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Dakar 1985 | Rahier and Picco tell each other

The Long Beards, the faces dug, the reddish powder stuck on him, the recessed eyes, hands with huge calluses, dirty bikes, unpainted, Welded, patched up. Paris-Dakar veterans look like this on saly-portudal beach, 80 kilometers from the finish, the night before the big arrival on the ocean wetdry of the Senegalese capital.

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The great adventure is almost over. The real heroes are the bikers, arrived in about thirty of the 180 who were — among the survivors also six Italians: Peak Three, Marinoni fourth, Zanichelli 13°, Crossbowmen then disqualified for being towed in the last stage together with Gagliotti - Wikipedia and Gauri. As soon as they arrive they look like scary ghosts, they look like corpses riding motorcycles. Those who have slept for 22 nights on average three to four hours each time and drove for twelve hours, Thirteen, fourteen or even more, in the middle of the desert or on the dangerous clay tracks.

Winning the Paris-Dakar, says rahier, it's nicer than conquering a world cross. Peak: 'The French didn't want an Italian winner'.

They're tired on the edge of collapse. Just one night, though, spent by the sea, just a five- or six-hour sleeper, just the almost certainty that we've made it to review, the morning after, of human beings again, people who gladly and without arrogance, at least among motorcyclists, your own adventure. Gaston Rahier he's a blond Belgian, small little with coffees neither long nor short, and nice: looks like the comic book asterix. And’ him who won, riding the bmw mammoth. He made it for the second year in a row, bingeing the first place just when he seemed inevitably defeated by our Franco Picco. "Winning a Paris-Dakar, " said Rahier, two-time motocross world champion — it's nicer than winning in the cross.

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To get to this beach you must have spat blood. Here more than the bike is the man who wins, in the cross instead motion and assistance are too important. This test is nice because here all bikers have the same problem, that is, they are alone, in the desert or in a forest, so there is solidarity among all, you help each other, you try to be together. With Peak, that I've known since the cross, we're really friends, we've come a long way together.. We find that Rahier's official BMW has changed a lot compared to the previous edition. "Bmw has done a lot of work on the bike," Rahier replies.. The engine today has more torque, the best seal frame, suspensions work more effectively and the whole thing is lighter". Ten meters from the winner lying on the sand together with other Italians here is the defeated, i.e. Franco Picco.

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And’ with teammate Marinoni, with the two honda-italia drivers Balestrieri and Zanichelli, with private Gualini. I'm waiting to face the last effort, but the refreshing wind and ocean view has already transformed them compared to the previous evening. We ask Picco where he lost the race. "I would say — replies our interlocutor — that I lost it in Kiffa, the day I got lost together with Rahier. And’ happened because Auriol had lost a platform and had stopped to replace it. If I had followed Auriol, i wouldn't have missed it because he, the 'desert fox', never gets it wrong, while Rahier has less sense of orientation. But there more than the first I lost the second place because losing we allowed others to come under..

But when he believed he had won? "In Tichit, — Picco replies — when they have re-made the ranking three times. The first time They had given me 44 minutes ahead of Rahier, the second my advantage had been reduced to 23 minutes and the third they had placed me in second place less than seven minutes. I was sure I had arrived in time to check, Instead, then, they said it wasn't so. I felt for a moment de-stolen of victory. I thought it wasn't nice to treat myself like that.. Anyway, even third okay, Via! I think the French were bore bore that an Italian was the winner., One, then, arrived for the first vol-ta. Already arriving in Dakar, Believe, it's a big satisfaction. And’ so beautiful that when there are concomitances between cross-country races and African races I will choose Africa".

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So these French people made it a little bit’ Dirty? "It clearly bothered them," picco says, "that it was an Italian who won.. When in the Ténéré I started in the lead they said “who starts in front here you lose” and instead they came-to just 11 minutes from Rahier. I held on and then everyone was amazed and even pre-occupied. From then on they kept a special eye on us and we had to give up assistance because our vehicles were out of the race and only those who are still in the running can assist. One hand, though, the damage to all even the vehicles out of the race, though, to us has been banned more than others. Good thing they helped us a little’ the French of Sonauto-Yamaha ».

What was the most difficult stretch? "There was the myth of the Ténéré desert," says Picco, "but mauritania's desert is worse: Here, the sand is very fine, like water, submerges everything. And even the hard tracks of the final stages were terrible. The third final stage involved crossing a forest following the, so it was written on the “road-book property”, the footprints and tracks of animals, too bad only that of the tracks there in the middle there will have been twenty thousand and all tight for a motorcycle, let's imagine for cars and trucks".

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In such a race, what are the problems of navigation and orientation? "I had participated in the Pharaohs Rally," says Picco, "and I had made a mistake and learned, so I had decided to follow the “road-book property”, instinct and, if you could, Auriol, that's all.". The illusion of making it for Picco is over after being in charge of the race for a long time, for the pilo-ti of the Honda-Italia team, Instead, much earlier. Crossbowmen and Zanichelli blamed technical woes and bad luck, while demonstrating, as pilots, to be at the level of the best. Zanichelli came to an end with his left foot destroyed. Balestrieri was disqualified for being towed a few kilometers before Dakar when he was forced to end up at sea to avoid indigenous children too warm and the organization noticed and was inflexible as it was for Gagliotti and Gualini.

Taken from Motorcycling March 1985

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Dakar 1985 | Beppe Gauri. Withdrawn it will be her!

by Nicolò Bertaccini

And now that's enough, this pebble is right to take it out of your shoes, Indeed, from the boots. Because there are a thousand documents around, all officers and on these appear only judgments: out of maximum time, retired, Disqualified, seventy-second with twenty-two finished at the finish line (!?). Instead, on Pink Lake and Dakar, in 1985 Beppe Gualini got there. That's it.. Certain, in his own way. But if you break an engine, you get towed, you fall into the sea, you pull spare parts i miss you were jeeg robot, then it's right that you're recognized what you've done.

Said, Year 1985, our Good Samaritan Gualini is riding a Yamaha Tenere set up with a kit Byrd. It has reached the penultimate stage, the Pink Lake and the finish line are one step away. It's not long, it's about managing what's left of the bike, an eye on out-of-time and it's done. The unexpected happens, Indeed, yet another unexpected. The bike stops. Beppe does a thousand checks, thousand checks but the bike no longer has any, the engine is gone, Cooked. It's not long, you can already smell saltwater but it's not enough. Beppe does not demur. He tries. From there on incredibly passes the byrd service truck (Belgarda Yamaha Racing Division) that "they didn't even stop, they knocked me down an engine and they left".

The truck was caught following the official drivers Belgarda, New but stops to figure out what Beppe needed. You need an engine, at one stage from arrival there is the possibility to unload one on the fly and let it try to mount it and make it work. A non-new engine, indeed a little’ undone. But with great merit: it would turn on and it worked. For Beppe starts a race against time, disassemble and reassemble in order to reach the limit. Then, after about twenty days of competition, with the bike that now stands together only by miracle and a physical fatigue that can hardly be imagined, ours starts to replace the engine of his Ténéré. Complex stuff in a workshop.

 

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But Beppe has method, Knowledge, patience and inhuman strength. Replaces the engine and restarts. Certain, the bike starts again lightened by some useless infrastructure, as you can see in some photos. On the other hand, it's not like he could finish the commas., the important thing was to get to the bivouac with the bike on, then he could patch up further in view of the last day of the race. And we're on the fateful last day, the last stop, the one where in each driver's head echoes a single phrase "don't do shit". Yet, as we've seen happen for so many, the last km is always the most insidious.

Beppe runs with his Yamaha that now seems to have come out of the movie Mad Max. Runs along the wetdry, where the sand is more compact and easier to cross. Obviously an unexpected happens, otherwise it wouldn't be the Dakar. He's proceeding with two other pilots, are close enough. Suddenly an abnormal wave or in any case pushed a little’ further on the shoreline and here are the three who find themselves on the ground. Beppe takes a nice dip. He gets up biasing something in bergamo and tries to restart the bike by dumping anger and frustration on the starter pedal. Nothing. Try again and nothing. Try again with more and more anger until he breaks the kicksarter.

It's over., the bike no longer starts. Even if it's done by now, could load his bike on his shoulders and get to the finish line. Fate, however, did not end with Beppe and put another participant on the track. They tie the bike and yamaha gets carried away for a few meters. A hundred will be needed before a mumble and an outbreak announce the restart. The maneuver is not one of those prohibited, get help to start the bike is granted. It's done, the bike starts again and Beppe can take it to the finish line, holding your breath. Twenty-third recites the document in his hands. And in the end, among a thousand sites, thousand reportage, thousand official documents the only one that contains the truth, for us, is that of Gualini. He in the 1985 in Dakar we got there, within the time limit.

Dune Motor's Lalay tribute

“We wanted to write a long description of how this bike came about and what it represented, but in the end rereading we realized that just a few words. This very long work is a tribute to the never-forgotten Gilles Lalay, and all those people who directly or indirectly helped to imagine, realize and bring to the race one of the most incredible and fascinating bikes that have ever crossed the African tracks.”

Thank you to all of them.
Philip and Angelo Dune Motor.

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Giorgio Grasso Dakar 1988

Garrison fueling his Yamaha BYRD during the Dakar 1988. Edition not very lucky for him ended for fall and fracture in the leg.

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Gualini racing with Yamaha to Dakar 1992

Do it yourself for three, and in the name of autarchy funny «Gualo» has managed to become one of the most significant characters of the environment, Perhaps the most famous private ever.
Eight times in the race in Dakar, organizational staff member Camel Trophy, pilot and journalist, for once captain of representative of Bergamo to games without frontiers, made them really all.

Two years ago he was also the first private citizens on arrival of the Dakar, While in ' 91 fell down. Has 38 years and not spring!
Official cannot be defined 100%, But even more privatissimo: for Paris-Le Cap Gualini has got one of the Yamaha OW C5 shipping to race last year by pilots BYRD, similar to those used in this edition of the rally from Mas and Cavandoli.
The twin-cylinder 750 cm3 should allow some good exploits at bergamasco, that assistance has a Mercedes Unimog truck driven by Silvanus Daniel and Luigi De Podest, two items from the Camel Trophy which already last year accompanied him to Africa, as Claudio Macario, Airborne mechanic.

Source motosprint
For photos of Lacchiarella thanks Clement Canino

Moto--VERTE-1986

Cover Magazine Moto Verte 1986

Cover dedicated to Andrew Marinoni on Yamaha Moto Verte 1986.

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Angel face ready for Dakar 1989

He dreamed of making the skier, Instead it has become a famous enduro champion who will seek glory and fame in the Paris-Dakar, While it is true that before him other enduro riders have conquered the capital of Senegal a place on the podium. Meanwhile Angelo Signorelli, This year, you are satisfied to win the European Championship, then the six days enduro, always with KTM 125, and is still fighting to win the Italian title.

At the races came in the footsteps of his uncle Joseph as the champion now established and pilot Officer introduced him very young to Fantic Motor, to work as a tester. Little by little, Angelo became pilot-test driver, and end up doing only the pilot thanks to successes in small displacements. Afoot by the withdrawal of Fantic and age of military service, Signorelli becomes part of the Fiamme Oro passing in 1982 the Kramit and later, from 84, the KTM-Faison. Always available at the interview and on a charge of sympathy not indifferent, Signorelli is referred to by many as the Playboy of the enduro, Since away from racing, But even on the race, It is not uncommon to see him in the company of lovely fans, After appearing in some advertising pages of the KTM a few years ago with a beautiful Oriental girl in his arms. Bachelor and inveterate Heartthrob, Signorelli is however unquestionably a very serious professional and a real «Professor» di tecnica in trials and in the development of every detail of the bike, as well as natural talent indisputable.
The friendly character and the great will to succeed, typical of the people of Bergamo, They then made it possible to achieve all the goals it has set itself from time to time, becoming first champion in small 50 CC, then in 80, then again in 125. Now who will run the Paris-Dakar race with Yamaha Chesterfield Scout Team may also acquire that experience which already partially owns to emerge even on long African raid.

"I'm under no illusions» says Signorelli "the Dakar is for me a new race and although I am new to running of Lina in the desert, I still need a lot of experience».

– But what led you to accept a three-year contract with the Yamaha Belgarda?
"Last year I had run the RaIly of Pharaohs with Belgarda and certainly I had made a good impression before the accident that cost me a fractured clavicle and a hand when I was among the first. Towards the month of July I was again contacted by popes who offered me a program determined mind interesting. I talked to Faisal and after long meditated on the decision I chose, Although reluctantly for the whole environment KTM to which I was bound for 5 years, to sign a three-year contract with the Belgarda. My next programme includes participation in the most important rally that will take part in the Team and the various Championships of enduro where should I run or in 250 with a new bike or in 125, or in 350 4 T».

– As they took the KTM this your decision?
"Every driver always receives the proposals at the end of the season. But as often unfortunately happens the streets can be divided. I am still sure you have chosen the most stimulating program. It is not however was an easy decision because it leaves the KTM meant leaving people with there I lived for five years with a relationship that was now gone far beyond the mere fact of being a driver».

How do you think will be addressed and solved your problem to run this year's Dakar, Since the rally will start on 25 December and your contract will expire only on 31?
"I hope that everything works out for the best though I have yet to tackle the problem with Faisal which for me has always behaved in a more than correct.

How do you see placed in a team that has big ambitions of winning the Dakar?
"I know very well Marinoni. Peak a little less, even if I found myself perfectly during the last year of the Pharaohs RaIly. Little or no Neveu. I didn't however no ambition in that my focus remains to gain experiences and a good support in the role of domestique. Next year if all goes well I hope to be a little more free and who knows that in three years I can dress up as top driver».

– The 1988 has so far been a golden year for you. Did you expect it would be so?
"When at the beginning of the season, Faisal told me I had to run in 125 I was so happy because all the 1987 I had run into 500 never failed to express myself to the best of my ability. I started hard preparation in all respects intensifying even more workouts when I saw that the results were increasingly positive».

– In the environment you are loved d everyone and especially how you are one of the most popular drivers ever by girls. How do you justify this, Whereas some teams there is a high friction?

"That win or lose I always remain what they are and it is perhaps for this reason that I am nice to everyone. The story of the girls, or that I am a Playboy is absolutely not true although I don't mind dwell to speak or to learn more about the girls… Of course the most possible cute!».

– The fact of being named "wingman" of Cyril Neveu doesn't scare you a bit?
«The second to Neveu who in his career has already won five times the Dakar is a great honour for me».

– Why do you call yourself wingman when you have the chances and also the ability to not be?
"I repeat: I think I need to do much more experience than I have already to Dakar performing to the best of my job shadow of Neveu. If in a few years I became the new Oberoi…I would be obviously very happy»

by Dario Agrati (Motosprint)
http://www.motowinners.it/fuoriclasse Bg/SignorelliA/ASignorelli.htm

 

 

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Franco Picco Dakar 1990…It's all gone wrong!

Should have been the Dakar success. Instead for Franco Picco became a ruthless contest, where was forced to bite the bullet to resist very strong stomach bug that has knocked down, meant he had to sweat to get, and certainly not in the position he wanted.

"It was my clear choice tactic to begin attacking just after the halfway stage, but when she arrived I was badly explains Mauritania, I struggled to stay on the bike, and I seemed to have a head full of water. Even I was two days without eating for special trial stops me not, toilet paper in hand, but drinking only water you lose completely the forces. I arrived because conclude the Dakar is still a result, but it is certainly not what I wanted. Third, Fourth, fifth or second doesn't make much of a difference». A total disappointment, In short? "Often gets to make the decision to quit just because you've been working like crazy all year just for that outcome, and then see you lose the race for things like: you drop your arms, It makes you think that it is useless to insist. Sudi, struggling, It also risks hurting really and then just nothing to give everything up in smoke. Like that jump where I fell, in the first part of the race: We all have passed without the slightest problem, It took just a small shot of gas and I spilled. A minute and is likely to blow it up in smoke».

There was also the problem to show up with a totally new bike.

"Already, There were to be remade all experience after many years with single cylinder. But to make things right you should be able to start in February with the evidence, because it takes time for testing, and possibly to change what is wrong. It's a problem because a firm cannot work all year just for the Paris-Dakar rally and the evidence always begin in mid-September, but we must do it, Even so I have more time to train with the race bikes: the longer it goes on, and more training is needed, and maybe I needed to have done a little’ more with the twin, This year».

There is a certain rivalry between you and Oberoi: do you mind I've won? "Of course I regret that won him. But only because it means that I didn't win I!».

Source Motosprint

 

 

Yamaha-1992

Advertising Yamaha 1992

Advertising page on Motosprint 1992 celebrating the victory of Massimo Montebelli in category Marathon of Dakar.

Findanno 1985-1

Giampiero Fatemian – Dakar 1985