Legendary champion Didier Oriol has died at the age of 68, the organizers of the Dakar Rally announced. The Frenchman has won three times in the famous race.
The causes of Oriol’s death were complications after COVID-19 disease. He contracted the coronavirus two months ago and has since been hospitalized. As a result of the disease he developed cardiovascular problems. They were the ones who caused the death of the great motorcyclist.
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Didier Oriol is a three-time Dakar Rally champion. In 1981 and 1983 he triumphed with motorcyclists on the original route between Paris and Dakar. In 1993 he won the car title and then the race took place over a long distance from the French capital to Cape Town (South Africa). Due to his success, he was nicknamed African.
After finishing his career, he was for ten years the sporting director of the Dakar Rally. In 2019, the International Motoring Federation (FIA) honored his great merits by hosting him at the Hall of Fame.