French motorcyclist Pierre Cherpin (Husqvarna), who suffered a skull trauma at a fall in the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, died when he was transferred to France. The organization of the rally reported that the 52-year-old manager died on Thursday on the plane that flew him from Jeddah to France.
Cherpin, who was not among the top riders, was severely injured in the crash on January 10. When the emergency services arrived by helicopter, the Frenchman was no longer conscious. In Sakakas hospital, he underwent emergency surgery, since then he was kept in an artificial coma.
Cherpin took part in the Dakar Rally for the fourth time. In 2009 and 2012 he made it to the finish line. In 2015, he had to give up with engine problems. As far as we know, Cherpin is the 31st fatal victim among the participants since the first edition of the infamous desert rally in 1979, then called Paris-Dakar.
Last year, when the rally was first conducted by Saudi Arabia, two deaths were deplored, including the Dutch motorcycle driver Edwin Straver. He died over a week after a severe fall from his injuries.