The circumstances of Eric’s death are the subject of an analysis by the Judge Dr. Massucco of Belen [Catamarca province].
No alert was received by the organizers, and Eric’s water had been replenished in the afternoon.
The rider’s family were told of the accident by the organization in the morning. Fifty-year-old Eric Palante was taking part in his 11th Dakar and hoped to win the amateur trophy for motorbikes. He knew the race very well, and over the years his enthusiastic but serious approach had made him one of the pillars of the event.
It is with great sadness that the organizers and the entire family of the Dakar offer their condolences to Eric’s family and friends.