31 December 1957|
Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
|Died||11 January 2005
Meoni was born in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. He won the Dakar Rally in 2001 and 2002. According to the rally's organizers, Meoni was considered "one of the greatest rally-raid champions ever".
He died at age 47 near Kiffa, Mauritania, caused by a crash on 11 January 2005 on the 11th stage of the 2005 Dakar Rally. His official cause of death was cardiac arrest, according to his official website, although his injuries included cervical spine damage. Since the competitors did not want to continue racing the next day, the 12th stage of the rally was cancelled for all motorcycles in honor of Meoni. Juan Manuel Perez of Spain, another motorcyclist with the KTM Team, also died during the rally several days earlier. Meoni was "the 11th motorcyclist to die in the history of the gruelling race and the 45th competitor overall."
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