Meoni dies at Dakar Rally
MEONI DIES IN DAKAR RALLY CRASH
Fabrizio Meoni Perishes in Dakar Crash
Written by: SPEED Staff
Charlotte, NC – 1/11/2005 Italian KTM rider Fabrizio Meoni, before the fifth stage of the 27th Dakar Rally. Meoni died 11 January 2005, during the eleventh stage of the Rally between Atar and Kifa. (Getty/Martin Bureau)
DAKAR OFFICIAL RELEASE: DEATH OF FABRIZIO MEONI
It is with huge sadness that the rally was informed this morning of the death of Fabrizio MEONI (n°4), one of the greatest rally-raid champions ever, after a crash just after CP1, at km 184, at 10h15 (GMT) during stage 12 between Atar and Kiffa.
A medical helicopter of the organisation was immediately sent on the scene of the accident at 10h36 (GMT) and the doctors treated the champion for 45 minutes.
However, the two-time Dakar winner, aged of 47 years, died of his injuries at 11h11 (GMT).
Fabrizio MEONI, a huge figure of the rally, was 2nd overall in the bike standings, behind Cyril Despres and was competing on the race for the 13th time.
His body was taken to Atar.
The entire Dakar caravan wishes to express its sincere condolences to his family, his friends and his many admirers
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I remember cheering for this guy last year along with two others. they made the race interesting. Its always sad when this happens, unfortunately he isn't the first motorcycle rider to perish this year. they lost another rider about 4 days earlier too.
Earlier death on the Dakar Rally
I got this from www.dakar.com, but can't link to the article itself. go to day 10 to see the official press release......this is the first motorcycle rider to lose his life this year on the Dakar.
DEATH ON THE RALLY: OFFICIAL RELEASE
It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the death of José Manuel PEREZ (biker n°69) after an accident during stage 7 between ZOUERAT and TICHIT on the 6th of January.
Immediately treated by the medical teams of the rally, he was transferred to the Zouerat bivouac and operated in emergency for a serious abdominal trauma by the surgeons on site.
He was then sent to the 'clinique du Cap' in Dakar on the 6th of January and then transferred to Alicante.
José-Manuel died of his serious injuries on this 10th of January 2005 in an Alicante hospital.
He was 41 years of age and was competing in his fourth Dakar.
To his family, his relatives and friends, the entire Dakar organisation wishes to express its sincere and sad condolences.