MotoGP world shocked by sudden death of team boss

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Moto2 team boss Stefan Kiefer has tragically died on the eve of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, passing away overnight while in Sepang for the penultimate round of the season.

The German was an important fixture in the Grand Prix paddock, taking his squad to multiple successes including being one of the key men behind Danny Kent’s 2015 Moto3 world championship and Stefan Bradl’s 2011 Moto2 championship, and will be sorely missed by the whole racing community.

Speaking after the tragic news was announced, the team’s Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter admitted that Stefan was more than just a team boss to him.

“I’m just lost in words about what happened last night. It’s a huge shock for all of us and we will miss Stefan incredibly. My thoughts go out to his family. He definitely was one of the best bosses, I ever had, a fantastic person and a great friend. We’ll stay strong all together in his memory.”

Understandably, Aegerter and British rider Tarran Mackenzie will now withdraw from the weekend’s action at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

MCN would like to join the wider racing fraternity in wishing our deepest sympathies to Stefan’s family, friends and team. Rest in peace.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer