand the BMW does not exceed 150 km/h, and to preserve a little’ the mechanics wanted a small margin, traveling on 140 km/h. With Yamaha, Peterhansel already guada-PLE had traveling on 160; with that bike I tried to touch 197 km/h and, just to give an idea, with the official Cagiva arri-mass early to touch 208 km/h. Today these speeds do not serve almost more, but a little’ more power is always handy. With the single cylinder this margin does not exist, traveling constantly close to the limit of the bike and this is not good even for mechanics. Surely they are the lightest bikes: I guess my BMW weights on 170/175 kg without fuel and the tanks contain only 45 liters. But the weight saving compared to the two cylinders is not enough to make a real difference».

And compared to other singles co-me the KTM?
"We still lack a little something, but it's not a big deal. My BMW its first participation 80% already judging you and I think this is a big result. Unfortunately in Dakar there are arrived, but the bike is valid».

You have raced with the version with progressive linkage to shock absorber?
"Yes and it was the right choice, as for the Showa fork prepared by Parker (those of Suzuki cross forks 50 mm, Ed) and to the shock of the artisan French Donére, that will be even less comfortable but it is definitely superior to traditional ones».

What's this about?
«And’ a cushion that instead of having within the usual range of lamellas has a very original hydraulic system, with valves and floats involved oil passages. The most important difference is in better traction offering. Also use Peterhansel and Mitsubishi officials. And’ complicated to develop but, Once you have found the right calibration, rocks».

What impression do you have of this renewed Paris-Dakar?
«Auriol is a guarantee, He doesn't lack experience and worked fine. But there were no problems with incredible timekeepers; in all my investments were never so approximate. Showed a superficiality disarming. Finally I missed the Algeria; paths such as those we will find more and not Morocco to cross it's not fun».

Text by Giuseppe Gori for motorcycling

 

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Eddie Hau Dakar 1985

A prologue from hell what they faced the riders at the start of the Dakar 1985. Eddie Hau in a less Honorable tries to re-emerge with his BMW from a mud puddle. They rearranged the 8th place finish coming in egregiously absolute.

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BMW 980 Dakar 1983

The 3 BMW 980 officers of Auriol, Fenouil and Loizeaux in a moment of rest to Dakar 1984

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Hubert Auriol Dakar 1982

Hubert Auriol fixes the tire of his BMW during the Dakar 1982.

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Jimmy Lewis – Dakar 2001

Jimmy Lewis in a passage near the “Elephant Rocks” in the desert of Mauritania Tichit-Nema in Dakar during the stage of 2001.

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That You Struggle…the Dakar! The BMW of Birbes Dakar 1987

Struggling and Charles Edson. after previous experiences at Pharaons Rally of the editions ' 84 and ' 85, you were made to clear and precise idea of how it was to be a bike able to compete for victory. First of all a reliable two-cylinder engine and can guarantee high speed and an indispensable strength on long desert marathons.

Obvious so the choice of BMW also considered that Charles Edson, the German House, It was the official dealer for Brescia and province.

"I had in mind the motorcycle of Rahier» – Silvio begins Struggling – "I wanted to make an equal and if possible improving it. My ideas, After nearly ten months of work, led to this result which I am satisfied».

In fact, after almost a year of Saturdays and Sundays stolen from family and rest, the object that came out will satisfy Birbes who after the first tests on the track of Rezzato, He expressed himself in terms very favorable.

«The motorcycle in principle is valid. but we have yet to perfect the front suspension 'cause. with a full tank of gasoline (60 liters), go to the bottom racing».

If we consider that this BMW-Struggling with a full tank of gasoline weighs about 240 kg, almost less official German motorcycle. We can image into their efforts to arrive at such a result.

What difficulties have you encountered in the realization of this «monster»?

«I had to lengthen the swingarm to nine centimeters by rebuilding so the entire transmission» – meets Struggling – "I have completely redone the back of the frame to allow easy positioning of the spare tank in such a way then you can disassemble the motorcycle without encountering too many difficulties. Now I'm able to intervene on the gear and the transmission without dismantling the Middle».

BMW-Struggling will start in early October to Marseille where they will do the ' 86 Edition hallmarks of Rallye des Pharaons. The result of this competition will also depend on the participation in the Paris-Dakar rally which will start on January 1 next. (Ed. Charles Edson arrived 6° in that issue of the Pharaohs).
«Subscribe to Dakar» – concludes Charles Edson – ' has already been performed. but the result of the ' Pharaohs ' will influence greatly on our participation. I think I still have the bike suitable for these marathons».

We leave Birbes and Struggling to hundreds of questions that fans and onlookers turn to them to know "why and how" of their realization. The similarity with the official BMW motorcycles is truly remarkable, but the bike though is the result solely of ideas and of Silvio Struggling.

We Thank David Baez (proud owner of the bike) for the material provided to make this post.