The 2013 Dakar Rally has claimed another life. Organizers have confirmed 25-year-old motorcycle rider Thomas Bourgin died after colliding with an oncoming Chilean police vehicle while in transit to the start of a stage.

The accident occurred at 8:23 local time, and the rally's medical teams responded to the scene. Medics say Bourgin likely died instantly as a result of the collision. The Frenchman was ranked 68th in the 2013 Dakar Rally at the time of the accident. This was his first running of the event, though he had competed successfully in the Morocco Rally, Africa Race and the Tunisia Rally.

This year's race claimed the lives of two passengers in a taxi when a support truck struck their vehicle head on last week. A second taxi rolled several times attempting to avoid the wreck, resulting in a total of seven injuries. You can read the full press release on the latest incident below.
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Death of the rider Thomas Bourgin

Motorcycle rider no. 106 Thomas Bourgin (FRA) was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on the link route as he made his way to the start of the day's special stage.

The accident took place at 08.23 hours local time on the link route on the way up to the Chilean side of the mountain range. The 25-year-old rider collided with a Chilean police car that was travelling in the opposite direction. The exact circumstances of the accident are being subjected to an inquiry.

The rally's medical teams deployed on the ground were only able to certify the rider's death, probably instant.

Thomas Bourgin, from Saint Etienne, where he was born on December 23rd 1987, was in 68th place in the overall ranking of his first Dakar. 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.


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      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP
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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it really fair to say the Dakar "claimed another life" when he wasn't actually killed during the race?
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      cop driving on wrong side of road at turn or hairpin. Typical.
        onewayroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        What? "The 25-year-old rider collided with a Chilean police car that was travelling in the opposite direction". How does that translate into the cop driving on the wrong side of the road?
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          History. Police shakedowns and misconduct are rampant in all endurance off-road racing. Just keep towing the blue wall, we'll all believe you someday.
      rkeeeballs
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...Dakar : the race of death before you can even race.....good planning !
      Handsome
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why was a Chilean police car in Africa?
        Richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Handsome
        The race isn't held in Africa, read the article. You must be another low information Obama voter.
          Hi Sandra
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Richard
          And you must be another low life Republican!
      janka51
      • 2 Years Ago
      they dont call them donor cycles for nothing
      LA is Best
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those people can't drive anyway, they're used to herding camels!
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LA is Best
        there aren't any camels in America..................... And I'm sure as **** the Dakar officials aren't importing African camel herders to America for transport as part of the logistics of the race
        mmwwil
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LA is Best
        Righjt, as if we never have bad stupid accidents.
      • 2 Years Ago
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