Riyadh: Tragedy struck Hero MotoSports Team on Sunday as its Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves met with a fatal accident during the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally. Paulo, aged 40, passed away from a fall sustained 276 kilometers into today’s special zone.
“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,” Hero Motosport said in a release.
Fondly known as ‘speedy Goncalves‘, it was 13th Dakar for the Portuguese, one of the most experienced riders on the field.
He made his Dakar debut in 2006 and finished four times in the top 10 including a runner-up finish in 2015
Source: Economic Times Auto