DAKAR 2013: Rider Thomas Bourgin dies in traffic accident on link route image

After yesterday’s unfortunate accident which resulted in two deaths, the Dakar Rally is overshadowed by another death.

French rider Thomas Bourgin lost his life on Friday during the rally’s seventh stage. The motorcyclist died in a traffic accident on the link route as he was riding to the start of the day’s special stage in Chile’s mountainous area.

25-year-old Bourgin crashed with a local police car that was travelling in the opposite direction, with the rally’s medical teams deployed on the ground only being able to certify the rider’s death, probably instant. Organisers say the circumstances of the accident are being subjected to an inquiry.

The rider was at his first Dakar appearance and was in 68th position in the overall standings. He had realised his passion since 2009 when he took part in the Morocco Rally, followed by a 4th place in the 2011 Africa Race and a 7th place finish in the Tunisia Rally.

“The organisers of the Dakar and everyone involved in it express their great sadness to his family and friends and offer their most sincere condolences,” rally organisers said in a press release.