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Dutch motorbike racer dies 8 days after Dakar Rally crash

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch motorcycle racer Edwin Straver died eight days after crashing in the Dakar Rally, race organizers said Friday. Straver is the second racer to die as a result of injuries sustained in this year's edition of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

The 48-year-old Straver suffered serious injuries when he crashed on Jan. 16 during the rally's penultimate stage. He was resuscitated by a medical team and airlifted to a hospital in Riyadh before being flown back to the Netherlands.

“The entire Dakar caravan would like to extend its sincere condolences to Edwin's family and friends,” organizers said in a statement. Another motorbike rider, Paulo Gonçalves of Portugal, fell and suffered cardiac arrest about halfway through the 546-kilometer (339-mile) seventh stage.

Gonçalves was the first competitor to die in the Dakar Rally, the world's toughest rally, since Polish motorcyclist Michal Hernik in 2015 in Argentina. Two non-competitors were killed in 2016 in crashes with vehicles.

Straver was taking part in his third Dakar Rally. He won the Original by Motel class in 2019.

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