Dakar Rally participant Pierre Cherpin died on Friday at the age of 52.

The French motorcycle driver crashed during the seventh stage on Sunday and has since been in a coma.

Cherpin was found unconscious on Sunday, after which he underwent surgery for serious head injuries at the hospital in Sakaka.

In recent days, his situation was stable and he was taken from Sakaka to Jeddah.

From Jeddah, Cherpin was to be flown to the hospital in Lille.

During that flight, the Frenchman, who took part in the Dakar Rally for the fourth time, died of his injuries.

Cherpin participated in the Dakar Rally without ambitions.

"I'm an amateur and I don't want to win, but I want to explore landscapes and see more of the world," he said recently.

"Everything is exciting: riding a motorcycle, experiencing your passion and getting to know yourself."

The motorcycle racer made his debut in the Dakar Rally in 2009 and also participated in 2012 and 2015.

In this year's edition, which ends Friday, he was in 77th place in the standings.

PIERRE CHERPIN PASSED AWAYDuring his transfer by medical plane, Pierre Cherpin died on Jan 14th from injuries caused by his fall during the 7th stage. The Dakar caravan would like to extend its sincere condolences to his family, relatives & friends.

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Avatar Author dakar Moment of places 07: 50 - January 15, 2021