The Dutch motorcycle racer Edwin Straver is still in critical condition after his heavy crash on Thursday in the eleventh stage of the Dakar Rally, his family said on Friday.
"Edwin is in a bad state. We have to wait and see how the situation develops," says his girlfriend Anja from Saudi Arabia, according to Motorsport.com in a short statement.
The 48-year-old Straver unfortunately came between the second and third measuring point of the 379 kilometer long stage after a crash. The Brabant was resuscitated on the spot - he had no heartbeat for ten minutes - and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
It turned out that Straver at least broke one of his upper vertebrae. Furthermore, nothing is known about his injuries, except that the Dutchman is in a critical condition.
Straver was in the third Dakar Rally of his career. Last year he finished first in the so-called box riders classification, where drivers participate who choose to go to the desert with only a box with basic necessities.