Belgium’s Eric Palante Has Died Racing in the Dakar Rally

01/10/2014 @ 4:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

Belgiums Eric Palante Has Died Racing in the Dakar Rally eric palante dakar rally

We are saddened today to report that Belgian racer Eric Palante has been found dead on the Dakar Rally race course for Stage Five. Palante, a 50-year-old veteran racer, was taking part in his 11th Dakar Rally in the amateur class on a Honda CRF450X, when he failed to make it to the stage’s finish line.

Palante’s body was found on the race course from Chilecito and San Miguel by a sweep truck that was searching for hiim, however the circumstances around his death have not been confirmed by investigators. The Dakar Rally is always a treacherous undertaking, and the loss of a competitor is a regrettable reality of the iconic rally raid.

Palante is survived by his wife and five children. Asphalt & Rubber wishes them and the rest of Eric’s family and friends our condolences. Ride in peace brother.

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Source: Dakar; Photos: Eric Palante (Facebook)

Comment:

  1. paulus says:

    Very sad news! RIP….

  2. kalai says:

    An amazing rider – Condolences to his family and friends.
    Do what you love, love what you do – One never knows when it’ll end.

  3. Gritboy says:

    The infamous Dakar claims another. Great rider. RIP.