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R.I.P. Fabrizio Meoni

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I never realized how dangerous this race (and this type of racing) is. The day before this Jose-Manuel Perez died from injuries he sustained in a crash during stage 7. Another great, Richard Sainct, died from crash injuries during the Pharaoh Rally in Egypt just four months earlier. In the Dakar’s 27 year history 22 riders have died.

I'm not getting some perverse thrill out of these stats or trying to defame the sport. I respect rally racing and the Dakar in particular for being one of the most unique and challenging races of all types of motor sports. However, do you have to step back and ask what’s wrong where a competitor dies nearly every year of the event?
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There are usually two or three deaths each year at the Isle of Man, from what I understand, but nobody is asking what's wrong with that event......I suppose it's obvious, they're all certifiable......One of the videos about Leoni shows another rider commenting that he was riding behind Leoni, and they weren't really travelling that fast, the crash is somewhat inexplicable....accidents happen.
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