Rider killed in crash during MotoGP opener in Qatar

MotoGP organisers said 49-year-old Taoufik Gattouchi had died in Doha's Hamad hospital of injuries sustained in a 'multi-rider incident' during the Losail 600 race. (Picture for representation purpose only) (Getty Images)

MotoGP organisers said 49-year-old Taoufik Gattouchi had died in Doha’s Hamad hospital of injuries sustained in a ‘multi-rider incident’ during the Losail 600 race. (Picture for representation purpose only) (Getty Images)

A 49-year-old rider was killed last night at the Losail International Circuit during the opening round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship.

MotoGP organisers said 49-year-old Taoufik Gattouchi had died in Doha’s Hamad hospital of injuries sustained in a ‘multi-rider incident’ during the Losail 600 race.

The race was stopped after the crash on the 10th of 15 scheduled laps and Gattouchi received medical attention at the side of the track before being flown by air ambulance to the hospital.

“The FIM, Losail Circuit Sports Club, QMMF, Dorna Sports and the entire MotoGP community wishes to pass on its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Gattouchi,” the statement concluded.

“We witnessed nothing from him except honorable behavior. I never saw him insult anyone face-to-face or engage in gossip behind their backs. He was decorous and well-behaved. May God have mercy on your soul, my friend.”

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