Tragedy strikes Moto2 star Luis Salom

Published: 03 June 2016

Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom has died following an incident during today's Moto2 free practice two session at Barcelona’s Montmelò circuit. He crashed at turn twelve during the session and was taken to hospital, but died despite the best efforts of the medical staff.

Luis 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 Viñales 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 pace in the opening round of 2016 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

Motorcycle News joins the wider racing community in wishing our deepest sympathies with Luis’ friends, family and fans at this horrible time.