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.








Source: Dakar; Photos: Eric Palante (Facebook)

  • paulus

    Very sad news! RIP….

  • kalai

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

  • Gritboy

    The infamous Dakar claims another. Great rider. RIP.