Monday, 2 January 2012

Biker Jorge Martinez Boero dies on Dakar Rally first day - VIDEO

Jorge Martinez Boero, 38 died on the first stage of the 2012 edition of the notorious Dakar Rally. The Argentine rider crashed on the stage from Mar del Plata to Santa Rosa in Argentina which was the starting point of the rally this year. It was his second appearance on rally. Boero was riding a Beta RR450 bike when met with the fatal accident. The rider sustained heavy injuries to his thorax and later on went into cardiac arrest.

The annual off-road race, originally from Paris to Dakar in Senegal, moved to South America in 2009, largely because of security concerns. A statement on the rally's official website confirmed that medical staff reached him by helicopter five minutes later but Boero died on his way to hospital. "The organisers of the rally offer their heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones," read the statement.

The event has suffered three fatalities in as many years.Last year, a man died when his truck collided with a car competing in the rally while in 2010, a female spectator was killed by a vehicle taking part in the race.

In 2009, French motorcyclist Pascal Terry was found dead after he had been missing for three days following the second stage of the race.The 2012 route has changed considerably with drivers and riders tasked with a daunting 5,500-mile route starting from Mar del Plata, south of Buenos Aires.The 465-strong field navigate their way through Argentina and into Chile and Peru before reaching the final.

Leonid Novitskiy leads the car category ahead of Mini team-mates Krzysztof Holowczyc and St├ęphane Peterhansel, while Sergio La Fuente leads the quad standings and Marcel van Vliet the truck category.

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