Traversing a wash, the front wheel of American Quinn Cody’s CRF450 appears to catch an obstacle, launching him into an endo at high speed. Reports from the hospital indicate a broken collar bone and some unspecified injuries to his head, but indicate that he’s “not in serious condition.” Cody is the second American to withdraw from the Dakar this year, electrical gremlins brought Jonah Street to a halt. The retirement gave Street the opportunity to announce his retirement from the sport.
The rider Cody is seen passing, then stopping to help, is Juan Pedrero. He can then be seen signaling for the medical helicopter, which eventually took Cody to hospital.
Live Dakar results, daily recap videos and some photos can be found at Dakar.com, but the scope and scale of the 14-day race sadly defies conventional coverage. In the gallery below you’ll find many of the best images snapped so far. We’ll be bringing you more throughout the race.
Gallery images: Red Bull/KTM