Very sad. Something tells me the bike class at Dakar has just about used up its get out of jail free cards.
To carry the fuel necessary, they are basically fitting dirt bike suspension to 1000cc street bikes. Add the weight of the fuel and you wind up with a very heavy pig. They are very fast, but hard to save it when they get out of shape. Crashing something that heavy at 100+ can be deadly as we have seen for the past few years.
Yes, very sad indeed. Lets bring back the old BMW's with the boxer motor, that will surely slow them down. I had an 89' GS "Bumble Bee" and I couldn't imagine doing Dakar on the damn thing.
Lets hope we don't lose another racer this year.