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The Italians to Dakar 1983

Did we mention that the Italian athletes have been unlucky, but until it can speak of bad luck and not of disorganization? Two Italian teams were present at the Paris-Dakar, the Morini assisted by Valentini and composed by Massimiliano Flyers, Gianni Gagliotti and Leandro Caruso. with the addition of Marcus Foligno, a private aided by official team and that of Yarnaha-Belgarda which could count on three XT 550 led by Crossbowmen, the only one who is rated, Baez and Freeman.. Between the two Teams without a doubt the most unfortunate was that of women in Parma.

Balestrieri, Zanichelli, Foligno and Baguio

Balestrieri, Zanichelli, Foligno and Baguio

Paolo Bergamaschi is out of the picture already in Les Garrigues, in France, for a fall and when Balestrieri and Zanichelli traveled to preserves in Ténéré the second had to stop for the breaking of the shock. The biggest limit of three of the Yamaha was the assistance, developing friendship of the famous pilot ensured Gianfranco Bonera who actually did what he could but he had so many cats to skin from losing touch with his own pilots when they began to need him.

Roughly the same fate of the trio of Morini that behind its façade as professional or (Thanks to Zanussi who had them

Marcus Foligno on Morini

Marcus Foligno on Morini

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Fiat Campagnola team support V

sponsored could count on two means of support, (a Fiat Campagnola and Datsun Patrol) HID also organisational failings not due so much ill will as to a workload aocessiva. In fact, when the race entered into the three yellow Morini have some’ lost touch with their assistance and the result was what we saw, the first serious mechanical problems have had to withdraw; even the bravo Valentini who at the beginning of the Paris-Dakar rally seemed really could do well.

The fate of the fourth man Morini, Marcus Foligno, It was even more unusual at the start of the stage Dirkou-Agades involuntarily Bonera trying the bike is finished in ground breaking the fuel tank. Nevertheless, Foligno is riu-SAGRES to share, albeit late, But even for him when the late hours have become too many, and there was the possibility to recover them, came on removal.

Source: Motosprint

The Morini on departure

The Morini on departure

Balestrieri, Zanichelli, Foligno and Baguio.

The three “Parmigiani” the Dakar 1983

Taken from an article in the 1982, an abstract presenting the team “Parmesan cheese” who participated in the Dakar 1983.
Note the language with which it is treated the subject Paris Dakar, that at the time, the 1982, It was still an unknown argument to large crowds of fans.
We thank the friend Alfredo Margaritelli who sent us the material of this article.

A great big adventure among the most fascinating and challenging slopes of Africa. On the one hand the natural elements and their laws on the other riders, the bikes, the machines, trucks and their technique, create a great challenge.
It's a test of moral and physique of each participant, more than just a rally, is first and foremost a race "total", especially not a raid. Among the events of this kind is undoubtedly the most important in the world. A race of great prestige to both racers and automotive motociclstiche homes, in its preparation and as it unfolded with passion by sportsmen, with more and more interest and curiosity in the press and from television. The next edition of this incredible ride will also be attended by Alexander Freeman., Paolo Bergamaschi, Vinod B. Driven by a passion and supported by a great motorcycling experience these three pilots will address the 10.000 Km. the race with the intention of bringing a prestigious result. If the race is difficult, preparing to deal with it will be absolutely accurate.. Well trained and reliable motorcycle riders are the conditions that will. But not enough: will be prepared and entered the race a car 4×4, that will take place an experienced driver of African roads and a mechanic can intervene both on bikes on the car. This car will be very important. It will be entrusted with the care and transportation of spare parts of motorcycle. Bike, cars and men will be tested beforehand in a survey in Algeria next October (1982 NDR.).
No detail will be overlooked; a small defect becomes a big problem in aggravation of a ride i n Africa. The costs of preparing for and participating in this race must be covered by adequate sponsorships.
Hence the concern to make this event very well known and interesting.
There will be a presentation through both the local and national press either directly in an evening that will be projected slides and movies of last year. A national industry magazine will publish a report directed by three pilots and a photo shoot by a professional after the race.
Who are the 3 pilots? First of all they are three great friends: they know each other's strengths and weaknesses of each. Circumjacent, they understand each other and seamlessly; There should be no need to stress the importance of these things in certain situations.

ALEXANDER ZACHARY
Born in Parma on 10.1.1960, student in engineering. Motocross and enduro rider from q974, When he won the Italian Championship of motocross youth games.
Regional Champion in 1980. Great motorcycling experience obtained in raids in Europe and Africa.
Stopped by an accident when it seemed were to explode, After two years of inactivity has been able to start over with great willingness and enthusiasm. Fast driver, whimsical, spectacular, of great presents of mind, is considered to be the Joker of the Group.

PAOLO BERGAMASCHI
Born in Parma on 20.1.1959, student in architecture. In 1976 He began to devote himself to the ropes of enduro that alternated some motocross race. After a few seasons of little commitment, increasingly plagued by the "illness" of motorcycle wanted to jump the gun in order to engage in the most important races and challenging.
Regional enduro champion in the 1980 and in 1981 He played all the Italian championship competitions, enduro European and world.
While not seizing yield spectacular results, demonstrated, clasping regularly completed also most difficult races and getting regular placements, great reliability and capacity. It's methodical, very accurate and determined: a safety.

VINOD B
Born in Parma on 2.5.1959, student in economics. Regional Champion and Italian enduro in the cadets 1979. Regional Champion, Runner up in the Championship's junior national champion Italian enduro and motocross of University students 1980, 13St place at the European Championships and the World Championships of enduro 5° 1981. So much experience and so many results: confirmation for a rider who showed great skill and great will to arrive at these levels.

Aprilia Tuareg Wind 600 1989

Aprilia Tuareg Wind 600 1989

For the first time the Aprilia participates in Dakar 1989 formally: pilots are Vinod B and Scott Freeman., two renowned specialists of African marathons, and the bikes come from Tuareg Wind 600 by series.

Are modified for specific use in Dakar with a large main tank that doubles as a fairing while the fairing with twin headlights remains that of series. The engine is the classic four-valve single cylinder Rotax widerevised by Open mind-lia in order to increase the reliability.

The cooling air remains but an oil cooler was added to the existing one, to decrease the temperature of the lubricating oil. Rated power 46 horses, equal to the series despite being reduced the compression ratio to use poor fuel octane. The fuel is sent to Dellorto by a vacuum pump connected to the engine.

In addition to gasoline tanks there are two more seats down in front of the engine, that contain water are mandatory escort 5 liters of the liquid that the pilot can drink directly into the race by a small electric pump operated by a switch on the handlebars.

The dashboard has an abundant number of tools with oil thermometer, tachometer, trip master and a small traditional compass. The chassis is derived from the motorcycle for sale and is normally based on a steel beam frame with special-shaped tube dra.

Suspensions see increased considerably the hike and the swingarm po-aluminum hydraulic extension is now. For the brakes at the front there is a double disc with single piston floating Brembo calipers clamping, While behind the only disk size 220 mm.

For the article and photos we thank Andrea Torresani