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ADV NewsSpanish Rider Carles Falcon Dies After Crash In Dakar Rally

Spanish Rider Carles Falcon Dies After Crash In Dakar Rally

Rider passes away in his second entry in the historic race.

Published on 01.15.2024

Tragic news coming from Dakar as reports confirm Spanish rider, Carles Falcón, has died following a heavy fall during stage 2 of the rally. Falcón, 45, succumbs to his injuries a week after his accident.

Falcón’s crash happened 448 km into the stage special from Al Henakiyah to Al Duwadimi. Race director David Castera told reporters at the time that the medical team found Carles without a pulse but were able to resuscitate him on the scene. He was airlifted to the hospital in Al Duwadimi where it was determined he had suffered head trauma in addition to a fractured C2 vertebra and several broken bones. Following emergency surgery, he was kept in an induced coma to control the cerebral edema and then repatriated to Spain a few days later.
Dakar motorcycle rider Carles Falcon dies after accident
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the doctors, Carles succumbed to his injuries.

“This Monday, January 15, Carles has left us,” said his team in a statement. “The medical team has confirmed that the neurological damage caused by the cardiorespiratory arrest at the time of the accident was irreversible.” 

Spanish rider Carles Falcon dies after accident in Dakar Rally

The statement adds: “Carles was a joyful person, always active and passionate about everything he did, especially motorcycles. He has left us doing something that was a dream, race the Dakar. He was enjoying himself, he was happy on a bike. We should remember him for his smile and the joy he brought to others.”


“Computer engineer. Motorcycle instructor and tour guide by passion. So many people have learned at his side. He taught with patience, energy and happiness, he made everyone enjoy motorcycles. This is what he has left us with and we will always keep with us, all of us who have been close to him, family, friends, colleagues and supporters.”

Spanish rider Carles Falcon dies after accident in Dakar Rally

A native of Tarragona and a keen trial rider, Carles was participating in the Dakar for the second time. He finished 68th in 2022 and took part in the unassisted motorcycle category, in which he finished in 16th place in the final general rankings. This year, he was racing with the TwinTrail Racing Team.

ADV Pulse would like to extend its sincere condolences to Carles’ friends and family.

Photos by TwinTrail Racing Team

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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January 16, 2024 1:39 am

He had a Youtube channel along with his teammate. Great guy. I cannot believe that.

Fred FlannD
Fred Flann
January 20, 2024 7:53 pm

Dangerous sport, especially for somebody at 45.


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