Dutch motorcycle racer "Edwin Straver" dies in Dakar Rally

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Dutch motorcyclist Edwin Straver who crashed during the penultimate stage of the Dakar rally, has died of injuries, his wife confirmed on Friday.

The 48-year-old from Rijswijk in southern Netherlands fell from his KTM 450 on January 16 travelling at relatively low speed, but fracturing his spine.

“Edwin died in the early hours of Friday morning surrounded by his loved ones,” his wife Anja den Hollander told AFP.

The family was in the process of making funeral arrangements, she said.

Straver was racing his third Dakar in a sub-section for motorbike racers, unassisted by a back-up team, when he crashed during the 11th stage of the race in south-eastern Saudi Arabia.

Is the second Death this year in Dakar after the death of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves.





 
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