Dakar: Nissan tribute to Meoni

Like the whole bivouac, the Nissan Rally Raid Team is immensely affected by the death of one of the greatest motorcyclists in rally raiding, the Italian Fabrizio Meoni. The Nissan family would like to convey to his immediate family, his friends,...

Like the whole bivouac, the Nissan Rally Raid Team is immensely affected by the death of one of the greatest motorcyclists in rally raiding, the Italian Fabrizio Meoni. The Nissan family would like to convey to his immediate family, his friends, his team and all his admirers its most sincere condolences.

For the last four days, in the caravan of the Dakar, sunglasses have served to protect everyone's eyes from the sand storm. This Tuesday, the 11th of January, in Kiffa, they hide much more. Sadness. Emotion. Sometimes rage. Because a little more than three months after the death of Richard Sainct and the day after the death of Jos? Manuel Perez, a Spanish motorcyclist who fell between ZouŽrat and Tichit, the great family of the Dakar has lost Fabrizio Meoni, double winner of the event. The Italian died due to a fall that happened at kilometre 184 of the Atar-Kiffa stage, in Mauritania.

The smile, the witticisms, the yells of the KTM driver will remain engraved in the history of the event forever. A colourful personality, always very accessible, Fabrizio Meoni was a feature of the Dakar, and his loss has plunged the whole bivouac into enormous sadness.

In the space of three months, the Dakar has just lost the winners of five of its last six editions.

"He who loses himself in his passion is less lost than he who loses his passion," wrote Saint Augustine. Having decided to retire from racing, Fabrizio Meoni finally decided to come back to this Africa that he cherished. He found his eternal rest here. And the tears that flow today along certain cheeks burnished by the sand have nothing to do with the dust.

-nissan-

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Series Dakar
Drivers Fabrizio Meoni , Richard Sainct