“During his transfer by medical plane from Jeddah to France, Pierre Cherpin died from the injuries caused by his fall during the 7th stage from Ha’il to Sakaka on January 10th,” the organizers said.
The statement added that the deceased driver was participating in his fourth Dakar rally ride, the previous times were 2009, 2012, and 2015. In the ongoing ride, Cherpin held the 77th position in the general standings in the 6th stage of the raid.
The Dakar Rally ride is held annually since 1979. It was staged from Paris to the Senegalese capital of Dakar, but in 2009 the organizers replaced the ride in South America due to security threats in Mauritania. Last year’s edition was organized in Saudi Arabia. (UNI)