Portuguese motorcyclist Paulo Goncalves died during Sunday's 7th stage of the Dakar Rally. According to the official website of the event after 276 kilometers of route from Riyadh to Wadi Al-Dawasiru accident.
The organizers received an echo at 10.08 am, air rescuers found it
eight minutes later without pulse. After resuscitation he was transported to the hospital
hospital, where he was declared dead.
For a 40-year-old Portuguese, this was the thirteenth participation in Rely Dakar,
made his debut in 2006. The greatest success was achieved in 2015 when
finished second overall. This year he was in the sixth stage
at approximately 46th rung.
Goncalves returned to the track after his home in Portugal in December
he suffered a serious accident in which he tore his spleen. “That I can be here
Being is a victory for me, ”said the racer before the start
this year's Dakar Rally. He became the 25th victim of the event since its founding in
1979 and the first by Michal Hernik, who died in 2015.
The race website confirmed that the Goncalves were trying to help the Australian
Toby Price and Slovak Štefan Svitko. They both took a time loss to them
will be subtracted later and the total time adjusted. The winner of the seventh stage is
became Joan Barred of Spain, who managed 546 km of measured sections in 4:37:45
h. American Ricky Brabec will remain at the top of the overall standings.
The winner of the seventh stage was Spaniard Joan Barreda, leading the overall
American Ricky Brabec will remain in the ranking.