News 4 Jun 2016

Luis Salom passes following Spanish Moto2 incident

Tragedy strikes Friday practice sessions at Catalunya round.

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Friday at Catalunya’s Grand Prix of Spain was marked with tragedy following the sad passing of Moto2 World Championship racer Luis Salom (SAG Team).

The 24-year-old Spaniard suffered a fall at turn 12 and was immediately seen to by medical staff before being taken to the Hospital General de Catalunya.

On arrival, he underwent surgery, but despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away at 4:55pm local time.

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Salom made his world championship debut at Jerez in 2009 in the 125cc category. He finished on the podium in 25 races, including nine victories in the Moto3 World Championship.

He finished the 2012 Moto3 World Championship in second position in the standings and a year later was third overall after battling with Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins down to the final round in Valencia.

He also finished on the podium three times in 41 appearances in the Moto2 World Championship, including a second place place in the opening round of 2016 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.