Caldecott 2005

Andy Caldecott Dakar 2005

Andy Caldecott (10 August 1964 – 9 January 2006) born in Keith, Southern Australia, He had won the’Australian Safari Rally four consecutive times (2000-2003) and had taken the Dakar in 2004, of 2005 (arriving 6°), and in 2006.

Following the previous year's prestigious result, started at 2006 on a Official Repsol KTM. A breeze, He won for the third leg, but then because of an accident he suffered a serious neck injury during the ninth stage, the special stage from Nouakchott to Kiffa, incident which sadly cost him his life.

Always at the limit, He was known for his cool attitude and for his humility.

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Esteve Pujol 2005

Esteve Pujol Dakar 2005

The KTM 660 Rally Dakar Esteve Pujol is resting on beach. The Spaniard was ranked 4th in the absolute.

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Matteo Graziani and the Dakar never ride in 2008

Matteo Graziani from Forlì, Italian old guard riders was always a tough race, able to fight without reverential fears with the pilots of the official teams at Dakar. I should have done in 2008 with a motorcycle finally winning, a brand new KTM 690 Rosso corsa, This time supported by a sponsor of exception, Alfa Romeo.

The team was made, leaning as always by a team of friends, with the same spirit that linked passion, determination and will to fight. The conditions for running a leading Dakar there were all the reasons were big. Unfortunately for him the Dakar 2008 did not start never. Note that for reasons of public policy the Organisation decided to cancel the race. Four French tourists were murdered in Mauritania near the start of the rally, and the State where the tragedy would have to accommodate well 8 stages. Objectively risks were too high. Matthew Garrison, class 1968 then he had 39 years and unfortunately had no way to line up at the start of the Dakar.

Her career began as a child with minicross like so many, but to 18 years. So late to have professional ambitions, If only Matthew was not a true phenomenon! We can talk about a talent who became alone. Matthew has always worked while the pilot, especially in the fields and this makes him more honor. At the beginning we worked with motocross, with remarkable achievements at national level (third of Italian Cadets) then move towards the enduro and then find its ideal size in cross country, where he could express and mix his skills as speed, rationality and tactical intelligence.

Motorcycle rally you have to go fast while looking for the road, scrutinizing the notes in the roadbook. That's where the challenge. Let's say that Matthew this challenge won big: Ben 57 Italian titles between cross country-Raid, Tout Terrain and Enduro. A true “alien” of category! This natural predisposition to combining speed with note reading has certainly assisted in 3 Dakar in which he participated, always from private, always by patently inferior to officers. The results have always been of high level: in 1999 the first participation, 18th overall. In 2004 He finished 11st overall and 1° in category 450 (winner of the prologue) and in 2005 15th overall and 2° by category.

Heinz Kinigadner, that handcuff scary! Dakar 1995


And’ a video of only 37 seconds, but manetta from fear!!

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Giovanni Sala to Dakar 1998

Very pleased Giovanni Sala, debuting at the Dakar 1998 and the first real experience with road book and GPS.

"After the first week – tells the enduro champion – I thought I had learned all the tricks of navigation; then I got lost a few times and I knew… not understanding anything. But how do they read the notes?».

John still consider the positive experience and the Dakar an interesting race. Here are the differences with the enduro.

«The most incredHow is that I work out every day, I go into motion at least twice a week, then came here and I'll get a big payday from the belly and the cigarette in his mouth! Enduro you always drive to 100% While here you have to strike the right balance between speed and navigation.

Surely it is an experience to be repeated, Although it is the most dangerous discipline I ever made. As soon as you get distracted, and it's normal when you're maybe ten hours in the saddle, cadi. There are of trails in the midst of the stones where vacations 130 km/h and if you're not used to the speed, If you don't have good reflexes, you end up getting hurt».
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A “heroic” Black Jersey

A story in the history of Dakar 2007. And’ the story of Ennio Chary. Because the Italy that doesn't win more running and has less members of Poland, view her sample on reverse, 135th and last in bike 78 27 ' 42 hours”, that is more than 3 days behind the leader. A different Dakar, heroic, tremendous: «I'll be dropped 300 or 400 times, but I have always raised and distributed», explains Ennio.
Chary has 45 years: was born in Belgium but has Italian citizenship: «Dad leccese, mom abruzzese, about half of the helmet I have 4 World stars, on the other the Tricolor. I run with the Luxembourg license because I feel European and for years I've been running the Championship Belgian speed, In addition to the 24 Hours and Bol d'Or».
A ride in pursuit: «From Black Jersey. Being last is a catastrophe. You fall out of favor and anything goes. I have a xenon headlight that I eat the battery.

Every time I have to stiontare the bike to take the spare battery and start over. I almost burn engine: He had broken the water pump, each 90 km I had to wait for a car that would give me water. Then I began to fall off because I couldn't take it no more. I was sleeping 20 minutes to reload the human battery, I was leaving. And I restarted with a thousand other woes».
This is my ninth Dakar. No so hard. Am I the only one to have two extra batteries, I'm the one who ran over night. An ordeal. When I arrive I, the track is like the battlefield of Caporetto or vegetables. And you must continue to bite the bullet.

My bike, a Ktm 660, is the heaviest and highest. I thought I had the right physical, Instead it drives me nuts».

The important thing is not to give up: «You, It is a tragedy of Dogol. At the end you don't want to give up ever, because it's like live or die. When I was racing in speed, a Ducati, I competed in all possible positions for broken bones. This is the only race in the world where less than 50 percent of starters. And I ended already twice».
(source Gazzetta)

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A very strong rider with a big heart: Fabrizio Meoni

It's been ten years, but it seems like yesterday. On the 11th January 2005, during the course of the eleventh stage of the Barcelona-Dakar, between Atar and Kiffa, per kilometre 184,85 on a stretch of track with several undulations dies Fabrizio Meoni. The accident is a sudden, terrible and irrevocable, with a dynamic that you can't still to explain fully.

Cyril Despres, that runs in front of the Italian, does not notice anything. Will Patrick Zaniroli feral known himaunt on arrival, and a week later the French will win his first Dakar. Shortly after arriving Marc Coma, Isidre Esteve and David Fretigné. The latter activates the radio safety recalls balises on site the medical helicopter. Meoni is subjected to 45 minutes of CPR, but there's nothing left to do. Meoni had accomplished 47 years on 31 December.

After Motocross and Enduro, Justin Meoni was passed to Rally in 1988, in 1990 He had won the Incas Rally, from Lima to Rio de Janeiro, a KTM 500 two-stroke, and in 1992 He finished 12nd place his first Dakar from Paris to Cape Town. In an impressive crescendo, Fabrizio Meoni won in Tunisia, in Egypt, in Dubai, and in 2000 the World Cup.

In 2001 Fabrizio Meoni won his first Paris-Dakar, inaugurating the series of KTM that lasts until today, and the following year was repeated, winning the Arras-Madrid-Dakar with KTM twin that had developed with Bruno Ferrari, the "iron", and Arnaldo Nicoli. Past the shop he ran in Castiglion Fiorentino to the mechanic and friend Romeo Feliciani, Fabrizio Meoni wanted to do even a couple of seasons and of Dakar, then retreat. In 2003 He had finished in third place and in 2004 on the sixth but with some boredom of engine and tires, so he decided to play even the Edition 2005, because he wanted one last Dakar without problems. January 11th Fabrizio Meoni was on course for victory.

In a suburb of Dakar a school bearing the name of Fabrizio Meoni. For years he worked on the project, Unbeknownst to all, with Father Arturo Buresti, and the testimony of his sensitivity to the lives of the less fortunate, his immense love for that race and for the desert, for the simple things in life. Fabrizio Meoni knew enchant for its unpretentious authenticity, He had the charisma of the right people, opponents feared him and that they were proud to compete with him, men who respected him, friends who don't ever forget.
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KTM 660 2003

KTM 660 Dakar Richard Sainct 2003

The Dakar 2003 (We will continue to call it that even though this edition took off from Marseille and arrived in Sharm El Sheikh) will be remembered as one of the “Austrian rule ever” because of the 15 bike “Orange” in the first 15 positions!

For the winner Richard Sainct, the race was more "simple", the bike has held up well and is not involved in accidents and wins the title of King of Dakar, the third after the successes of 1999 and of the 2000 deservedly. The franceIf in 17 total stages of competition has come 5 times first, second twice and third twice: In short, It was simply the best.

Then the curtain falls on this edition of Dakar, Although no longer has the charm of yesteryear, and suffer the effects of globalization and the threats of international terrorism, tourism, She kept her vital showmanship.
The KTM 660 by Richard Sainct proves a perfect desert machine that has caught up with this edition the definitive maturity.


KTM 495 Fenwick 1981

About the history of this KTM Fenwick Dakar has said it all. In 1981 the KTM importer importer “Royal Motor” prepares and signs up four KTM 495 the Paris Dakar.
These bikes, originally intended for motocross, have proven to be very effective, even though the technology didn't favour us consumption and its 2 strokes, forcing them to huge tanks to increase the autonomy.
Was given to pilots Gilles Francru (#25), Yann Cadoret (# 26) , Elijah Andreoletti (#27) and Philippe Augier (# 28).
One KTM concluded the race, that of Gilles Francru who finished in an excellent final position 5a.