Motorcyclist Carles Falcón transported to hospital following a serious crash in the Dakar Rally.

The Spanish motorcycle rider Carles Falcón was hospitalized with serious injuries after crashing near the end of the second stage of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia’s deserts.

The race director, David Castera, informed reporters that Falcón, an experienced off-road rider, had no pulse initially but was revived by the first doctor at the scene.

Representing the Twintrail Racing Team, Falcón was in 76th place after the opening stage on Saturday. The accident occurred when he was close to completing the second stage, which took place over rocky terrain and winding sand dunes in the Saudi desert.

“After being promptly notified by another racer who was trailing him, the organization dispatched a medical helicopter to tend to the seriously injured motorcyclist. He was then airlifted to Al-Duwadimi hospital,” said the race organizer, ASO.

Stéphane Peterhansel, the French veteran, secured his 50th car stage victory in the Dakar Rally, enhancing his record-breaking career in the competition. Meanwhile, Spain’s Carlos Sainz took the lead for Audi.

Known as “Monsieur Dakar,” Peterhansel has clinched 14 overall victories on two and four wheels between 1991 and 2021. He finished the stage from Al Henakiyah to Al Duwadimi, 29 seconds ahead of his compatriot Sebastien Loeb, a nine-time world rally champion.

Peterhansel now holds the car record, alongside Finnish great Ari Vatanen, with 83 career stage wins across both two- and four-wheeled categories. At 58 years old, he climbed up to ninth place overall. Sainz, a three-time Dakar winner at 61 years old, ranked eighth fastest on the 463km stage.

Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Al-Rajhi secured the second-place spot overall in his Toyota, trailing the Spaniard by one minute and 51 seconds. Loeb advanced from 19th to third place, with a gap of four minutes and 17 seconds to close.

The defending champion, Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar, came in fourth on the stage, resulting in a seventh-place ranking overall, more than 12 minutes behind the leader.

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