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Group photos Dakar 1988

Italians in Dakar, standing from the left Fatemian, Charles Edson, Orioli, Terruzzi and Gates. Kneeling Spike, Gauri and Winkler.

 

Motosprint-1989

Cover Magazine Motosprint 1989

Cover of the weekly magazine Motosprint dedicated to Franco Picco and adventure of Aldo Winkler dispersed in the desert.

Dakar-16

Franco Picco Gilera RC 750

One of the most beautiful Gilera, the RC 750!
Special thanks to Clement Canino for the photos provided.

Suzuki SR43

Suzuki DRZ 750 Sr43 Dakar 1991

For Franco Picco was supposed to be last year's issues of revenge after Dakar, instead hasn't even started: the 23 December Franco Picco fell while he was practicing on the field cross di Arzignano riding a Suzuki 250, to lock the front wheel. Batted and after performing a somersault in the air fell violently beating the basin.
Hospitalized at the hospital in Valdagno (Vi) He was found a fracture to the pubic symphysis and a crack in the sacrum, no serious damage but still force him to at least two months of immobility, the Team of Gaston Rahier had thus relinquishing his top driver for the most important event of the season. Franco Picco, whereas its contract with Suzuki expires in July, It is still determined to get back in the saddle in order to participate in the Rally of Tunisia.

SUZUKI DRZ 750 – Base remained the same last year's bike, currently the only single competitive ranking even if not too strong in terms of reliability. For this we have worked a lot on the engine, a four stroke with cool-ing four-valve air-oil mixture, double switching electronics and power supply through two Carburetors Mikuni shot. Despite the name DRZ 750 the actual displacement is 830 cm. a solution which has been arrived after numerous tests. The Exchange remains five-speed and clutch in oil bath.
The Suzuki, that rally turned totally to the team run by Rahier, He renewed the chassis: a split single cradle with Full Floater rear suspension linkage system modified, Kayaba fork and disc brakes in front and back; you are not, however, overlooked the speech of aerodynamics and comfort, that led to redesign the tank group, two front and one rear for a total of 62 liters, and the windshield. Numerous the reductions leading to a dry weight of 154 kg, driven by an engine that delivers a maximum declared power of 71 CV to 7.000 RPM.

62 – GASTON RAHIER His temper is simultaneously its greatest advantage and his worst fault. Caused him problems of living with some riders of his team but at the same time allowed him to reap exceptional results. Three world cross 125, two Paris-Dakar and three Rallye des Pharaons are but a small part of a sporting curriculum that has few equals.
Owner of the team that bears his name and who does run the official Suzuki, in 43 years played Rahier is still a man to keep an eye on, able to win a couple of stages even in the previous edition of the Dakar rally and get good results.

64 – JEAN-CHRISTOPHE WAGNER Eternal fast assistance team, He always played diligently its task and this sometimes penalized its performance. Though he got good placings occasionally, proving that Rahier had good nose to ensure the presence on the team of 22-year-old Frenchman when it still hadn't played more than national racing.

65 – AKIRA WATANARE It is not a new name for fans of cross, who remember ' 78 cross world champion and also starred in subsequent seasons. He returned to Japan in 84, He never stopped running-road passing though enduro where he won the national title. Dear pilot from Suzuki, in 36 However the Charter of rally attempts practically years to debut, having only attended the last edition of the Pharaohs.

The team belong to four other men: Swiss Andy Brunner the French expert Raymond Loizeaux and two Italians who also last armo reached in good position for the beach in Dakar, Franco Zotti and Giampaolo Abbasi. While running with Team Rahier and riding the Suzuki are unofficial: their bikes are derived from the series, but still receive some assistance from the French education, consistent with the needs of the four drivers.

Ed: It was not a particularly glorious Dakar for Team Suzuki, Rahier finished only at the 13rd place, Brunner 17°, Watanabe 23°, Loizeaux 29°.

Source Motosprint
Special thanks for photos Stefan Heßler

Peak POWER1 1990

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

 

 

Bivacco 2005-1

Between one stage and the other, bivouacs at Dakar!

The crazy idea to participate in the Dakar, with the goal of getting to the finish line, assumes a long and arduous journey. Thousands of kilometres, days and days approaching roadmap. The bivouac, the field, or the stage finish, becomes vital if you want to reach your destination. Is a kind of “medicine” by taking daily, the place where you can eat, sleep, repair your own car, call, send an email, read the charts.

Here are many things, all in a rush and automated to save energy and continue the March. The Dakar bivouac, especially in the early stages, It is populated by thousands of people frantic activity. It rises at an airport (If you could call it), almost always devoid of a structure, with the control tower was reduced to a small table, a radio and a wind vane, some hangars and small buildings (useful shelter from the desert wind), usually police and firefighters dwelling. But these airfields are crucial to the logistics of Dakar.

We distribute thousands of meals and bottles of water, tons of bread, even if just for a day: all you have to repeat, the next day, hundreds of kilometers later. In short, the Dakar Bivouac is complex, plus the environmental difficulties imposed by the desert. But we come to life that takes place. Appointments are mandatory dinner at twenty and briefing at twenty-one. The food is excellent, because hunger is much. During the day, In fact, you have just enough time to swallow the ration is necessary because race doesn't give truce. There are those who manage to take a shower, those who remain with their faces and hands covered with dust. At a certain time you can see everything… long beards, shocked but happy faces, even with the strongest hair gel would remain so straight.

The most beautiful and amazing tales are born at the bivouac: everyone has something to tell.

In a nutshell, This is a great meeting place open all night until dawn, for latecomers. Here the champions sit alongside private pilots and eat with them. This is not the Formula One, is a real adventure that gets into the skin… is the Dakar. Only those who participate can understand: It is a true test, in all directions. After dinner, who does not have the will or the strength to mount a tent and sleeping bag takes place in Group shelters. Then a thought runs through the minds of competitors: How will the bivouac of tomorrow?

We'll get? Thus was born the strength to break down at the dawn of the next day, because the race is not over yet and Dakar is always far away.

Text Edi Orioli

Source DeAgostini

Photo Gigi Soldano

Arrival 1990 correct

The “our heroes”, the Italians at the arrival of the Dakar 1990

Standing: Franco Picco, Alexander Ciro De Petri, Medardo, Mandelli, Petrini, Marcaccini, Cabini and Malik;
Trussed: Gauri, Algiers, Gargate, Signorelli, Orioli, Mercandelli and Abbasi. In the photo lacks only Zotti.

Gilera RC 750 1992

Gilera RC 750 1992

We are at the start of the Paris – The Cap of the 1992 and the Gilera finally decides to leave with a "prototype" and try to fight for the victory in the overall. The drivers are top notch and they respond with the name of Franco Picco and "Luigino" Medardo, the bike is the new RC 750 that is its sole second exit, After a short experience in the Pharaons Rally of ' 91, interrupted prematurely due to the peak and fracture belt snap onTThe bike by Medardo. The bike is a single from 750 CC. with double overhead in 4 overhead valves driven by toothed belt, change is a 5 marches and dry clutch.

An innovative project that goes against the trend of the time: the power and weight of twins are preferred the lightness and handling officers.
Unfortunately the misfortune rages on this project was born with the best expectations, both drivers retire on the same stage, the special Waw El Kbir-Tumu, Medardo to a technical fault, Peak for a fall that will cause a broken wrist.