Dakar Rally officials have confirmed the tragic event of a motorcycle competitor, named Paulo Goncalves who has died following a fall during Sunday’s Seventh stage of the event.
The Portuguese rider fell 276 kilometres into the seventh stage, with the medial helicopter reaching the scene eight minutes after organisers were alerted to the incident.
An official from the Dakar Rally, during an interview with journalists, he stated that: “The organizers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest,”
“Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead.” he added.
The event was Goncalves’ 13th Dakar, having made his debut in 2006.
The 40-year-old had finished inside the Top 10 on four occasions, and was runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015.
He won the 2013 cross-country rallies world championship and sat in 46th place overall after Stage 6 of this year’s Dakar.
As compiled by Jaja Otokini
Edited by Knight Fredel
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