It is with huge sadness that we report the passing of Dakar legend Paulo Gonçalves, who died today following a fall on stage seven of the 2020 Dakar Rally.
While info is thin on the ground, event organisers ASO have issued the following statement…
Paulo Goncalves, racing on motorbike no. 8, has passed away from a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today's special. 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 Paulo 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. Paulo Gonçalves, the 2013 cross-country rallies world champion, was sitting in 46th place overall after stage 6 of the 2020 Dakar.
The entire Dakar caravan would like to extend its sincere condolences to his friends and family.
Enduro21 also wishes to pass on its deepest sympathies to Paulo’s friends and family and the Hero MotoSports team.
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