Organizers mentioned Auriol had been battling a long-term sickness and mentioned he’ll at all times be remembered as an iconic face of the race, having taken half within the very first Dakar Rally in 1979.
Auriol went on to win the race thrice, first on a motorcycle in 1981. He repeated his success on two wheels in 1983 earlier than switching to a automobile and profitable in 1992.
Through the race in 1987, Auriol famously fell out of rivalry after breaking each of his ankles throughout a crash within the penultimate stage, a second written into the race’s folklore.
After his racing profession ended, Auriol labored because the race director for 10 years.
President of motorsport’s governing physique FIA, Jean Todt, led the tributes on social media.
“He was the primary rider to win the race in each bike (1981, 1983) and automobile (1992), earlier than he led the occasion. My ideas are along with his household and family members.”
This 12 months’s Dakar Rally is at present ongoing and is being held in Saudi Arabia.
There are historically 5 main car classes within the legendary race — vehicles, motorbikes, vans, UTVs and quad bikes.