Found in a tangle of old bikes and left there for a long time.
I purchased, at the beginning of December 2011, by a well known pilot, the Italian Giuseppe MAIA, a Gilera 175 Bessone Cross, the bike built by the Saluzzese Mario Bessone, and in my dreams since the years in which I was willing to start competition in the cross. I decided then to carry out and collect all the material I could, relating about the story of this bike. MAIA told me that he had purchased the bike from a person named Figazzolo from Mortara (PV), a passionate collector Peidmontese of cross bikes four-stroke, which had before purchased it from Roberto Corino, ex pilot of bike regularity collector I then contacted Corino, who told me that he had accidentally found the bike. Here is his story:
“I was looking for a Ceriani fork of 35 mm. for a Stornello, I began therefore searched to for various mechanical and the first people who began attending to the trade shows, we are talking about twenty years ago, or more.
In my research I meet Teresio Ressia, asking him if he had the “piece” that I was looking for. He told me that maybe he could have somethig I was looking for, and look around the corner of his backyard, there was a large number of old bikes, covered with a nylon tarp.
With my surprise and happiness “when you have the sensation that you have finally found what you were looking for” I saw a Gilera Bessone cross, which was assembled the “Cerianona” I was looking exactly for that!
I asked to Ressia, if he could be willing to sell it but he told me that it could be sold only the complete bike, without going into too details that would perhaps come out what Ressia did not know about that bike...