He died a week after the end of the Dakar 2020. The Dutch biker Edwin Straver died after his fall during the eleventh stage, on January 16, announced this Friday the organization of the rally-raid, citing the family of the deceased. The 48-year-old driver was competing in his third Dakar, the first in Saudi Arabia. This is the second death in the 2020 edition of the rally-raid after that, which occurred during the race, of the Portuguese Paulo Gonçalves.
Found in cardiac arrest after falling from his motorcycle, Edwin Straver had been resuscitated by doctors before being rushed to Riyadh hospital. Placed in intensive care, he was then transported to the Netherlands on Wednesday. Where his loved ones were able to say goodbye.
Motorcycle rider Edwin Straver, who fell in stage 11, died from his injuries.
The entire Dakar caravan offers its sincere condolences to Edwin's family, relatives and friends.
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In 2019, Edwin Straver finished the race in thirtieth position, the best place among bikers entered without mechanical assistance. "The whole Dakar caravan offers its sad condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Edwin," said the organization of the race.
Since the first edition of the Dakar in 1979, 26 pilots, including 21 bikers, have died.