Hamad I Mohammed via Reuters
MECHANICAL SPORTS – The Dakar, once again in mourning a year after the death of the motorcyclist Pierre Charpin on the 2021 edition. The mechanic of the French team PH Sport, Quentin Lavallée, died in an accident, “involving a truck local ‘, which occurred around 11:30 am, at kilometer 234 of a link which has 516 in total, said Friday, January 14, the organizer of the competition Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), offering his condolences to his family and loved ones .
“His passenger, Maxime Frère, of Belgian nationality, was injured and transported conscious to the National Guards Hospital in Jeddah (west) where a complete assessment is underway”, he said. It comes on the last day of an edition that had not experienced a major accident in the race.
One injured in an explosion at the end of December
Outside the race, on the other hand, the explosion of a vehicle on December 30 in Jeddah, the origin of which remains officially unknown, seriously injured the French driver Philippe Boutron, 61, repatriated after having been operated. French justice has opened an investigation for “attempted assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise”.
What is still officially qualified as an “accident” by the organization and the authorities has led to a drastic strengthening of security measures around the competition, including during this last stage where AFP was able to contaminate police cars. at very regular intervals around the stage.
On the sporting side, Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota) and Sam Sunderland (KTM) won this 2022 edition this Friday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; the fourth victory for the Qatari in the car and the second for the Briton in the motorbike.
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