Gonçalves was pronounced dead at a hospital
Gonçalves, who was competing in the race for the 13th time since his debut in 2006, is the first racer to die during the rally since Michal Hernik of Poland died in 2015 in Argentina.
'Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Gonçalves rides across the Saudi Arabian desert in the Dakar Rally. During the race, Gonçalves crashed and died as a result of his injuries.' pic.twitter.com/WyvwtWLuTh
— Kursad Turksen (@kursadturksen) January 16, 2020