Dec 31, 2009
The Italian rider Franco Picco has been a victim of someones attempt to sabotage his motorcycle according to an article in Italian VIP.se!
It was on the road between the harbour, where all vehicles were parked, and the scrutineering area where the problem was noticed. The driver started to disassemble the engine on his 450cc Yamaha, once he noticed that the engine wasn´t working properly, only to discover a white powder, which had a sweet taste was mixed in the fuel. Probably someone had poured sugar down his tank in an attempt to saboutage the start of tthe Dakar. And most likely it was carried out when the vehicles where parked in the harbour area awaiting the arrival of its owners.
Luckily for this Italian rider he was given respite to cleanse out the tanks, carburetor and others before going through technical check.
If Franco was the only one who has been exposed is perhaps to early to say.
Franco Picco is a true veteran when it comes to the Dakar rally, this will be his 17th Dakar! Good for him avoiding a complete failure and full ended sabotage!