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Old 09-07-2012, 05:22 AM   #31
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So sad, What an amazing person. I always enjoyed tracking his Dakar progress, sadly that will never be again. RIP....
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:26 AM   #32
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I can't believe it. I met Kemal at the Desert Challenge and he was a great guy. As everyone is saying, he was friendly and would do anything for anyone without hesitation. Such a huge loss to the world in general, let alone just the rally world. He will be missed. Rest In Peace mate.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:39 AM   #33
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I still cannot believe that we lost such a wonderful man. Nothing to say.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:45 AM   #34
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terrible news... I thought of him as my secret, humble, most positive and most awesome motorcycling hero.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:25 AM   #35
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Bummer. Kemal seemed, to me, to represent what the Dakar was all about.

RIP

I snapped this photo after day two of the Dakar last January.

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:30 AM   #36
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Bummer. Kemal seemed, to me, to represent what the Dakar was all about.

RIP
Exactly.

Such a tragic lose for all.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:41 AM   #37
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:42 AM   #38
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may they both Rest In Peace
and ride on through the gates of forever

my thoughts are with their families
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:50 AM   #39
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Rest in peace Kemal; we will miss you.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:56 AM   #40
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This morning, at around 8.30 am, during the run at the 6th special stage of Meke (near Karapınar town of Konya), the Dutch motorcycle rider Wouter Vaarkamp racing as number 22, ran into Italian rider Mirco Miotto, number 2 and Turkish rider Kemal Merkit number 7, while they were on the race route.

As a result of this unfortunate sports accident, athletes Kemal Merkit and Wouter Vaarkamp sadly lost their lives at the scene. The slightly wounded Mirco Miotto has been given the necessary medical attention by the medical team of the organization.

Our loss and grief is great…

May our beloved Kemal and the 18-year-old Wouter, who bonded with everyone in a short time, rest in peace and our condolences to their grieving families and friends.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:56 AM   #41
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So sad.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:13 AM   #42
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oH SHIT I just heard via FB... oh man, one of my Heros..

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Old 09-07-2012, 07:25 AM   #43
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Man this is really shocking news.

Kemal was the definition of Camel hard man, I always saw him as indestructible. In every picture and video I have seen of him he has a smile on his face. I never met him, but followed him avidly for years. I'm going to miss him.

Poor Wouter, to go so young is equally shocking.

Condolences to both families and friends.

The incident just highlights how dangerous riding fast in the dust really is.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:26 AM   #44
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not only was he a Malles Moto stud... he also was an avid long distance runner and MTBer

so sorry to hear this bad news..
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