Nico's stories: the Cagiva at the Paris-Dakar,
the behind-the-scenes story
A very special team: prepared, united, exaggerated. In keeping with the spirit of Claudio Castiglioni. The only victorious Italian motorcycle at Lago Rosa has a special history, as special as its protagonists. Here are a few bitter pages and some tasty backstories
Tears and blood since the beginning of the adventure, with the many vicissitudes of Hubert Auriol and the death of Giampaolo Marinoni. The African Rally is tough, but every difficulty can be overcome: the role of Roberto Azzalin, the sponsor Lucky Explorer, Merendino and Pernat, all the riders who rode that twin-cylinder with an engine more suited to a SBK than an enduro. The gearboxes that broke like breadsticks, the disqualification of 1987 with De Petri and Gualdi punished while many competitors got away with it; Edy Orioli who, after the traumatic debut, set to work and managed to better center the bike. Renato Pozzetto's jokes about the truck, the great "handcuffs" Ciro and Terruzzi, the manager confined with all his millions in cash in his fanny pack...
All the photographs that appear in the video are by Gigi Soldano, the only photographer in the world who has taken all the Dakar races.