A miserable incident happened to Moto2 rider Luis Salom during the second free practice of the Catalunya GP at Montmelò. The 24-year-old Spaniard crashed at Turn 12, a corner that a Moto2 bike takes in third gear at approximately 100 mph.
“It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom,” MotoGP said in a statement.
“Despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away at 16:55 local time.”
This morning he had tweeted: “Looking forward to ride @circuitcat_es. This circuit is spectacular! #CatalanGP #motogp
British MotoGP rider Scott Redding wrote on Twitter: “My love and heart is with Luis Salom and his family. We lost another great rider. RIP Luis.”
Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso wrote: “Such terrible news. Such anger and sadness. Rest in peace, rider. A huge embrace to Luis Salom’s friends and family.”
Danny Kent, the British Moto3 world champion wrote: “RIP Luis Salom, such a sad day. You’ll be missed. Love to you and family.”
Sad day it turned out to be 😢
RIP Luis 👼🏻
— Colin Edwards (@texastornado5) June 3, 2016
So saddened of what happened today in Barcelona. RIP Luis Salom #39
— Cal Crutchlow (@calcrutchlow) June 3, 2016
— Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe19) June 3, 2016
Destrozado, muy triste y sin palabras… Todo mi ánimo a su familia. DEP Luis Salom.
— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) June 3, 2016
— Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) June 3, 2016
RIP Luis Salom. Our heartfelt condolences to family, team and friends. pic.twitter.com/yIAQfadsgj
— Yamaha MotoGP (@YamahaMotoGP) June 3, 2016
— Ducati Motor (@DucatiMotor) June 3, 2016
— Alex Márquez (@alexmarquez73) June 3, 2016
We wish to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and team of Luis Salom. Godspeed Luis.
— Repsol Honda Team (@HRC_MotoGP) June 3, 2016
Terrible noticia. DEP Luis Salom. Mucha fuerza a sus familiaries y amigos.
— Carlos Sainz (@carlosainz) June 3, 2016
Mis mejores deseos a la familia de Luis Salom, sin palabras
— Jaime Alguersuari (@AlguersuariJA) June 3, 2016
Everyone at Mahindra Racing would like to send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Moto2 rider Luis Salom.
— MahindraRacing (@MahindraRacing) June 3, 2016
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slam titles, wrote: “Very sad news. Although words can’t bring comfort in times like this, all my support goes to Luis Salom’s family and friends.”