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Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Paulo Goncalves passed away in a fatal crash on the 7th Stage of Dakar Rally 2020

Hero Motosports team rally’s Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves passed away after dealing with a fatal crash on the 7th stage of Dakar Rally 2020. It was the 276 km just a few kilometres before the finish line when the crash happened. Paulo Goncalves joined the Hero Motosports team Rally in April 2019.

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Paulo Goncalves being resuscitated at the crash site

You can watch the video below which shows the fatality of the crash. Just before the crash, the rear tyre lifted up and turned towards the left side. When the bike landed, the rear tyre received forceful traction which made the rear of the bike to propel towards the right side thereby rotating the bike and causing the loss of control. Paulo Goncalves was lifted in the air due to the sudden rotation of bike and he hit the ground with neck first.

This lower rear part of the head and neck collision might have proved fatal for Paulo. The 40-year old rider was then resuscitated at the spot then taken to the Lyla Hospital via emergency medical Helicopter where upon arrival was pronounced dead.

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His death was also mourned by the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who stated that Gonçalves passed away while trying to achieve the dream of winning one of the hardest and most dangerous rally events in the world. He has always been a worthy representative of Portugal. Paulo reached the second place in Dakar Rally 2015 when he was associated with Honda HRC Rally team. Paulo Goncalves was crowned the winner of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Champion in 2013.

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