Dakar Rally claims third victim

An experienced Belgian motorbike rider has died competing in this year’s Dakar Rally, organisers announced on Friday.

Eric Palante (50) riding for the Honda team, died on Thursday’s fifth stage between Chilecito and Tucuman in Argentina.

Palante, in his 11th Dakar, was the third person associated with the gruelling race to die on Thursday after two members of an Argentine news team perished when their car plunged into a ravine.

Dakar organisers ASO issued a statement reporting that a technical support truck had discovered the father of five’s lifeless body at 08.30am local time on Friday at the 143km mark of the stage.

“No alert was received by the organisers. Eric had been replenished with water during the afternoon,” the statement continued, adding that the fatality would be investigated by a local judge.


Palante, lining up in the amateur motorbike division, is the 23rd competitor in 36 editions to die in the Dakar Rally.

The 1988 edition proved especially infamous with eight fatalities. – Sapa-AFP

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Sapa Afp
Guest Author

Related stories

Saudi splurges on sports PR

The kingdom seeks to boost its economy – and reputation – by offering high rewards’ events

Ayrton Senna: Brazil mourns ‘superhero’ 25 years after his death

Apart from his exceptional driving skills, his attention to other elements of the sport set him apart from other drivers

Gugu Zulu may be no more but his dream, like Mandela’s, endures

He came from a poor background, made it to the top and lived a full and happy life.

De Villiers takes second place at Dakar Rally

South Africa's Giniel de Villiers secured his fourth podium finish at the annual Dakar Rally when he took second overall after the final stage.

SA’s De Villiers moves to second in Dakar Rally

Giniel de Villiers has climbed to second in the Dakar Rally as South Africa's participation was cut back further with another withdrawal.

Peterhansel takes 10th Dakar Rally title

France's Stephane Peterhansel won an unprecedented 10th Dakar Rally title after the 14th and final stage, won by American Robby Gordon.
Advertising

Subscribers only

Free State branches gun for Ace

Parts of the provincial ANC will target their former premier, Magashule, and the Free State PEC in a rolling mass action campaign

SAA bailout raises more questions

As the government continues to grapple with the troubles facing the airline, it would do well to keep on eye on the impending Denel implosion

More top stories

Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Catholic NGO boss accused of racism and abuse in Sudan

The aid worker allegedly called his security guard a ‘slave’

Agrizzi too ill to be treated at Bara?

The alleged crook’s “health emergency” — if that is what it is — shows up the flaws, either in our health system or in our leadership as a whole

SANDF hid R200m expenditure on ‘Covid’ drug it can’t use

Military health officials are puzzled by the defence department importing a drug that has not been approved for treating coronavirus symptoms from Cuba
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday