Paulo Gonçalves, racing on motorbike no. 8, passed away from a fall sustained 276 kilometres into Sunday’s Dakar Rally seventh stage.
The organisers 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.
40-year-old Gonçalves was taking part in his 13th Dakar. He made his debut in 2006 and had finished four times in the top 10, including an impressive performance as runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015.
Gonçalves, the 2013 cross-country rallies world champion, was sitting in 46th place overall after stage six of the 2020 Dakar.