1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer – With Phil Aynsley

In a recent column about the Cagiva 906 Elefant SP (link) I briefly referred to the works Paris-Dakar racers. Here is Edi Orioli’s winning bike from 1990.

1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli’s winning Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli’s winning Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer – Top speed was 180km/h
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli’s winning Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer – Seat height was 1000mm
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli’s winning Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer

Three Lucky Explorer Elefants were entered in the Prototype Class in that year’s event (which was the final year for this class). These bikes were the equivalent of rally GP machines!

1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
904cc motors built in the Ducati Race Dept, featuring magnesium engine covers

The works bikes used 904cc motors built in the Ducati Race Dept. and featured, among other things, magnesium engine covers, a dry sump with the bottom of the crankcases removed and a hand built oil tank fitted in the place of the starter motor.

1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
904cc motors built in the Ducati Race Dept.

I was able to photograph one of these motors in the Ducati Race Dept. in 2007.

1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer – The wheelbase for 1540mm
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer – Total fuel capacity was 50L
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer – airfilter
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer

This bike has remained in Roberto Azzalin’s collection since 1990 and is complete apart from the navigation equipment (sourced from an aircraft) and the LH tank decals. 

1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer – Total dry weight was 187kg
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer

Azzalin was a founding owner of the Cagiva motorcycle business together with the Castiglioni brothers and was the Cagiva Rally Team manager from ’84-’95.

1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
Remote carb adjuster for the front cylinder
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
Space for the Paris-Dakar nagivation equipment
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
Additional storage space
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
Tool storage space
1990 Edi Orioli Cagiva Paris-Dakar Racer
Roberto Azzalin’s collection

Roberto Azzalin has the complete collection of each year’s bikes entered during his involvement with the team.