1is January, Oyonnaxien Jean-Pascal Besson took the start of his tenth Dakar, in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), with the objective of finishing on the podium of the T3 category of light prototypes. But the adventure he was leading with his co-driver Patrice Roissac ended on Wednesday, after an accident during the fourth stage between Al Qaisumah and Riyadh.
Their Can-Am X3 rolled forward several times after “a double bleeding not announced on the roadbook”, as Jean-Pascal Besson explains on Facebook. The shock was severe as the two occupants were unconscious and had to be assisted to exit the vehicle.
“My thoughts are with my co-pilot with a back injury this evening,” wrote Jean-Pascal Besson, who suffers from a broken collarbone, Wednesday. “He is this evening at the German hospital in Riyadh (the capital of Saudi Arabia, editor’s note), after we were evacuated by helicopter by the ASO doctors, whom I thank from the bottom of my heart. We were then transferred by a medical plane with three other wounded to Riyadh […] I hope to quickly give you reassuring news from Patrice (Roissac) after his scan. “
Fortunately, the co-pilot’s life is not in danger.