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John Deacon died in the Masters Rally on 9th August 2001. Greatly missed by all the racing community he was a truely great racer. A works rider with BMW he was the gretest desert racer we have yet produced. Competing at the highest level he won several DAKAR stages and was always in contention.
JOHN DEACON - RACER
It is with deep regret that I have to forward the following information.
The Masters Rally has issued the following Press release on the 9th August 2001
Sam'Aan - Palmyre (Syria)
"John Deacon fell heavily at kilometre 285 in the days special. The medical helicopter intervened rapidly on the site of the accident but the rider had died."
John Deacon was our leading desert racer - placing 6th in the DAKAR and the top BMW works rider in 2001.
Our thoughts go out to his family at this dreadful time.Deacon is killed in desert bike accident By Neil Bramwell
10 August 2001John Deacon, Britain's most successful motorcycle rallying
rider, has been killed in a racing accident in Syria. The 38-year-old from
Saltash in Cornwall, a regular competitor in the prestigious Paris-Dakar
event, crashed during the seventh stage of the Masters Rally between France
When a helicopter arrived at the remote and rocky scene of the accident,
Deacon, a latecomer to the discipline of long-distance all-terrain rallying,
had already died from head injuries sustained when his BMW bike flipped, 77
miles from the town of Palmyra. He was lying second in the event. "You accept
people having accidents on road bikes but for something like this to happen
in a competition is a bit harder," said his former Husqvarna team-mate and
the Enduro world champion, Paul Edmondson.
Deacon won the British Enduro four-stroke championship on ten occasions and
won nine gold medals at the annual International Six-Day Enduro. He first
contested the Paris-Dakar in 1997, becoming only the second British rider to
finish the three-week, 7,000-mile event across Africa on a motorcycle. Within
two years, and still funding his own participation, he claimed his country's
best finish of sixth, beaten by five riders who enjoyed substantial financial
The dangers of the sport were highlighted in the 2000 event, run in reverse
from Senegal to Egypt, when Deacon was offered a ride for the BMW Gauloises
team but crashed on the fifth day, fracturing his pelvis and wrist, as well
as dislocating his shoulder. This year, again with BMW, he doggedly recovered
from a disastrous opening in France, when electrical faults and a time
penalty relegated him to 132nd, to finish a creditable sixth place. "John was
a remarkable man who craved adventure and loved racing. He exuded talent and
charisma, and is a true legend in the motorcycle industry," said BMW's
motorcycle manager, David Taylor.
Deacon's strength was in the arduous desert sections of rallies, benefiting
from good navigational skills, excellent physical fitness and a conservative
Deacon recently said: "I'm extremely bike fit and can ride all day without
getting tired. There aren't many people who can do that. I've been out riding
with tri-athletes but they are physical wrecks after an hour in the saddle.
But I can ride using very little energy and that's the difference when the
temperature can be as high as 42 degrees.
"There was a day last year when I drank water out of the bike's own tank."
Deacon was the owner of a motorcycle shop in Saltash.
RIDERS PAY TRIBUTE TO DEACON
By Roddy Brooks, PA Sport