Luis Salom loses his life at Moto2 practice at Catalunya
Despite the best efforts of the trauma team, Luis Salom passed away at 16:55pm local time
Luis Salom has tragically died after an accident during Free Practice 2 for the Moto2 class, at the Grand Prix of Catalunya.
The 24-year-old lost control of his SAG-run Kalex at the fast Turn 12, which for motorcycles is the penultimate turn (F1 uses a different layout, with a chicane just before the last corner). The cause of the accident remains unclear, with no footage broadcast, but it is not thought that any other rider was involved.
However the use of asphalt runoff, rather than gravel, is sure to be questioned with Salom and his motorcycle reported to have slid at high-speed into the air fence.
After lengthy treatment trackside the medical helicopter was called and practice session abandoned. Salom was ultimately taken to a nearby Barcelona hospital by ambulance, with no updates given until an official statement delivered the worst possible news:
"Following an incident during today's Moto2 Free Practice 2 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, it is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom (SAG Team)."
"The session was red flagged with just under 25 minutes remaining after the Spanish rider fell at turn 12."
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