Stage 7 of the Dakar rally was marred by the unfortunate death of French Motorcycle rider Thomas Bourgin, who was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on the link route as he made his way to the start of the day‰Ûªs 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.
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 have expressed their great sadness to his family and friends and have offered their most sincere condolences.