DAKAR 2009

French motorcyclist Pascal Terry found dead

The 49-year-old French motorcyclist Pascal Terry was found dead on the route of the Dakar rally. Terry had been missing since Sunday's second stage. Police were carrying out an investigation to determine the cause of death.

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AFP - French motorcyclist Pascal Terry has been found dead while competing in the Dakar Rally, organisers said on Wednesday.

The 49-year-old Terry was found dead overnight after the fourth stage of the gruelling race which is taking place for the first time in South America. He had been missing since Sunday and the stage between Santa Rosa and Puerto Madrid.

"The motorcyclist was found in an area that is very inaccessible with very dense vegetation 15 metres from his bike," organisers said in a statement.

"He had taken off his helmet and had taken shelter with food and water next to him."

Police were carrying out an investigation to determine the cause of death.

Terry was the first fatal casualty at this year's race which started in Buenos Aires on January 3 and finishes back in the Argentine capital on January 17.

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