The decease of Paulo Gonçalves in a deadly crash during stage 7 of Dakar 2020 between Riyadh and Wadi Al-Dawasir has left the entire Dakar, especially the bikers, in shock.
Paulo, a beloved figure of the rally, was one of the most experienced champions of the rally-raid family. He was immensely respected by both veterans and less experienced competitors who admired and were inspired by him.
After meeting with the riders and making a decision together with the entire motorbike family, the organisers of Dakar have decided to cancel stage 8 for the motorbikes and quads category to give the riders time to mourn their friend.
Stage 8 was supposed to take place on 13th January on a loop course around Wadi Al-Dawasir. Now, it will be held on 14th January 2020.
Source – Dakar 2020