Who is Paulo Gonçalves? Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Death, Race Crash

Paulo Gonçalves Bio, Wiki

Paulo Gonçalves was motorcycle rally racer from Esposende, Portugal. He made his debut in 2006 and had finished in the top 10 four times, including as a runner-up in 2015.  He died Sunday after a crash in the Dakar Rally, a race across Saudi Arabia.

Earlier life and Age

He was born on February 5, 1979, and died on January 12, 2020, at the age of 40.

Dakar Rally Crash

The Dakar Rally is an annual rally raid organised by the Amaury Sport Organisation. Gonçalves was racing in his 13th Dakar Rally. This was the first Dakar Rally to take place in Saudi Arabia, which meant a new challenge for every racer.

Gonçalves’ fall came 276 kilometres into the day’s stage, which took competitors from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir in Saudi Arabia’s desert during the two-week race.

Portuguese rider on Stage 7 between Riyadh and Wadi Al-Dawasir “has left the entire Dakar, especially the bikers, in shock.

Paulo, a beloved figure of the rally, was immensely respected by both veterans and less experienced competitors who admired and were inspired by him.

After meeting the riders and making a decision together with the entire motorbike family, the organizers have decided to cancel Stage 8 for the motorbikes and quads category, which was supposed to take place on a loop course around Wadi Al-Dawasir, in order to give the riders time to mourn their friend.

The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest.

Paulo Gonçalves Death and Cause

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