Young American prospect Tommy Aquino dies in crash

Young American prospect Tommy Acquino
Young American prospect Tommy Acquino

Tributes have poured in following the tragic death on Sunday of British championship prospect Tommy Aquino.

The 21-year-old American rider died following a motocross training accident near his home in California.

After five seasons competing in the AMA series in the United States, Aquino made his debut in the UK last season, riding for Team WD-40 in the National Superstock 1000 class.

He underlined his potential with a victory on his first visit to Cadwell Park on his way to seventh place overall in the championship.

Following news of the tragic accident, a host of riders paid tribute to the young Californian via social media outlets, with World Superbike star Eugene Laverty writing on Twitter: ‘Just heard the terrible news of Tommy Aquino’s training accident. #RIP Tommy’.

Former National Superstock 1000 champion Keith Farmer added: ‘Sad to hear Tommy Aquino #31 has died in a MX Crash. #RIP Tommy’.

Carrick’s Glenn Irwin also expressed his shock of the news on Twitter, saying: ‘Gutted to hear of the passing of Tommy Aquino. Left a big impression following his Cadwell Park win last season. #Talent’.

Aquino had been set to make his BSB debut this year.