Grief enveloped the first day of the Dakar Rally 2012 on Sunday (1 / 1), following the death of motorcycle racer from Argentina, Jorge Martinez Boero. 38-year-old man suffered a heart attack after falling off his motorbike at the time of the opening that was held between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa de La Pampa in western Argentina.
The organizers said that Boero had received medical treatment for about five minutes after the incident and he was then flown to hospital by helicopter, but died on the way.
According to them, Boero fell at kilometer 55 on the first phase between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa.
"Racer suffered a heart attack after falling and getting action within five minutes after the accident by the medical staff who reached the scene by helicopter," said the committee.
"Despite their best efforts, the doctors could not resuscitate racer on the way to the hospital.
"This rally Committee expressed deep condolences to the family and all he loves."
Boero is a participant number 21 who were killed in Dakar Rally has been held in Africa 29 times since 1979 before being transferred to South America in 2009.
In total, 59 people had lost their lives in this deadly rally included more than 20 spectators.
On the first day, the racer from Russia, Leonid Novitzkiy, the lead in the category of car and racer from Chile, Francisco Lopez, leader in the motorcycle category.
This rally will last until January 15 next and will end up in the Peruvian capital, Lima.