Young Spanish rider Luis Salom was tragically killed in an accident during free practice for the Moto2 class at the Grand Prix of Catalunya on Friday.
The 24-year-old lost control of his SAG-run Kalex at the fast Turn 12.
Salom is the first rider to be killed in a Grand Prix accident since Marco Simoncelli in 2011. The cause of the accident remains unclear.
After lengthy treatment at the side of the track, the medical helicopter was called and practice session abandoned. Salom was ultimately taken to a nearby Barcelona hospital by ambulance.
An official statement said: “Following an incident during today’s Moto2 Free Practice 2 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, it is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Luis Salom (SAG Team).
“The session was red flagged with just under 25 minutes remaining after the Spanish rider fell at turn 12.
“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.
“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.”