Tragedy hits Dakar Rally as rider dies from injuries after fall

The 2021 Dakar Rally has been rocked by tragedy with affirmation a French rider has died from injuries he sustained after a fall.

The rider has been recognized as Pierre Cherpin. He was 52.

In a statement released by the race organisers, they mentioned: During his switch by medical airplane from Jeddah to France, Pierre Cherpin died from the injuries attributable to his fall throughout the seventh stage from Ha’il to Sakaka on January 10.

Cherpin crashed on the 178km level round 13:00. Doctors discovered him unconscious after they reached him by helicopter. He was taken to Sakaka’s hospital the place the medical report revealed extreme head trauma with a lack of consciousness.

He was urgently operated within the neurosurgery division and was stored in an induced coma. His situation remained steady over the previous few days.

Cherpin was airlifted from Sakaka to Jeddah’s hospital from the place he was going to be transferred to Lille’s hospital. Sadly he died throughout the switch.

Passionate about vast open areas, Pierre Cherpin was collaborating in his fourth Dakar Rally.

His first participation was in 2009, when the Dakar Rally befell for the primary time in South America.

He signed up within the unassisted bikers’ class and got here again in 2012 nonetheless in the identical class. He accomplished the race each instances.

Cherpin got here again for a 3rd time in 2015, however he had to surrender after an engine failure.

The 2021 race is because of finish on Friday, 15 January.

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