The emergency was marked by the rally-RAID Dakar-2020, held for the first time in its long history on the territory of Saudi Arabia.
40-year-old Portuguese motorcyclist Paulo Goncalves was found by other pilots at this point he was unconscious. According to preliminary data, the driver had a heart attack. The helicopter he was taken to hospital but could not save.
Goncalves, a long – time participant in the Dakar, he is in rally since 2006. This race in Saudi Arabia was his thirteenth consecutive Dakar. And the number was unlucky.
Death Goncalves on the seventh stage of the Dakar 2020 was a great shock for the other participants – in among the pilots, Paulo knew well and respected. In connection with this incident, the organizers decided to cancel the eighth stage of the championship for motorcycles and quads – so the pilots got time to grieve for their departed comrade.
Goncalves stood at number 8 on the bike Hero. At the time of death he held in the standings bikes 46th place. His best result at the Dakar rally – second place in 2015.