The Australasian Safari has confirmed that the motorcycle rider killed during Leg 5 of the event is Ivan Erceg.
At 9.33am local time on the opening stage of the day, 50km east of Minilya Roadhouse near Carnarvon in Western Australia, the 41-year-old crashed. Despite the immediate intervention of emergency services, he died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
Australasian Safari Event Director Justin Hunt said: “We extend our sincerest sympathies to Ivan’s family, team members and friends at this time. Ivan was one of life’s huge characters and was loved by the entire Safari family.
“He was a true competitor who loved his motorbikes and the mateship of competition. He will be sorely missed.”
A full investigation of the circumstances surrounding Erceg’s death has already commenced and organisers are providing full cooperation.
The remainder of the Leg of the Australasian Safari was cancelled but the event will resume Thursday.
Organisers arranged for a Pastor and Counsellors to be available at the Bivouac.