Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a crash during Sunday's Dakar Rally seventh stage, organisers announced.
Riding for Hero Motorsports Team Rally, he had been in 46th place overall going into the seventh stage from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasi.
During Sunday's 339-mile Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir test, the Portuguese rider crashed after 171 miles - in an area that alternated between wavy sand planes and dunes - at 1018am local time. Attempts to resuscitate the rider were unsuccessful, and Goncalves was pronounced dead at Layla Hospital. Goncalves is the first competitor to die while contesting the Dakar since Michal Hernik in 2015.
"The entire Dakar (family) would like to extend its honest condolences to his friends and family".
The experienced Portuguese had competed in the Dakar on three continents, from its origins in Africa to South America and this year's debut in the Middle East.
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Australian Toby Price, the defending champion, finished an hour and 20 minutes behind Barreda but organizers said he stopped to try to help Goncalves and will have his position recalculated.
With 20 of the 25 Dakar deaths since the inaugural edition in 1979 made up of bike riders Castera dwelt on the risks faced by riders.
Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in an official statement said Goncalves had died "attempting to accomplish the dream of winning one of the most unsafe and toughest rallies in the world". His other accolades include winning the 2013 World Cross-Country Rallies Championship.
The 40-year-old suffered the fatal accident after 276 kilometres of the day's ride.