Dakar motorbiker was missing since Sunday
Dakar Rally organisers have confirmed that French motorbiker Pascal Terry, who went missing on Sunday during the second stage of the event, was found dead. His body lay away from the designated trail.
"It is with great sadness
that the organization has been informed that rider Pascal Terry, 49 years old, has been found dead in the night of January 6th to 7th at 2:10 AM," reads a statement issued by rally organiser ASO.
"The biker was in a very hard-to-reach area in the middle of very dense bush-like vegetation 15m from his bike. He had taken his helmet off and had sought shade; he had food and water by him."
"The Pampa Province police and authorities will now carry out the necessary legal investigation in order to determine the causes of the biker's death," the release explained.
In an interview with French portal LePost.fr, an unnamed Dakar organisation spokesperson stated that Terry's lack of experience on such an event was certainly not the cause of his death.
"We have unfortunately known fatal falls from bikers before, and generally we quickly understand what happened. But here, we find him 15 metres from his bike, with food and water. It's strange," said the spokesperson.
It appears Terry lost time and fuel by riding into soft sand; the investigation will hopefully explain what caused the loss of life.