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Paulo Goncalves

novaman64

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Paulo passed away earlier today on the 7th stage of the Dakar Rally.

Official release from the Hero Team:

Hero MotoSports Team Rally is profoundly grieved to report that its Portuguese rider, Paulo Goncalves passed away this morning during the 7th stage of the Dakar Rally 2020.

Paulo, aged 40, passed away from a fall sustained 276 kilometers into today's special. The organizers 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. Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead.

He has had an illustrious journey in the rally-racing world, including a series of remarkable performances at the world’s most prestigious rallies. He was crowned 2013 FIM Cross Country Rally World Champion. He also held the runners-up position at the Dakar Rally in 2015.

Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Head – Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, ‘Words cannot describe our shock and loss at this moment. It isn’t just a team, it is a family for us and we are devastated with the passing away of one of our members, Paulo Goncalves. He joined the Team in April last year and within no time became an integral part of the Hero MotoSports Team family. He will be dearly missed and always be fondly remembered by us. Paulo was a true champion, gentleman, reliable friend to everyone in the racing world and a role model as sportsman and personality. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.


Godspeed Paulo...
 

JEFFRPM

Non Sugar Coated
Godspeed Paulo
He died with his boots on doing what he loved exactly the way I want to go
 

Ty Owings

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Godspeed. Anyone think he had the cardiac arrest causing the fall? Glad to here it was not involved in the brain or spine. My buddy died in ocotillo after slamming and twisting his brain stem in his neck.
 

mrlentle

Well-Known Member
Godspeed. Anyone think he had the cardiac arrest causing the fall? Glad to here it was not involved in the brain or spine. My buddy died in ocotillo after slamming and twisting his brain stem in his neck.
I suspect the cardiac arrest may be a bit of a translation blur and think that it means simply that his heart stopped. Not so much that he had a heart attack but that he had a crash and result was his heart stopped 😔.
 

baja_racer

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Godspeed Paulo............I didn't get the pleasure of meeting you, but you were well known.
 
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