Dakar – Dakar 2020: the trunk-motorcycle rider Edwin Straver “between life and death” –


Dakar 2020: motorcycle trunk rider Edwin Straver "between life and death"

Dakar - Dakar 2020: the trunks-motorcycle rider Edwin Straver `` between life and death '' -

Edwin Straver, winner last year in the motorcycle trunks category at the Dakar, has been hospitalized in critical condition in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) since his heavy fall in the penultimate stage… His vital prognosis is underway reveals the family of the 48 year old Dutch pilot.

The 42nd edition of the Dakar motorcycle, already sadly bereaved by the, faces a second tragedy: the violent fall of the motorcycle rider (Original by Motul) of Edwin Straver in the penultimate stage of the rally. The Dutch pilot has since been in critical condition at the hospital in the Saudi capital.  

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His relatives indicate that "his heart stopped beating for ten minutes", before being revived by the doctors who came to his aid halfway through the 11th stage. Edwin Straver, three Dakar to his name, is "between life and death" and suffers from a fracture in the "upper part of the spine", specifies his family.

This 48-year-old Dutch rider distinguished himself by winning last year in the Original by Motul category, formerly called "motorcycle trunks". Engaged in a KTM 450 EXC, the n ° 40 finished the rally in 48th place in 2018 and then in 30th position last year. Edwin Straver was 38th overall before his heavy fall.

"To fend for yourself is the very spirit of rally-raid"

"Last year, I didn’t expect to win at all," he explained before the start of the Dakar. "So this year I will have no other objective than to reach the finish line. Finishing a Dakar is already something very strong. Especially since for this edition, there will be around forty drivers entered in trunks. motorcycles ".

For this former motocross rider, "doing it alone suits my character and my way of racing very well. I may not be the fastest, but I am a complete rider and fairly consistent. And then fending for yourself is the very spirit of rally-raid ".

Asked about the holding of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia, Edwin Straver said he was delighted to change to "change the playing field" while the old course in South America ended according to him in circles: "last year, a lot of stages took again already known tracks. This year, it will be really a new adventure ".

MNC joins in the concern of Edwin Straver’s family and loved ones and crosses his fingers that he overcomes this ordeal…

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