Stéphane Peterhansel winner of a mourning Dakar

► A Dakar 2021 mourning the death of amateur biker Pierre Cherpin

French amateur driver Pierre Cherpin, who suffered from a head trauma after a fall during the seventh stage of the Dakar, died during his transfer to France, the organizer of the rally-raid announced on Friday.

« It was during his transfer by medical plane between Jeddah and France that »This 52-year-old entrepreneur« died of injuries resulting from a fall during the 7e Ha’il – Sakaka stage, January 10 “, According to a press release.

For Pierre Cherpin, this was his fourth participation in the Dakar (2009, 2012, 2015 and 2021). After his fall, ” helpers dispatched to the scene by helicopter had joined him while he was unconscious. Taken to Sakaka hospital, his medical check-up showed severe head trauma with loss of consciousness “, According to the press release.

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« Urgently operated in neurosurgery, he had since been kept in an artificial coma, his condition having remained stable for the last few days. He had been transported by medical plane from Sakaka to Jedda hospital, then to France, where he was to join Lille hospital », Specifies the organizer.

Dan comments reported in the press release, Pierre Cherpin claimed ” amateur ». « I am not going there to win but to discover landscapes that I would never have had the opportunity to see. Everything is exhilarating, riding a racing motorcycle, living your passion, getting to know yourself », He confided.

► Thirty years after his first success, Stéphane “M. Dakar” Peterhansel still triumphs

The French Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini) won Friday at Jeddah his 14e Dakar, thirty years after its first success. At 55 years old, the one who is nicknamed “Mr. Dakar” so much he dominates the event, won the 2021 edition organized in Saudi Arabia among cars, his 8e victory in this category to which are added six motorcycle coronations.

Peterhansel is ahead in the final standings Qatari driver Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) by a quarter of an hour, and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, his teammate at Mini. At the time of his first victory, Peterhansel was 25 years old, was riding a motorcycle under the colors of Yamaha and did not yet suspect that his destiny would be forever linked to a competition born thirteen years earlier, in the head of a certain Thierry Sabine: the Dakar.

Winner in 1991, he was again in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1998. Six titles on two wheels, the record remains unmatched on “ the hardest race in the world “. He raced his first Paris-Dakar in a car in 1999, with Nissan. The victory in the most famous rally-raid in cars came in 2004 with Mitsubishi. He renewed the performance in 2005 in 2007. Before writing history with new victories in 2012 and 2013 (on Mini), then 2016 and 2017 with Peugeot. And 2021 therefore, again with Mini.

► In motorcycles, a big first for Kevin Benavides

Argentina’s Kevin Benavides (Honda) won the Dakar 2021 for bikers, after the 12e stage between Yanbu and Djedda, won by the American Ricky Brabec (Honda), winner of the event in 2020.

In the general classification, Benavides (32) is 4 minutes 56 ahead of Brabec and more than a quarter of an hour over Briton Sam Sunderland (KTM), who sank in the last stage. Thursday, at the end of the 11e stage, everything was still possible, the first three (Benavides, Sunderland and Brabec) being held in less than ten minutes.

By winning the eleventh and penultimate stage on Thursday, Sunderland had nevertheless managed a good operation in the general classification, the 31-year-old driver, of which it is the 8e participation in the Dakar, having taken advantage of the misadventures of the Honda riders: failed refueling and gasoline failure for Joan Barreda, followed by a retirement, and navigation error for Brabec.

But the last stage was fatal in Sunderland: Benavides, meanwhile, finished 2e of this last act, 2 minutes 17 from Brabec, and in front of the Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM), 3e at 4 minutes 13.

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