Send him lots of "be careful" thoughts. Fabrizio Meoni, a former winner and perennial top competitor on bikes, crashed heavily yesterday and "despite prompt medical attention could not be revived." This is turning into an unusually lethal Dakar.
Juha Kankkunen believes that the Dakar Rally has become too demanding and that it imposes unacceptable demands on amateurs.
?It?s a lot shorter. They have only used all the really bad places and left all the nice places away. We used to arrive at the [stage] finish 13.00-14.00, but now we struggle to finish in daylight, so the privateers struggle to finish before midnight. Most of the entry is privateers. You cannot organise a rally only for works teams. It seems to be difficult to find a right way to do it,? Kankkunen said.
The 1988 winner and four times World Rally Champion has returned to the event this year for the first time since, driving for Volkswagen. His views were publicly supported by VW Motorsport chief Kris Nissen.