Doriano Romboni loses life at Simoncelli tribute race

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Six time 125 and 250 GP race winner Doriano Romboni has passed away, after suffering fatal injuries at the Sic Supermoto Day, the supermoto race held at the Latina circuit in memory of Marco Simoncelli.

Early reports say Romboni ran onto the grass during an early practice, before swerving back onto the track and into the path of former Italian champion Gianluca Vizziello.

Despite being airlifted to the Santa Maria Goretti hospital in the town south of Rome, he sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away later in the afternoon.

Romboni's nine-year Grand Prix career included six victories, and podium finishes. In a GP career stretching form 1989 to 1998, he raced in 125, 250 and 500 for Honda, Aprilia, and MuZ, including on Aprilia’s unconventional bored out 380cc machine in the 500GP class.

He then made a switch to WSB, running in the top ten before injuries bring his season to an end.

The Sic Supermoto Day is an annual event attended by the cream of motorcycling in honour of Marco Simoncelli. Some of the 2014 stars racing at the event included Grand prix stars Andrea Dovizioso, Claudio Corti, Simone Corsi, and Romano Fenati and superbike racers Max Biaggi, Ben Bostrom and Troy Corser.

MCN send their deepest condolences to Doriano’s friends and family.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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