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    Default Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    Tragic news coming in from Dakar 2020 where the Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves, who was riding for Hero's Dakar team, passed away after a crash at 276 kms mark into the rally during Sunday's 546 km Riyadh-Wadi Al Dawasir test. He was a veteran of the Dakar Rallly this was his 13th appearance in this iconic sporting event.

    We at xBhp, along with the motorbiking community of India, are deeply saddened by this news. May his soul rest in peace and may god give strength to his near and dear ones to overcome this great loss.

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    Here's the press release from Hero:
    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.’
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    Default Re: Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    May God rest his soul in peace & and bless his near, dear & fans.

    This is a reminder to folks that motorsports aren't so easy, the rider/driver is always putting his/her life at risk. And, common men say, its just a race not a sport, this is an answer to those folks coz no other sports have so much danger and experiencing g forces while still going on and on.

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    Default Re: Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    Quote Originally Posted by sunilg View Post
    Tragic news coming in from Dakar 2020 where the Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves, who was riding for Hero's Dakar team, passed away after a crash at 276 kms mark into the rally during Sunday's 546 km Riyadh-Wadi Al Dawasir test. He was a veteran of the Dakar Rallly this was his 13th appearance in this iconic sporting event.
    . We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.’
    Really sad news for family and fans ,he was just getting back up the standings after loosing time in the initial stages .
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    Default Re: Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    Extremely disheartening. A biker dead is a brother dead. May God give his family the strength and solace to overcome their loss. RIDE IN PARADISE.
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    The girl said, 'NO!'


    And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


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    Default Re: Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    Can't believe he's no more, RIP Paulo Goncalves :'(

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    Rest in Peace biker bro.

    A gruesome reminder of what line we're into.
    One may create a list, orderwise by its dangers, starting with the lethal-most like Isle of Man, Dakar, Pikes Peak, etc to the medium stuff like MotoGP, World Sbk and Junior track racing and maybe you'll place Road riding somewhere in the middle or end... but never forget that we've lost riders to each of these stages, no matter how easy or hard you take them to be...

    In the end, let's just hope to die old and at peace, all dreams done, sleeping in a bed, and not on the tarmac we rolled, or the machine we loved. May someone up there grant us a graceful exit.
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    Default Re: Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    Really shocking and sad news, I was astonished by his impressive performance in a short time, I think he was placed 5th I think in just the previous stage. RIP Paulo.

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    Default Re: Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    Apparently Hero motosports has withdrawn from the 2020 Dakar as a mark of respect to Paulo Goncalves .
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    Default Re: Hero MotoSports Team Paulo Goncalves passes away at Dakar 2020 after a crash

    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    Rest in Peace biker bro.

    A gruesome reminder of what line we're into.
    One may create a list, orderwise by its dangers, starting with the lethal-most like Isle of Man, Dakar, Pikes Peak, etc to the medium stuff like MotoGP, World Sbk and Junior track racing and maybe you'll place Road riding somewhere in the middle or end... but never forget that we've lost riders to each of these stages, no matter how easy or hard you take them to be...

    In the end, let's just hope to die old and at peace, all dreams done, sleeping in a bed, and not on the tarmac we rolled, or the machine we loved. May someone up there grant us a graceful exit.

    deepsh*t bro! last line hit me hard, very hard!!

    i hope his journey to heaven is as exciting as his life was! RIP!
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