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There's just no getting around the fact that, despite technological advances and a host of regulations aimed at improving safety, organized racing is a dangerous occupation. We saw it last year with the deaths of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli – pushing the limits on either two or four wheels is sometimes life threatening.

The Dakar Rally is one of the most dangerous races of all, with more than 58 deaths – 25 competitors plus at least 33 spectators, though official spectator fatalities aren't kept – recorded in 31 races since 1979. Though the 2012 edition has only just begun, it has already suffered its first fatality.

Argentinian rider Jorge Martínez Boero, age 38, died on the very first stage of the 15-day race of cardiac arrest while being transported to a hospital. Boero suffered head and chest injuries after crashing his motorcycle. This was his second Dakar Rally.

A demonstration of how quickly things can go bad can be seen in the video after the break. Quin Cody, a racer for the Factory Honda team, crashed out of the event on January 3, suffering a concussion and broken collarbone. Thankfully, some other competitors stopped for assistance, and Cody ought to make a full recovery.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Sean Thompson
      • 3 Years Ago
      The awesome Dakar is the hardest of hardcore events ... 5,200 treacherous miles of racing in 2 weeks. There are fatalities every year (the 2012 event had one on Day One). Glad to see Quin is (relatively) OK. I hope is back next year. I can't believe both he and Jonah Street are already out of this year's event.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very glad he's ok. God knows this could have been so much worse. There's at least 1 or 2 deaths a year from this race alone.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It could definitely be worse. If he had brain damage he'd be similar to you.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Wow, really? You took that as a chance to insult me? Yeah, I'm not the one who has brain damage.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank God He is wear gear and He is okay now
      J D
      • 3 Years Ago
      And let's not forget Matthew Marker, 31, who died at the Olympus Rally race near Raymond, WA on April 30, 2011 when his car flew over an embankment and into a tree. I know he was no Dan Wheldon, but he died by pushing the limits of the sport as well. Any rules that make auto sports safer for the drivers and (especially) the fans is fine by me. http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110501/WRC/110509995
      Hezeri Samsuri
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think those riders have bigger balls. Definitely not easy riding on those surfaces at triple digit speeds. Salute!