Pierre Cherpin dead at 52: Dakar Rally rider dies from horror crash injuries while being flown to France for treatment

PIERRE CHERPIN has died at the age of 52 following injuries sustained in the Dakar Rally. After undergoing surgery on ‘severe head trauma’ in the town of Sakaka, he had been placed in a coma before travelling back to France for further treatment. The 52-year-old then passed away during a medical plane flight from the Saudi city of Jeddah. A Dakar Rally statement read: “During his transfer by medical plane from Jeddah to France, Pierre Cherpin died from the injuries caused by his fall during the seventh stage from Ha’il to Sakaka. “He was airlifted from Sakaka to Jeddah’s hospital from where he was going to be transferred to Lille’s hospital.”. The Frenchman was racing on a Husqvarna 450 motorbike in his fourth Dakar Rally.

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