Dakar 2020 Stage 7, a 195 km liaison and a 546 special, has ended in the tragic death of Portuguese racer and Dakar legend Paulo Goncalves. The rider passed away after a crash, although all the details aren’t clear yet. A huge loss for Portugal and the entire world, Goncalves is being mourned by his fellow riders in Wadi Al-Dawasir. As a result, Stage 8 has been canceled for motorcycles and quads.

“The decease of Paulo Gonçalves during today’s 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 entire Dakar family will come together to pay tribute to Paulo at the briefing this evening”, the official statement from the rally organizers said.

Dakar 2020 Stage 7 Ends in Tragedy, Stage 8 Cancelled for Bikes and Quads

Stage 7 rankings:

1 7 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 36′ 22”
2 12 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 37′ 45” + 00H 01′ 23”
3 2 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 40′ 39” + 00H 04′ 17”
4 16 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 41′ 10” + 00H 04′ 48”
5 9 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 41′ 14” + 00H 04′ 52”
6 17 MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020 04H 42′ 34” + 00H 06′ 12”
7 1 RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 04H 44′ 19” + 00H 07′ 57”
8 5 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 45′ 06” + 00H 08′ 44”
9 6 ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING 04H 45′ 24” + 00H 09′ 02”
10 22 MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM 04H 46′ 21” + 00H 09′ 59”
11 132 MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG) 04H 50′ 51” + 00H 14′ 29”
12 59 KLYMCIW RACING 04H 51′ 26” + 00H 15′ 04”
13 11 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 51′ 32” + 00H 15′ 10”
14 19 SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM 04H 53′ 06” + 00H 16′ 44”
15 24 SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY 04H 53′ 16” + 00H 16′ 54”
16 18 BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM 04H 53′ 47” + 00H 17′ 25”
17 74 FN SPEED TEAM 04H 53′ 48” + 00H 17′ 26”
18 25 LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG 04H 54′ 08” + 00H 17′ 46”
19 41 SOLARYS RACING 04H 56′ 57” + 00H 20′ 35”
20 14 GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM 04H 57′ 49” + 00H 21′ 27”

Images: ASO

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