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Old 07-05-2012, 05:09 AM   #65
Carlos M
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Thanks Troy! Nice analysis!

Originally Posted by troy safari carpente View Post
1981 Hubert Auriol won the Dakar on a HPN prepared BMW R/80 GS. Now I'm not sure if this was Auriols first attempt at the race nor was HPN a novice at building big bore offroad competition bikes
Indeed it was not, Auriol participated in the first Dakar (1979) on XT500 - 12th overall (mixed classification cars and bikes).

In 1980, there were already 2 BMW 800's enlisted by BMW France (Auriol and Fenouil). Auriol DNF'd and Fenouil finished 5th (overall bikes). The bikes were already prepared by HPN.

Sorry for the off-topic memorabilia: just had a little fun looking that up in and and wanted to share.
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