PARIS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Australian motorcyclist Andy Caldecott died in a crash during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally on Monday, the organisers of the race said. "At km 250 of stage 9 between Nouakchott and Kiffa, on a fast portion, the Australian biker suffered a bad crash. and died," they added on the race website. "Aware of the accident at 11:31AM, the rally headquarters immediately sent a medical helicopter that landed at 11:55 AM on the scene of the accident. The doctors unfortunately could only note the death of the biker that according to them struck immediately." Caldecott is the 23rd competitor to die in the Dakar Rally in 28 years. The 41-year-old Australian was an experienced desert rider. He won the Australia Safari four times from 2000 and 2003 and was competing in his third Dakar. He was 1Oth overnight in the standings of the 2006 race after clinching the third stage between Nador and Er-Rachidia, in Morocco, last Monday. He was married with one child. andy was an Australian endurance riding legend, sincere sympathy to his wife and child.