It was the first time that the Kawasaki 500 KLE , submitted at the end of ' 90 at the Cologne motor show, It was deployed at the start of the most important African rally. Then there were the unknowns, but the Kawasaki-Italy had worked with care trying to best prepare the challenging Marathon, Although the decision to compete in the marathon category had imposed to remain as close as possible to the production model. The two KLE of Surini and Maletti had preserved their standard engine, a four-stroke parallel twin 499 cm3, with double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, few basic features 74 x 58 mm and 6 Marce.
On the frame instead it had been possible to work, because despite the constraint of standard chassis, double cradle steel, the regulation allowed them to intervene on the suspension, provided you keep the original rear linkages and sheaths and stems of this fork series. Totally new body parts instead, with a large front tank and two small rear, total capacity 54 litres of petrol. Motorcycle Kawasaki team management-IP that had as main sponsor the Italiana Petroli, It was entrusted to the TEAM Assomoto: the team of Bruno Birbes was one of the most organized nationally, and had a percentage of pilots brought in to the finish in Dakar 79%.
As means of assistance had been entrusted to a truck Liaz 154-111 and a car Range Rover 3900. Curious detail, the car was driven by Davide Pollini support fast, President and Chief financial and logistical Assomoto team, He had behind a couple of Dakar motorbike, and a drive in 1991.
29 GUIDO MALETTI It was one of the first Italians to devote himself to the great African rally, and in 87 was able to obtain a very good 11th place in the Paris-Dakar Reggiano, 33 years, has extensive experience in national enduro; It was factory rider Kawasaki-France in Dakar ' 90 while in the subsequent Edition no longer races. Back in the race with Kawasaki, focuses on the regularity and the ability to be wrong shortly, What are its best qualities.
30 WALTER SURINI Clenched teeth and so much effort to accomplish last year his first Dakar. But he made it, and this time he criticized as an official driver of Kawasaki-Italy. Her experience, however, was not limited to the classic African rally: among its most prestigious results a victory Rally in the Incas ' 88, When managed from private to beat several officers, and good results again in Peru and in Sardinia, In addition to the success in the Rally of the Dominican Republic of the ' 91. Bergamasco 31, helicopter pilot, She had won several national championships of enduro, endurance and junior.
Ed: both drivers behave admirably, ending both the competition, demonstrating the seriousness of the Team and the goodness of the motorcycle driven. Maletti and 19° 20° Surini concluded respectively and in the absolute (4° and 5° in category Marathon won by Massimo Montebelli).