Terrible times for Dakar 2013 - Biker [no.106] Thomas Bourgin killed


Terrible times for the this year's running of Dakar. The reminders of the day-before yesterday's accident is still in the minds of the people related, as well for the followers, another unfortunate incident fills more tears and saddens the moment for the fallen. 25 yr old Frenchman, Thomas Bourgin, was killed in a head-on collision with a police car.

Read the statement the organisers have released here below [special press releases].

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Motorcycle rider no. 106 Thomas Bourgin (FRA) was the victim of a fatal traffic accident on the link route as he made his way to the start of the day’s 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.
The rally’s medical teams deployed on the ground were only able to certify the rider’s death, probably instant.

Thomas 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 in it express their great sadness to his family and friends and offer their most sincere condolences. 

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Many heartful condolences for the dearest and nearest ones! May his soul rest in peace..

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