DAKAR 2015: Rally claims first life

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 7, 2015

Organisers of this year’s Dakar Rally have confirmed the death of Polish motorcycle rider, Michal Hernik. The body of the 39-year old rally debutant, who had laying down in 84th position overall, was found at kilometre marker 206 of yesterday’s 220 km stage three between San Juan and Chilecito in Argentina, won by Austrian rookie Matthias Walkner. He has become the 28th competitor to lose his life since the rally originated in 1979.

“When the race management detected the loss of his Irritrack signal and was informed that he had not completed the special stage at 15:16, it decided to start a search for the rider at 15:23,” a statement from rally organisers, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), read on the event’s website.

“An ambulance helicopter found the rider 300 meters off the route at 16:03. Unfortunately, the on-board doctor could only confirm the rider’s death,” the statement continued, adding that the reason for Hernik’s death remains unclear as no signs of a potential crash was evident.

 

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