The French motorcycle rider Julien Toniutti, victim of a fall in the penultimate special of the Dakar-2019, underwent surgery in Lima and is in a “stable and serious” condition, according to his Team 2B / Moraco Nomad Racing team.
According to the ASO organization, the medical balance of the French rider, who fell at km 145 of this ninth stage, reflects “a brain trauma that does not need emergency intervention, a fracture in the area near the eye (operated on Thursday) and a abdominal trauma in the course of the examination ‘.
“Quickly alerted by another participant, the organization immediately mobilized the means of assistance that arrived where the pilot was lying down and initially unconscious, 11 minutes after the alert,” ASO specifies in its statement.
«The participant, medicalized, was transferred by helicopter. Given his fluctuating state of consciousness, the medical service preferred to put him to sleep (artificial coma) to transport him by medical plane to the intensive care service of the Delgado clinic in Lima, “adds ASO.
The 37-year-old French rider was around 60th place before this penultimate stage in command of a KTM 450 from the 2B / Moraco Nomad Racing team and was hoping to finish his first Dakar.
Toniutti is four-time French road rally champion and the fastest Frenchman in the Tourist Trophy, a race held every year on the roads of the Isle of Man, in the Irish Sea. AFP