Motorcycle rider Thomas Bourgin of France was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on the link route as he made his way to the start of the day’s special stage of the Dakar Rally.
The 25-year-old rider collided with a Chilean police car that was traveling in the opposite direction. The exact circumstances of the accident are being investigated.
The rally’s medical teams deployed on the ground were only able to certify the rider’s death, probably instant.
Bourgin, from Saint Etienne, where he was born on Dec. 23, 1987, was in 68th place in the overall ranking of his first Dakar. He had realized his passion since 2009 when he took part in the Morocco Rally, followed by a fourth place in the 2011 Africa Race and a seventh place finish in the Tunisia Rally.
The organizers of the Dakar and everyone involved in it express their great sadness to his family and friends and offer their most sincere condolences.