Luis Salom (SAG Team) was involved in a crash at Turn 12 in Barcelona during yesterday Moto2 Free Practice 2, with great sadness we have to report, that he passed away..
The session was red flagged with just under 25 minutes remaining after the Spanish rider, aged 24, crashed at Turn 12 of the Barcelona’s Catalunya Grand Prix.
Two medical cars and then two ambulances were immediately on scene to treat the 24-year-old and the medical helicopter was also deployed to assist in his treatment. Due the severity of his condition, the decision was taken to transfer Salom by road to the nearby Hospital General de Catalunya. On arrival, he underwent surgery, but despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away at 16:55pm local time.
“He (Salom) underwent surgery but despite the best efforts of the trauma team, he passed away,”
said Giancarlo Di Filippo, a medical director for the International Motorcycling Federation.
The death of the Spaniard is the first after Italian rider Marco Simoncelli was killed in an accident at the Malaysian GP in Sepang in 2011.
The weekend race will proceed as agreed with Salom’s family, riders, teams and safety commission. The race will incorporate the F1 layout thus avoiding Turn 12. Due to this change, practice time was extended and the schedule was revised.
Even though official broadcast did not capture Salom’s death, it was caught on circuit’s security cameras. From the video below (viewer discretion advised) we can see Luis not able to make the turn. His bike skidded over the sand trap followed by the rider crashing into the Airfence at high speed. We presume, that the driver also crashed into the bike after it hit the barrier, which could explain why the injuries were so severe.
Salom made his World Championship debut at Jerez in 2009 in the 125cc category. 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.
In 2014 he stepped up to Moto2 World Championship and had three podium finishes in 41 races including a second place pace in the opening round of 2016 at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. He was in 10th place by points in 2016.
Beside behind the scenes, riders also paid tribute on social media:
This is what we hate about the sport that we love. My thoughts are with the family of Luis Salom.— Andrea Dovizioso (@AndreaDovizioso) June 3, 2016
Destrozado, muy triste y sin palabras… Todo mi ánimo a su familia. DEP Luis Salom.— Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) June 3, 2016
So saddened of what happened today in Barcelona. RIP Luis Salom #39— Cal Crutchlow (@calcrutchlow) June 3, 2016
Very sad day for our sport here at Catalunya. Rest in Peace Luis Salom— Eugene Laverty (@eugenelaverty) June 3, 2016
So sorry to hear about the passing of Luis Salom today. May he R.I.P and my sincere condolences to his family.— Freddie Spencer (@Freddiespencer) June 3, 2016
RIP Luis Salom, such a sad day you’ll be missed, love to you and family — Danny Kent (@DannyKent52) June 3, 2016
Our condolences are with Salom’s family and close ones.