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Dakar 1989 – The unforgettable Guinea

TAMRACOUNDA – Top view Guinea is an emerald set in the desert. For the crews of the 11th Paris Dakar, though, is a green hell, furrowed from the red laterite trails are treacherous roads, fast but slippery. On his third impact with the jungle the most grueling rally the world has rediscovered that isn't just the Ténéré to suffer. Guinea if will remember long Clay Regazzoni, Claudio Terruzzi, but Spanish too Prieto, and the two good Samaritans from team Assomoto Giuseppe Cannella and David Parks.

Special inhuman: running for 24 hours in the Green hell

Were the latter, in fact to pull away from his Mercedes partially destroyed by a lump of Clay didn't take penalty rollover.
We were about a kilometre 270 of the Special – tell these two guys in their thirties, of Brescia – When on a fast track to hump hump, We saw a wheeled machine for air. It was in a pool of gasoline and Navigator who was already out, He was bleeding from his arm. We recognize him: It was Dane, Clay was still inside and was trying to get rid. Careless that time flowed, Joseph and David they accommodated Regazzoni outside of the machine, leaning on a Boulder because his wheelchair was destroyed, medicated and Dane.
No one stopped to help us out – remember the two – one threw us bottled water out the window.
Past people who had no problem of ranking… We do not understand, When everyone feels special samples.

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It stopped, Instead, Claudio Terruzzi and Klaus Seppi. A history of Dakar, a snippet that, along with other, Rebuilds one of the toughest days of the rally.
É was a special inhuman – says bluntly Terruzzi, got to camp at night – before meeting Regazzoni I had seen all the colors. I ended up in a Ford at km 130 I was walking because my Cagiva went to a cylinder. Suddenly, While I was with the water for life. the engine is ' taken ' and slid to the bottom slippery. It took me an hour to draw out the bike from Ford, Thanks to the help of some guys who came from a nearby village, and with them I started to disassemble the bike to try to make it restart.
There are finally managed, but a flashback set fire to makeshift air filter and one of my helpers, afraid, threw a handful of Earth in Carburetors… Luckily while I was busy to disassemble everything again and got Sad, my assistance, with the car, that pulled me out. I was sad when he left behind say all these kids who had been busy to help me, but I more think when, in the dark I found myself having to do the track behind the car.

Terruzzi Orioli

In a fuss that limited visibility to a few meters Terruzzi fell, hit a cow, and rebooted again pulling blindly, but he couldn't avoid the penalty.
And say – Remember – that was a great start… before me I only had two tracks. I must have been third before falling into the damn Ford… the road book was done by dogs, for a coat I have risked my dry skin in left turn, which then tumbled Magnaldi.

Sabri, that helped him in the evening with him at camp. Another piece fits into the puzzle of special Bamako – Labè.
We all had a deep Ford, us machines – fast assistance tells Cagiva – theno water there was the Nissan with Prieto. He couldn't go out. He was driving, While his second had dived to fix the slides under the wheels. Came and went, in that muddy water, when suddenly I heard him shout. Li per li didn't understand, then I saw him hold Prieto, that was in the water unconscious, for underarms. The muffler sfiatava inside the body and he, breathing carbon monoxide, He had fallen asleep, slumping driving. He had barely had the strength to open the door before you go wild in the water. Fortunately that, in all the confusion the Navigator if you noticed.

Regazzoni

It's the day after tomorrow when, with a machine of doctors, get Regazzoni at the bivouac. Dirty, unshaven, is almost unrecognizable, but not tired, nor unpacked. The longest day of the Dakar will close in his story.
I can't figure out – He says shaking his head – We were fresh off the hardest part of special when in a straight Red Earth, the car got sideways. I checked for a while, but then I shot off. It stopped after four spins with the wheels in the air. Smelt of petrol and a priest moan. Then came the two Italian riders who helped me to get out.

While people continue to leave the special Clay speaks. Are the trucks that didn't made it in the night. Let's review the bivouac dark, devoid of light generators, and those few trucks arrived as a foothold for all. The special Bamako – Labè lasted exactly 24 hours. Nobody saw it coming so hard.

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DAKAR 1987 – Disqualification challenged by Dalia

NIAMEY – Is the hot afternoon of 14 January, in the morning the competitors of Paris-Dakar have abandoned the comforts of the capital of Niget, sharing a breeze for Gao. The pool at the luxury Hotel Gaweye only riders withdrawn from the year's toughest race and some reporter; in a dozen of the many rooms of the hotel injured people complain about waiting for flight scheduled for the night of the following day that will bring everyone in Europe. Among the Palm trees and the cool pool water, in a scenario worthy of Simon Le Bon, We will have a long talk with Alexander «Cyrus» Dalia, one of the fastest men ever seen in action on African roads, in the limelight, Unfortunately, to be one of the riders disqualified from TSO at the start of the stage Agades-Tahoua.

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De Petri is much more relaxed than the morning of 13, When Patrick Verdoy not handed him and Gates the roadmap, putting them so out-of-competition. That morning at Agades I had almost afraid to interview the pilot of Cagiva, furious about the exclusion of the race. By the pool, though, the tension inevitably Saeed and Cyrus proves to be more talkative and quiet at the microphone of my recorder. The first question is of course dedicated to the "situation" in the stage of 5 January.

Then Cyrus, the bike has been replaced?
"No, I had a problem with the clutch and I had to stop. Shortly after they arrived Gates and Picard and, together, We started working on the bikes. The Cagiva has the clutch handle of type De-Petri-1987-2plumber and work on it is very laborious: There is also to bleed. Let us not forget that it was the first special stage and we were quite nervous. In that moment time seems to fly when reassembling the hulls of confusion and we did three bikes».

But don't you have noticed that the helicopter of the Sierra (the company that films the exclusive Paris-Dakar) you ran over your head?
"Certainly,, and there was nothing wrong, even we noticed that the operator was leaning out to recover». You have been disqualified based on photographic evidence and filmed, but your motorbikes have been verified in the evening, the stage finish? "No, Neither night nor on subsequent days».

What exactly happened on the morning of 13 on departure from Agades, When you have been put out of the race?
«I was presented, like all day, the briefing, but before this started I realized that the compass does not work and are then returned to the “Villa” Cagiva team had rented in Agades, to remedy this problem. Made the replacement of the instrument are returned upon departure, the briefing had already ended and I noticed that everyone was looking at me. Before you ask me the reason for so much attention I came to meet Gates, I said we were out of the race and that they wouldn't deliver the roadmap. I thought he was kidding, but then came the confirmation of Auriol. Anyway I told Gates to follow me until the start of the special stage. Arriving at the departure Verdoy told us that if within two minutes hadn't returned to Agades would also disqualified Auriol».

How you react to this news?
«By disappointment at a decision which I define shocking that ran counter to what I thought of the TSO, an organization that I respected and in which I had the utmost confidence. The Dakar has become a big business for homes, the sponsors and the drivers it is necessary that these interests are protected by a Federation».

Maybe from international, I say mischievous.
"Of course, the Dakar is an international competition and it is essential that such decisions are taken by a body that protects all these huge interests».De-Petri-1987-3

Speaking of the race has changed after Sabine how and the environment after death of the great inventor and soul of Paris-Dakar, What do you think?
"Even with Sabine, or better under his direction, questionable decisions were made, as the penalty imposed on Peak two years ago. Last year during the stage Ouargla-El Golea, There was a complaint against Honda France for a supposed change of bike, but they were not carried out verifications. In any case, this ninth edition of the Dakar is beautiful, great technique with special tests to no end and no nighttime stages: a beautiful and well organized race. What I don't think would have happened at the time of Sabine's do run a pilot for six days, leave to rest one day and then ban him, What happened to me».

You have been put out of the race on the basis of evidence filmed and photographs, you have probably tried to save the situation and continue the race. What happened and, especially, What will happen?
"Our athletic director Azzalin asked to do share Gates and me maybe letting us run sub-judice until Dakar, but Verdoy is still on his decision (wrong for me) and did not accept. Meanwhile, to protect the interests and image of Cagiva, sponsors and also my (Let us not forget that a professional driver prepares for Dakar for about 8 months) you will end up before a court».

You want to maybe the head of Verdoy?
"No, I don't care, We want only to know that disqualify me and Gates was a mistake and especially that in the future there is greater protection for Homes, sponsors and drivers».

The future of specialty care to many and inevitably to Ciro we asked the question that you feel in your environment, as a world rally championship?
"It would be beautiful — answers — and us drivers often talk, a World Championship under the auspices of the International Federation would be a big step forward, but on our part, there is still the need to deal, While Federal environments has not arrived yet effective intervention. Even when we had, After the tragedy of Giampaolo Marinoni, requested that two doctors follow us Italian pilots flying in giving us the necessary security, even psychological».

We talk about safety, for you the Dakar is a safe race?
"The Dakar is a dangerous race. Is the actual product to be, almost a cross between speed (for medium to high) and cross (for the ground on which it runs); In addition nobody knows exactly all the pitfalls of the path: It's a cocktail very dangerous especially if you get lost. If you become injured off piste the risk is so much».

There is solidarity among pilots?
"Yes, Despite the difference between official and private pilots all stop if they see a colleague in distress. In this respect I feel very safe. There is a lot of humanity in this ruthless contest and solidarity on the track is so much».

Interview by Marco Masetti for Motosprint

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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

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Cagiva elephant Marathon Dakar 1994

The wealthiest enthusiasts, celebrated the birth of the regulation Marathon for Paris-Dakar 1994, that would make it to the use of means of direct derivation by means of series (choice who slew the expensive official prototypes).
Cagiva set up then the 944 Marathon, that was the basis for the motorcycle driven by CH Racing team Roberto Azzalin and that went on sundries varesina the second Dakar with Edi Orioli.

The Marathon regained several fine details of the previous 900 IE but went even further: Apart from just the return of coupled Marzocchi Magnum – Ohlins, on this special version was adopted a front rim from 21 ", best suited for use in off road (comprehensive measures 90x90x21″ and 140x90x18″) but especially the unprecedented (series production) engine 944 CC powered by refined Carburetors Keihin FCR flat valve capable of delivering 75 horses and 7, 25kgm.

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Edi Orioli Dakar 1992

The Cagiva Elefant of Edi Orioli – unofficial the pre departure Lacchiarella, on the occasion of the Dakar 1992.
Photos of Clement Canino

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Cagiva team to Dakar 1988

The pilots are: Serge Bacou, Alessandro De Petri, Gilles Picard and Franco Gualdi.

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Cover Magazine MotoSprint 1986

The cover of Motosprint dedicated to accident to Giampaolo Marinoni

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ERI Orioli Dakar King… and Paris 1994

Big changes to Dakar 1994. The ride passed into the hands of the ASO Group, changing the rules, penalizing the “formula one” of the desert. We left from Paris and, After a turning point in Dakar, the 16th Edition ended again in Paris.

The Yamaha, contrary to the change in regulation, He resigned in protest. Orioli came running with a Cagiva, still prepared by Azzalin, a version “mortified” derived from production motorcycle went into production in the meantime. The Dakar that year was at least “discontinuous” due to a series of organizational problems that led to the cancellation of some stages.

KTM, which presented for the first time an official team organized around its ACE Heinz Kinigadner, He won the first stages enduristiche, then it was a triumphal March of Cagiva. The strip contains, MAS, Gallardo, but especially Orioli.

The Dakar 1994 focused with a riveting duel between Friulian and Jordi strip contains, just a few months away from that, victorious, of the Pharaohs. Yet in Bordeaux Orioli had to already change its engine, and in the night gives Boutilimit, halfway through the stage “Marathon” that would have ended at Atar, was with sixth gear that wouldn't fit more: everything seemed to have put back in play. The regulation prevented a second change of engine, and it is here that entered the scene Pattono and Minelli, two mechanics Cagiva from great qualities and great-hearted.

The mechanics will make a difference, all night they alighted a motor (the retired Goffoy) and then another (to Orioli), to perform the transplant Exchange gear. A night spent in white, where you worked hard and without interruption, but it was worth the effort, the bike was ready for the next morning.

Orioli would do the rest, outclassing poor strip contains, that on that occasion went down in history as holder of second place with less detachment, Orioli joined like a King, triumphantly on the Champs Elysées.

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Claudio Terruzzi – Dakar 1989

A breeze, Despite the two special won, the ranking of the Dakar 1989 for Claudio Terruzzi langue: for him only a 22nd place in the absolute…

Danny Laporte and Cagiva to Dakar 1992

Despite not being the victory in the absolute, that of 1992 represents an excellent performance of the squadron Cagiva, that second place American Danny Laporte, in third place Jordi strip contains, Marc Morales at 4°, EDI Orioli to 7th and 10th place Controls to!