Barcelona - Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom died ON Friday after crashing in free practice for the Grand Prix of Catalunya in Barcelona.
24-year-old was struck by his motorbike which bounced against the outer
wall at the Montmelo track after he fell at Turn 12 in the second
The SAG team rider lay on the ground, where he
was treated before being transferred by helicopter to the Hospital
General de Catalunya. He passed away at 16:55 local time.
"It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom," organisers said in a statement.
death cuts short a career which had started early. His grandfather had
been a competitor and owned a motorcycle shop. The rider from Palma de
Mallorca first climbed onto a motorbike at the age of two.
But during his career he was always on the verge of a world title, without lifting the ultimate prize.
made his world championship debut at Jerez in 2009 in the 125cc
category, and finished on the podium 25 times - with nine wins in the
He was runner-up in the 2012 Moto3 world championship and third overall in 2013.
also finished on the podium three times in 41 appearances in the Moto2
world championship, including a second place in the opening round this
year at Losail in Qatar.
"The truth is that last year was not too
good. Yes we got podiums but it was not what I expected," said Salom of
his second season in Moto2 in 2015.
Tributes poured in following the announcement of the Mallorcan rider's death.
very sad and speechless ... All my encouragement to his family. RIP
Luis Salom," wrote Spain's MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo on
"Devastated by the loss of a great friend ! My sincere
condolences to the family. Will always remember you," Honda's Spanish
MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa wrote on Twitter.
"You were one of my
toughest opponents, one of my best teammates and then a friend. You will
always be in my heart," said Spain's Maverick Viales, who beat Salom to
the Moto3 title in 2013.
Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso
wrote:"Such terrible news. Such anger and sadness. Rest in peace,
rider. A huge embrace to Luis Salom's friends and family."
The last death in the sport was Italian Marco Simoncelli following an horrific crash at the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang in 2011.
Simoncelli fell and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi as he slid across the track on his Honda.
Salom's death organisers have decided to go ahead with this weekend's
Grand Prix, although the bikes will use the route used by Formula One
drivers, nullifying the fatal Turn 12.