Dakar Rally motorcyclist Paulo Goncalves laid to rest in Portugal

Family, friends, fans and loved ones gathered for the funeral of motorcyclist Paulo Goncalves in Gemeses, Portugal on Friday (January 24) to lay the Dakar Rally star to rest near where he was born 40 years earlier.

Goncalves died on January 12 following a crash during the seventh stage of this year’s Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

A veteran of the famous race, Goncalves achieved four top ten finishes with his best result coming in 2015 when he came second.

Goncalves was competing in his 13th Dakar Rally.

Dutch motorcycle rider Edwin Straver became the second rider to die from this year’s Dakar Rally when he died earlier on Friday after crashing on in the 11th and penultimate stage of the rally last week.

The Dakar Rally, originally conceived as a race from Paris to the Senegalese capital in West Africa, has claimed dozens of lives — many of them non-competitors — since it started in 1978.

It involves amateurs and professionals competing in a range of categories including cars, trucks, quads and side-by-side UTV vehicles as well as motorcycles.



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