RIP: Paulo Goncalves

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Tragic news emerged from the Dakar Rally earlier today, as it was confirmed that Paulo Goncalves has passed away following a significant fall. The FIM released the following statement confirming the news.

Press Release.

It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the death of Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves this morning during Dakar seventh stage.

He has passed away from a fall sustained 276 kilometres into today’s special. The organisers received an alert at 10:08 and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest. Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.

40-year-old Paulo Gonçalves was taking part in his thirteenth Dakar. He made his debut in 2006 and had finished four times in the top ten, including an impressive performance as runner-up to Marc Coma in 2015. Paulo Gonçalves, the 2013 FIM Cross-Country rallies World Champion, was sitting in forty-sixth place overall after stage six of the 2020 Dakar.

On behalf of the FIM family the president, Jorge Viegas, extends its deepest condolences to Paulo’s Family, the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), the Portuguese Motorcycling Federation, the entire Dakar caravan and his many friends.

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Have Your Say: British Youth Championships

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In 2019 RHL Activities & MX Vice brought two rounds of the British Youth Championship live on social media for the first time ever in UK history. This was a huge success and was received positively across the industry with high viewing figures not only from the UK but from across the world.

For 2020 RHL are looking to increase the live streaming at the British Championship events and would like your input by completing a short survey, where on completion you will then be entered into a prize draw to win a signed Robbie Maddison race shirt.

https://rhlactivities.com/blog/2019/12/live-streaming-at-british-championship-survey

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The Updates: Stefan Everts

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22 February (18:42)

Stefan Everts has, sadly, returned to hospital as he continues to fight Malaria. Pain in his right foot prompted further examinations from doctors, who then confirmed that he had picked up an infection in a wound. An official statement from the family makes it sound as though his feet have really suffered after the fight with malaria.

It’s a blow for me, but as always I keep fighting and I will also overcome this obstacle,” Stefan Everts said in that statement. It seems as though his current stay in hospital could last anywhere between two to six weeks. Further updates will be added to this page.

10 January (15:53)

For the first time since being struck by malaria, Stefan Everts has taken to his social-media accounts to updates fans on his progress. The statement was short and sweet, which is hardly surprising, but the fact that he is now communicating himself is a huge positive for everyone to enjoy. His latest message can be read below.

“Getting everyday little bit better and stronger. Road to recovery is still going to [be] long but my mind is prepared for that. Patience is the message. Thx for all the messages, it gave me a boost! Best wishes for 2019! S72.”

02 January (15:51)

Another Stefan Everts update has been released and there is even more positive news. Everts is out of intensive care, but still faces a lengthy stay in hospital. The latest statement is below.

“Again, good news from Stefan Everts. The ten-time world champion, who was hit by malaria at the beginning of December, has traded the intensive care at the University Hospital of Leuven yesterday for the rehabilitation. The legend will stay in that department for six weeks to continue working on his recovery.

“For Everts, this is another big step forward. At the beginning of December, malaria broke out with him after taking part in Congo in the middle of November. He fought for a while for his life and was kept artificially asleep for a while. Everts fought back and defeated his biggest competitor ever. A few weeks ago, testing has already shown that he has not sustained permanent damage to organs and brain.

“In the last few days, Everts has once again made major steps forward, after which the professors decided to move him to rehabilitation. There he will be working hard on his recovery over the next few weeks.”
 
25 December (19:30)

This is a Christmas treat for everyone! Positive news has been communicated from the Everts camp, following Stefan’s recent fight with malaria, as he is continuing to make some steps forward. A full statement can be read below.

“Everts started with his [physical] rehabilitation yesterday. Compared to the worrying condition of a few weeks ago, he’s already doing much better. Although he is still in the intensive care of the UZ in Leuven, he is already getting out of bed and can already walk a little. After a charity in congo mid November, the legend had suffered an aggressive form of malaria. The state of health of Everts had deteriorated so much that he was in danger for a long time. However, studies last week showed that neither his brain nor his organs suffered permanent damage due to the malaria attack. About the duration of his stay on intensive care and his rehabilitation is not yet certain.

“Everts realises after a good conversation with the professors in Leuven that he escaped the worst. ‘That I’m still here is my most beautiful Christmas present,’ let him know. Stefan and his family want to thank all the people for the huge support they got in the last few weeks and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In new developments, the family – who is now looking to focus on Stefan’s rehabilitation – will again communicate through a press release.”

17 December (20:54)

The Everts family released a statement earlier today that contained positive news. Stefan, a ten-time world champion, has made significant improvements in his fight against malaria.

“The condition of Stefan Everts, who was struck by malaria, is getting better. His condition is no longer critical. That is why it’s no longer necessary to sedate the ten times world champion motocross. Everts is still staying at the intensive care unit of the University Hospital in Leuven, where he is closely monitored and where only family members are allowed. It’s still to early to talk about the consequences of the malaria or about the duration of his recovery.

“Everts contracted the disease a month ago in Congo, where he participated in a charity race. At the beginning of December malaria broke out and he was immediately admitted to the hospital in Hasselt, after which he was transferred to the University Hospital in Leuven.

“The Everts family wants to thank everyone for all the support and encouraging words. In the case of new developments, communication will again take place via a press release.”

7 December (11:35)

It was reported today that Stefan Everts, a ten-time world champion, is currently in intensive care at a local hospital. It is thought that Everts recently contracted malaria during a trip to Congo, where he was taking part in the Mikembo charity programme.

Everts raised five thousand six hundred and seventy-two dollars for the programme with his jersey alone. Additional details are obviously sparse currently, but updates will be added to this post when they are made available. Everyone at MX Vice wishes Everts and his family well in this difficult time. 

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New Contract: Ben Townley

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Interesting news from New Zealand. Josh Coppins, who runs the extremely successful Altherm JCR Yamaha team, has signed Ben Townley as a brand ambassador for bLU cRU. Ben’s son Levi, who recently finished in second at the KJSC event at Anaheim 2 in Southern California, will now pilot a YZ65 as well. The news was announced via the statement below.

“I’m excited to welcome @BenTownleyMX to @bLUcRU_NZ. We are both passionate about riding motorcycles and helping riders achieve there [sic] potential. This strengthens Yamaha growth and support at all levels. JCR has invested heavily internationally in recent years, but this restructure brings us back to our roots. Adding @RhysCarter__ and @Carter_Coaching beginning in April plus more exciting activations along with our team riders, supported riders and great customers. The futures exciting thanks to each and everyone of you for your support!”

It is currently unknown what events Ben Townley will compete in as a member of bLU cRU, but he is expected to compete in random enduro events for fun. Townley also runs his new business venture, Ben Townley Tours, which is a holiday camp for those who want to go riding in New Zealand.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer

Newest Statement: Broc Tickle

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Broc Tickle would typically be putting the finishing touches on his preparation for Anaheim 1 at this point in the season. However, following the suspension that WADA handed him almost a year ago now, he is unable to compete in any races. How long will that ban last? Well, this is the problem. Tickle has not actually been told and vented his anger in a recent social-media post.

Happy New Year everyone,” Tickle wrote on his social-media account. “2018 was a tough year to say the least and I’m really looking forward to 2019! It’s hard to believe it’s been almost nine months since I was issued my provisional suspension. I’m beyond dissatisfied that @FIMLive @SupercrossLIVE has yet to issue me a hearing date and has not handled things in the right manner. I have suffered enough wondering what’s next and this has taking [sic] a toll on myself, family and friends. It is now clear that the FIM and @SupercrossLIVE are conspiring to intentionally and unlawfully interfere with my fundamental rights and ability to make a living. I’m thankful for all the people who have been behind me and supported me through this. This will be the first year since 2010 that I will not be lining up at A1. I’m still hungry to get back and the desire to race is still inside me.”

Although Broc Tickle cannot race himself, he is currently spending a lot of time with Marshal Weltin to help him prepare for the 250SX East series. He has also been pictured with Dean Wilson. When gates drop at Anaheim 1 on Saturday night, two hundred and sixty-three days would have been and gone since the provisional suspension was first handed to Tickle.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Simon Cudby

Ocotillo Wells: Axell Hodges

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Axell ‘Slay’ Hodges and friends head to Ocotillo Wells during a brutal winter storm and tear it up on their desert toys. Watch that in this special New-Year video from Monster Energy.

Video: Monster Energy | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi